(Closed) Questions for those of you who have sold your wedding dresses..

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: which website did you find the most helpful in selling your wedding dress?
    Preownedweddingdress.com : (8 votes)
    50 %
    Oncewed.com : (4 votes)
    25 %
    Bravobride.com : (0 votes)
    Classified section of Weddingbee : (0 votes)
    Other (please specifiy) : (4 votes)
    25 %
  • Post # 3
    3788 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2011

    1. how long did it take you to sell your dress?

    – 5 months ish

    2. how much discount did you have to offer?

    – 38% HOWEVER my dress was new with tags, never worn, and I truly do not think a buyer should expect to pay any more than 50% for a used dress. Buyers are not subsidizing your chance to wear it, and it really irks me when I see a $1000 dress + $300 alterations being sold for $800 or whatever. Brides act like they did buyers a favor with the alterations when the buyer is probably going to have to get some of her own anyway, so that doesn’t count. Also, that means that the seller got to wear a $1000 dress for only $200 or whatever. I know it has been debated before that a used dress is worth as much as someone is willing to pay for it, but I think a lot of buyers feel stuck.

    3. what payment methods did you use?

    – Paypal

    4. I have listed my dress for sale on Preowned, Once Wed, Bravo Bride, and the classified section of Weddingbee. Do I need to list it any where else?

    – I used POWD, OnceWed, and weddingbee, and all three places generated interest. I ultimately ended up selling to a buyer from POWD because she had the follow through. You could try Craigslist if you live in a bigger area.

    And general advice — if you’re not getting interest, you’re asking too much. Refer to my previous comments. My dress cost $850 and ultimately sold for $500. I gradually dropped my price and had maybe 4 inquiries over the first 3 months it was for sale. Once I dropped my price to $575, I had five emails in a few days. You have to find the sweet spot. I sold it to the first girl who emailed me, and that is the price we negotiated, but I probably could have gotten $575 out of one of them. I just felt like it was the right thing to do since she asked first and I’d already told her OK on the price negotiation when I got the other emails. I had a seller do the opposite to me — we were in the process of sending pics and talking price when she let me know that someone else offered her full asking price so she was dropping me. I can understand it, but I think it’s rude.

    Good luck selling your dress. You were stunning in it!

    Post # 4
    571 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I sold mine rather quickly for almost what I paid for it, the Maggie Sabelle replica.  I didn’t think anyone would want it but I still get emails asking for it.  I actually sold it on craigslist.  The first girl who came to try it on, bought it that night. I also had it cleaned and boxed and planned on keeping it till I lost my second job in one year.   My first dress, the one before the Sabelle, I sold on PW, but lost a lot on it, lost about $400.  My first dress was never worn by me it was brand new so I didn’t have any nice pics.  I did my hair and makeup, put the dress and veil on and sold it the next day after posting some good pics of it!  Market your dress and it will sell!


    Oh the first I used Paypal, my husbands company accepts credit cards but no one wants to use credit cards so we used paypal. The second one obviously cash.

    Post # 5
    5889 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: May 2012

    @TingTing: completely unrelated, but your girls’ headbands are adorable!

    Post # 6
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: December 2010

    I’m a 4 dress bride Embarassed


    I donated the first to Brides Against Breast Cancer.  The second I sold on Recycled Bride, after about 1.5 months.  The third dress I’ve had on recycled bride, wb classifieds and oncewed now for about a month I think, and I’ve gotten a couple of inquiries, no buyers yet.

    Post # 7
    3613 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    I ended up with four dresses as well. I’ll answer for each one:


    – Vera Wang sample ballgown, altered but not worn. Sold in one month, at 40% discount.

    – Oleg Cassini ballgown, not altered, not worn. Sold in two months, 40% off.

    – Lazaro trumpet. Altered and worn. Just discounted to 55% off today. On the market for 3 months. Gets ton of inquiries, but the height’s a deal breaker for most everyone   🙁 I guess only tall girls like mermaid dresses.

    – Romona Keveza a-line. Altered, worn, dry-cleaned. Listed two weeks ago at 45% off. Before I decided to wear it, it was listed at 20% off and kept getting inquiries. I had to keep telling people I changed my mind and no longer selling. Now that it’s worn and back on the market for $1000 less, I’m getting nothing (what gives?). I don’t know if it’s just luck or used dress stigma.

    3. Escrow.com for one, cash from local buyer for other

    4. I’m using the same sites you are. Both dresses were sold through preownedweddingdresses. I get inquiries through oncewed but no sale yet, only scammers through craigslist, and nothing from here or bravobride.

    I’m trying to get used to the idea that these may hang in my closet forever:



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    Post # 10
    189 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Preowned, Once Wed, Bravo Bride, and the classified section of Weddingbee.

    and orther web sites I am totaly shock the sabelle maggie sottero new with tags with slip and bridal bag has not sold yet $1,200.

    and my orther one size 8 brand new with tags $400 plus shipping

    [email protected]

    Post # 11
    404 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I sold mine in as-is condition on OnceWed.com.  It was a J. Crew dress and I had originally listed it for $200, but ended up selling for $175 instead.  I only had 2 inquiries and it took me 8 months to sell it. By the time the second inquiry came in, I was ready to bargain.

    We took it to a resale shop in Phoenix as well, but they insisted I have it cleaned (a teeny tiny little dirt was at the bottom) before they would take it.  Cleaning a wedding dress is $200 all by itself and that is how much the dress was worth to begin with!

    Post # 12
    8 posts
    • Wedding: April 2014

    @Noffsinger:  what size is the sabelle one ?  and what color?

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