(Closed) Second guessing selling dress– what are YOU doing!?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What are you doing with your dress? (can pick multiple choices)
    Selling it/Sold it-- the money is more important than a dress in the closet : (17 votes)
    25 %
    I sold it, but there was some regret : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Sold it, fully regret it : (0 votes)
    Kept it-- NO WAY would I ever sell it! : (30 votes)
    44 %
    Kept it-- for my future daughter : (9 votes)
    13 %
    Kept it-- I will fit into one day again for a vow renewal : (2 votes)
    3 %
    Kept it, but would be willing to eventually sell it : (6 votes)
    9 %
    Kept it, but should have sold when it was still in style : (2 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    1864 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I can’t imagine selling mine right now.  It means too much and I LOVE it.  I have no idea what I’m going to be doing with it (I’ve considered altering it into a shorter dress for anniversaries etc, looked at the christening gown for daughters, etc) but I don’t want to let it go. 

    Post # 4
    1024 posts
    Bumble bee

    Although it was sad to see my dress go I was so happy with who it went to – a bride who was so lovely, kind and excited to have it. She mentioned she’d share photos from her wedding day so I can’t wait to see them. Really glad to make another bride so happy.

    Post # 5
    1004 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    i can relate to this…we tied the knot just 2.5 weeks ago, my dress is ready to sell, but when I took it out to take pictures all I could do was touch it, and fall in love with it all over again.


    My dress was beyond a dream dress for me…I’ll most likely never own an article of clothing like it. I have a serious emotinal attachment to it lol


    I have 4 daughters, I’ve considered saving it for one of them, but this is my second marriage and I don’t know if any of them will want to wear it for that reason (plus, while its a very classic dress,….there is the concern of will it still be in style 10-20 years down the road when one of them can wear it).


    I’m soooo torn. I have it in my closet, its taking up tons of space. holding onto it seems a waste when someone could get it at a great deal…


    thanks for posting this <3

    Post # 6
    3194 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    @tampalove35:  i plan on preserving mine. hopefully stand-up full-window preservation like the photo going around on pinterest so i can hang that baby in my closet!

    Post # 7
    1252 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I would never sell my dress! It is too dear to me! 

    Post # 8
    231 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    While it’s probably totally impractical, I’m keeping my dress and having it cleaned and preserved.  Maybe I’ll have a daughter who wants to wear it, or my niece or another relative.  But mostly I just adore the dress and couldn’t bear to part with it!  It helps that my mother bought the dress for me as a gift, so recouping expenses wasn’t a consideration.  I have a feeling it may join the boxes in my mom’s house, containing her dress and my aunt’s dress, which have of course remained untouched since they got married!  But oh well, at least I’ll have it in case I ever want to give it to someone, or just take it out and admire it Smile

    Post # 9
    1681 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @tampalove35:  Where’s option for “Donated it- Helping others is far more important than more money for myself or hanging on to it” ?

    Post # 10
    2490 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2018

    I plan on keeping mine.

    I sold my last one and I got so little money for it compared to what it cost, and even though the marriage was over, it was still sad seeing it go.

    If there were circumstances where someone wanted that exact dress in that exact size and I could donate it to them then I would consider it but that’s it.

    Post # 11
    934 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    I’m keeping mine. I mentioned selling it and my husband was totally against it. He wants to keep it forever. Totally adorable…definitely can’t sell it now. 

    Post # 12
    1589 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2014

    I plan to donate mine. My friend got more back in taxes than she spent on the dress! I would love to give back. 

    Post # 14
    1566 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Nobody will want my dress.. I’ll likely have it cleaned, and store it until one of my kids can wear it as a halloween costume or something…. (I didn’t vote.. no options fit)

    Post # 15
    328 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I had the same idea with my dress – spent more than most on a gorgeous Lazaro dress and thought I might sell it after the wedding. It’s been listed for sale since November 2012 and while I’ve had a few offers from out of country buyers, I still havent sold it. I was very torn on selling but it does seem like a lot of money for just one day.

    We are pregnant now and, if it’s a girl, I’ll probably save it for her. She may decide she wants to incorporate parts of my gown into her dress -or- perhaps I’ll use it for a christening gown for her or a future grandchild. If it’s a boy I may do the christening gown or just leave it listed for sale.

    Post # 16
    651 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I was always sure I was going to sell my dress and I did. I was a bit sad when the first potential buyer contacted me but as the months went by, the dress started to iritate me- simply because we don’t have a very tall cupboard so the dress was laid out on our guestroom bed. We have cats so we had to be very strict about the cats not being allowed there. Then, we moved and the dress was just in the way. 

    Just recently, I finally sold the dress. Before the buyer came, I took it out to look at it and I did feel a tiny bit sad (because of how lovely the lace is, because it’s probably the most expensive single thing I own and because obviously when you sell your dress, you sell it for a lot less than you paid for it so it’s like you spent all this money but you end up with nothing).

    I also felt a little sad when I saw the buyer in the dress. I just thought it was beautiful and how lucky she was to get such a lovely dress in great condition for such a cheap price.

    That all said and done, it is not like I even tried on the dress since the wedding and I know my daughter (if I have one) will probably not wear my dress. She will most likely be taller and larger and after so long, the lace would have yellowed. So selling it now (while it is still in the current collection) would be best instead of 5 or 10 years later. At least now, I still get some money for it which will go towards buying a bed. It’s been almost 2 weeks now and I don’t really have real regrets.


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