(Closed) Second Hand Wedding Dresses

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Also, check to see if there are any wedding dress consignment shops in your area.  I bought a dress and changed my mind and sold it at a consignment shop specifically for wedding dresses.  They had a ton of dresses, you could try them on, there was an on-site seamstress, etc.  

Post # 4
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


My recommendation would be to find the one you want at a store, find out what size you would need, and then try to find it elseware.  That way, you know you love it, you know how it looks on you, and you know if/how much alterations it will need. Then check on line for it, and use paypal or escrow.com to pay for it.  🙂 My 2 cents.

Post # 5
16 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

You can always try the classifieds here, oncewed.com and preownedweddingdresses.com.

Post # 6
3613 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

just sold a dress through preownedweddingdresses.com to another bride. We almost hit a snag in the transaction because she found a tiny hole in the lace and considered returning it. However in the end she said both she and her fiancee love the dress and decided to keep it. My recommendation would be to ask the seller lots of questions, especially if there’s a no return clause. She had asked me no questions at all about the conditions or measurements of the dress except for asking for pictures and negotiating the price. Now I didn’t know the hole was there, I didn’t intend to trick her. but had we communicated better she would’ve understood clearly that the dress was bought as a sample, discounted 85% off retail value, sold “as is” and there may be very minor things that need repair. We’re lucky that it still worked out and she was happy with her purchase.

It also always helps if you’re dealing with a local buyer. I’m meeting with another potential buyer next week (also through the same website) who’s interested in my second dress. She will get to try it on, this way there are no miscommunications about the condition or the fit. She’s also tried the dress on before in a different color and one size bigger. It helps to know that you like the dress for sure before wasting your time.

As far as websites, I posted on Weddingbee classifieds, oncewed.com, bravobride.com and craigslist.com. Unfortunately none of these have resulted in any real leads. I would still recommend trying them out as a buyer.

Post # 7
571 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

You can try craigslist too, that way you can try it on locally.  I just sold mine on craigslist, as soon as the bride tried it on, it was a perfect fit!

Post # 8
298 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I bought mine on preownedweddingdresses.com  It worked out perfectly for us, I actually sent her a cashier’s check for a deposit and wasn’t going to cash it until I decided I wanted it for sure, she sent the dress, I loved it and sent her the rest of the money.  Mine literally is like brand new.  Obviously both of us took a chance doing it this way, but we became friends on Facebook and we ended up trusting each other.  You can usually tell if someone/something is legit or not.  Go with your gut!

I think it’s a great way to be able to afford a dress you wouldn’t have if it was brand new.  Good luck!

Post # 9
610 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I bought mine on ebay and it was a good/bad experience.  The first dress I bought never arrived.  After 4 weeks of very slow communication with the seller, I had to place a claim with ebay (never had to do that before).  But after placing the claim I got a speedy refund.  I think this was meant to be, because I found another dress (on ebay, too) that I loved even more, and that sale was flawless.  And the dress was even less than the first. 

I think that you can get a deal on ebay if you know exactly what you need.  There are a lot of dresses to choose from.  Ask a lot of questions about the condition, how it’s been stored, has it been cleaned, alterations, actual B-W-H-L measurements, etc.  Ask for actual pictures of the dress, expecially the hem; that is where the most damage/staining will occur.  I wouldn’t go with a seller that has only a few ratings.  Not that they’re bad, but that is risky with an expensive purchase. 

And there are the other options mentioned above-craigslist, oncewed, weddingbee classifieds, etc.  I liked ebay because there is buyer protection if paid through paypal.

Post # 10
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

i bought my dress off oncewed.com you just contact the seller personally

also recylcedbride.com has dresses

i know the others are saying try on a dress to see what you like and then buy it online the dress i bought online was a david’s bridal i had never tried on before lol and i loved it

Post # 11
21 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I purchased mine from CL, It is soooooooooo amazing was a $6,000 dress

and I feel I got a buy of a lifetime, it fit perfect, like it was designed for me,

And I am a plus size lady.

Post # 12
256 posts
Helper bee

i havent bought anything yet but oncewed.com seems to have beautiful dresses, and you can contact the seller personally which is always a plus:)

Good luck!!

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