(Closed) To sell the dress or keep the dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: What are you going to do with your dress?
    Keep it (Preserve it, hang it up in the closet...) : (11 votes)
    50 %
    Sell it (or donate it to a thrift store) : (8 votes)
    36 %
    Make something out of it : (2 votes)
    9 %
    Trash The Dress : (1 votes)
    5 %
  • Post # 3
    5423 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2012

    If you’re not ready to part with it now, then hold onto it for a bit.  I think eventually you will feel less torn about parting with it.  Have you considered donating it to a good cause?

    Post # 4
    2889 posts
    Sugar bee

    Honestly, I was not sure what to do with mine but my mom took care of the cleaning and told me I was keeping it. It now lives somewhere in her house (prob. in my old bedroom). I think she was a bit sad that she did not keep better track of her own dress and decided she would not let mine get lost. She also has plans to make a baby christening outfit out of the train someday when that is relevant (and she learns to sew). haha I think it’s kind of cute that she cares more than I do.

    Post # 5
    7299 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I haven’t gotten to that bridge yet. I have no closet space for a huge box and the only time I might think to wear it again would be if the Pittsburgh bees did the bar hoping in our wedding dress meet up. lol We aren’t religious so no baby clothes will be made from it. And what’s really the percentage of women that actually wear their mothers gowns? Most of the gowns woman are wearing today are so trendy that no one will want to wear them 10 years from now. 

    Post # 6
    4335 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I’m pretty sure I’m going to try and sell it. I’ve heard from other people that dresses are harder to sell than they expected, but I think if you’re not in a hurry it shouldn’t be a problem. Just remember that when you sell it, it’s worth much more to you than it is to anyone else– like, the amount you spent on alterations probably doesn’t matter at all to anyone else, since they will have to spend more. And if your dress was originally $2000…well, that’s nice, but the kind of people who are buying used wedding dresses probably still don’t want to buy a dress for $1500, even if it was “only worn for a few hours,” so you’re probably going to have to knock down the price a lot!

    I would have bought a dress used, and I was even looking at a few on craigslist and oncewed, but I ended up buying mine for $350, and paying $300 for alterations. (which is still what I would have expected to pay for a “used” dress, even though I was looking at dresses ~1000 new.)

    Post # 7
    5984 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: January 1999

    I decided to have my gown preserved.  It’s in a very nice box in the storage area of our basement.  Every time I see the box, I ask myself why, but don’t really have an answer.  I believe I had it preserved because of the sentimental value and the thought that maybe one day I’d show our child(ren) … if we decide to even have one or two kiddos.  Now, I’m beginning to think that one day, I’ll want to have a tree skirt made from it.  See the cool link below:


    Post # 8
    5092 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    It’s such an individual decision!  I’m preserving mine.  It was designed and made for me by one of my best friends, so it has 2x the sentimental value. (Also, presumably no one would be interested in buying a no-label dress, although even if they were I wouldn’t sell it.) I think I might feel differently about it if it was a store/salon-bought dress.

    Are you someone who loves to look over mementos from the past? Or do you get fed up with having a bunch of old junk and end up throwing it all out?  And keep in mind that you will have lots of other pieces left from the wedding day – jewelry, invitations, etc.

    Post # 9
    1245 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I agree, if you aren’t ready to part with it, keep on to it. I’m keeping my dress because it was my moms and someday my daughter may or may not want to wear it. It’s all up to, but if you think you’ll regret selling it, keep it. Definitely look into getting it preserved and boxed because that will take up less space!

    Post # 10
    5110 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: November 2011

    I havent thought about this… Untill now. I think I will sell.. I am never going to use it again, and it could really help another bride.

    Post # 11
    377 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    It sounds like you are uncertain, so maybe you should hold on to it for awhile. I know I won’t form a sentimental attachment to my dress so I’ll be donating it, like I do with any clothing in decent shape I no longer need. I am really against clutter, because I attract enough just keeping things I will actually use. But to each their own! Don’t feel obligated to get rid of it if you don’t want to.

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