(Closed) Will I be able to re-sell my designer gown?

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
2285 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

You’ll probably have a hard time selling a dress for 4K just because most brides who can afford that probably want a new dress. But the only way you’ll know is to list it for sale and try. It might take a long time. I’d look around online for wedding dress re-sale sites.

Post # 4
514 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@sundaystyles:  I definitely think you’d be able to sell it. Sites like preownedweddingdresses.com, oncewed.com, and tradesy.com allow brides to list their preowned wedding dresses and sell at a reduced cost.  Most of the Monique Lhuillier gowns I’ve been seeing on those sites are in the $3,00-4,000 range.  If you don’t sell at that price you can always reduce the cost.


ETA: As the previous poster said, the price is kind of high, meaning, I can’t afford to buy a preowned dress at that price, let alone a new Monique gown, but I wish I could!! 

Post # 5
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Take a look at PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com  (Linked to the seller’s guide page)  I think your asking price is going to be key, and is unrealistic for reasons that PP mentioned.




Post # 6
3967 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I would try to resell it for half what you paid for it. 

Post # 7
5399 posts
Bee Keeper

I agree with PPs. You will likely be able to sell it, but not for 4k I imagine. Like PP pointed out, anyone who can afford a 4k dress will prob spring for the extra 2k to have it new. If you sold it in the 2-3 range it would definitely sell. Since you don’t want to keep it for sentimental reasons, 3k is better than nothing. 

Post # 8
506 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@sundaystyles:  I’m sorry but have to put it straight, as a B2b, I would never pay for a second hand gown over $2k and less than 50% discount, because over than that price, I can get some very beautiful new gown for less; because the justification for me to get a second hand gown (risk of the gown being damaged, or unable to adjust) is to save some money; and the second thing is if I want to sell the gown later on after 2nd alteration (and will be older design) is very difficult.

Post # 11
1447 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

You should definitely be able to sell it, especially if you didn’t need extensive alterations.  The more you’ve “done” to the dress, the more it decreases the value.

My gown at retail is around $1200.  My salon sold it to me for around $940; after tax it was around $1000.  There are girls trying to sell used, altered (sometimes significantly) gowns for $800.  Why would I buy the gown used?

I’m keeping my gown as it is (besides fitting alterations), but know that if I want to sell it, $500 is probably the most I could get out of it.

Keep in mind you’re not only competing with other ladies selling the gown used, but with retailers who may be willing to sell the gown for less than the price you personally paid for it.

Post # 12
814 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

If you go for about 50%, as everyone else has mentioned, I think that is a sure fire bet.  If you want start at 40%.  If I were wanting a used designer dress I might consider 40% but nothing less than that.  As others have mentioned most people who want a designer dress can but it new or awaiting sample/trunk shows.  Good luck!

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