Post # 1
My wedding was in November 2016, and I am trying to decide if I should even bother with selling my wedding dress. My dress is Halo by Hayley Paige from her Spring 2016 collection, and I spent a total of $2,877 on it, including tax and alterations. I would need to have it professionally cleaned if I do decide to sell it, since the tulle at the bottom is a little dirty, and I would also probably have to have some minor tears in the tulle repaired. However, I could also just try to sell it as is and not repair it, but still have it cleaned.
Another reason I am not even sure if its worth trying to re-sell is because of the size. The dress is a size 2, which is the smallest size available, and it still had to be taken in. Additionally, the straps had to be taken in, and since I wore flats, the dress was altered to my 5’4 frame (both my husband and I are really short). So, the dress doesn’t have a lot of wiggle room to fit a broad range of potential brides. I have the body of a 12 year old. :/
My questions for you are: Have any of you had success with re-selling your wedding dress? Should I even bother trying to re-sell? If so, should I sell as is, or have the tears fixed? Have any of you had success with getting stains out of tulle and horsehair trim? Also, I was thinking of trying to sell for around $1,000ish. Does that seem like a good price? Here are some pics of my dress. I tried to include pics from all angles, including bustled and unbustled.
And just because…Rest in Peace my sweet Angel Boy. Mommy loves you!
Post # 2
I don’t think there’s any harm in trying to resell it. You can always take it to a bridal consignment shop and see what they thing. There’s petite ladies out there looking for deals too! Plus, it’s a gorgeous dress!
Post # 3
It seems like it would definitely be worth a try! Maybe try for a little over 1,000 since the website you use might take a cut. It seems like HP does well in re-sale. I might try to sell my HP gown after my wedding! Try searching Hayley Paige on oncewed or tradesy and look at the sold listings to get an idea of whether or not it would be worth it.
Post # 4
I think that Hailey Paige gowns are in demand enough that it’s worth a shot. My gown is kind of odd too (made to my large-ish measurements and an obscure designer), so I’ll probably be in the same boat as you. I plan to list it and see what happens.
I’d try to see if there’s a site where you can list it for free with the site just taking commission on the sale. I’d get it cleaned, but not repaired if I were you. My logic is that you’d probably get it cleaned even if you didn’t sell it, but you probably shouldn’t dump money into it in order to sell it. Hopefully that makes sense…it did in my head. Lol
As for sales price, since you aren’t in a hurry, I’d price it a little bit high (maybe $1150 or $1200) to see if you get any nibbles and then reduce if necessary. If you decide you want it gone ASAP, then you can price it more aggressively.
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2019 - Chateau Lake Louise
I’d definitely give it a shot.
Seems to have a good variety of gowns and reaches a worldwide audience. The odds you’ll find a bride your size are higher with a wider pool of candidates.
They do charge a one time $25 listing fee, but that’s actually less than many commission based services would charge as a percent. Also, they have a dress value calculator to help you figure out what you should be able to expect for your particular gown.
Post # 6
preownedweddingdresses.com is a great site to try and sell your dress. It looks like there are only 2 Halo dresses on there right now with prices of $1,200 and around $1,500. I’m wedding dress shopping next weekend and if I can’t find anything I would seriosuly be interested in buying yours or one of the ones on that website. I’m closer to 5’5″ but am also a size 2. It is beautiful!
Post # 7
Your dress is gorgeous!
I bought a Hayley Paige (Roxanne) pre owned from a local boutique. The owner told me their HP dresses usually sell pretty quickly because her styles are very popular.
I think it’s worth a shot to try to sell it. I also would price it closer to 1,500 like a PP said that way you have room to negotiate.
Post # 8
I mean gosh, what’s the harm in trying? I put my secondhand Badgley Mischkas up on my Poshmark so I can try and help out another budget bride like myself.
I’d clean it and have the tears fixed personally.
Post # 9
i recommend you DO sell it
I am a 5ft 3 bride, around US size 0-4 most of the time, and I have ONLY looked to buying dresses online secondhand. the reason is that i love vintage style and original looks, and didnt want to pay a bomb, and i didnt want the bullying nasty gawping experience of bridal salons, and their never ending array of strapless gowns. i wanted to try on in the comfort of my home and ask my mom and fams their opinion in PRIVATE.
you wear your wedding dress once right? so i figure most dresses are like new.
i owned (and refunded/sold) two dresses. one from etsy, one from oxfam bridal, and then i finally just got my dream dress for $350 from etsy. admittedly it needs a clean and is 50 years old….but it is a perfect small fit and perfect style.
yours is a very awesome style, i can see loads of buyers loving it. for recent wedding dresses, i have seen they are selling at really expensive prices like maybe 75%+ of the original retail cost, if you got the box too that can add more $$.
i think you could get around $2000 for it . the reason i knocked off a fair bit is because it would have been more accurate if you quoted us the tax free cost. assuming this was about $2500, then i knocked off another $500 because it has been altered to a small frame and height and a lot of bees will need to re-alter it to fit taller and bigger ladies. it is always easier to size down than up.
EDIT:i just saw about the tears.no my estimate above is ‘like new’ . weigh up the drop in sale value with the cost of repairs . if you sell it in damaged then sure you can get $1000 – $1500 for it
Post # 10
I’d give it a shot. Hayley Paige is SUPER hot right now, but she can be a bit out of a lot of girls’ price range. I think you’d have no problem selling it.
Post # 11
That is such a pretty dress! I would get it cleaned but not bother repairing the tears, and try to sell it on preownedweddingdresses. I sold my dress, HP Keaton. I paid $3,500 (CAD, plus tax and alterations) and sold it for about $1,400 (CAD). It took a couple months to sell. I am about a street size 10 and 5’8″ so that probably helped. I would post yours ASAP, don’t wait to get it cleaned before posting! The more current a dress is, the easier it is to sell because girls can try it on at a store IRL. Good luck!
Post # 12
Would definitely try, as other bees say, no harm in trying! Good luck!
Post # 13
- Wedding: July 2022 - Maui
As a 5ʻ0 size 00-2 bride I too am cruising used sites for dresses I can get a good deal on and just alter to fit.
PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com or StillWhite.com are great 🙂
Post # 14
nnnnnaaaawwww angel pup! what a beautiful boy <3
Post # 15
I would try to sell and would try to sell *now*. I’ve had a few friends try to sell their gowns, only to find out that they’ve been discontinued. Once a dress has been discontinued, brides can’t try them on in stores so they have less incentive to buy used online.