(Closed) Woud you buy a used and not clean wedding dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

I wouldn’t, but someone else might. Depending on the type of dirt and whether or not it will be dry cleanable, someone may think they are getting a great deal. I wouldn’t want to chance it though. I wouldn’t donate a gown that wasn’t cleaned either.

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2011

It should be a pretty easy clean then. You could take it to the cleaners and just get an estimate for how much it would cost to have it cleaned and also ask them if they think the dirt would come all the way out.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I would.  I just faced this whole decision when looking for my dress used.  I was considering two, actually, that needed cleaning and I did NOT buy those dresses because they were too close in price to others that were clean or never worn, and I was having to factor in the cost of cleaning into what I was going to pay total.

So yes, if the price was right I certainly would.  My advice if you try to sell it this way is to find out how much (average) it would cost to have it cleaned, then find out what the dress sells for in the used markets, then subtract that amount plus a little more right off the top of your asking price.  So if the dress normally goes for $250 and cleaning is $100 then I would be asking $125 or so considering the person will have to pay for cleaning plus mess with taking it to a cleaners.

 

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Please don’t throw it out! Donate it to charity before you do that, even if you don’t sell it.

I am sure there are brides out there who would be thrilled to have it, even with a dirty hem. A lot of people will be shortening it, and most can’t see the underside where it dragged anyway. A LOT of sellers list their dresses as not cleaned because it is often cheaper for the buyer to get it done local to them; for example, if the seller lives in New York City and the buyer lives in Podunk, obviously it doesn’t make sense for the seller to pay hundreds to have it cleaned and then pass that cost to the buyer who could have had it done locally for half that cost.

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

As long as you post a picture of the current condition and say the type of dirt & stains you should be fine selling it. I was looking at a used dress that needed to be cleaned and the bride wouldnt even send me pictures of the actual dress or tell me if there was any stains! Just that it needed to be cleaned.

Post # 9
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

i dont think its big deal if you donate it or sell it without cleaning first as long as u let them person receiving it know ahead of time that it hasnt been cleaned

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you are thinking about donating it, please consider doing so via A Practical Wedding.  Dresses do not have to be cleaned, and it is such a wonderful community – the dress swaps are one of my favorite features!

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

You would be surprised at what some people are willing to buy or simply take if it’s donated. There are several businesses that deal with donated dresses for less fortunate brides (whatever their situation may be) and that is probably your best bet if you are at all considering tossing it in the trash to get rid of it.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I’m curious about this too. Anyone have any idea how much cleaning costs? I’m getting quotes like $300 here for cleaning 🙁 All mine has is a dirty hem too.

My dress was an allover lace Romona Keveza – retail $3600. I wonder if I have a better chance of selling it for $1500 as is, or for $1900 dry cleaned?

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I would buy one that hadnt been cleaned. Honestly I dnt think you would have any trouble selling your dress at all. It is a stunning dress but you may really help some bride out. Never hurts to try I say. If you pd 700, I would ask about 300-400 for it but disclose that its not clean. You will get counter offers from brides bc most ppl dont end up selling their dresses for what they are asking.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

double post. sorry

Post # 15
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Bumble Beekeeper

A lot of used dresses sell for about 50% what you paid, so even if you got it cleaned and sold it for around $200 (to cover your cleaning costs), I bet you’d find a buyer no problem!

Another thought is that some dresses I’ve seen were listed on preownededweddingdresses.com for $0 but then the listing basically said “Make me an offer” – might be an easy way to find a bride in need/willing to pay SOMETHING for a dirty dress. 🙂

Post # 16
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Busy bee

I think you should sell it! 🙂 There has got to be someone somewhere who would love to have a wedding dress in really good condition. Selling it shouldn’t be a problem, even if there is a little dirt at them hem.

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