Selling a Wedding Dress
Selling Through Consignment Shops
After The Wedding
I just got married last weekend and I am selling my wedding dress. Can you help?
My dress was many years old and out of style when I sold it to a doll maker. She makes life-size dolls for room-size displays. This brought more money than selling at a garage sale!
Don't sell it! Donate it to MakingMemories.org who will put it up for sale to women who are less fortunate than us. You will receive a tax deductible receipt and part of the money from the sale of the dress goes to breast cancer research, etc. I did this last year and have never regretted it.
If you have a community calendar via your cable system, you could advertise on it.
I would suggest indiebride.com. They have an area called "Trousseau." You can post pictures and descriptions.
Consider placing your dress for sale on Ebay.com. It is easy and you could end up getting a nice price for it. If you do not have luck selling it this way, consider taking it to a consignment shop or advertising it in your local newspaper. If you do not have luck selling it and you do not want to keep it, you might consider donating it to a charitable organization for a tax deduction. One donation option is MakingMemories.org. I am sure there are others too.
Also congratulations on tackling this task so early. My dress had been in my closet for 5 years before I finally decided to do something with it. It sure is nice to have the space, and since I will never have a daughter to possibly pass it on to, there was no point in keeping it.
I'd check out a number of wedding planning message boards (WeddingChannel.com and TheKnot.com) and find their sections for "asking the newlyweds" and "wedding dresses." Often those forums have threads for brides to sell wedding leftovers or to sell dresses. Many brides prefer buying bride-to-bride rather than buying from an online retailer or auction service.
I tried selling my $1000+ wedding dress for around $200 at a few block sales and online, but I had no luck. So I decided to give it to the American Cancer Society Thrift Store and took a $500 write-off on my taxes.
You have several options. I've sold a wedding dress previously by taking it to a wedding shop that did consignment sales. They displayed and sold the dress on my behalf and split the proceeds 50/50. I think I walked away with $200 (they sold it for $400) for a dress that originally cost $800 new.
You can try selling it to a local seamstress, especially one that makes dresses. They may have a client that might be interested, or may wish to purchase it for the materials.
You can also try selling the dress yourself on a free classifieds site. Just make sure the dress is clean, pressed, and presents well. Take a picture to post with your ad.
Try selling your dress on Craigslist. So many people visit that website and I believe that will be a winner for you.
I donated mine to a charity that takes used wedding and prom dresses and gives them (as is or renovated) to needy teens for school dances.
I just sold my wedding dress on eBay last week, so this is a timely question. I got married in 2009, but my dress is still very much in style. I bought my dress for $300 at David's Bridal on sale and it was originally priced at $549. I washed it in my washing machine on the hand-wash cycle and hung it to dry. I was able to do this because my dress didn't have satin or a ton of embellishments. If you can't DIY, I would get it dry-cleaned or you can try listing it without it being cleaned (I sold the dress my mom wore this way and it sold for half of the purchase price!). Make sure you list any flaws and any alterations, along with the measurements as best you can. Take as many pictures as you can of the dress as a whole (front and back), the train, the bustle, any details/embellishments, and any flaws. Even with a run in my dress (otherwise in good shape), it sold for $150 (half of what I paid). I know a lot of people don't like eBay nowadays, but this was the easiest for me. After fees, I made about $125, which was a nice chunk of change in my book! Make sure you charge enough for shipping as dresses can be really heavy!
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