It’s a dress you’ve spent a large amount of money on, but you’ll only wear once. (hopefully) Unless you’d like to save your wedding dress for sentimental reasons, it’s silly to let it sit in your closet collecting dust. Why not sell it….But, how and for how much?
As a general rule of thumb, a used gown that’s in great condition and less than 2 1/2 years old can sell for 50 percent of the retail price. Gowns from recognizable names can sell for 60-70 percent of the retail value. Dresses that retailed for $1,000 have as good a chance of re-selling as those originally priced at $5,000.
Where are the best places to sell the dress?
The short answer: online! Sites like StillWhite.com, PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com, NearlyNewlywed.com and Tradesy.com specialize in re-selling wedding dresses. There’s also eBay, Kijiji and consignment shops (that take 50-60 percent commission)…Be aware that some sites may charge a one-time listing fee of about $25.
How can I maximize my chance of selling?
• Try to sell the dress within 2 1/2 years of buying it. You’ll increase your chances of selling while the style is still popular and current.
• Maximize its value by having it professionally cleaned.
• Provide several photos and a detailed description — so a buyer can fall in love the way you did!
• Price it fairly for its market value.
• Don’t be afraid to sell a dress from the ’80s or ’90s — they’re now considered vintage!
This story originally appeared on Feb. 20, 2015. And Reposted by today.com