How I sold my dress after the wedding- advice!
Some of you may know me- I used to be super active on here but apparently you're not allowed to spend all day on wedding forums once you're married lol.
I just wanted to share some advice for those of you thinking of selling on your dress after the wedding. Now if you don't want to sell your dress, that's totally fine- but I always knew I wanted to. Apart from the money, I really hated the idea of it sitting in a box in my attic for years going yellow when it could make some other bride happy.
My dress sold around a month ago- I got married in June and put it up for sale straight away so it did take a little time. Here's my tips on how to do it!
1. Put it up for sale as soon as possible- especially if the dress is still a current collection for that designer. Fashions change super fast, and a lot of re-sellers don't take dresses over 5 years old. If it's current collection the chances are someone is looking for it pre-owned.
2. But before that, make sure you have it professionally cleaned. This cost me £86 and I've seen it cost over £100. But it's worth it- even if you don't sell it, do you really want to keep a smelly dirty dress? Trust me ladies you will sweat a whole bunch in your dress, and the bottom will get filthy. Mine came up almost pristine after cleaning.
3. If at all possible, if there is one near you, then sell via a specialised pre-owned wedding dress shop. I used Pre Loved Bridal Boutique near Worcester. The shop takes 40% of the value but honestly it's worth it. My dress cost £1400 new and it sold for £700, of which I got £420. That is way more than I would have achieved via Ebay.
4. Selling by Ebay honestly isn't the best option. You'll be lucky to achieve a fraction of the cost and Ebay is heavily skewed in a buyers favour in the event of a dispute, or the buyer just changing their mind. Plus you will have to deal with people coming round to your house to try it on.
5. Be aware of sites like Still White and Preloved. I put my dress on there to help advertise the fact it was available at the bridal store, but all I received was scam messages. They all go along the lines of "I would like to buy your wedding dress for my sister/friend/hamster and they don't need to try it on. If you post the dress to me in Nigeria I will send you the money". Some of these sites ask you to pay to list (I didn't use those ones) and I would have been well narked off to pay for receiving a bunch of scam messages.
I hope that helps and that anyone who is thinking of selling the dress manages to do it! I'm really glad I sold mine, not only am I skint and need the money lol but it makes me happy that it's making another bride happy, one who probably couldn't have afforded a brand new designer dress.
If you are in the area I highly recommend using Pre-Loved Bridal Boutique in Harvington near Worcester. It takes all the stress out of selling it- just drop it off, pay £10 fee and she will do the rest. If it doesn't sell you just come pick it up again. Totally worth the commission she charges.