Saying yes to the dress can be one of the most important wedding planning decisions a bride makes. After the big day, some may choose to preserve, donate, or sell the special dress.
You have a lot of options to sell your dress. Online consignment stores often charge a flat rate to set up your listing and then you get paid when the dress sells.
Then there are your general online selling apps such as eBay that will take a percentage of the sell price.
Finally, you have marketplaces such as WeddingBee or Facebook Marketplace where it’s free to use but you’ll be communicating directly with the buyer.
Where to Sell a Wedding Dress
There are many options to list your wedding dress. Some are broad while others are specific to wedding dresses. Find the best one for you.
1. Nearly Newlywed
Nearly Newlywed can be a good place to sell your dress if you don’t want to do much work. For a $19.99 fee, you can list your dress for sale on the site.
Brides do not ship the dress to Nearly Newlywed (they ship directly to the buyer). Nearly Newlywed will pay for shipping & insurance!
When you dress sells, you get 70% of the sale price and they keep 30%. Previously it was a 60/40 split.
This is a great way to sell your dress to someone who may actually use it. What a great way to help make someone else day just perfect with the right dress.
Bonus: Nearly Newlywed pays for shipping & insurance!
Stillwhite is considered the largest pre-owned wedding dress marketplace. Their website says they’ve helped people sell over $26 million in wedding dresses. Selling on Stillwhite is simple.
You have two choices for selling plans:
- Standard ($20): You can upload four photos. You’ll pay zero commission fees and the dress will list until it’s sold.
- Premium ($30): You can upload eight photos, pay zero commission and list until sold. In addition, your dress will be featured on Stillwhite’s homepage for seven days. It’ll feature a larger photo in searches too.
This site is nice because it won’t charge you commissions. However, the one-time fee is non-refundable, even if your dress doesn’t sell.
Weddingbee is a site devoted to all things related to a wedding. You can find advice on planning your wedding, navigating relationships, makeup tips, and more.
In addition, they’ve got a classifieds section where you can buy and sell wedding-related items. You can sell anything people would use for a wedding, including wedding dresses.
It won’t cost you anything to sell your dress on Weddingbee. However, you can pay a fee to have your ad promoted as a featured ad.
As a seller on Weddingbee classifieds, you handle all communication with potential buyers, as well as payment and shipping details.
There are guidelines listed on the site regarding using their classifieds. I would suggest following these to protect yourself from unscrupulous buyers.
Tradesy helps you sell designer items that are in great condition. They have a variety of types of clothes and accessories for sale, including wedding dresses and accessories.
It’s super easy to sell on Tradesy. Just click on the “Start Selling” button on the top right-hand corner of your PC screen on the Tradesy website.
Or you can download the Tradesy app. You’ll start by uploading photos and then describing your item. In addition, you get to set your price and choose the shipping options you’ll offer.
Tradesy will notify you when someone buys your item, and you’ll be instructed to ship. You’ll pay a flat $7.50 shipping fee on items you sell for under $50.
If you sell an item for $50 or more, Tradesy will take a 19.8% commission and send you the remaining sale money.
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5. Once Wed
Once Wed was launched in 2008 for the purpose of helping people sell wedding dresses. The site now features many tools for planning a wedding.
However, they still offer listing services if you want to sell your wedding dress. The guidelines for selling on Once Wed are simple: List your dress for sale for one-year for a fee of $19.95.
You won’t pay any additional commissions or fees. This is a do-it-yourself site for selling your wedding dress.
Once Wed offers a listing service only. This means that you’ll be responsible for all of the details of your selling transaction. You’ll need to receive payment, ship the dress and communicate with your buyer.
However, Once Wed does have a customer service center to help you with any questions you may have regarding your listing.
6. Pre-Owned Wedding Dresses
Preownedweddingdresses.com helps people sell wedding dresses and bridesmaids gowns. The site can help you sell wedding accessories as well.
When you sell your wedding dress on their site, you’ll pay a one-time listing fee of $25. You’ll never pay commissions on the sale or any other charges.
As with similar sites, you handle all communication with potential buyers. Additionally, you handle receipt of payment, shipping, and customer service issues.
This site does share tips to help you coordinate a hassle-free transaction.
7. Wedding Recycle
Wedding Recycle doesn’t charge any fees for listing your wedding dress for sale on the site. They will charge listing fees for retailers or wholesalers, but not for private parties.
Once you list your dress on Wedding Recycle, buyers can add it to their cart and check out. If they use the cart feature you’ll pay Wedding Recycle a 4% commission and keep the rest for yourself.
This is another do-it-yourself site where you’re responsible for ensuring a safe transaction. Take the precautions mentioned on the site to protect yourself. And know that you’ll be responsible for collecting payment and shipping the dress.
SellMyWeddingDress.org is a simple listing site for you to sell your wedding dress on. Like other listing sites, you’ll have to coordinate the details of your sale.
You’ll have to communicate with potential buyers, receive payment and ship your dress. It costs $19.97 for a basic listing on the site and $29.97 for a premium listing.
The premium listing will buy you twice the photos and active ads for your dress than the basic listing will get you.
Poshmark helps people sell women’s, men’s, and kids’ clothing and accessories, including wedding dresses. When you sell on Poshmark, you can list your dress for sale in less than a minute.
They’ll take 20% of the sale price and you’ll keep 80% of the sale price. If your dress happens to sell for under $15, they’ll take a straight $2.95 fee. In addition, Poshmark will provide you with a free shipping label to make shipping easier.
When you sell on Poshmark, the company will release your funds on the fourth day after delivery is complete. Poshmark is a popular site with millions of items listed for sale.
10. Local Consignment Shops
Another idea for selling your wedding dress is to take it to local consignment shops. You might find a consignment shop that deals in all types of clothing that will offer to sell your wedding dress.
Or, you could consult with local bridal shops to see if they have a consignment area where people can sell used wedding dresses.
Note that with consignment shops you will have to share the profits from your sale. Consignment shop commissions vary. Some charge as little as 20% of the sale price. However, others may charge 40%, 50%, or more.
Be sure to read the fine print on the consignment shop contract before signing a listing agreement.
Craigslist is an old standby for selling just about anything locally. With Craigslist and sites like it, you don’t pay any listing or selling fees.
Be sure to use safety precautions when selling on local buy and sell sites. Bring someone with you, and tell someone where you’re going and when you’ll be back.
Also, don’t accept personal checks. Cash and cashier’s checks (call the bank to verify) are best when dealing with local buy and sell sites.
eBay is a tried-and-true source for selling just about everything. And that includes wedding dresses.
eBay has been helping people sell things for more than two decades. Yes, you will pay to sell on eBay. There are no longer listings fees to sell on the site. However, you will be a final valuation fee of 10% on your final sale price.
For this fee, you get the name recognition and exposure that comes with one of the top selling sites in the world. In addition, eBay offers shipping discounts of up to 25% off when you print your shipping labels from the site.
If you’re thinking about selling your wedding dress, you have many options to choose from.
Whether you want full-service help or a simple DIY listing site, you can sell your wedding dress.