How to Make Money from Your Wedding Dress

How to Make Money from your Wedding Dress

With the cost of weddings averaging at about $30,000, it is no surprise that more brides than ever before are selling their wedding dresses as well as other leftover items to make extra cash. Bridesmaids’ dresses are also a high expense at weddings, making them the perfect item to resell for future frugal attendants. Dresses that are less than two years old can be resold for up to 50% of their original price. Designer dresses from the most popular wedding brands can even be sold for up to 70% of their original price. Instead of putting away these pricey dresses in your closet to never be worn again, use these tips to make the biggest profit off of your gown.

  • Show the value of the dress: Before you sell your dress, it is crucial for the buyer to know exactly what they are getting. Make sure to provide as many pictures of the dress as you can, while also providing a detailed description of the dress. Don’t forget to take the dress to a professional cleaner to get rid of any small stains left from the wedding. The better shape the dress is in, the more money you will be able to make.
  • Consignment Stores: The fastest way to get rid of your previously worn dress is to take it to a consignment store. While it is important to keep in mind that most of these stores do take a 50% commission, you still have the opportunity to make some quick cash.
  • Online Stores: There are plenty of online places where you can sell your dresses. Websites such as Tradesy.com, Wedding-Recycle.com, WeddingBee.com, PreownedWeddingDresses.com and more let you sell your items at your own price. After registering the items you want to sell, these sites send you special shipping kits, making it easier to ship your items to buyers and allowing you to ship for free. These kits also let you sell from any place at any time.
  • Decorations: While dresses are an important part of any wedding, don’t forget how valuable your used decorations are. The cost of wedding decorations can be surprisingly expensive and most of these items are only used once. Most websites that allow you to sell your dress also have the option to sell decorations. Try reselling your centerpieces, cake stands, table runners and numbers and more.

While you may have spent a pretty penny on your wedding, reselling your items is an easy way to make some of that money back. Not only will you be getting paid, you get to help fellow frugal shoppers purchase these items at a discounted rate.

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