It’s wedding season and I’m curious – how many bridesmaid dresses do you currently have hanging in your closet? I’m willing to guess at least one. While the running joke among brides is, “You can shorten it and wear again!” the fact remains that it still looks like a bridesmaid dress and you probably won’t. Plus, have you had a dress tailored lately? It’s expensive! Instead, here are 5 places to sell bridesmaid dresses you no longer need.
7 Places to Sell Bridesmaid Dresses
I love my blush pink bridesmaid dresses but I’m willing to bet my sisters and sister-in-law never wore them again. And if they were able to sell them I’d be happy for them. Plus, another way to look at it is that a bridesmaid, or high school girl going to prom, can purchase an affordable dress.
Also, “mismatched maids” is a growing trend among brides. More brides want either different dresses in similar colors or the same dress in multiple colors.
It costs $5 to list your dress but your dress will remain on the site until it’s sold. Also, the site doesn’t collect commission so all the money made is yours to keep! There is even a calculator to help you figure out how much you will likely get for your dress before posting.
I’ve sold and bought a few items on Poshmark and I love how easy the process is. You never know how long it will take to sell your dress but you do get to choose your price and negotiate when optional.
3.) Thread Up
I’ve bought many pre-owned clothes from Thread Up in the past but about three years ago they launched a “The Mismatched Maid” site focused solely on bridesmaid dresses! It’s a gamble, though, because you physically mail your dress in with no guarantee of purchase. If you want it back you have to pay a small fee. However, if you’re not that hung up on making money, it may be a good option for you.
Yes, the crafty-site sells old bridesmaid dresses. It costs 20 cents to list on Etsy plus a 3.5% transaction fee, and a 3% + $0.25 fee for processing the payment. I’m not sure why they made it so confusing but to make the math simple if you list your dress for $100 it will only end up costing you $6.95 if you sell it Still a good deal.
Now, I don’t have any experience selling on eBay but I did buy from wedding dress from there. I found the exact Jcrew wedding dress with pockets I wanted for $500. It was brand new with tags and I loved it. I share more about that story in my post 10 Simple Tips to Save Money on your Wedding.
To sell on eBay, it will cost around 10% of the final cost. So if you end up selling a dress for $100, expect to pay $10 in fees.
Places to Donate Bridesmaid Dresses
If you’re feeling more charitable, there are loads of places willing to take your old bridesmaid dresses and use them for a good cause.
Becca’s Closet collects and distributes formal gowns to high school girls with financial need. While it’s based in Florida, there are chapters around the country. All you have to do is pick your state and find the nearest drop off location.
The Goodwill or Salvation Army.
Both thrift stores accept and will resell your gown. The money made goes to different charitable programs. Otherwise, search your own city or town for a more local donation center.
Lastly, don’t forget to dry clean your dress before selling or donating.
What did you do with your old bridesmaid dresses?