How to Sell Your Wedding Dress for Cash (and 9 Places to Do So)

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When I was planning my wedding, I wanted to find the perfect dress.

Going from bridal boutique to bridal boutique, I tried on countless options until I finally found it.

But since the wedding, my dress has been sitting in my closet gathering dust. One day, I realized that I could probably try to sell it and recoup some of the cost.

Where exactly can you sell a wedding dress? At first, I thought I was limited to Craigslist or Facebook. But as I looked into it, I learned that there are several different options — both online and locally — for selling wedding dresses.

Your best bet is to go with a niche-specific site that focuses on selling and reselling wedding-related items, including wedding dresses. These sites are targeted at brides who are specifically looking for a secondhand wedding dress.

Listing your items on those websites will get it in front of an audience that is primed and ready to buy your dress.

The Top Sites to Sell Your Wedding Dress Online

If you’re looking to make some money by selling your wedding dress, check out the websites below. Many of them are specifically targeted toward brides looking to buy secondhand wedding-related items and save cash.

Some of these websites also offer wedding dress consignment options if that’s something you’re considering.

1. Stillwhite

Stillwhite valuator page
Source: Stillwhite
  • Listing Fee: $20 fee per dress that includes four photos and is listed until sold, or $30 for a premium listing that includes eight photos and a homepage gallery. 
  • Commission: No commission
  • Shipping Cost: Variable (buyers pay for postage)

Stillwhite bills itself as the world’s largest pre-owned wedding dress marketplace with an easy-to-use website for both sellers and buyers.

According to its site, it has 52,000 dresses for sale. Use the Stillwhite valuator to see how much you can sell your dress for.

Under the standard option, you’ll pay a one-time fee of $20 to list your dress. You’ll pay no commission on the sale, your dress will be listed until it’s sold, and you can upload up to four photos.

The premium listing option comes with a $30 one-time fee, a homepage gallery feature, larger photo in search, and up to eight photos.

You can sell your dress online or meet with the buyer in person so they can try it on.  

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2. Tradesy

Tradesy website for selling wedding dresses online
Source: Tradesy
  • Listing Fee: No listing fee
  • Commission: 19.8% on sales over $50
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

Tradesy is an online marketplace for designer clothing and accessories, including wedding dresses. Creating a listing is simple, and you can set your own price. If you want to sell your wedding dress on the site, it needs to be in excellent condition.

You can also sell veils, bridal jewelry, shoes, bridesmaid dresses, and wedding decorations through Tradesy. 

Tradesy guides you through every step of the listing process. You’ll also get suggestions to improve your listings so you can sell your dress quickly. As an added bonus, all uploaded photos will be automatically enhanced by Tradesy to make your listing stand out.

For wedding dresses, once your item sells, you can print a prepaid label and ship using your own materials. If the buyer returns your item due to something that’s not your fault, Tradesy will handle it, and you get to keep your earnings.

There are no upfront selling fees, but you will owe a 19.8% commission fee on items sold for more than $50.

Related: 34 Places to Sell Your Shoes Online for Cash

3. Poshmark

Poshmark homepage
Source: Poshmark
  • Listing Fee: No listing fee
  • Commission: 20% flat commission fee
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

Poshmark is another app and website where you can sell your used clothes. It mostly focuses on mall and designer brands but isn’t as picky as Tradesy.

It’s easy to create a listing with the app. Just take a few photos with your phone, and upload them in less than a minute.

The app makes it easy to share your listings for shoppers to discover. It offers custom filters and has a large selection of bridesmaid and wedding dresses. You can communicate with potential buyers within the app, making it easier to keep everything in one place.

Once your dress sells, print the prepaid and pre-addressed label and either drop it in a mailbox or schedule a free pick-up. You’ll have to pay a 20% commission fee when you sell your wedding dress on Poshmark.

4. Nearly Newlywed

Nearly Newlywed homepage
Source: Nearly Newlywed
  • Listing Fee: $25 
  • Commission: 40%
  • Shipping Cost: Variable (pre-paid label provided for dresses sold above $500, but shipping is seller’s responsibility when dresses are sold for less than $500)

If you’re looking for an option that will make the selling process hassle-free and don’t mind paying a higher commission rate, check out Nearly Newlywed. The listing process is quick and easy. Simply submit some information and photos of your wedding dress.

It may take between 24 and 48 hours for Nearly Newlywed to approve the listing. Once it’s listed, the site will answer buyer questions and handle payments, shipping, and insurance.

When your dress sells, you’ll receive a prepaid shipping label to send the gown to Nearly Newlywed for inspection and to verify its condition.

Unlike other sites, Nearly Newlywed charges both a $25 listing fee and a 40% commission. It says most wedding gown sales finalize within 60 to 120 days. 

Related: 13 Best Places to Sell Your Jewelry Online

5. Once Wed

Once Wed sell page
Source: Once Wed
  • Listing Fee: $19.95 per dress
  • Commission: No commission
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

Once Wed is an online wedding resource that helps future brides find inspiration and tools to plan their dream wedding. It’s also an online marketplace for secondhand wedding dresses.

With more than ten years in the business, this site is a great option for selling your wedding dress. There’s a listing fee of $19.95 per dress but no commission fees. Your listing is valid for one year.

The site offers seller privacy and protection along with customer service with email support to help you resolve any problems.

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6. PreOwnedWeddingDresses.com

PreOwnedWeddingDresses sell page
Source: PreOwnedWeddingDresses
  • Listing Fee: $25
  • Commission: No commission
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

PreOwned Wedding Dresses has been in business since 2004. This site connects buyers and sellers of new, sample, and used wedding dresses and bridal party gowns.

There’s a one-time listing fee of $25, but no commission fees. The site also claims that the average dress sells within 70 days, higher than what other sites claim. It also has a handy wedding dress value calculator that will help you determine the best listing price.

7. Wore It Once

Wore It Once
Source: Wore It Once
  • Listing Fee: $20
  • Commission: No commission
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

Wore It Once is a platform that connects buyers and sellers of used wedding dresses, gowns, jewelry, shoes, and other clothing items. You can sell your wedding dress by setting up your own custom shop where you can list other wedding-related items as well.

When listing your dress, you’ll need to fill out a form with details including size, color, and style. Then you’ll write a custom description for your dress and decide on a listing price.

There’s a one-time setup fee of $20, and there’s currently no commission on the sale of any of your items. Your listings never expire and you set your own prices. There is also no limit on the number of products in your shop, so you can list and sell all of your used wedding items at once.

8. Wedding Bee

Wedding Bee Homepage
Source: Wedding Bee
  • Listing Fee: No listing fee
  • Commission: No commission
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

Wedding Bee is a website and an online community focused on providing advice, tips, and tricks to real couples planning their weddings. You can find information on topics such as DIY wedding projects, day-of tips, as well as dream wedding inspiration.

But most importantly, the site also features a classifieds section where you can sell your wedding dress.

It’s free to list your wedding dress on Wedding Bee, but you can purchase a featured ad. You set your own price, communicate with interested buyers, and are responsible for shipping the dress. You can also list other wedding-related items such as shoes, accessories, decorations, and more.

9. Sell My Wedding Dress

Sell My Wedding Dress Homepage
Source: Sell My Wedding Dress
  • Listing Fee: $19.99 for a basic listing; $29.99 for premium listing
  • Commission: No commission
  • Shipping Cost: Variable

Another option to sell your wedding dress is the aptly-named website Sell My Wedding Dress. There are two options for listing your dress: a basic listing, which costs $19.99, and a premium one that starts at $29.99, which includes a featured listing and better placement for your ad.

The site does not charge any commission fees, and there are no hidden costs. Your listing will stay up until your dress sells.

To list your dress, you’ll need to fill out some standard information such as the size, color, and style of your dress. You’ll also need to write a description and decide on a listing price.

Where to Sell Your Wedding Dress Locally

If you’re looking to sell your wedding dress locally, there are a few options. Your best bet if you’re looking to stay close to home are local wedding dress consignment shops. 

Craigslist

Craigslist lets you sell anything from furniture to children’s toys. It also has a section for selling wedding-related items such as wedding gowns.

While this may not be the best place to sell your wedding dress, it also means you don’t have to ship the dress or pay a listing fee. Selling a wedding dress through Craigslist may take longer, and it may be harder to find qualified buyers.

Creating a listing is free, but you should take time to write a great listing for your dress and decide on a fair price.

Many Craigslist buyers try to haggle, so set your price with a little wiggle room. Take the time to add detailed photos, especially if there are any problems with the dress.

Related: How to Sell on Craigslist (And 6 Tips for Success)

Facebook Buy and Sell Groups

Another local option to sell your wedding dress is on Facebook Buy and Sell groups or through the Facebook Marketplace.

These groups will sell almost anything, so you won’t be marketing to brides only. The upside is that the buyers are local, so you don’t have to worry about shipping your dress.

Include lots of photos, a good description, and a competitive price when listing your dress. You may have to negotiate on the final price, so leave some bargaining room.

It’ll probably take you longer to sell your dress via Facebook, but there are no fees to create a listing.

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Local Wedding Consignment Shops

If you want to sell your wedding dress locally, the best option is a wedding dress consignment shop.

Since these shops specifically focus on selling wedding-related items like wedding gowns, accessories, and shoes, this is your best chance for getting your dress in front of local buyers looking specifically for a wedding dress.

One of the big downsides of local wedding dress consignment shops is that they charge fairly steep fees for helping you sell your wedding dress, similar to some sites on this list.

Many shops charge a commission rate in the range of 40% to 60% of the final sale price of the dress. 

Related: How to Start an Online Thrift Store or Consignment Shop

Tips for Selling Your Used Wedding Dress Online

When looking to sell your wedding dress, there are a few factors to consider. First of all, make sure your dress is in good condition without any tears, stains, or other damage. Since you’ve likely only worn the dress once, it’s probably still in good condition.

Also, keep in mind that photos sell. The more photos you can include from all different angles, the better.

You can include both photos of you in the dress and the dress on a hanger, but make sure to show any important details such as beadwork or a special lace design up close.

Provide all relevant information such as size, exact color (ivory, off-white, etc.), petticoats, and so on. If the dress was altered in any way, try to describe the alterations with as much detail as possible.

How Much Can I Sell My Used Wedding Dress For?

How much you can sell your used wedding dress for depends on a number of factors.

As a general rule of thumb, a used wedding dress in great condition and under two years old can usually sell for 50% of the retail price. If your dress is a designer brand such as Vera Wang, you can get closer to 60% of the retail value.

There are calculators that can estimate how much you can get for your wedding dress. Enter some general information such as your dress’s brand, condition, size, etc. and you can get an estimate for the value of your gown.

Here are a few calculators to help you determine the best price to sell your wedding dress:

How Long Will It Take to Sell My Wedding Dress?

The time it will take to sell your wedding dress depends on various factors including the brand, style, size, and condition. Also, keep in mind that the popularity of the marketplace or store you select to use for your listing will play a role in how much traffic your dress gets and how quickly it sells.

On average, expect your dress to sell within 60 to 90 days of listing provided it’s a popular brand and style, in excellent condition, and no more than a couple of years old. Dresses that are an older style, not in good condition, or are a lower-demand size may take longer to sell.

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Veneta Lusk

Veneta Lusk is a personal finance expert who loves empowering people to get smart about their finances and health so they can live their dreams. After becoming debt free, she and her husband created a flexible lifestyle so they can travel more, focus on fun projects, and spend time with their children. When she’s not writing or hanging out with her family, she enjoys reading, baking, and planning the next big adventure.

5 comments
Erika
Erika

Would you have tips for selling my never worn dress locally? I have people that want to try it on and wanting to buy it. Thanks!

Rebecca Bernas
Rebecca Bernas

Where would I start to sell my never tried on/worn wedding gown from Klienfelds? Thank you!

Babette
Babette

Is there a market for vintage wedding gowns? My mother’s 1954 dress is in perfect condition and she’s talking about selling it.

Ben Huber

Hmm — that’s pretty unique — I’m not sure if there’s a market for it to be honest. If there is, I would assume it’s fairly small unless there’s something ultra-unique about it. Someone like Rob and Melissa at Flea Market Flipper might be able to tell you if there’s any potential there.

Cissy Pastorella
Cissy Pastorella

My daughter is getting married soon. Earlier in the year, she found her perfect wedding gown and veil. We bought it and paid for it. A few months later, we were out looking for bridal party dresses. While doing that my daughter found her perfect gown. It fit her perfectly and was nicer than the first one she bought. We bought that one. So now she has two wedding gowns and veils. I would like to sell the 1st one as it is brand new and has never been altered or touched. I would like to get in touch with someone who may be able to use or buy from me (and then they can resell to someone else if they wanted). Thanks for all your help!

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