What You Need to Know Before Selling Your Wedding Dress

Wedding Dresses

Chances are, your wedding dress was something that you fell madly in love with the minute you tried it on for the first time. It was probably something you had to dig deep into your savings account to afford and will forever be the most expensive thing hanging in your closet. It's definitely one of the top things you will remember when you look back at your wedding memories. But as hard as it is, selling your white dress for some cold hard cash may be the right option for you. If so, here are four things to consider before putting your wedding dress up for sale.

How Much Money You Can List it For
You may have paid a couple thousand dollars for your wedding dress, and while you won't make all of that money back selling it used, you can make up to 50 percent back if you sell it within two and a half years. Depending on the style, fabric, designer name, and condition, you could make quite a lot of your money back selling it second hand.

Where You Should Go to Sell It
There are plenty of online stores that specialize in re-selling wedding dresses, as well as eBay, and for those more daring, Craigslist. If you'd feel better selling it to a brick and mortar shop, you can find local consignment shops to sell it at.

Determine If You're Ready to Part Ways
Before putting the dress up for sale, make sure you are ready to say goodbye to it. Some people hold on to their wedding dress for sentimental reasons or because they have hopes of one day giving the dress to a relative. Just make sure you are ready to trade it in for money before selling it.

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How Quick It Sells Can Be Based on What You Do
Keep the dress in good shape after your wedding by getting it professionally cleaned. If it's in good shape you'll have a better chance of selling it. Try to sell it within a couple of years, so that the style is still popular and well sought after.

Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates.

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