How to Sell a Prom Dress


Prom was great but it came and went and you are thinking that perhaps you should sell your prom dress. It may be because you will never wear it again, it does not fit you any more or you need the money. If you are thinking of selling, now is a good time. Prom is usually held in April.

The following tips will help you sell your prom dress faster and for a good price:


Decide where you will sell your prom dress. eBay is a famous hunt for used items in good condition and your expensive dress could fetch you a good price here. If you have maintained your dress in good condition, you can get between 30 and 50% of what you paid for it. If your dress is an off-brand, consider selling it on Craiglist or to someone that you know. One advantage of selling to someone that you know is that you will save yourself the cost of shipping the dress to an online buyer who is far away from you.


If you do post your dress online and a potential buyer wants to try it, take precautions. Meet them at a public place like the mall or a coffee shop. Such a place will also have a clean bathroom they can try the dress.


As much as you want to maximize chances that you will sell your prom dress, avoid consignment stores. For one, your dress could get damaged in the store. Also, if it does not sell before prom you will have missed your window. Furthermore, it is consignment stores that set the prices of different items in an area. Perhaps you could sell your prom dress elsewhere for a better amount. Selling online is best as you control the process, including the price and it puts the dress in front of buyers from far and wide.


Have the dress cleaned professionally. Do this after you have a good idea what you could realistically sell it for. You don’t want to spend half of the selling price on dry cleaning. If it is worth it, get it cleaned so that it looks as attractive as possible and is ready to wear.


In good light, do good photos of the entire dress, the bodice, the back and other parts of it. Post a few of your prom pictures too. However, crop the photos to remove your face. Seeing the dress on someone is more attracive than seeing it on a hangar. Be wary of using stock photos unless they are of the exact same dress. You don’t want to mislead people.


Still on not misleading people, do mention in your posting that the dress is pre-owned. Also, if there are visible signs of wear, mention them or repair them. You don’t want to deal with a disappointed buyer hounding you to return their money.


Give measurement details. Don’t be general and just say it is a size 12. A size 12 from one store or label could be a size 10 in another store or another label. Give waist, hip and bust measurements and indicate how long it is from shoulder to hem.


If the dress can be altered, say so. If you altered it yourself, mention the alterations you made. The fact that the hem can be brought up or taken down or that the seams can be opened up or taken in can be the fact that snags you a buyer who loved the dress but thought it was a bit too small, big, short or long for them.


Figure out the cost of postage and shipping. Prom dresses are usually bulky because of wide, flowing skirts and embelishments. Courier delivery is best for the security and timeliness. Regular UPS, FedEX and USPS services are quite affordable. Inform potential buyers that you can use one of these services to get the dress to them but factor in the cost into your selling price.