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The Best Places to Buy and Sell Used Wedding Dresses

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Something Old

As the saying goes, one bridal tradition is to wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue” on the couple’s wedding day. What if that “something old” is a used wedding dress? For future brides and the recently wedded, buying or selling a previously worn wedding dress is a great way to save money or recoup the costs of purchasing a new wedding gown. And there are a handful of places online where you can make that happen. Whether you’re looking for a cheap wedding dress or hoping to offload an old one, here are the best places to buy and sell used wedding dresses.


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Stillwhite
Stillwhite

Stillwhite

Fee: $23-$32 to list, no commission

Payment: PayPal

Shipping: Seller ships the dress, buyer pays shipping fee


Dubbed “the world's largest wedding dress marketplace,” Stillwhite has tens of thousands of used wedding dresses available for purchase, plus a seamless process for selling your own dress. Buyers can peruse dresses by designer, silhouette, size, price, and other filters, while each listing notes how much the dress was discounted from the original price. Sellers can list their dress starting at $23 for a standard fee (four photos) or $32 for a premium fee (eight photos and a video, placement on the homepage gallery, and other perks). Once a match is made, the seller packages and ships the dress, while the buyer pays for postage. Returns aren’t allowed, but buyers can always re-sell the dress on Stillwhite.


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Nearly Newlywed
Nearly Newlywed

Nearly Newlywed

Fee: $20 to list, 30% commission

Payment: PayPal or check

Shipping: Sellers receive a prepaid and insured shipping label from Nearly Newlywed 


Nearly Newlywed sells new, sample, and used wedding dresses, featuring designers like BHLDN, Vera Wang, Maggie Sottero, and others. For buyers, the shopping process allows you to select from a variety of filters — designer, size, neckline, length, etc. — before adding it to their cart. From there, Nearly Newlywed will work with the seller to thoroughly inspect the dress before shipping it to the buyer, after which the buyer will have five days to either keep or return the dress for a $50 fee. If the dress is a keeper, sellers will receive 70% of the paid listing via PayPal or check; Nearly Newlywed keeps a 30% commission. If the dress is returned, Nearly Newlywed will ship it back with a prepaid label and the seller can list it again.


Nearly Newlywed
Nearly Newlywed

Preownedweddingdresses.com

Fee: $25 to list

Payment: PayPal or Escrow.com

Shipping: Buyer pays shipping fee


Founded in 2004, Preownedweddingdresses.com lists sample and used wedding dresses up to 90% off for former brides and brides-to-be. Looking for a dress? Search tens of thousands of options by location, size, designer, condition, and more. You can then email the seller for more information and to negotiate a price and terms of sale (the company recommends using PayPal for a final sale and Escrow.com if the seller accepts returns). Sellers fill out a listing form before putting their used dress up for sale, and can choose to offer a return option or not; the average sell time is 70 days. One bonus: It’s easy to sell accessories and bridal party dresses on the site, too.


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Poshmark
Poshmark

Poshmark

Fee: No listing fee, 20% commission

Payment: Credit or Debit Cards, Affirm, Apple Pay, Google Pay, PayPal, Venmo

Shipping: Buyer pays shipping fee


Ah, good ol’ Poshmark. The online marketplace is a bastion for secondhand fashion, including a small selection of used wedding dresses; brides-to-be can search by heading to the women’s dress section and clicking on the wedding category. While buyers have to sift through a combination of bridesmaid and wedding guest dresses, there are still dozens of affordable wedding gowns to choose from. As with all Poshmark items, buyers can either make an offer or purchase for the listed price — just note that all sales are final. Sellers should be aware that there are commission fees: for orders over $15, Poshmark keeps 20% of the sale.


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Tradesy
Tradesy

Tradesy

Fee: No listing fee, 19.8% commission on items $50 or more, $7.50 flat rate on items under $50

Payment: Credit card or Affirm

Shipping: Sellers print a prepaid shipping label


Tradesy specializes in designer fashion, meaning brides-to-be on the hunt for glamorous dresses will find the likes of Ines de Santo, Hayley Paige, Oscar de la Renta, and Badgley Mischka Bride. Prices, naturally, are higher than other sites on this list, but it’s still easy for brides to sell their used dresses and future brides to make a purchase. Earn up to 80% of the listing price when you sell your wedding dress, and take comfort in knowing you won’t have to deal with returns — Tradesy processes all returns from buyers.

Borrowing Magnolia
Borrowing Magnolia

Borrowing Magnolia

Fee: $15 to list, no commission

Payment: PayPal or Escrow.com

Shipping: Buyer pays shipping fee


Both brides and bridesmaids can find the dress of their dreams on Borrowing Magnolia, a site listing thousands of used wedding dresses at up to 80% off. Search by fabric, neckline, train, silhouette, and more filters, then contact the seller to ask any questions or confirm dress details. Sellers are responsible for determining a return policy, and Borrowing Magnolia suggests using a shipping service that requires the buyer’s signature at delivery.