How I Made Over $600 Selling My Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid dresses can cost upwards of $300 or more, and let’s be real, you only wear them once – maybe twice if you’re lucky.  After being in six weddings, I spent more than I’d like to admit on bridesmaid dresses.  However, by selling them on Tradesy, I was able to make more than 50% back of what I spent.  Curious how you can do it, too?

Photo by Kenny Kim Photography Photo by Kenny Kim Photography

But first, why Tradesy?

Tradesy is a super easy platform to use that resells high-end designer fashion and accessories that are gently used.  What I love most about Tradesy is the listings NEVER expire!  If you’ve ever sold anything eBay or Facebook, you know creating the listing is half the battle.  It takes a good amount of time to create a quality listing.  They help you to understand the market price for your item when creating a listing to maximize your impact.  Finally, Tradesy offers multiple options to make shipping fast and easy.  If that wasn’t enough, you can take your profit and buy something new.  If you use my code, you’ll get $20 off your first purchase of $50 or more.

So how do you sell with Tradesy?

To sell follow these super simple steps for a seamless listing and fast sale.

1. Create an account with Tradesy

It’s super easy to create an account with Tradesy.  In fact, you can even use your Facebook account to create it.  I recommend building out your profile so you look like a credible seller by adding a photo and creating a username.

2. Research the price point of your dress

Is anyone else selling the dress you’re looking to sell?  How many are currently being sold?  How much are they selling for?  Being competitive is key within the re-sale market.  While you don’t need to be the least expensive, you certainly don’t want to be the most expensive.

3. Create your listing with a strong description & beautiful photos

Tradesy makes it super simple to create the listing.  Making the listing as accurate and detailed as possible is key.  First, start with the description.  Open your description with a bit about how you used the dress.  Where did you wear it?  How many times?  Did you hem it?  If so, what height does the owner need to be in heels and flats.  I like to use 3″ heels as a benchmark as that’s a very common height.  Comment to it’s overall condition (gently used, like new, mint condition, etc).  Then, I highly recommend finding the listing on the retailers website if possible.  Copy and paste the exact description into the listing.

For pictures, save the retailer photos from the retailers site and upload them to your listing.  If you can get a good photo of you in the dress or the dress itself, add that to the listing as well to show that the dress is in great condition.  If you can’t get a good photo, don’t sweat it.  If you want an example, you can click here to see one of my old posts.

4. Be a fast responder & ship on time

For starters, answer questions within 24 hours.  Think about when you’re online shopping.  You want to have answers in the moment so the faster you can respond the better.  Once your item does sell, Tradesy makes it super simple to ship your item.  You can either order a shipping kit from them or ship yourself for a set fee, which I have found to be incredibly accurate.

Once you confirm the sale, you have 7 days to ship the idea.  As always, faster is better.  Tradesy will confirm the earnings once you input the tracking information.  Finally, once the item arrives to the new owner, the funds will be released for payout.  Overall, it’s one of the easiest things I’ve done, and I was certainly happy to make some money back from these dresses!

Have you sold anything on Tradesy?  Have you sold bridesmaid dresses anywhere else? 

Meet Jen

I’ve always had a love affair with creation. Since I was a child, I handmade my gifts or combined toys to design something new. Fast forward twenty years, and I’m still making my gifts every holiday and designing new ways to do things.


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In order to grow my small business, I earn revenue in a few different ways. I publish sponsored posts from time to time, which are always labeled. Sometimes I earn an affiliate commission on the sales of products or business resources I link to. I only feature items I genuinely love and want to share. Thank you for reading and supporting my small business!

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