Don't forget the Internet
course, wedding items numbering in the thousands can be found on Web sites like
eBay and Craigslist. Researching her "This Week on Craigslist" column
for Phillyist.com, Jen A. Miller says she often finds listings for rings and dresses
to be either too detailed or too sparse when what's best is something in between
"Some are all business," she says. "Others
are short and painful: size and the words 'never worn' or 'worn for a few days'
or even a pithy remark about the previous owner."
advises sellers to keep it less personal, even having a friend write the listing.
Then, to ensure traffic, she says, always include a photo -- but not one from
the big day with a big white dot over the bride and groom's once-happy faces.
Consignment is a good way to bid good riddance to old wedding
Jeanette McQueeney, 33, of Grosse Pointe Park, Mich.,
recouped $200 of the $650 she paid for the dress for her first wedding.
took forever to sell, though," she says. "They had it at the consignment
shop for about a year and a half. Just as I forgot about it, a check arrived."
a consignment shop on Madison Avenue in New York City, features a bridal salon
stocking as many as 50 high-end designer gowns at any given time, says owner Laura
Fluhr. Wedding gown prices range from $650 to $2,500, Fluhr says, and a Vera Wang
gown can often be had for $1,200.
"There is a very strong
demand for very beautiful previously owned gowns," she says.
women divorcing their gowns along with their spouses, Fluhr's consignment clients
are often selling in hopes of freeing up valuable closet space or balancing out
overspending on the front end.
Customers often ask for the
history of secondhand gowns, afraid of buying into bad karma, Fluhr adds, but
"even if we know, we don't tell."