10 Ways to Sell Your Prom Dress and Make Major $$$
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Once prom is over, there's really nowhere else to wear that floor-length, sequin-covered gown (even though you may have convinced your mom otherwise). Many people like keeping their prom dresses for sentimental value or to one day pass down to their future daughter to wear to her own prom, but if you have no intention of keeping yours for that long, make some of that money back by selling your dress to the next round of prom-goers.
Here are all the places you can sell your prom dress in exchange for some quick cash.
1. Consignment Stores
At consignment stores, they'll examine your prom dress and tell you if they want to buy it from you and for how much. Go online and check out some consignment shops near you for a quick and easy way to get cash on the spot.
TheRealReal is a designer consignment store with the benefit and convenience of buying and selling straight from your phone. Like a traditional consignment shop, you'll list your gown on the app or the website, and then the experts with TRR will offer you a price. If the gown is from one of the designers that they accept, you can get paid with direct deposit, store credit, or a check.
Yup, your mom's favorite bargain spot is a great place for selling literally anything, including prom dresses. You can download the eBay app on your phone and post from there. Shoppers will bid on your gown and send money straight to your PayPal account.
Put your prom dress, shoes, purse, jewelry – literally anything – up for sale at Depop. Everyone from bloggers to vintage dealers use the app to sell their best pieces. Download it yourself and start selling.
Everyone loves to surf Poshmark for style inspo, so it's the perfect place to get rid of your old prom dress (or clothes from last season). Here's how: get the app (for FREE!), upload a pic to your closet... and you're done! Just wait for someone to buy it. Plus, they supply a pre-paid label, so shipping is easy.
6. Vestiaire Collective
Formerly known as Tradesy, list your dress by designer on Vestiaire Collective for quick cash. Plus, when you make a sale, they'll send you a pre-paid, pre-addressed shipping kit. The money goes right into your PayPal account or debit card (minus a small commission) and BOOM – you're done.
There are countless Facebook pages for buying and selling, and even ones specific for prom attire. Around prom time, people start searching for quality second-hand dresses. Just post a few pics of the gown with your desired price and wait for the DMs to roll in. There's also Facebook Marketplace, which is essentially a virtual thrift store where you can buy or sell just about anything.
8. Start an Instagram page for your school
Take initiative and create an unofficial school IG page where anyone can post their old prom dresses for sale. You can put the size, price, and description in the caption of each photo, and anyone who's interested in snagging it can send a DM. Plus, you won't have to worry about shipping — you can just hand off the dress to the new owner at lunch or after school.
As soon as you sign up for a clean-out kit, ThredUP sends you a label so you can pack your dress (plus any other clothing in good condition) in a box and get rid of it ASAP. If they accept the items, they will inspect, price, and list everything for you. It's one of the easiest and quickest options on this entire list, but keep in mind that you won't be able to control the price as much as you'd be able to if you sold your prom dress yourself.
10. Host an IRL sale with your besties
If you're part of an organization or school club, host a prom dress sale as a fabulous fundraiser. Get your friends, teammates, neighbors, or fellow club members together to sell your prom looks for anyone in your community looking for dresses and suits on a budget.
You can structure the IRL sale just like a typical yard sale where all of the secondhand items are displayed and priced for anyone to stop by and shop. For a more glamorous shopping experience, play music and offer sparkling mocktails for customers to enjoy while browsing!
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