How to Sell a Wedding Dress to a Pawn Shop

February 18, 2020 - Clothing, Accessories and Handbags

Pawn shops will buy specialty clothing items off of you if they’re the right quality.

Wedding dresses are one of those items. It makes sense that you should sell your wedding dress, doesn’t it? It’s something you spend thousands of dollars on only to wear it once and see it collect dust in the closet.

While it’s good to hang on to memories, sometimes the memorabilia would better serve you in the form of cold hard cash. If you’re wondering how to sell a wedding dress, we’ve got the low-down for you.

How to Sell a Wedding Dress

Pawn shops are great options for people who have valuable things they don’t us. Each shop is different though, so you may have to face a little rejection.

Different stores have different quotas, different amounts of income, and other variables that may make them refuse your item. With that said, there’s no reason that you shouldn’t try to pawn your wedding dress. There are a few things that you should do before you try.

Have it Cleaned

Cleaning your dress is the first thing you should do. You may think that it already looks fantastic and there’s no need, but trust us– do it. Pawnbrokers are savvy people who understand the little things that affect value. You may deal with someone who has a specialty in wedding dresses.

Even if your broker doesn’t know much about dresses, they’ll get a better impression from a clean garment. It may be the difference between the person accepting the item and turning you away. Additionally, a clean dress will get you more money.

Have a Realistic Idea of How Much You’ll Get

With personal items like clothing or instruments, the market value is dependent on the quality of the item, and quality is not something that is quantifiable. The broker will have to look at what the item is selling for online and make a judgment on how your piece matches up.

Pawn shops typically pay somewhere between 50 and 60 percent of the market value for the item you’re selling. Many people get offended when they hear the price that they’re receiving for the item. Understand that you are skipping the process of seeking someone out and trying to sell your dress to individuals.

You’re receiving a quick and reliable service that cuts out the middleman and allows you to leave the store with cash-in-hand. Have your dress cleaned, bring it into the store with a dry-cleaning bag, and see what happens.

Depending on the original value of the dress, you could still walk out with a large amount of money. Even if you receive a couple hundred dollars, that’s money you didn’t have before!

Curious About Pawn Shops?

Look into the pawn shops in your area and see how much you can sell your dress for!

If you’re still wondering how to sell a wedding dress or any other item, we have the information you need to have a better grasp on selling to pawn shops.

David Stiebel

David Stiebel is one of the cofounders of PawnGuru. David was educated at MIT, where he studied Math. He subsequently worked at Bain as a data scientist before starting PawnGuru in 2015. He started PawnGuru to build a better tool for pawn shops and consumers to connect.

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