Sunday, December 27, 2009
I was honored to learn that one of my guest tips on how to sell your bridesmaid's dress was featured in SWS’s Top Ten Wedding Guest Picks Of 2009 Please visit it and tell her which number is your favorite tip and come back and share it with me, too. (I bet you'll pick #2...brilliant thinking! LOL) Enjoy!
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Tuesday, September 1, 2009
First, to buy or sell anything on the Internet, you will need a safe and secure system to pay and be paid, such as Paypal. Paypal has great name recognition, but they aren't the only ones available. My son-in-law tells me Google Checkout is his favorite. You will need to set this up first as it may take a few days to verify your banking information.
While you are getting your Paypal account set up, you can begin finding or taking photos of what you have to sell. I could write a whole blog on the right and wrong way to photograph your dress, but for now just keep these things in mind. A picture of the dress on a real person is the best. It doesn't matter if you can see a face, so crop it if you want. A dress lying flat on a surface is my very least favorite. Look at the difference in the two pictures of the same dress shown here. If you don't already have a digital picture of it, have fun coming up with ways to show the dress in a flattering light.
Once you have your online account and a digital picture, you are ready to submit your ad. At The Green Hanger Shop, you will first register and give yourself a user name and submit your email address. This email address is important. It is the only way a shopper can reach you. On our website, it will not be public, nor will it be shared with anyone other than a potential buyer.
At last, you are ready to submit your ad. You will need to accurately give its size, designer, description, picture, and price. When you describe your dress, you want to be honest, but it's okay to use some salesmanship, too. I like to tell them what is special about what I am selling. For example, I discovered I had a very exclusive designer dress that I knew nothing about until I researched the dress label. I had bought it as a sample apparently at an off-brand store. Now the designer's dresses sell for several hundred dollars! Of course, I am not going to ask much for it because I didn't pay that much.. That's something else to remember. You have to set a price that will attract a buyer and is worth your while. Decide how you will handle the cost of shipping before the sale. I like to include that in the price, so I don't have to add anything else on.
Most of all, don't be afraid to ask for help from The Green Hanger Shop. That is why I am here and what I love doing! I guarantee you; once you make a sale, you will be hooked!
Friday, August 21, 2009
We all have something really cute we wore to a wedding or party or shower. Chances are, we won't wear it again, but we feel the need to get 'our money's worth' out of it so we are hanging on. So here is my proposal. Let's have a September Swap Meet! Go to The Green Hanger Shop and list your dress in the Wedding Guests category absolutely free! It will stay there for the whole month unless you sell it and let us know. Like Cinderella's gown, it will magically disappear on October 1st unless you make arrangements with the fairy godmother (that would be me) for it to remain.
There are just a few rules. You must register in order to submit the ad for your dress. I approve all listings before they are posted and a picture of it is required. The free offer is for the wedding guest category only.
I encourage you to read my tips for buyers and sellers at The Green Hanger Shop, too.
Happy sales to you!
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Now I am using that experience to help brides with that age old tradition of 'something old' that was begun to bridge past with future. Just like Mom, I travel the back roads of South Carolina stopping at the antique shops and handpicking the vintage pins that inspire me. When choosing a Something Old garter, just remember what Mom would say, "You can't find this anywhere anymore!" These are truly one of a kind.
Monday, July 27, 2009
So what can you do? Encourage your guests to bring their digital cameras – which should be easy to do because they were probably going to bring them anyway! Then, after the wedding, you can have your guests upload all their photos to an online wedding photo album site, like The Wedding Lens.
On a site like The Wedding Lens, guests are able to upload all their photos and videos. From there, everyone can download the photos and videos that they like the best, and they can order prints of their favorite photos. There’s no need to order prints of any of the blurry photos – so the couple saves money and the environment saves photo paper.
The best part is that at the end, the couple has a collection of all the photos of their wedding from their guests’ point of view – just like the disposable cameras, but without the waste.
The Wedding Lens is an online photo sharing website, designed for couples who want to collect all the photos from their wedding. The site was started by two college friends, Justin & John. Justin was getting married and looking for an online photo site, but couldn’t find anything that met all his needs. He and John got together and developed The Wedding Lens. They pride themselves on their 100% satisfaction guarantee and phenomenal customer service. For more tips, check out our wedding planning blog and our 50 Green Wedding Tips.'
Monday, July 20, 2009
When choosing to sell your dress or accessories, you have several choices. Let's look at the pros and cons to the most obvious avenues available to you.
- Consignment Stores The advantage to selling at a consignment store is that you can walk in with your dress and drop it off. This gets it out of your way. Potential buyers can try it on and that is very helpful to them when deciding whether to buy. The disadvantage is that you will not get to set your own price and you will only get half or less of what it sells for. While it is great that buyers can try it on, each time your dress picks up makeup stains, body oils, and dirt. Over time, it will show and diminish the look and value of the gown. A consignment shop will limit how long they will carry the dress and also reduce its price quickly.
- Free Online Posts There are plenty of websites that offer free postings for selling used items. These are great avenues and obviously, the best possible way to sell if you can. The disadvantage is that usually it is difficult to post a picture and the post will be lost in a long list of other postings. Usually, buyers shopping these websites are looking for "cheap" prices, so you may not be in the most desirable market. You basically get what you pay for.
- Paid Online Advertising An online service that lists your dresses and accessories for a small fee have several advantages. First, you can showcase your items with a full description along with pictures. You will be in a market where buyers are coming to the website for the precise purpose of buying a designer item that is barely worn and an excellent find. A buyer can find your specific dress in their search for size or design. You can maintain some anonymity until a serious buyer is ready to contact you. YOU earn the entire proceeds of the transaction. What do you get for the small fee you paid to list the item?
- At The Green Hanger Shop, we give you Main Street Service on the World Wide Web. We invest in online advertising that brings shoppers in for the express purpose of buying a preowned dress or accessory. We look for buyers who are looking for what you are selling and invest time and dollars in those markets. We hope you will give us the privilege of helping you sell your dress!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
If you have wondered about that garter tossing tradition, you will be happy to know that as wild as it may look today, it is mild in comparison to what it once was. Seems that wedding guests used to consider it good luck to possess a part of the bride's gown, so they would tear at it. Imagine the chaos that would ensue! To protect the poor bride, the tradition of a garter toss was begun and the groomsman who catches it is said to be the next one to marry.
The Green Hanger Shop is happy to introduce a new line of garters for the bride who is looking for something personal. These garters are custom made and contain an antique item, such as a pin or button, bridging something old to the future. The first of our garters, for example, features a mother of pearl baby christening pin that can used with the newlywed's firstborn christening gown, or simply worn on a sweater or tie. Each new garter will be unique and one of a kind and we are excited to make new discoveries as we develop new designs. A "tossing garter" is included for the reception. Custom orders are available as well if brides want to specify their color preferences.
Have fun with this wedding tradition and enjoy a keepsake for your happily ever after days!
Thursday, June 25, 2009
I continue the series on designer gowns with Paloma Blanca. As discovered in earlier blogs, "designers" may be better termed "manufacturers", but that is okay when brides recognize the name with quality and elegance. Such is the case with Paloma Blanca. In business since 1937, Paloma Blanca is located in Toronto, Canada. Their gowns are the epitome of style, elegance, and simplicity. The fabrics and laces are distinctive and high quality. I believe they should patent the color "natural" because it is most beautiful color I have seen for a wedding dress. Not stark white, nor too dark, the color enhances all skin tones. Paloma Blanca gowns are a great value, starting at $1400, so expect to pay about half that if you are fortunate enough to find a preowned gown. Available new only at authorized retailers, let's hope brides are willing to sell their wedding dresses to make them more available to all brides. They are a favorite for shoppers at The Green Hanger Shop!
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
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Tuesday, May 19, 2009
In my series on designer gowns, I had not planned to write about Maggie Sottero so soon. It is such a popular line of dresses, however, that it takes a top spot in this blog series. The Green Hanger Shop has several beautiful Maggie Sottero gowns for sale at a fraction of their original price tag. Not to disappoint brides, Maggie Sottero may be a person or a designer, who knows, but the Maggie Sottero gown bought today is one of several collections offered by Maggie Sottero, the manufacturer. Begun in Sydney, Australia, the Maggie Sottero company has won many top awards for their designs. The brides I see looking for the gowns are impressed with the ease of fit and point out that the corset top adjusts to the ups and downs in a bride's size. Maggie Sottero gowns are also recognizable by the Swarovski crystal embellishments. I find the gowns to be reasonably priced in the wedding market. If you are buying a preowned Maggie Sottero gown, you will want to ask for a copy of its Certificate of Authenticity which is given to the original owner of every Maggie Sottero gown since 2002. Presently, the Maggie Sottero company consists of four collections: Maggie Sottero, Sottero and Midgley, Maggie Sottero Limited, and Destinations by Maggie Sottero. One last tip for future Maggie brides...go to their website and look at their portfolio of real brides, a far better indication of how a dress will look than one shown on a model.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Something old, something new, buy it used and you won't be blue! Buying a preowned wedding dress can be your something old without looking the part. Just like buying a new dress, there are steps you can take to give you the greatest satisfaction.
- Buying preowned may mean dealing long distance. It is important that you still do your homework. Go to bridal salons and try on different styles to get a sense of what you like and what compliments your figure.
- Look at prices of different designs. It is usually based on Designer, fabric, embellishments, style. If you find a gown you like, write down all of its information so you can research it online.
- Get your measurements. It is important to match measurements to the manufacturer's. Don't be told it runs small. Be precise.
- Alterations on a wedding dress will be expensive. If you buy a sample that has been "clamped" together to fit you in the salon, you will pay dearly in alterations. Gowns with lace hems may have to be taken apart to simply hem. I have seen alterations surpass five hundred dollars.
- Try on and then leave. You need to think about the dress and research it. Is it available preowned? Dresses worn for only four or five hours by another bride are usually sold at close to half the original price and are like new!
- When you find a dress you like, open all lines of communication. Ask questions and request pictures. Verify the seller. Google them, if necessary.
- Negotiate as much as possible, but remember a wedding dress is expensive to ship and clean. Don't expect to be able to try it and return it without some share of the costs.
- You should be able to return a gown that doesn't suit you or isn't what you expected. Open communication beforehand will enhance the chance that you get what you want.
I know a bride who bought a gown worn in May that costs $1800 and she bought it in November for $900. The dress was still less than a year old and it was exactly what she wanted and would have had to pay full price for plus alterations. When she is done, it is possible she, too, will be able to sell it.
Smart brides today recognize they can have a beautiful wedding for far less expense and waste. What better way to start than with the dress? Come to The Green Hanger Shop. No one will ever know your sweet little secret!
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
After the flurry of wedding activities, like a melted snowman, the wedding dress lies in a heap on the floor. So now what? The decision to keep or sell a bride's wedding gown is a personal, emotional, and financial one. While waiting to make that decision, it is important to get the dress cleaned by professionals. A reputable cleaner will check the label to see if it is material they can handle properly. Expect the cleaning to run anywhere from $75 or more. Leaving this important cleaning undone will render the dress unusable if body oils, food, or drink are allowed to discolor the delicate fabrics and lace. How about preservation? Isn't that what an expensive dress needs? Well, not if the bride is uncertain about whether or not to sell. Preservation is quite expensive and actually creates a large box that will require space for storage. It is difficult to see or inspect and if there is any chance of selling it, it will have to be removed to be checked for any damage. Selling the dress? Placing it on a website, such as The Green Hanger Shop, as soon as possible will increase your chances of making a sale and recouping more of your investment. Not selling? It will still need to be opened and refolded to prevent deep creases. Best bet, go with reputable professional cleaning, place the dress in its garment bag (Purchase this if necessary) and store in a dark, cool closet. It's inexpensive and kinder on the environment.