Your wedding will most likely turn out to be the most expensive party that you will ever throw, and because of this brides will spend a lot of time searching for the best deals to save as much money as possible. One thing that most brides don’t think of when they are trying to save money is that they can resell their wedding décor. Since there are so many people out there that are reselling things we have come up with a thrifty bride’s guide to reselling wedding décor!
Step One: Clean, Clean, Clean
This is one of the most important steps when it comes to reselling anything. People want to buy used décor that doesn’t look used. If the centerpiece you are trying to resell is dusty or dirty your customers will see that in the photos and will scroll right past it. Put in the money to get your table cloths, napkins, and table runners washed because in the end it will pay itself back because you will be able to post your items for more money. If you get them professionally washed you will also be able to say that when you are selling your décor, allowing you to charge more for them because buyers will not have to wash them later on.
Step Two: Picture Perfect
The quote a picture is worth a thousand words is very relevant when it comes to reselling your wedding décor. You can write as much as you want about what you are selling and how beautiful it looked at your wedding, but if you don’t use a good photo none of that will matter. The photo is the first thing that your customers look at so if it doesn’t make your item look desirable then it will not be sold for what you list it, or it may not sell at all. Cleaning is the first step in ensuring your item looks desirable in the photos and the second is the lighting and background. The nicer the photo the better, so don’t just whip out you IPhone and take a blurry photo. Really take your time on this step to ensure that you have a good photo. Try to take photos that show the décor in different settings. A common rule of thumb is to have at least 3-4 photos that show the item in different ways. One great way to do this is to take one at your wedding to show how you used it, take on with a plane background and good lighting to show the condition that the décor is in, use one of the original photos from where your purchased the décor, and lastly use a photo that you believe shows off how desirable the item is.
Step Three: The Price is Right
Now that you have taken photos showing off your décor it is time to price it! There is no straight forward way to go about pricing your items but the first thing you should do is figure out how much you paid for everything. It is very difficult to price your items correctly if you are not able to price them in relation to how much you bought them for. In almost every case you should sell your item for less then you bought them. In some cases, you are able to sell them for more but that is very rare. One case where you could try to sell décor for more then you purchased it for is if you added to its value by painting it or adding things too it. If you are unsure what you should list your items for a good rule is a 20% discount from the original price. That way the buyer knows that they are getting a deal and they will be more inclined to buy your used décor then buying it new.
Step Four: Share Away
This is one of the most important steps because you are now actually selling your decor. The best way to get your items out there is by selling them online. This way you be able to reach more people than you would by word of mouth. There are so many sites out there that you can sell your items on. When looking at what site to use be sure to look into whether or not the company takes a portion of your profits. For example, Bravo Bride allows you to not only post your items for free but you get to keep 100% of your profits! You can also use sites like Etsy to create a shop where people can buy multiple things that you are selling. This is a great place to sell your items if a lot of it is DIY décor. Many people are looking for unique décor at a cheap price so Etsy is the perfect place to sell your items if they fall in that category.