Your party is over. With the inevitable post excitement-jitters, you are now the proud owner of several tablecloths, chair covers, half-melted candles in painted mason jars, tissue paper pompoms…now what? Forget letting the remnants of your party bliss darken in your hall closet or garage! You can give your linens a whole new life by reselling them for others to use. Not only will it help recoup some of your overall event costs, but it’s also eco friendly.
Guide to Reselling Your Wedding Decor
Step 1: Photos Are EVERYTHING
If you’re planning to resell your wedding linens and decor, ask your wedding photographer to take photos of anything you’re planning to sell before the guests arrive. The best time to do this is after the ceremony but before your guests settle into the reception area. While you’re trying to rope everyone into family photos, it will give the photographer a chance to slip away for tablescape photos. Do take into account the time it takes for a professional photographer to edit photos. It may be up to a few months before you receive your photos. You won’t be able to post your linens and décor until those photos are in your hand. Professional photos are definitely the best way to go, but if you didn’t hire a photographer- don’t stress! You can find a friend with a camera, or use your own with flash. Avoid cell phone photos. They won’t stand out in listings or do your décor justice.
Step 2: Clean Fast
If some of your overlays, runners, or tablecloths need to be washed from minor spills, make a plan for them as soon as they come off of the table! The weekend after your honeymoon is as good a time as any to spend an afternoon hand washing, hang drying, or in front of the washer and dryer. Be sure to follow careful care instructions
for the type of material you’re using; you’ll be hard pressed to find someone who wants to purchase heavily damaged linens. Make the most of your time by wiping down and reboxing glass centerpieces in between loads of laundry. The key to cleaning is to make everything look like something you would want to buy as a new bride!
Step 3: Know How to Sell
The goal is to get rid of it all at once. Do not sell two or three tablecloths at a time, or sell a few chair sashes apart from their chair covers. Keep everything together unless you get no offers after months of having your items listed. It’s considerably easier to sell 100 tablecloths rather than 73, and new brides start looking every day. Depending on the popularity of your wedding colors and theme, selling all of your items together as a kit is definitely a possibility!
Step 4: Try To Sell Locally First
One of the best ways to resell sets of chair covers, tablecloths, and even chair sashes to connect with other local brides. Who doesn’t like having to not deal with shipping? From Weddingbee to Facebook Groups, the age of technology makes this extremely easy to do as the internet is full of forums to start reaching out. If technology isn’t your cup of tea, try getting the word out to people in your town that you’re looking to resell your wedding or event linens. Everyone knows someone who’s getting married or has a big party coming up.
Step 5: Know Where to List
is always a popular option for reselling wedding linens and décor. Many people are familiar with how eBay works and are comfortable using it. The great news, is wedding-specific resale sites have popped up for just for resale purposes!
Among our favorite resale sites are Tradesy
, Reddit Wedding Swap
, and WeddingRecycle
. These sites are a wonderful resource where you can unload your wedding gear all at once! Be warned, browsing through decor may make you want to have another huge party!
Step 6: List Honestly and Specifically
Let’s be real: your linens aren’t brand new. If there are flaws you need to disclose them. The more details you can mention in your product description and the more photos you can add to your listing, the more likely you are to sell your items. Most buyers don’t mind fixing snags, or arranging their centerpieces differently if it means an awesome price!
Don’t Post: “100 White Tablecloths and Decorative Overlays $300”
Do Post: “100 Round Tablecloths 120″ Ivory, 100% Polyester. 100 Royal Blue Ruffled Organza Overlays.
Used once, one tablecloth has 3 inch coffee stain (photos attached.) Stain is hardly noticeable under overlay.”
Reselling isn’t too hard to do, just be sure to practice patience and you’ll get the price you’re asking. We hope this guide to reselling your wedding decorations has been informative and helpful. Now get out there and get if off your mind; you have a first anniversary party to start buying linens for, after all!