Hot Resale: Pinup Dresses

Lauren Ralph Lauren, size 10, sold $48

Springtime is the time for dresses! I’ve been selling retro, pinup style dresses like crazy lately. Most aren’t true “vintage”, but modern vintage. They share some similar characteristics, like classic patterns and bright colors. I price them at auction for $28 and up.

The great thing about these dresses is brand doesn’t matter.  Of course, if the dress is a designer brand it will be worth more, but even Walmart brands are worth at least $28 if they look the part. I’ve gotten as much as a $150 for a pinup style dress. The best part is that the dresses sell FAST. So I look for good deals at the thrift store (I hate to pay more than $7 for a dress) and get these dresses listed as quickly as possible.

When thrifting for pin up dresses, look for: 

  • Gingham, polka dots, stripes, classic florals in bright colors
  • Sweetheart, v-neck, boat neck, or halter top necklines
  • Fitted waists
  • Full skirts 
  •  Size 12 and up–although smaller sizes will sell, the bigger sizes will get more bids

When you list these types of dresses, use the terms “retro,” and “pin up” and definitely “Plus size” if that applies. Display with a crinoline underskirt for maximum poof for the full skirt.

Below I’ve paired a dress I’ve sold with a similar pin-up styled dress on the left.

Faded Glory (Walmart), size 12 , sold $30
Suzi Chin Maggie Boutique, Size 18W, sold $48
Ellen Tracy, size 12, sold $35
Jones New York, size 12, $45
Ronnie Nicole, size 20W, $34
Jones New York, size 8, sold $30
Adrianna Papell, size 10, $56

Have you sold any pin up style clothing lately? Post a link below!