1.18.2009

My wedding dress...


For those who haven't heard the story, I purchased my dress pre-engagement at a church parking lot sale. I got armfuls of vintage goodies like hankies and a Stetson for Sam, but while I was waiting for everyone else I was with to finish looking, I thought I'd take a shot at the glum looking clothing rack, full of floral long 90s dresses. I came across a gray garment bag that said "Old wedding dress" on it. So I unzip it a tad and get a peek at beautiful cream lace. That was all I needed to see, I wanted it, probably for reconstruction, since that kind of lace would be damaged beyond any hope. I waddled to the payment booth, Stetson on head, and a pile of anything and everything in my hands, and set everything down on the table. Two old men ring up everything, then come to the dress, and look for a price. I tell them I didn't see one, so one looks at it and says "How about 75 cents?".

"75 cents?"

"Yeah, is that ok?."

"Um, yeah..."

So I buy it, take it home, and unzip the bag, not to reveal a tattered hopeless gown, but a perfect 1950s lace and tulle dress, with a full skirt, button up back, and matching veil and armlets. Fits like a glove. And that is how I got my wedding dress for 75 cents.

14 comments:

Joshua Jessup said...

you forget the part about how I got some awesome Lego at that sale!

oh yeah, this is a fashion blog....

Sandra @ Debutanteclothing.com said...

Holy CRAP! I thought I got my wedding dress for a steal! I want pics!!

Rhiannon said...

Wow, I want to see this thing!! :)

Solanah said...

Make me a dress out of legos and I'll totally talk about it.

I should have posted this closer to the wedding :)

Hexotica said...

I am dying to see this dress now! I have heard of cheap vintage wedding dress scores but never .75 cents. It's an even more poetic number than $1.

Q's Daydream said...

75 cents!!!!! You must be so excited to wear that dress! :o)

Nicole R.J. said...

Wow! What an awesome find!

olga d said...

pictures pictures pictures. i know you can't show it until the wedding though. gah!

TERI REES WANG said...

It was just waiting for You!

..."grant us our daily bread".

Market Publique said...

$.75???? Amazing!! I can't wait to see it!

Atomic Mama said...

thats insane! how lucky you are.
But for reals, church sales are where its at. we have the best ones around her. and the old ladies are to die for.

Speaking of old ladies, you should stop by the fashionette with me sometime, they do wet sets on hair there, and I am like "besties" with a bunch of 80 year old women, its tooooo fun

Lauren said...

WOW! I am stunned! I love garage sales so I'm gonna have to look out for vintage dresses! THATS SO COOL! by the way your like one of my favorite blogs ever!

Bridget said...

I was at an estate sale about a year ago when I found this beautiful white lace dress---it's ankle length, and not too fussy, but it's in perfect shape. $5 later, I had one of my wedding dresses (I have a plan to wear three-one to the wedding, one to the reception, and one dancing--this one may be the ceremony dress, but it could also be the photoshoot dress...I haven't decided yet. (I could also perhaps think about getting engaged first....) :)

Molly @ A Bit O' Shine said...

I absolutely adore stories like this! And to have it in such fantastic condition makes my heart happy. Please tell me you have some photos of this dress somewhere on this blog?