The Story Of The 75 Cent Dress

I was in love with this wedding as soon as I laid eyes on it, I fell even more head over heels when I found the Bride’s adorable vintage fashion blog, but I was completely besotted when I discovered she paid 75…yes 75 Cents for her dress!

Tell me more!I hear you cry. Well the gorgeous Solanah explains her little treasure hunt:
Tagging along to garage sales with Josh, Amy, and Oliver usually results in Legos and Star Wars picture books. But over a year ago, one stop at a church rummage sale proved an unbelievable find.
I got armfuls of vintage goodies like hankies and a Stetson hat for Sam, but while I was waiting for everyone else to finish looking, I thought I’d take a shot at the glum looking clothing rack, full of dresses too new to be vintage, and too old to be interesting. I had passed it about a dozen times, but it looked so pathetic that the effort to stop and browse seemed like a waste of time. In the middle of the rack I came across an awful looking gray garment bag with a torn piece of masking tape stuck to the side that had “Old wedding dress” scribbled in sharpie. So I unzip it a few inches expecting an 80s monstrosity and instead get a preview of beautiful vintage cream lace. Although I had only seen a few inches of it, I grabbed the garment bag, threw it over my shoulder and waddled over to the payment table with everything in my arms, and Stetson on head.
It seemed like it would be an old dress, all torn up from age and poor storage, but at least I could salvage the pretty lace for a project, right?
The two old men at the payment booth were obviously put up to being at the sale by their wives, and looked as clueless as could be. I dumped everything on the table which they added up, but then came to “Old wedding dress.”
“Oh there was no price on that” I said. They looked at it, then squinted at a piece of paper tapped
to the table that had price categories listed.
“Well…here it says: Dresses, 75 cents.”
“75 cents?”
“Yeah is that ok?
“Um, yeah…”
We paid and loaded up the car, with Legos and old stuff, and kept on treasure hunting at other garage sales. A few hours later when I got home I was eager to see more than five inches of this dress. Taking it out of the bag did not reveal the tattered mess I expected but something stunning and flawless. Layers of tulle and lace, rows of covered buttons, and even a matching veil and armlets. But would it fit?
I slipped it on, and realized that it must have been somehow made for me 60 years ago, because it fit like a glove. Upon inspection I could not find a single snag in the tulle, or hole in lace. It was perfect.
And that is how I got my wedding dress for 75 cents.

I am so in love with this couple and I am so excited to be able to share there beeeeautiful wedding with you all! Thank you sooo much to photographers Ben & Alicia for allowing me to share the ♥ (love)

Credit: Vorpal Images – Make Up: Alicia Elfving

22 comments

  1. Stunning dress and photos. This looks right out of the 60s and fits them so well. Hooray for being true to your own style!

  2. are you f’in kidding me?? that is beyond awesome. I’d make it my personal mission to find out who the original owner of the dress was!!

  3. So. freaking. jealous. I mean, ecstatic for the bride 😉 Way to go, Solenah! [And Kat, thanks for sharing this awesomeness!]

  4. Ohmygoodness! This is such a surprise! I’m so happy you liked my little story, and thank you so much for sharing it with your lovely readers!

    xoxo
    Best wishes

  5. This story was magical! Thanks for having the bride share. She really hired the perfect photographer to tell her story. Love love love the cake topper they picked, it fits the style of the wedding so well!

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