I got a new dress recently, and the story of how I obtained said dress is quite a miraculous one.
Some months ago, my younger sister Lizzy was shopping at the mall, and she saw a mannikin wearing a beautiful red dress. She saw the price tag on the dress, $99, so she knew she wasn't going to buy it, but she decided to try it on anyways. After trying it on, she decided that it was indeed a lovely dress....but, it didn't seem proportioned right for her height. She thought of her older but shorter sister Rachel, and thought the dress would fit her a little better.
However, no matter that the dress reminded her of me, because it cost $99. That's a lot of money for a dress.
Lizzy worked at the mall, so she had plenty of opportunities to keep an eye on the clothing situation in the stores surrounded her shop. Sometime after initially finding the dress, she saw that all of the red dresses were now on a 60% off sale. So, the dress would cost $30+. Lizzy considered--the dress really wasn't all that Rachel-ish. It wasn't, after all, the kind of dress you only come across once in a lifetime. Actually, she thought, it's more of the kind of dress that Angel would really like to see Rachel in. (Angel's fairly open about the fashion he prefers for his wife. The more fitted and the shorter the skirt, the better. Such a man.). So, $30 also seemed a little excessive for a very pretty, but not terribly unique, red dress.
A few weeks went by, and on her way to work, Lizzy saw just one, lone, red dress left, and it was on a $4.99 rack. She ran to check what size it was, and it was an XS. Now, a $4.99 dress for her sister, she could afford. But the line for the checkout counter was too long--she had to get to work right away. So she left it, fully expecting not to see the dress again. Who leaves a $99 dress on the $4.99 rack for long?
The next day she arrived at the mall a few minutes early for work, and to her surprise, the dress was still hanging on the rack. Upon looking at it closer, she noticed some deodorant stains on it, which, she figured had helped the dress make it onto the $4.99 rack in the first place, but she decided to mention something about the stains to the cashier anyways, just to see if they would drop the price a little. The cashier said, "Well, let me see what this rings up for." He scanned the dress, and it rang up for $1.99!
The cashier offered that they could possibly give an extra 10% off for the stains, but Lizzy decided that $2 was good enough of a deal for her, bought it, and rushed off to work. She threw the dress in the washing machine the next day, and it came out looking as if it had never been stained.
And that is the story of how my sister bought me a $99 dress from Sears for $2. I'm spoiled to have a family who understands my fondness for clothes, because I'm not nearly that brilliant at finding good deals.
When Lizzy told me this whole story of how she found the dress for me, I told her, "This is a real life fairytale!"
And she said, "Yeah, so that makes me your fairy godmother."
*As you can see, I'm wearing the dress with a skirt in the pictures. This dress is from the Sears Kardashian brand, and the skirt, to me, looks like the type of skirt more flattering on a Kardashian-shaped body than on me, so while I contemplate how to alter it for me, this dress makes the perfect top for this slightly gypsy-ish ensemble.