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07 October 2013

A Dress Fairytale

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.
Misty B said...

That is a dress fairytale! It was meant to be. And what a wonderful sister. :)

Mama S said...

wow that was an amazing story! LOVE it! And you look just darling in that red dress :-)

Suzanne Carillo Style Files said...

What a great story. Lucky you have your sister around looking out for great deals for you.

I love the neckline of the dress and your boots!

bisous
Suzanne

Sarah E @ theteacherswife.com said...

Now those are the types of deals that really get my heart pumping! Go sis! And it looks great! :-)

Elizabeth said...

Aw, I love when I manage to snag a good deal after keeping an eye on something for a while! Your sister is a pretty good shopper :)

Carolynn Markey said...

wow, that is an amazing story! And your sister is so nice to think of you!!! Sometimes a deal just hits you in the face and its so amazing. When I find deals like this it makes my whole day better!

Bekah Walsh said...

Great story! I do like the neckline on the dress!

Inge Jane said...

Wow, what a great story! And the color and neckline of this dress looks amazing on you!

ChatterBlossom said...

What the what?!! $2?! That should be rewarded with ice cream and hugs for your sis!
-Jamie
ChatterBlossom

Melissa said...

Really stunning!

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Susannah said...

Oh my word! What an amazing story!!! I can't believe she got it for 2% of the origional price!!!!

Caroline said...

What a steal!! That red is a fantastic color on you :)

Angi said...

Those are my FAVORITE kinds of purchases! I always feel like I conquered something, or somehow beat the system, when I get something so expensive for so cheap.

I agree with previous commenters...red is a GREAT color on you, and I love how you layered it under another skirt!

Allie @ Everyday Adventures said...

Wow, that is an INCREDIBLE deal. I'm a terrible bargain shopper! Your sister has a gift!

Lenya said...

Wow! that's amazing. What a deal! And what a great family you have. Red is definitely your color Rachel. You look gorgeous.

Esther Ann said...

That is an awesome story! The top of this dress looks great, that colour really suits you!

Mrs. Cheerio said...

It was meant to be!

Anonymous said...

Whoops, that last one was me, too- sorry. :)

Jessi said...

$2?!! Holy wow!! That is definitely AWESOME. I like it layered with the skirt and I bet it looks great on it's own too! I used to work at the mall and know all the deals every day too haha. How sweet of your sister to think of you!
Jessi
http://haircutandgeneralattitude.blogspot.com

April F said...

thats so great that you transformed the style to fit you

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Danavee said...

EEEKKK! $1.99!?!??! I would have turned a cartwheel!!!!!!!!!!

And fun re-style of the dress!!!

Alycia Grayce (Crowley Party) said...

I LOVE the cut of that top!

Ashley of Southern (California) Belle said...

I love the story behind this dress! I also love a great deal, so this is a total win-win. What a wonderful sister you have!

xo

Ashley

Southern (California) Belle

Imogen said...

That's unbelievable. What a bargain and an incredible find. I always find it interesting the way in which we come to own particular pieces of clothing.

Paving the Rugged Path said...

I think I need to start shopping with your sister! I love a good bargain! ;)

Mica T said...

That dress is such a bargain, so nice for your sister to buy it for you and to have kept an eye on it as it got reduced! :)

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Whitney said...

What a great deal!!! I love getting good bargains!

Leia said...

Awesome story & such a sweet sister you have! It was meant to be! And I love how you made the dress fit your style!

Lulu Soler said...

Beautiful! I love getting a deal :) Would love for you to stop by and link up to What I'm Loving Fridays. Each week there is a new and fun giveaway!

Lulu
simplylulustyle.com

Sandy a la Mode said...

i really love the belt in this! really adds a good pop of color!!

xo,
Sandy
Sandy a la Mode

Erika T. said...

I love a good dress story! Glad you got the dress, and the way you have styled it is great.

Tina Bradley said...

Fab dress, price & story!!! You had me at $2. ;) xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Erica said...

That's certainly a better fairy tale than one written by the Grimm brothers! I love the neckline so much!