Woman Who Got Wedding Dress for a Penny Is Right to Give It Away

wedding dressRemember the days of whimsical prom dress shopping? You know, when you and your teenage girlfriends would put on gown after gown and snap photos? I don't think I've ever outgrown the love of trying on dozens of dresses just because. Which is why I wasn't surprised to read blogger Yue Xu's story of finding an incredible bargain while she was on a dress-hunting spree. Erm, for the most part.

Yue and her gal pal were trying on dresses for shits and giggles at their local Nordstrom Rack. By a miracle of God, she stumbled upon a beautiful Jessica McClintock wedding gown on sale. But I'm not just talking your run-of-the-mill 50 percent off sale. I'm talking "OMFG how did this happen?!" discounted. Ready for it? The dress was $0.01. Yes. One penny. And the best part of this little fairytale? She's totally single, so after buying the gown that was supposed to have a retail price of $276, she's giving it away.

Thatta girl. I'd do the exact same thing.


First thing's first. I bet you're wondering why the dress was only a cent. After checking with a few sales associates, Yue was told that there was a price discrepancy and the gown wasn't supposed to be on the floor in the first place. But since she discovered the mistake before Nordstrom Rack did, she emerged victorious. Customer - 1; Nordstrom Rack - 0.

On Yue's blog, where she's hosting the one-cent wedding dress giveaway, she writes:

Maybe you have a wedding coming up and haven’t budgeted enough for a dress, or you want to dye it and turn it into your dream prom dress, I want to hear about it. Contact me (below) and tell me your story by 10/1/11, and I will choose one person to ship the dress to.

I think I have a girl crush on Yue. It's not every day that someone snags a wedding gown for only a penny. But Yue knows she doesn't need this dress right now, realizes it may freak out any of her potential suitors who see it hanging in her closet, and wants to do the right thing. Personally, I think the karma will work in her favor.

Some may think she's an idiot for giving up such a rare find. But you have to remember how it happened. It was a fluke. She was randomly out with her old college buddy on a Saturday night. She has no ring on her left ring finger -- there's not even a guy in the equation. And that's exactly why I know she's handling this as she should.

I'm nowhere near getting married. But when I'm engaged and on the hunt for my dream dress, I'll have a few requirements. I want to think of the guy I'm marrying when I'm looking at gowns. I want to see the "it" dress and feel overwhelmed. Call me ridiculous, but I want the sappy tears to come and the sales associate to leave the room to get me a box of Kleenex. And most importantly, I want my mom and best friends there because, God willing, it will be the once-in-a-lifetime experience I've been dreaming about my entire life.

Yes, the Jessica McClintock dress is beautiful. And it's beyond a steal. But soon, it will mean something big to someone else. Whenever Yue eventually does tie the knot, I'm sure the journey she takes to find her perfect gown will be just as exciting -- no matter how much it costs.

How did you find your wedding gown?


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