I shop secondhand frequently, about once a week, to stock my Etsy store.
The Dress That Stalks Me
Over the past couple of years I’ve discovered that I often run into repeat pieces in the hoards of clothes I scan while looking for treasures. It’s interesting to note that some designs really missed the mark when they were manufactured. They were alluring enough to purchase but then slipped almost immediately into the donate pile. Sometimes there are design flaws or fit issues. Other times it is one of those pieces you were forced to buy for a special occasion like the dreaded bridesmaid dress.
Do you remember this little video that we made in Talize last year?
That’s my stalker dress!
I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve seen this dress in thrift stores.
These photos are just the tip of the iceberg. I’ve seen it in different stores, cities and provinces.
Oh hello you!
You will never be free of me.
Seriously…this dress is the most purchased and least worn item I’ve come across.
If only we knew the history behind each of these dresses. It would make for a gripping documentary, always the bridesmaid, never the bride.
I’m sure more than one of these dresses got up to some mischief, maybe even broke a few laws on the single day it was worn. Then it was tossed unceremoniously aside like all those other pieces people fell out of love with that wind up at the thrift store.
Why is no one willing to hold onto this dress and wear it again?
It’s not ugly.
In our society obsessed with optics this dress works very well as a single use item.
Manufacturers don’t care anymore that the fabric feels like sandpaper against the skin and doesn’t breathe. As long as it looks attractive they can sell it to the next unsuspecting bride. Single use disposable fashion is killing our planet.
When did esthetics take over common sense?
What started out as a running joke with me and my girlfriends has become a stark example of our ignorance and apathy. The materials and work that went into creating these dresses has value. Those are resources consumed. There is a limit to what our earth can provide and we’ve surpassed it.
This dress isn’t just stalking me, it’s stalking all of us.
If you shop secondhand have you come across single use clothing items? How do they make you feel?