June 20, 2009

"Bridal gown for sale."

A sad little homemade sign, seen today...

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.... between the Bounce and the bathroom:

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38 comments:

Lem said...

Never been worn.

Unlike the perspective bride ;)

Ralph L said...

The distaff version of the condom vending machines in the men's room.

Pogo said...

Sounds like the title of a chick flick.

"Bridal gown for sale. Never worn."

Almost writes itself.
Monster opening weekend.

DonSurber said...

Maybe she decided to marry naked after buying the gown

Randy said...

Not to be pedantic, but the photos clearly show that has been worn.

Theo Boehm said...

But, Randy, not in a wedding, which I suppose is what counts as "worn."

A related question is whether an unused wedding cake is part of the deal.

ironrailsironweights said...

The distaff version of the condom vending machines in the men's room.

It's been years and years since I last saw a condom vending machine in a men's donicker. Though that may be in part because I'm not much of a nightclub-goer, nightclubs being the sort of place where condoms would most come in handy.

Peter

Pogo said...

Truckstop restrooms still vend them.

Given the aging truckers I've seen, they'd have a better market for ibuprofen.

JAL said...

They sell that too.

Theo Boehm said...

Pogo: Better aging truckers than the 20-something tweakers I've seen behind the wheels of 2000-HP Volvos pulling tandems at 85 MPH on I-81. Please, give me some 58-year-old, who's been driving for 29 years, and knows how to, like, drive.

And better ibuprofen than shards they scored in Little Rock.

Leland said...

I sure hope you are looking elsewhere for your wedding dress.

EnigmatiCore said...

The picture shows her wearing it.

Ralph L said...

Theo, I saw several condom machines along I-81 last weekend, which inspired my comment. And lots of Christian radio stations.

Ann Althouse said...

"I sure hope you are looking elsewhere for your wedding dress."

We're not doing a wedding at all. Just getting married.

Zach said...

For sale: baby shoes -- never worn.

--Ernest Hemingway (in a contest to write the shortest complete work of fiction)

Pogo said...

True that, Theo.

I was only noting the missed opportunity.

Meth-stoked ninja yoots pulling double trailers are scarier than 10 slasher flicks.

Jennifer said...

Sad. But, she couldn't lose the bra for a picture?

wordsprite said...

@Zach- I thought of the same Hemingway quote!
It would be cheaper to buy a wedding dress at Goodwill.
But think how much sadder it would have been to have gone through the wedding.
Sometimes it's just better to cut one's losses.

The River Otter said...

Ann- I applaud you for this- "We're not doing a wedding at all. Just getting married." What is most important, after all? Lasting love or an expensive, perfunctory party?

Ralph L said...

All licensed truckers are now subject to random drug and alcohol tests, which doesn't mean they're all drug-free, all the time. The DoT cracked down several years ago, and it was hard to find drivers for a while. Now they're a dime a dozen.

Leland said...

We split the difference and did a Vegas wedding. 8 years later, I'm working with a couple of engineers, one of which just got back from getting married in Las Vegas. Of the 6 engineers in the room, 5 of us got married at the same place; "Little Church of the West".

windonfish said...

I'm hopeful that the sign, in the long run, might not be so sad. No matter how it ended, it's going to suck in the short run. But it could be for the best.

I say that as a man who has returned an engagement ring that his then-girlfriend knew he had bought. I suspect she now thinks of me as a "dodged bullet," and I don't think she was right for me, either. But, boy, did it suck in the short run.

As an aside, I'm not certain what "Lem" meant with his initial comment about the "perspective (SIC) bride." If it's a dig at the woman's virginity, or lack thereof (and it may not be such a dig), it's an uncalled for comment.

EDH said...

For all the popular talk about bridezillas, it does seem to me that there are many quite humble women who simply want for themselves a fond memory of the day they were wed in the tradition in which they were raised.

Ron said...

I can practically hear the Steel Pedal Guit-box makin' the soundtrack for these images...

Dust Bunny Queen said...

We're not doing a wedding at all. Just getting married.

You should still have a party.

Zeb Quinn said...

We're not doing a wedding at all. Just getting married.

You don't need to wait until August to do that.

former law student said...

Sad. But, she couldn't lose the bra for a picture?

This gives us a clue: the sale may not mean the couple broke up.

1. She liked the dress, ordered it, it was tailored to her -- but she couldn't find a bra that would work with it, and she feared that she would spill out of her dress without one. The salon would not take it back at that point.

2. She liked the dress, ordered it, it was tailored to her -- when a beloved aunt insisted that she wear her own wedding dress, which she had carefully preserved.

3. She liked the dress, ordered it, it was tailored to her -- when her fiance got laid off, and the idea of spending $25K on a celebration quickly lost all appeal. They got married at the county courthouse, instead, and had a potluck dinner in her aunt's backyard.

Big Mike said...

@DBQ and @Otter, the couple contemplated all her regular commenters showing up for the party and quickly had a meeting of the minds -- the two of them, one J.P., and two random passers-by for witnesses.

I don't blame them.

Big Mike said...

@Pogo, great idea! I'm thinking Johnny Depp for the male lead. Aniston for the female lead? Or Reese Witherspoon?

Helen said...

Reminds me of an ad I saw years ago in our company newsletter: For Sale: Two engagement rings.

All I could figure was that each guy managed to find out about the other one ....

Payperbiz said...

Things like these are what contribute to the economic downturn, as well. What's happening to the world? I'm not a fashion designer with a high-end shop. I only have a small space in CA selling Halloween costumes but I give importance to my signage.

Aaron said...

My sister-in-law had a similarly sad listing on ebay. the tages were on it and everything.

But... sad? well, yes and no. obviously the end of any relationship is sad. the fact that she found out he was cheating on her with a girl below the legal age BEFORE she wore the dress and actually married the bastard? Well, let's just say there is a silver lining there.

And there is another silver lining. She used to hate watching Napoleon Dynamite because God help her, the title character looked alot like her fiance. And today she laughs very hard, watching it.

Ann Althouse said...

"You should still have a party."

We're having a road trip, and we will party with various people along the way. It's a reverse wedding concept, where we come to you. You don't have to come to us.

Sigivald said...

It's only sad if we assume the wedding was canceled for some saddening reason.

However, if for instance this dress is being sold because someone gave her a better one... no sadness.

Al said...

At a truck stop men's room in Marion, IL, there's a cologne vending machine. Insert a quarter, turn the dial to the fragrance of your choice, stand in front of the nozzle, and press the button.

One of the choices is (allegedly) Polo by Ralph Lauren.

RR Ryan said...

I hope ya'll are coming to LA. Drinks at the Abbey or Trocadero.

RR Ryan said...

I didn't see Don's comment. A friend of mine was getting married to her longtime boyfriend and a pushy acquaintance was trying to wrangle an invitation. My friend's solution: of course you're invited. It's going to be a cliffside ceremony in Carmel. In the nude. End of discussion.

Ann Althouse said...

Definitely a meet-up at the Abbey in August. West Hollywood is a major stop on our road trip.