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Princess Bride

I hold one of the most important positions in a woman’s eyes. She
has dreamt of me for so many hopeful years…ever since she realized I exist. So many labels have been used to describe me: gorgeous, a show stopper. I can make the plainest of Janes look like Princess Di.

Yet here I am squeezed in with a hundred others like me on a miserable steel rack in Filene’s Basement in the heart of Boston. I dread the thought of the doors opening at 8 a.m. and the throngs rushing in like a herd of cattle. Yes, today the infamous Wedding Gown Sale begins.

Stores like Saks, Neiman Marcus, Bergdorf Goodman ship out last season’s unsold merchandise. So I was handed my pink slip. Here I am, no more in a place of honor but rather in the lowliest of lows, The Basement.

It doesn’t appease me knowing people flock from neighboring states to join the hordes of philistines and yahoos all chomping at the bit to find that one markdown, that one steal that will make their trip worthwhile.
What if, I think, at the end of the day no one thought me irresistible enough to buy, even at this drastically reduced price! How humiliating!

If I don’t sell in seven days, then I get marked down further and the price drops exponentially every seven days until, horror of horrors, I get donated to a charitable organization! I never in my wildest imagination dreamed this could happen to me. I began life on the rack with such great expectations, visualizing my walk down the aisle, all eyes on me, admiration filling the chapel, soft murmuring about my beauty. Now this! How did I get here? What went wrong?

Wait…what’s that noise I hear? Oh, no, the pounding of hooves heading in my direction, sounds of heavy breathing mixed with eager, charged voices at a feverish pitch getting closer and closer and now upon me. Unmanicured hands are grabbing at me. I’m so not used to this.

Displeasure voiced at my size, my style, fabric or the type of lace. Someone nonchalantly drops me to the floor without so much as a thought. Another woman, two sizes larger than I, decides to give me a try and nearly pops my snaps, despite sucking in her breath until she nearly faints. This is worse than I ever imagined.

My good karma suddenly kicks in. A princess-like girl in her early 20s discovers me, lifts me up, admires me, and smiles approvingly, eyes never leaving me. She oohs and presses me tightly against her bosom. “Perfect!” she whoops. “This is what I’ve always dreamed of.” Her Mom quickly glances at the price tag and beams. “It’s from Saks” she purrs. “It’s your lucky day.”

And it’s mine, too. Someone who really appreciates me has found me. Again I can hold my head up high.

Hmm, life sure has a way of bringing us to our destiny in ways we never could have imagined.

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A wedding gown speaks of the horror of horrors, being sent to Filene’s Basement for their annual sale of wedding attire.

Creating on paper or in the camera is what transforms my life from gray to a kaleidoscope of vivid colors. It doesn’t have to be a knock-your-socks-off endeavor, just something simple and true.
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  • bluevelvetrose1
    bluevelvetrose1over 2 years ago

    This was very interesting. I didn’t know retail was like going to a homicide lol or rather like the cattle gripping at others horns.
    You have a great writing talent for telling stories :-)

  • I’m so encouraged that you enjoyed the story. It began as a short write in my writing class with the prompt of “white”. I just began writing quickly for 15 minutes and this is what developed. That’s why I love writing in a group. Seems I come up with stories that I didn’t know were there. I joined Red Bubble yesterday so haven’t developed a profile yet. Thank you for sharing!

    – ChrissieBee

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    I have seen the news clips on this. Frightening. I am amazed at what some of the women will go to for a wedding dress! A real stampede when the doors open! You’ve created a really good read here. I enjoyed it very much.

  • Hi Donna, Yes, the Filene’s annual wedding gown sale is quite an event. I’ve been to several years ago when I had a lot more stamina. It was an adventure to just watch the action. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am brand new to Red Bubble and look forward to the experience. Thank you again for taking the time. – ChrissieBee

    – ChrissieBee

  • Tony Wilder
    Tony Wilderover 2 years ago

    Wonderful write and so very well written. I can’t imagine these sales and it seems there must be a better way than everyone pushing and shoving. I would think after a short time a lot of the merchandise is damaged. Well. love how it ended, she found her dress! Wonderful job!

  • Thank you, Tony, for your supportive feedback. One must have loads of estrogen surging through their bodies to shop at this sale. I’ve been to several in my younger years and had a ball. This is my first venture on Red Bubble and was thrilled to discover the site. Look forward to reading and sharing works.

    – ChrissieBee

  • Hi Donna, Yes, the Filene’s annual wedding gown sale is quite an event. I’ve been to several years ago when I had a lot more stamina. It was an adventure to just watch the action. Thank you for sharing your feedback. I am brand new to Red Bubble and look forward to the experience. Thank you again for taking the time.

    – ChrissieBee

  • Catherine Berger
    Catherine Bergerover 2 years ago

    Fabulous write – love the perspective from the poor dress. Never been to one of the wedding dress sales – the horror was described well!

  • Thanks, Catherine, for your encouraging reply. I usually seem to write about the heavy aspects of life but occasionally something like this pops out of me.
    I’m new to this site so am still floundering around.

    – ChrissieBee

  • Tuliptree
    Tuliptreeover 2 years ago

    Hi, Chrissie, I am so pleased I found this in the week of the Prose Features! I always think it so interesting to anthropomorphise inanimate objects and you have done this extremely well. I like the dresses snobbery – lovely idea! Great work and congratulations on being featured in Creative writing and Poetry! Charlotte :-)

  • Charlotte, thank you for appreciating it and taking the time to let me know. I’m brand new to this site so still attempting to find my way around. I noticed you are now hosting so thank you for that.

    – ChrissieBee

  • ian osborne
    ian osborneover 2 years ago

    Novel idea ChrissieBee and tackled deftly with gentle humour.
    Glad you were spared the humiliation of the charity shop though it struck me that even if that had been your fate you would still eventually have been part of a happy memory for someone and still had your day in the sun!

  • Hi Ian, You certainly have an uplifting, positive attitude. Thank you for your input which is wonderful. Yes, it’s good to find the happy side of a situation. BTW, your watercolors are amazing but the fact that you took it up a mere ten years ago makes it even more so. You created a lifetime of work in that time period. – ChrissieBee

    – ChrissieBee

  • msdebbie
    msdebbieover 2 years ago

    Very amusing CB. Congrats on the feature x

  • Thanks, Debbie! I enjoy adding a bit of humor into my day.

    – ChrissieBee

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