Woman Finds $6,200 Designer Wedding Dress at Goodwill for Just $25

@emmalifaith Im so freaking excited about this find, i may not even use it when it comes to the day because im not getting engaged or married for awhile but maybe its fate lol also jlo has worn this brand as well #galialahav #galialahavbride #goodwill #weddingdress @Galia Lahav ♬ original sound – Emmali

Thrifting is often a game of chance. Depending on the store and the day of the week, you never know what you'll uncover. A young woman went into a local Goodwill in Birmingham, Alabama, with no expectations of finding anything. She ended up walking out of the store with a wedding dress worth over $6,000.

Emmali Osterhoudt shared her find on TikTok in a video that's amassed over 2.5 million views. The dress is a genuine Galia Lahav, which is a fashion label based in Tel Aviv, Israel. Numerous celebrities have worn gowns by this designer, including Beyoncé and Paris Hilton. Simone Biles actually wore four wedding gowns by Galia Lahav for her wedding to Jonathan Owen. In addition to being extremely expensive, Galia Lahav dresses are also incredibly rare to come by. So, Osterhoudt was understandably stunned when she realized the garment's worth.

“I found my wedding dress at Goodwill for $25. It fits me like a glove,” she says while posing in the intricate gown. “I found [the original dress] online and it's worth $6,200. It's by Galia Lahav. Beyoncé has worn this brand before… It's just stunning.” Osterhoudt provides a close-up of the fabric so viewers can marvel at the intricate beading, which includes small pearls and rhinestones. The people in the comments were just as shocked by Osterhoudt's good fortune. “As someone who has worked in bridal for nine years and still has never seen a Galia Lahav in person, my jaw is on the floor. The find of a lifetime!” one person writes. Another says, “This is the equivalent of winning the lottery.”

In another video, Osterhoudt explained that she went into the Goodwill with her friend to find picture frames for a gallery wall. She'd already checked out when she decided to take a look at the bridal section for fun, and by chance, she spotted the rare gown. “I had no idea it was designed by Galia Lahav until I was checking out,” Osterhoudt explains. “I do plan on wearing it on my wedding day whenever that time comes.” While she and her boyfriend have discussed getting engaged, they don't feel any pressure to do it soon. Osterhoudt says she will hold onto the dress even if she never gets married, and feels lucky that it found its way to her.

A young woman named Emmali Osterhoudt struck gold at Goodwill in Birmingham, Alabama.

@emmalifaith Answer some of the Galia Lahav dress questions with me!!! #goodwill #goodwillfinds #galialahav #weddingdress ♬ original sound – Emmali

Tucked in the wedding dress section of the store was a genuine Galia Lahav gown, worth $6,200. Osterhoudt bought it for just $25.

Numerous celebrities have worn Galia Lahav dresses, including Beyoncé and Paris Hilton.


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Simone Biles wore four Galia Lahav dresses at her wedding in Cabo.


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Emmali Osterhoudt: TikTok
h/t: [BuzzFeed]

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Margherita Cole

Margherita Cole is a Contributing Writer at My Modern Met and illustrator based in Southern California. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Art from Wofford College, and an MA in Illustration: Authorial Practice from Falmouth University in the UK. She wrote and illustrated an instructional art book about how to draw cartoons titled 'Cartooning Made Easy: Circle, Triangle, Square' that was published by Walter Foster in 2022.
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