ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It was a chaotic scramble for “the” dress. Brides-to-be swarmed an Albuquerque thrift shop Friday morning and even waited in line for hours before the doors opened, hoping to score the perfect wedding dress for cheap.
With wedding bills reaching into the tens of thousands of dollars for a lot of people these days, shopping on Friday turned into a treasure hunt for many Albuquerque women.
“I found out about this last night,” Kati Ashcraft.
Friday morning, the Goodwill on San Mateo near Montgomery held a mad dash for the perfect gown at the perfect price.
“We woke up at five, we got here about 6:30 and we were the first in line,” said Angelina Brehmer.
An unnamed bridal shop going out of business donated 125 new designer dresses to Goodwill. Goodwill’s priced the dresses $39.99 and down.
“This is huge, it’ll save us a lot of money, we’re having a wedding in Monterey Bay and it’s really expensive to go out there,” said Brehmer.
“We have a budget of maybe like 500, so we’re trying to keep it small because we’re going to… we want to go to Harry Potter World for our honeymoon,” said Ashcraft.
The doors finally opened and the bargain hunters were off. No elbows or fists went flying and no one was trampled but the urgency was clear.
By 9:30, most of the dresses were gone. By 10:30, the rush was over and only one rack of gowns remained.
As of 4 Friday afternoon, Goodwill said it only has 37 of the dresses left.