Bay Roberts woman pays it for­ward with wed­ding dress

To be given for free to bride-to-be in need

The Compass - - Front page - BY CHRIS LEWIS

One Bay Roberts woman is us­ing the pow­ers of the in­ter­net to pay it for­ward.

Kim French of Bay Roberts could be mak­ing up­wards of $1,000 for her un­used wed­ding dress, how­ever, she in­stead plans to pay it for­ward by giv­ing it away for free.

French pur­chased the dress in 2015 for just over $2000. When her wed­ding got can­celed, how­ever, the dress went straight to the closet, never even com­ing out of the bag un­til now.

The trum­pet-style ivory wed­ding dress has been hang­ing in the closet since French picked it up, and though she orig­i­nally thought to keep it, she re­cently de­cided to give it away for free to a bride-to-be.

Re­cently, French went to Ki­jiji to post the ad, ti­tled “Free wed­ding dress to a de­serv­ing bride,” where she of­fered a brief his­tory of the Martina Liana dress, stat­ing that she just wanted to make an­other bride happy.

The Com­pass caught up with French to speak about her de­ci­sion to give it away. French ex­plained in the in­ter­view that wed­dings can be quite ex­pen­sive, and for lower in­come fam­i­lies, such big ex­penses can be rather stress­ful. She hopes to re­lieve a por­tion of that stress by pro­vid­ing a free wed­ding dress, ul­ti­mately tak­ing a hefty chunk out of the wed­ding’s fi­nal costs.

“It was just sit­ting in the bag ever since I picked it up,” French said. “I’ve never worn it, never even tried it on. It’s just been there since 2015. I see peo­ple from all walks of life at work, and I know that some peo­ple are in a hard place, fi­nan­cially, but get­ting mar­ried, hav­ing a wed­ding, those are things that shouldn’t stress some­one out. They shouldn’t have to worry about those days, and I just wanted to help with that.”

Hav­ing posted the ad on Sun­day, Sept. 24, it has al­ready gar­nered just un­der 7000 views. French said she’s re­ceived sev­eral mes­sages

“It can make some­one else happy, and make them feel and look beau­ti­ful on their wed­ding day. That’s a good enough feel­ing all on its own.”

Kim French

al­ready, all with unique sto­ries ex­plain­ing why they could use the dress. Some have even come from out of the prov­ince.

“I’ve had peo­ple ex­plain to me what kind of sit­u­a­tion they’re in - some might have a lot of other ex­penses, like chil­dren, and things like that, and oth­ers might not have much at all, and just want a beau­ti­ful dress for their big day,” French said.

How­ever, she also ex­plained that sort­ing through and read­ing all the mes­sages has proven to be a dif­fi­cult task, and that mak­ing the fi­nal de­ci­sion is go­ing to be even more dif­fi­cult.

“How do you de­cide who’s more de­serv­ing of some­thing than some­one else, you know?” French said. “A lot of these sto­ries are sad, some more than oth­ers I sup­pose, but they’re all still peo­ple, and you want to be able to help them all some­times. But at the same time, I want to make sure this dress goes to some­one who’s re­ally go­ing to cher­ish it and ap­pre­ci­ate it. I’d be heart­bro­ken to give it to some­one, only to go on­line and see it for sale for $1000, you know? So I re­ally want to make sure the per­son is in need of it, and not just some­one who would like to have it.”

French also ex­plained that siz­ing is some­thing both her and po­ten­tial own­ers must keep in mind. The ivory-coloured dress is a size six, though French also noted that it is com­pletely fresh, and so al­ter­ations can still be made to the dress’ length if need be.

“At the end of the day, this is about pay­ing it for­ward for me, you know? It’s not re­ally about any past re­la­tion­ships, or mak­ing some ex­tra money, or any­thing like that. I know the dress could re­ally make some­one happy - some­one who oth­er­wise might not have been able to af­ford a dress like this. It can make some­one else happy, and make them feel and look beau­ti­ful on their wed­ding day. That’s a good enough feel­ing all on its own,” French said.

French’s ad can be found on Ki­jiji, and will be up for a while longer, as she is in no rush to give the dress away.

CHRIS LEWIS/THE COM­PASS

Kim French re­cently de­cided to give away her un­used wed­ding dress in an at­tempt to pay it for­ward.

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