Allyson scores with perfect cocktail dress
I came from Calgary to attend Kelvin’s 100th Reunion in Winnipeg and experienced an act of kindness I think is remarkable.
I arrived without a cocktail dress for the semi-formal dinner and was convinced by my friend that we should look around to see if we could find anything more suitable than the casual co-ordinates I had brought with me.
We went into Redeemed, a secondhand shop on Academy Road, to see if they had a cocktail dress that would fit. It was Thursday, only two days before the dinner.
Allyson, the owner of the store, brought out a few dresses but I could tell by looking at them that they wouldn’t work for me. I finally advised her that I had just had a mastectomy, and I needed a high neck line. She was very empathetic but really couldn’t find anything that would work so I left without buying a dress.
However, she suggested I try the Charleswood Redeemed store the next morning as there might be something there.
So, my friend and I went to the Charleswood store the next morning; same thing, no dresses with high neck lines in my size. We were about to leave when in walked Allyson with a garment bag. She said she had woken up that morning and realized that one of her own dresses would be perfect for me.
Sure enough, it fit, and it was perfect. I offered to buy the dress, as selling dresses was her business, and I couldn’t imagine her just lending me one when she didn’t know me at all. But she was just happy to let me borrow it.
I started to dig out a business card so she would have my contact information but she said not to bother and just to return the dress to the shop the following week. She didn’t even know more than my first name.
The dinner most definitely was semi-formal attire and I was grateful I had Allyson’s dress.
Allyson helped me at a time when, frankly, the last thing I wanted to do was try on new clothes. How many people would offer one of their own dresses to a stranger?
Thanks Allyson! You made a difference.