Millions Of People Are In Disbelief After This Woman Found A Six Thousand Dollar Galia Lahav Wedding Dress For $25 At Goodwill

A woman named Emmali Osterhoudt recently hit the wedding dress jackpot at a Goodwill in Birmingham, Alabama.

A closeup of Emmali Osterhoudt sitting at an outdoor table eating cake
Emmali Osterhoudt

Emma shared her lucky $25 find — this $6,000+ Galia Lahav wedding dress — on TikTok. Over 2 million people have now seen it and are applauding her good fortune:

As she shows it off in the video, it's clear that this dress was freaking MADE FOR HER!!! "It fits me like a glove and doesn't need any sort of alterations if I don't want them," she said in her TikTok.

She goes on to explain that Paris Hilton's most recent wedding dress was a Galia Lahav — and Beyoncé also married Jay-Z in the "Thelma" Galia Lahav. 😮

A closeup of Beyoncé and Jay-Z at the Grammys
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The dress Emmali found came out in 2019 and — from what I've found online — it originally retailed for over $6,000.

"We literally sell this dress where I work for $6800 20/10 find"

Some boutiques still carry it, and you can find a bridal shop locator for it on the Galia Lahav website. But, even if you buy it preowned now, it'll still cost you over $4,000.

There are even people who have worked in the bridal industry for years who have never seen a Galia Lahav in person.

"As someone who has worked in bridal for 9 years and still has never seen a Galia lahav in person, my jaw is on the FLOOR"

And many are also pointing out just HOW much of a deal it was since thrift store prices have been skyrocketing for a while now.

One person said, "Yeah my goodwill only had broken baskets and xxxl stained shirts for $30 but happy for you"

Overall, everyone agrees it is fate — and that Emmali looks incredible in the dress.

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BuzzFeed spoke to Emmali who said she doesn't even go to thrift stores that often. She had decided to go that day with a friend to look for some items for a gallery wall she was creating in her room.

Closeup of Emmali Osterhoudt
Emmali Osterhoudt

However, as she and her friend were checking out, she noticed they had wedding dresses so they decided to just take a peek — for fun — since neither her friend nor her are engaged (or planning to be anytime soon).

The price tag of the dress
Emmali Osterhoudt

Her eyes were drawn to the dress because of how beautiful the mixture of pearls and rhinestones on it were, and how sparkly it was. So, she decided to try it on...

Closeup of the dress

...And from that moment on, she knew she had found THE DRESS.

Emmali in the dress
Emmali Osterhoudt


Emmali in the dress
Emmali Osterhoudt

Emmali clarified that while she has no immediate plans or inkling of an engagement happening, she and her boyfriend Nick have openly discussed it.

  Emmali Osterhoudt
Emmali Osterhoudt

She already showed the dress to him — I mean, his TikTok feed would have dropped that viral video in his lap anyway 😂 — and he absolutely loves it. "He is just as excited about me finding a $6,000 dress for $25 as I am," she said.

Nick and Emmali
Emmali Osterhoudt

Emmali added that even if — for whatever reason — she decides not to wear the dress at her wedding, she could easily find some sort of special event to wear it to.

"That dress was made for you to find"

The last question that's been circulating about this fortunate find is all the people asking Emmali if she is superstitious about why the dress was handed over to Goodwill.

"I wonder what the story was behind the person who gave it away"

"Some people have told me to sage the dress or spiritually cleanse it. I think that the previous girl who had it wanted another lucky girl to have it, but even if something bad happened, a lot of beautiful things can come from a lot of ugly situations. It is a blessing to me to have even found this dress. But I will have it professionally cleaned before I wear it! Until then, it'll be in a bag in the back of my closet where I can hopefully still fit in it in a few years."

Closeup of Emmali
Emmali Osterhoudt

Cheers to an amazing Goodwill steal, Emmali! Have you ever scored something really expensive for really cheap?! Let us know in the comments!