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.
Overall, everyone agrees it is fate — and that Emmali looks incredible in the dress.
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.
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).
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...
...And from that moment on, she knew she had found THE DRESS.
AT A GOODWILL FOR $25.
Emmali clarified that while she has no immediate plans or inkling of an engagement happening, she and her boyfriend Nick have openly discussed it.
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.
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.
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.
"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."
Cheers to an amazing Goodwill steal, Emmali! Have you ever scored something really expensive for really cheap?! Let us know in the comments!