An Oklahoma seamstress brought nearly 60 dresses home with her on the day that a national bridal chain closed suddenly.
According to ABC News, Rose Ellis of Tulsa, was picking up dresses to alter at the Alfred Angelo store in Oklahoma City earlier in the month when the store manager told her she needed to call her brides because the store was closing permanently at 6 p.m. Alfred Angelo reportedly informed customers on their website on July 14 that it was filing for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and advised brides and bridal parties to contact the chain’s bankruptcy trustee via email. The chain which had been in business for nearly 80 years had 60 stores across the U.S.
Ellis, who had worked with Alfred Angelo for the past seven years, grabbed 60 dresses from the Oklahoma City store that still needed alterations and brought them home with her. Ellis went down the list and called every customer she had contact information for and told them their dress was in her possession and would be returned to them with the alterations done at no additional charge.
“They’re very excited that I have their dress and sorry that I’m going through all of this,” said Ellis, who said she has not been paid by Alfred Angelo since June. “It’s not fair for me to charge them again and I wouldn’t hold their dresses for ransom either, that’s crazy as well.”
Bride-to-be Stephanie Huey found Ellis through Facebook after posting in panic about her Alfred Angelo bridesmaids dresses, which were at the Oklahoma store waiting for alterations. She explained to ABC News that she was shocked to hear about the bridal store closing, and once she got in touch with Ellis, she arranged for a local hotel in Oklahoma City to donate space where Ellis could reunite Alfred Angelo customers with their gowns.
“I was just dumbfounded,” Huey said. “I thought her good deed was just to bring the dresses back to everyone, but she was still doing all the alterations — and for free.” The women who were helped by Ellis started a GoFundMe account to help with her travel expenses and the cost of doing alterations for free.
“I really understand that when you own a business, every drop of your sweat has a price on it,” said Huey, who created the GoFundMe for Ellis. “This woman is just doing so much out of the goodness of her heart.”
Ellis says she has not heard from anyone at Alfred Angelo, but her current focus is delivering the gowns to their rightful owners. “My agenda is to make sure that all my brides I have come in contact with have that fabulous wedding day that they were expecting to have from the beginning,” Ellis said. She is also grateful for the outpouring of support and says she will worry about her future when she finishes the dresses.
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[Featured Image Credit: ABC News- Rose Ellis]