My daughter looks to me for approval, and my smile has become a painful rictus. "What do you think?" she asks. I unhelpfully parrot, "I don't know, what do you think?"
After my years of working for a clothing manufacturer, I knew how much these dresses really cost to make, which generally hovers around 10% of their retail cost.
When I wandered into a Brooklyn thrift shop and saw this sweet brocade dress marked down to $27.99, when I tried it on and teared up as the zipper closed perfectly, I knew it was my wedding dress.