No more dresses, please!

So, if you’ve been keeping up with this post, you know there’s been some drama in the department of getting rid of old wedding items.

I wanted to give an update to let you all know where things stand with Sonya Fogle and It’s a Bridal Thing. After writing the blog post, complaining to the Better Business Bureau, and emailing Action 9, I heard from Sonya via voice mail from a blocked number. She said she’d been out of town for a month and she asked me to email her (to a different email address) my address so she could ship my items back to me. I emailed her and told her I no longer wanted the items and asked instead for the money, paid via paypal. As I’d seen information about renting of items to brides the day of, and I’d never given my consent to do so, and she’d had the items for two years, I no longer wanted them in my possession.

She emailed back and agreed to send a check. I spent the next few days hoping I’d get a check for the amount I’d asked for ($290) and that it would clear. She finally sent me confirmation that she had mailed it, and I watched the UPS tracking to my work address (didn’t really feel comfortable giving my home address at this point.) I noticed something a bit odd: UPS was claiming the package was 6 pounds. A 6-pound check is a rather large check … something was off. I crossed my fingers that perhaps UPS had gotten it wrong. Ha.

Sure enough, the package arrived Friday evening. Inside was a check (of normal weight), for $55, and the wedding dress. Rolled up into a ball and stuffed into a box. Sigh.

The details of the check noted that I was being paid $110 for the cost of the veil and tiara I was selling, minus her commission fee, given the measly $55. I guess I was naive to think she would waive her fee, given that she’s put me through two years of frustration. I have no idea why she chose to send me the dress back although I clearly stated that I did not want it.

So, now I have a dress to get rid of that’s worth two years less than it was worth when I first tried to sell it, and has potentially been worn by who knows how many brides at this point, plus a check for $55 that I’m hoping will clear (I did take Shawn’s advice and cashed it at BB&T, where it was issued, so as to avoid potential fees should it not clear.) I am disappointed.

The only silver lining I can think of is I guess I should feel lucky to get anything at all. If you read the last post I wrote and the comments, you see that other brides have been duped as well. Some for way more amounts than I was dealing with. I did hear from another seller via email that Sonya called her to apologize and plans to return her items and/or pay her. I truly hope that happens.

I updated the Better Business Bureau complaint that she did send me something, but the complaint still stands, as $55 is not quite the $290 I asked for. In my opinion, the dress is worth $0 at this point.