Woman Finds Out Thrift Store Dress Has Astonishing History
Marilyn Caylor 3/22/2018
Some people love to spend the entire weekend looking for second-hand trinkets that can turn into an Antiques Roadshow type of million dollar find. However, when Shannon Hiramoto hit up her local Salvation Army in Lihue, Hawaii, the only thing she wanted to score was a mu'umu'u. Yes, that kind of "moo-moo!"
The young woman absolutely adores wearing the traditional loose-fitting Hawaiian dresses, and she frequents thrift stores whenever she wants to shop for her favorite vintage styles. But what she dug up on a recent trip totally blew her mind!
Shannon thought she found the perfect dress and took it home, but then she noticed the strange handwriting on the tag. It hit her like a ton of bricks when she realized what she was looking at! Could it really be?
Sometimes the universe has a way of showing us synchronicity that's so perfect, it doesn't seem real. Shannon's tale of mu'umu'u magic is one that actually started decades ago, and it's now come full circle in a beautifully amazing way. As she explained to KHON2:
"I saw this beautiful muumuu right here, and I'm like, ooh, a mini one, because you know it's always fun finding a shorter one. When I looked at the tag, it said Liberty House, then it also had handwritten on it 'Kamei.'"
It turns out that Kamei is her great-grandmother's last name. It could've just been a fun coincidence, but it jogged a memory that Shannon had forgotten about. A sense of "knowing" came over her, and in her mind she could vividly see her great-grandma wearing a very similar frock.
Shannon looked through all the pictures in the family photo album, but she was disappointed when she came up with nothing. Then her mother came to the rescue!
"I just knew that she always liked to wear muumuu that had pink or purple or red, and it seemed familiar in this memory way. Then a couple nights later, my mom texts me a photo and it's this (pointing to muumuu) and it's her, and it's a full-body shot and I was just so excited."
Shannon couldn't believe she bought the same dress her great-grandmother had worn! But, this story still has a couple of loose ends that would bring the two women even closer together, despite the fact that the elderly woman had already passed away.
It turns out that that there was more to the picture than just a woman wearing a traditional Hawaiian print. Even though the background showed very little detail, Shannon knew exactly where the photo was taken - in front of the United Church of Christ in Hanapepe.
"What's really special about it is she's there. Her ashes, her remains are in the back of the church there, so it was like visiting her again."
Coincidence? Nah. More like divine intervention. Shannon took it as her cue to visit her again, but then she took it a step further. She re-created the special snapshot by wearing the same dress in same spot that her great-grandmother was photographed.
The powers that be really know how to line things up just right! After following a few cookie crumbs to a much greater truth, Shannon discovered a very sweet treasure indeed! However, this time around the valuable family heirloom is going to be passed down to her daughter, instead of the donation bin.