Remember loom bands? Those colorful bands you’d make friendship bracelets with? Yeah, you should buy some.
A woman recently sold a dress made out of the bands for $291,000 on eBay. Again, $291,000. For the record, it cost her $85 worth of bands to make the gown, which is not a lot when you consider her profit.
So here are the deets: after helping her daughter with some loom band projects, a single mom from Wales had the amazing idea to create a dress out of the colorful rubber bands. Helen Wright had no idea just how big her idea would get!
Wright enlisted the help of her friend Katherine Burnand and soon, the dress was underway. “My friend Katherine physically made it because she’s out of work and gets bored,” Wright told the North Wales Daily Post of the project. “I said, why don’t we make a dress from loom bands and Katherine said she’d be happy do do it because she’s too ill to work. She did an hour here or there in between her house work to keep her busy.”
The dress took more than 40 hours of work and 20,000 loom bands to create. Once it was complete, Helen took some photos of her daughter modeling the dress and posted it on eBay for $85. And then, the most amazing thing happened.
Wright and Burnand watched in disbelief as a huge bidding war unfolded right before their eyes. And when the auction closed (after 137 bids!) the dress sold for an astonishing $291,000.
“I’m still in shock and I can’t believe it,” Wright told the Daily Post Friday of the dress’ wild success. “I still won’t believe it until… the money is in the bank.” How fantastic is this??
This isn’t the first time someone has paid an exorbitant amount for an article of clothing made of loom bands. A wacky two-piece suit made of the colorful looms was auctioned for charity by Jimmy Kimmel in February—and the winning bid of $40,000 was made by none other than the creator of the bands, Cheong Choon Ng. The $40,000 went to the MaxLove Project, a nonprofit dedicated to assisting families fighting childhood family with funds or support.
Let’s here it for loom bands, guys. Seriously. .