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ST. LOUIS, MO (KTVI) - In 1974 Mary Porte bought a one of a kind wedding dress from a store in Afton. She said back then you didn’t preserve the dresses like you do today. So her dress was just left in a black trash bag.

Seven years ago, while Mary was cleaning out her basement, the trash bag with her wedding dress in it got put in the pile with the other bags to go to Goodwill. Mary thought she would never see that dress again. A secret she never shared with anyone.

Mary had a little spare time a few weeks later. Something drove her to check out a website she occasionally visits. It is an online garage sale of sorts called, Dusty Attic.

"It was like I was prompted to do it. I don’t know why or by who, but when I did, there was my wedding dress," said Porte. "I honestly thought it can’t be, I was mystified."

Mary compared the post to her wedding photo, the lace, the neckline, and the train all an exact match.

"I could tell because at our wedding reception my bustle broke, my train got ripped to shreds, and my dress still has some shreds," said Porte.

A few other people on the site had shown interest in buying the dress. Once Mary posted that she thought it was her old wedding dress, along with a side by side photo the other buyers stepped aside. It was all hers, free of charge.

Mary's daughter said in this case her mother did not pick the wedding dress, the dress picked her.

"That dress was meant for my mother to wear, it it was meant for my mother to have it, and own it. That whole story just continues," said Heather Peterson.