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June 15, 2015

Today's Repurposeful Monday is a love story of charity and Re-Use.  

A mystery surrounding a donation to St. Gemma's Hospice Thrift Shop in Leeds,
England, has been solved.  Last week a beautiful, vintage hand-made wedding
dress was left at the shop with a precious note attached:

"I wish any lady who takes this dress to have a life with her loved one (like the)
56 years like I did, happy years.  I was a lucky man to marry a lady like mine."

"The shop found a lovely handwritten note attached when they opened
it up," said Nicola Woodgate, thrift shop employee.  "It's a very ornate,
vintage gown that was made in the 1950's.  It has no labels so we think
it was made for the lady who would have been the bride."
On the thrift shop's Facebook page it was announced that the donor of the
gown has been identified as the widower of the bride who was married in the
dress.  The shop's staff agreed to his request for anonymity and when they
told him that they'd like to list the gown for sale on eBayhe readily agreed. 
The ivory, floral lace gown is a size small
and has a net underskirt peplum.
After the story of the gown went viral on the internet the shop's eBay
listing started receiving international attention.   With just a few days
left on the auction the 60+ bids have raised the price to almost $10,000!

"He is so happy and proud that the Hospice will benefit from funds raised
by the auction of the dress," Ms. Woodgate posted on  Facebook.  "He is
watching the media frenzy with interest and thinks it is wonderful."

I think the bride would be proud of her husband's
sweet gesture and especially his love note.


  1. That is such a wonderful story, the final act of love for a loved one, beautiful.

  2. What a loving, final tribute to his wife. The dress is beautiful...hope the next bride to wear it has as much love in her life as the first bride.

  3. Such a sweet story.

    cheers, parsnip

  4. WOW what an amazing sweet story!! That dress is gorgeous. The bride who wears that will be stunning and I love the history behind it.

  5. so sweet....I collect charity shop wedding gowns and headpieces and I have some beautiful ones

  6. this is a wonderful story with a wonderful organisation benefiting.