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Durham woman searches for missing wedding dress, stranger offers to buy new dress for its return

Posted March 22
Updated March 23

— A Durham woman, who was begging for help to find her wedding dress after her new husband accidentally donated it to a thrift store, has announced someone has offered to buy the same dress for the person who has her dress.

Natalie Gelbert said her husband didn't realize it was in the back of the car and mixed it in with other bags of clothes they were giving away. Gelbert was overjoyed by the person's generous offer.

He donated it to the GCF Donation Store on Roxboro Road in Durham. Store employees told the bride it sold for $20 on Saturday.

"It's not something that you can get back," she said. "You can't buy that again. You can't buy your wedding dress again, even if I were to buy the same exact one from David's Bridal. It's not the one I walked down the aisle in. That's a memory."

Gelbert said the dress was her one splurge for her wedding.

She is actually still making payments on the dress. But she said the dress is priceless to her.


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  • Barrett Powell Mar 23, 8:34 p.m.
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    It'd be Ex-Husband for me...LOL

  • Mary Meadows Mar 23, 11:54 a.m.
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    I have to agree that reading this article was a welcome change from all of the truly horrific and sorrowful news reports I have read lately.

    To the woman who lost your dress: if you don't get it back look at it this way, someone who probably doesn't have a lot of money has found a beautiful dress to wear on her special day. That means that instead of being tucked away in a box for years, this dress will bring happiness to another woman. Hopefully she passes it forward and donates it as well. I am sorry tho that you are still making payments on it - hopefully you were almost done paying it off!!

  • Jim Halbert Mar 23, 11:13 a.m.
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    People disappointed that this is a major local news story... instead of what? Murder? Arson? Rape? What would you people prefer to be reading? Let WRAL know and I'm sure they'll figure out where all the murder and rape stories are that they're hiding from us.

  • Karen Hahn Mar 23, 9:27 a.m.
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    Maybe the FBI can help her find it, just like they did with what's his name's football jersey??

  • Angela Bondar Mar 22, 10:26 p.m.
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    You've got to be kidding. Really? Is that the topic to discuss on the local news? With all my empathy to this woman's loss, please do to tell me that WRAL has nothing else to report about. Embarrassment to journalism.

  • Fred Neopolitano Mar 22, 8:52 p.m.
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    True Erika, but I would rather read a story like this instead of another Reverend William Barber Protest de Jour story.

  • Erika Phipps Mar 22, 8:37 p.m.
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    I get this woman's disappointment and quandry and wish her luck, but the fact this is a major story both here and on the WTVD site is ridiculous.