updated 11/1/2005 4:10:08 PM ET 2005-11-01T21:10:08

Marlene Wyatt went to a second-hand store to buy a Halloween costume last week. And what she found was eerie — the prom dress she had made 33 years ago.

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“I thought, this material looks familiar,” Wyatt said. “Then I thought, ‘Surely not’ and finally, ‘That’s my dress!”’

Melissa Martin, proprietor of The Fashion Exchange, said she knew something special had happened because of the look on Wyatt’s face.

“This is amazing,” she said. “What are the odds of something like this happening?”

Wyatt, from Yellville, sewed the white double-knit polyester dress when she was in high school.

“We come from a large family, 12 kids,” she said. “There were five girls at home at the time, so sewing my own clothes was helpful, but I always loved doing it.”

Martin doesn’t remember where she got the dress, which she had labeled “Way Retro” in her inventory. Wyatt now has it in her sewing room.

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