124. Thrift Store Treasures
It was Saturday morning. Mary walked out of
house with twenty dollars in her pocket and
spirit full of optimism. She had spent the
night in front of her television set watching
reality show that followed lucky people who had
amazing things at their local thrift shops. All
these people had bought seemingly ordinary items for
low prices, and ended up discovering that their
were actually very valuable treasures. After having spent
consecutive hours watching other people's experiences, Mary was
to give bargain hunting a try in hopes
finding something that would make her rich.
her favorite stories from the show was of
man who had purchased a copy of the
of Independence thinking that it was a cheap
, for only $2. He ended up discovering that
print was actually one of only 200 official
of the Declaration of Independence commissioned by John
Adams in 1820. The man ended up making
,650 after selling it.
As Mary walked into her
thrift shop, she tried recalling what all the
in the reality show had looked for. The
common items that people got rich from were
and so she headed straight to the Home
aisle. Once there, she couldn't decide which looked
expensive. They actually all seemed pretty ugly to
. "Excuse me," Mary said to an elderly woman
by. "Which painting do you think could make
richer?" Confused, the old lady quickly pointed at
and walked away.
The painting the old lady
pointed at was of a cat collage with
20 different cat faces jumbled atop of one
. "Definitely not my first choice," thought Mary. However,
trusted destiny's decision and bought the painting for
. After putting it up online, she began receiving
of emails asking if the picture frame displayed
with the painting. In order to see what
the buzz about the frame was about, she
it to an antique store and asked if
was anything special about the frame. "Of course,
is special!" remarked the clerk at the store. "
wood and age make it at least $25,000!"
ended up selling the frame for $30,000. A
days later, the buyer returned the ugly painting
her through the mail.