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Hidden Treasure: What Would You Do?

Posted on May 15, 2015 by Lisa Ricard Claro   10 Comments | Posted in Uncategorized


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Observations from the Tub

Ill-gotten gains or serendipitous purchase?

What would you do?

A man in Bellville, Texas, Emil Knodell, purchased an antique chest of drawers for $100.00 at an estate sale. Dating back to the 1890s, the dresser boasted a white marble top and three drawers. What wasn’t known by either the buyer or the seller was that there existed a hidden drawer at the bottom of the piece containing a treasure trove of jewelry, currency, and Civil War memorabilia, among other things. Upon discovery, Mr. Knodell contacted the son of the man whose death had prompted the estate sale. The son had no knowledge of the hidden compartment, but remembered the dresser in his grandparents’ home when he was a child. Mr. Knodell kept the dresser and returned the treasure. (Read the original story HERE at ABC News.)

I’ve known people who have purchased items at yard sales, only to discover later they paid a trifle for a treasure. None that I know of returned the item or offered to pay what it was really worth. All considered themselves recipients of good fortune. So here’s the question, Buttercup: What would you do?

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10 Responses to "Hidden Treasure: What Would You Do?"

  1. Comment by Carrie Carswell
    May 15, 2015 at 9:00 am  

    I like to think I would try to contact the person if I was able and felt that there would be some sentimental value. But if I could not see the sentimental value I would keep it and consider it a bonus 😛

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 15, 2015 at 11:22 am  

      Haha — I think I agree with you, Carrie. Personal stuff, yes, but other stuff…I might be inclined to think that folks need to do their due diligence. I bet I’ve let stuff go at yard sales that I could’ve gotten good money for, but I didn’t know it. That’s why people shop yard sales, though, right? To make a great bargain.

  2. Comment by Robert Robinson
    May 15, 2015 at 9:25 am  

    Personal items like that I’d try to return, but if I found a bag of money, with money being the root of evil and all, I’d do them a favor and keep it. Thus saving them from the pain and grief that evil money brings. I would then put the money to use where it would do the most good and spend it on women and booze.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 15, 2015 at 11:25 am  

      Hahahahaha! *wipes eyes* I read that last line expecting you to say “like donating to charity.” You got me with the women and booze. lol I should’ve known you’d make me laugh.

  3. Comment by ButtonsMom2003
    May 15, 2015 at 2:59 pm  

    I;m inclined to agree with Carrie and you. I love to find a bargain at thrift stores and yard sales. I also know that I’ve probably let stuff go at a yard sale for far less than I should have but didn’t know any better.

    I just read the full story and was a bit surprised to read that the man in charge of the sale said there was no question that the treasure wouldn’t be kept by the man who bought the chest (at least that’s how I took what the article said). Seems like the purchaser would have been completely within his rights to keep everything. I think it’s wonderful, however, that the seller was contacted. But think of this – what if the seller had purchased that chest used at sometime, and the treasure was in it then? He wouldn’t have any more right to it than the guy who bought it at the estate sale.

    You always find such interesting and thought provoking stuff to put on your “observations from the tub.” 🙂

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 16, 2015 at 7:34 am  

      Thanks! And I agree with you. The buyer paid what he was asked to pay and was under no obligation to give anything back. Under the circumstances, I hope they gave him back the $100 he paid and let him keep the chest of drawers! I love that whole scenario, though. I think it needs to be in a book or short story. Romance, naturally. 🙂

  4. Comment by Sioux
    May 15, 2015 at 6:39 pm  

    I’m with the majority of your followers. Sentimental stuff–return if possible. Otherwise, seller beware! It’s mine once I buy it.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 16, 2015 at 7:36 am  

      Yep. 🙂 I used to work with a lady whose husband had gone to a yard sale and paid $5.00 for a bag full of old forks and knives. It wasn’t until after he got home and started really looking through it that he realized it was all sterling silver! He cleaned it up and sold it for a pretty penny.

  5. Comment by Tammy
    May 18, 2015 at 9:12 pm  

    I like to think I’d do what Mr. Knodell did. The world needs more honesty. But I’d maybe not try too awfully hard to track down the former owner. 😉 Hope he got a generous reward.

    • Comment by Lisa Ricard Claro
      May 19, 2015 at 1:56 pm  

      I thought the same thing, Tammy—hoping he was rewarded for being so nice. The truth is, he paid the price they asked, so he didn’t have to be.

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