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Woman Finds $3,000 in Garage-Sale Chair
Yahoo News ^ | 5/30/05 | AP

Posted on 05/30/2005 1:03:54 PM PDT by wagglebee

Linda Stafford has been going to garage sales for 30 years, and taking good-natured ribbing from her family all the while.

Now, the tables have turned.

Stafford has found more than $3,000 in bills dating from 1928 to 1953 in the bottom of a high-backed chair she bought at a garage sale — for two bucks.

"When we found the money, they could probably hear us screaming all over the neighborhood," said Stafford, 57.

She made the discovery while trying to make room in her garage for more furniture. When one of her daughters, Mandy Rath, heard something rattle in the chair, they removed the bottom. Placed inside a compartment were two paper packets, one with $10 in coins, the other with $3,060 in bills.

Stafford remembers what she paid for the chair, but not where she bought it.

"I know that I've had it out in our garage for at least a year, maybe two," she said.

But, Stafford was not sure how she would spend the money.

"Who knows?" she said. "I might spend it all at garage sales."


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1 posted on 05/30/2005 1:03:54 PM PDT by wagglebee
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To: wagglebee

She should check those coins and bills, she may have more than she thinks.


2 posted on 05/30/2005 1:06:52 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: wagglebee

Ah! That's where my money went...


3 posted on 05/30/2005 1:07:31 PM PDT by null and void (Candy is dandy...)
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To: wagglebee
Stafford remembers what she paid for the chair, but not where she bought it.

Maybe, maybe not. Even if she remembered, I bet a diet coke that there would be clamoring and pressure on her to return the money, even though she bought the chair.

Am I wrong on that?

4 posted on 05/30/2005 1:08:18 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: TexasTransplant

I hadn't even thought about that, at the very least all of the quarters are silver.


5 posted on 05/30/2005 1:08:27 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: TexasTransplant

The money notes are silver certificates...are they not?


6 posted on 05/30/2005 1:09:13 PM PDT by DCPatriot
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To: wagglebee
"Stafford remembers what she paid for the chair, but not where she bought it."

MAN, she must REALLY go to a lot of garage sales! How could you forget?!

7 posted on 05/30/2005 1:09:20 PM PDT by jdm (Estoy En Una Radio Mexicana (I'm On A Mexican Radio))
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To: wagglebee

I would have kept quiet if it was my find.


8 posted on 05/30/2005 1:10:51 PM PDT by Semper Paratus
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To: wagglebee

And the bills could be Silver Certificates.


9 posted on 05/30/2005 1:10:59 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: SkyPilot
"Maybe, maybe not. Even if she remembered, I bet a diet coke that there would be clamoring and pressure on her to return the money, even though she bought the chair."

Is that a caffeine-free diet coke or just a diet coke? :)

10 posted on 05/30/2005 1:11:25 PM PDT by jdm (Estoy En Una Radio Mexicana (I'm On A Mexican Radio))
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To: wagglebee
"Woman Finds $3,000 in Garage-Sale Chair"

Well, boo hoo. I once found $3,000 in a bank account. <\s>
11 posted on 05/30/2005 1:12:41 PM PDT by jdm (Estoy En Una Radio Mexicana (I'm On A Mexican Radio))
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To: wagglebee

I'd bet many coins and bills that old have value as collectibles aside from their monetary value.


12 posted on 05/30/2005 1:13:17 PM PDT by Tall_Texan (If you can think 180-degrees apart from reality, you might be a Democrat.)
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To: jdm

Actually, I find that quite believable. I've often remember the price of things I've bought at garage sales. The garages, on the other hand, all run together.


13 posted on 05/30/2005 1:13:29 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: wagglebee

Whoever stuffed the money in that chair probably went through the Bank Holiday. There was lots of hoarding into the 40s.


14 posted on 05/30/2005 1:13:35 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: wagglebee
I bought a near-perfect 1950's Zenith tube stereo console (AM/FM radio + turntable) a few weeks ago. The people selling it were cleaning out their deceased mother's house and they knew I would appreciate it (I'm an electrical engineer and love the sound of tube radios, amps, etc.). The deceased woman grew up during the depression, so I told her son to check the house for stashes of cash.

Hmmmmm....maybe I ought to check that stereo console out a little closer.....;^)

15 posted on 05/30/2005 1:13:51 PM PDT by randog (What the....?!)
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To: Huntress

First I've=I


16 posted on 05/30/2005 1:14:27 PM PDT by Huntress (Possession really is nine tenths of the law.)
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To: TexasTransplant
"she may have more than she thinks."

You're likely correct. I used to collect coins and some currency, way back in high school (yeah, I was one of the "popular" kids). (sarcasm) Anyway, her "$3,000" is probably worth in the neighborhood of $20 to $30K.
17 posted on 05/30/2005 1:15:15 PM PDT by jdm (Estoy En Una Radio Mexicana (I'm On A Mexican Radio))
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To: jdm
How could you forget?!

Selective forgetting. She doesn't want bad Karma.

18 posted on 05/30/2005 1:15:32 PM PDT by leadpenny
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To: wagglebee

We had a case here a few years ago where a bag of baby clothes was sold at a garage sale. The woman selling the items apparently did not know her husband had been hiding money in the bag. The police went to the media and said they were looking for the buyers and were thinking of pressing charges against them for not returning the money.

Yeah, that approach will work.


19 posted on 05/30/2005 1:17:49 PM PDT by Straight Vermonter (John 6: 51-58)
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To: wagglebee

Likely the result of a stash during the banking crisis of the great depression. The true owner of the money, who put it there is long dead. Furthurmore, I'm willing to bet that the people she bought this from at the garage sale acquired the chair second or third-hand themselves and don't have any moral claim to the loot either.


20 posted on 05/30/2005 1:19:13 PM PDT by rmmcdaniell
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To: wagglebee
Beginning tomorrow, I'm going to be auctioning off old chairs stuffed with money on eBay. I'm not going to say how much money is in the chair, of course -- only that the chair is very old and was owned by a lady in her 90s who passed away recently. (\ sarcasm off)
21 posted on 05/30/2005 1:20:19 PM PDT by jdm (Estoy En Una Radio Mexicana (I'm On A Mexican Radio))
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To: rmmcdaniell
bills dating from 1928 to 1953

Perhaps not the great depression after all.

22 posted on 05/30/2005 1:21:01 PM PDT by rmmcdaniell
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To: SkyPilot

She should not return the money even if she knew where she got it. If someone sells something that means so little to them about their family that they wouldn't know about Grandma and how she stored her extra cash and the hard times they once had...they deserve to lose it! My mom used to tuck bills here and there and when she died I went through her little purses and found maybe a twenty or so. But it was the memory of her that mattered and I was very careful about letting her things go.


23 posted on 05/30/2005 1:21:43 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (Everything I need to know about Islam I learned on 9-11!)
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To: rmmcdaniell

The dates on the money are from 1928 to 1953, so obviously whoever was hiding the money continued long after the Depression was over.


24 posted on 05/30/2005 1:22:10 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: Huntress

What. . .you and my wife shop together?


25 posted on 05/30/2005 1:22:11 PM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Semper Paratus
Me, too. Watch the IRS try to get its hand the dough, not to mention everyone in her neighborhood who has had a garage sale in the last three years.
26 posted on 05/30/2005 1:27:50 PM PDT by utahagen
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To: rmmcdaniell

I have been to 10 or more garage sales in the last 6 weeks and the only one I remember where I bought anything useful I cannot recall the address. Who keeps the address of a garage sale after the fact? Who would keep it at least a year later? Right! Nobody in their right mind.


27 posted on 05/30/2005 1:29:24 PM PDT by samantha (relax the grownups are in charge (I think).....)
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To: jdm

Most garage sale afficionados go every Saturday morning, April to October, in my area. My wife has bought enough junk at them to furnish 10 houses. For years, there's wasn't a single bed frame or dresser in my home that wasn't purchased at a garage sale. I don't think a one of my grandchildren sat in a store bought high chair - as soon as my oldest son got married, my wife started collecting baby stuff. I'm not kidding. She's got one side of the basement for spare garage sale junk and our adult children will often come over to "shop" down there.


28 posted on 05/30/2005 1:30:07 PM PDT by old and tired
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To: Semper Paratus
I would have kept quiet if it was my find.

Same here. There's some good news one should just keep to oneself. LOL

29 posted on 05/30/2005 1:30:32 PM PDT by madison10
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To: wagglebee
I knew someone that bought an antique dining room table that has a large post in the middle.

When he was taking it apart to restore it, he found the center post stuffed with Confederate money!

30 posted on 05/30/2005 1:30:49 PM PDT by FReepaholic (When I read about the evils of drinking, I gave up reading)
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To: Gunrunner2
What. . .you and my wife shop together?

LOL. And mine too, apparently.

31 posted on 05/30/2005 1:31:21 PM PDT by old and tired
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To: Huntress

I agree. When we go to garage sales, we set aside a Saturday morning and hit 10 or more in a row.

I could never remember where I bought each item. After awhile, one table of somebody's junk starts to look like the next table of somebody else's junk, LOL.

We've found "treasures" at garage sales though.

Bought a Japanese puzzle box for a dollar (my husband likes to figure them out.) After playing with and solving this particular one, he told me he thought it had many more parts than the usual. A couple years later, I put it on ebay because I was "cleaning out" stuff...it fetched nearly $500.

Garage sales, IMHO, are great entertainment and in the process you can sometimes find valuables.


32 posted on 05/30/2005 1:31:26 PM PDT by dawn53
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To: wagglebee

$3,000? That's how much Ho Chi Kerry spends on a haircut.


33 posted on 05/30/2005 1:33:01 PM PDT by LdSentinal
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To: wagglebee

those bills and the coins are both worth a lot more than the face value. The paper will be Silver Certificates and they are more than the newer which say Federal Reserve Note.


34 posted on 05/30/2005 1:39:10 PM PDT by fish hawk (I am only one, but I am not the only one.)
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To: wagglebee

I would have kept my mouth shut and split it with my daughter.


35 posted on 05/30/2005 1:39:26 PM PDT by Bossy Gillis
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To: fish hawk

True, but only as collector's items, Silver Certificates are no longer honored by the "Federal Reserve" and haven't been for over 20 years.


36 posted on 05/30/2005 1:44:00 PM PDT by AntiBurr ("You cannot play the song of freedom on an instrument of oppression"--S.J. Lec)
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To: jdm
Is that a caffeine-free diet coke or just a diet coke? :)

I just checked the 'fridge. I am outta diet coke.

How about a diet vanilla caffine-free low carb Dr. Pepper?

37 posted on 05/30/2005 1:44:37 PM PDT by SkyPilot
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To: wagglebee

Probably tucked away by some cheap bas**** who didn't want his wife to find it.


38 posted on 05/30/2005 1:52:34 PM PDT by Mears (Keep the government out of my face!)
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To: TexasTransplant

She should check them coins REAL close. Silver from the mid 20's to about 1935 is fairly rare compared to the surrounding years.

If she has silver certificates, they're worth more than face value, but only numismatically. They are irredeemable for silver coin.


39 posted on 05/30/2005 2:00:34 PM PDT by djf (Sheep logic, or why sheep aren't mathematicians: I'll give up my freedom to preserve freedom)
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To: SkyPilot

Maybe, but I would bet that whoever put them there or lost them there is long dead. Besides, the chair was probably second, third, or fourth hand when she bought it. Keep it.


40 posted on 05/30/2005 2:06:23 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: Recovering Ex-hippie

When my mom died, we were cleaning out her garage for a weekend sale. Well, my older brother and I decided to play catch with this old metal vase. My sister-in-law took it after we had dropped it 'alot' of times and she was going to practice tole painting on it. When she got it home, she looked closely at it and it was pure silver. Needless to say, my brother and I are still in the dog house over this one. So the moral of the story, be careful with our parents 'junk'.


41 posted on 05/30/2005 2:10:10 PM PDT by Cate
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To: jdm

I still have my penny collection books, worth $2.00 then, about $3.00 now (but my Grandkids may enjoy the gift)

Coins are fun, cheap and don't take up much room.

It made History fun for me when I was a child and may do the same for the Grand kids.

TT


42 posted on 05/30/2005 2:12:51 PM PDT by TexasTransplant (NEMO ME IMPUNE LACESSET)
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To: jdm

I don't go to a whole lot of garage sales, but I don't remember where I bought some of the stuff. If she goes to a lot of sales every week, it would be easy to forget where she got what.


43 posted on 05/30/2005 2:17:39 PM PDT by sneakers
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To: SkyPilot

She should have kept her mouth shut and quietly banked the money. Mark my words, she's going to regret opening her big yap. But some fools just can't resist getting their 15 minutes of fame on the tabloid shows.


44 posted on 05/30/2005 2:18:17 PM PDT by SamAdams76 (Don't You Think This Outlaw Bit's Done Got Out Of Hand?)
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To: jdm; TexasTransplant; wagglebee
You're all wrong. These are used ( touched and worn ) bills and coins. They are NOT rare and certainly not "MINT". Ergo, they aren't worth very much to collectors.

And jdm, your figure of the worth if this currency, is off by a value to ten. This money is worth face value,or or a couple of cents over that; at most.

45 posted on 05/30/2005 2:24:33 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: wagglebee
Sadly, many who lived through the Great Depression stuffed their mattresses and hid their money because of their fear of banks and other theives. (You couldn't just leave it out, you know.)

Then after they die, the relatives that come in to sort through the estate have no idea where to even begin looking -- that is, if they know where to look in the first place.

This happened to my wife and me, and it caused a bit of a problem because of how it happened. My wife got this really old furniture piece that played 78 rpms (and it used to have a working radio, but that stopped working) from a relative. So she started collecting 78s, but they are hard to find. The Lincoln Center Library Sale was a good place, but it was only once a year and they stopped selling them after a couple of years. (Apparently, they ran out.)

Anyway, my supervisor knew I had been collecting them (I had bought a box from a co-worker through the company bulletin-board), and he told me that (I think) an aunt who had passed away had a bunch of boxes. He sold them to me for something like forty dollars.

To make this long story not quite as long, my wife found an envelope with $400 in on of the sleeves. She wanted to keep it, and I was racked with guilt. She tried using an "Antiques Roadshow" metaphor, and I tried to impress upon her that I *know* who the person is that "lost" this money.

Things got worse for me a few days later when my boss asked me to keep an eye out for any envelopes. Some had turned up going through other thngs, and it had been his responsibility to go through all those records before he disposed of them. Now, to my wife that meant "so he didn't do what he was supposed to, so too bad"; to me, it meant "I trust you".

Anyway, my boss could tell something was up and I laid it all out for him. He offered to let her keep half. I don't know if his siblings (or was it his wife and her siblings?) were at the point of suspecting that money had to be there or what.

In the end, my wife's co-worker finally guilted her into returning the money . . . but only because she found a second envelope. And she told me flat out that she was keeping any more envelopes that she found.

I don't remember if she found any more (or if she would have told me if she had) or if she ever gave me the forty bucks for the 78s in the first place.

TS

46 posted on 05/30/2005 2:25:15 PM PDT by Tanniker Smith
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To: nopardons

The silver in the quarters is worth more than 25 cents.


47 posted on 05/30/2005 2:26:25 PM PDT by wagglebee ("We are ready for the greatest achievements in the history of freedom." -- President Bush, 1/20/05)
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To: wagglebee

Why did this twit make her discovery public? Sell the bills and coins on ebay! Bet they may be worth up to a million dollars, especially since they're from the 1920s-50s.


48 posted on 05/30/2005 2:28:33 PM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful Or Fatal If Swallowed)
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To: wagglebee

You aren't allowed to melt down coinage for the metal content. It's against the law. No smelter will do it and there isn't all that much silver in our silver coins, from that era.


49 posted on 05/30/2005 2:30:03 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: wagglebee

Cesarini


50 posted on 05/30/2005 2:30:47 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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