Buying items second-hand is always a gamble. In our consumeristic society, we feel the drive to buy, buy, buy.
But there are plenty of second-hand finds that still have a lot of life to give. They are full of story, of mysterious pasts, and most times those stories go undiscovered. We can only guess at them.
Sometimes a mark or some feature of an item will hint at its past, but hold the explanation just out of reach.
Priscilla Bailey of Massachusetts bought an ornament at a local thrift store around Christmas in 2017 for $2.99. She liked the way it caught the light and sparkled as it moved.
“Right now it’s hanging up there when I do my dishes. I sometimes stare at it,” Bailey said.
“Right up here on the top, right across the top, it looks like angels or Vikings,” she described to WFXT-TV. “They look like little angels, and there’s all this work down here. It’s really beautiful.”
Well, as it turns out, this ornament isn’t any simple decoration. Bailey looked at the ornament more carefully after she bought it, and saw that there might be something inside.
After hanging it in a position where it would catch the light, Bailey thought she saw something move. She got a flashlight to get a closer look.
“It’s small. The two spots in it are small, the size of a golf ball,” she said. The heart was filled with a powdery substance.
Bailey believes she’s in possession of someone’s urn, complete with their ashes inside.
She and her daughter, Kat Bartlett, decided to make it their mission to find the owner.
“At first I got spooked, for a second,” Bailey explained. “But then, it’s been in the house all this time — a couple of weeks now — and it needs to find its owner!”
“It’s beautiful,” Bartlett added. “It must have a story, so that’s my goal — to find out where and who this belongs to.”
While Bailey hopes that the owner will come forward after the news coverage, she’s going to continue to display the urn in her home. “There it sits — my spooky little friend,” she said.
“It’ll be fun seeing what happens and hopefully someone comes forward and says yes that was my grandmother or grandfather,” Bailey said. She hasn’t opened it for fear of spilling the ashes inside.
“I just thought it was pretty, so maybe it was meant to come here,” Bailey added. “Who knows?”
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