Mom Buys Ornament At Thrift Store For $2, Flashlight Shows This Hidden Inside
1. Wholly Unexpected
She was eager to show off her latest thrift store purchase to her daughter. Her daughter turned it over carefully as she admired it. Suddenly, she exclaimed, "There's something inside!" They held it up to the flashlight and noticed something moving around. They knew they had to call the police.
2. A Bargain Hunter
Priscilla Bailey, a resident from Plymouth, Massachusetts, loved hunting for a good bargain. She could never resist going into a thrift store and would almost always find unique, interesting items at fairly low prices. On that particular day, as she was hanging out in her local thrift store, a blue heart-shaped glass ornament caught her eye.
3. A Striking Piece
The glass ornament was just lying on a display shelf alongside other blown glass items. Priscilla really enjoyed collecting glass ornaments, and this particular ornament was in her favorite color - blue. When she saw the price tag of only $2, she didn’t hesitate to buy it. Priscilla thought it would make a wonderful Christmas tree decoration, but soon she noticed something unusual about it.
4. A Closer Look
When Priscilla returned home with her new purchase, she couldn't wait to get a good look at it. She unwrapped it carefully and began to admire the metalwork around its mounting. The etched figure looked like angels or perhaps Vikings. She held the tiny item in hands, flipped it around as she examined it. But suddenly, she started to feel an odd sensation all over her body.
5. Oddly Heavy
The blue heart looked hollow, but it felt heavier than she had expected. Priscilla peered closer and closer until her warm breath fogged up the glass. She couldn't see anything inside, so she decided to ignore the odd heaviness of the ornament for the time being and hung it in her kitchen. It wasn't until later when her daughter came by and examined it that she realized she had missed an important detail.
6. Her Daughter
Priscilla's daughter, Kat, also had a passion for glass art. Kat loved blown glass ornaments so much that she wanted to open her own blown glass store. Naturally, she was the perfect person to help shed some light on the trinket's mystery.
7. A Professional Inspection
Kate was so excited when her mom showed her the ornament. As soon as she took it from her mom, she realized that it was oddly heavy. There had to be something inside. She then fetched a flashlight to get a closer look. The light would soon reveal something unbelievable.
8. What Was Inside?
Through the light, Priscilla and Kat discovered that there were actually two golf ball-sized compartments hiding inside the heart. As Kat shook it a little, they both noticed something was moving in the smaller compartment. The mom-and-daughter duo called the police right away. Maybe whatever inside was dangerous or illegal. Meanwhile, Priscilla also called some journalists at the Boston Globe to see the mysterious $2 thrift store ornament.
9. Not An Ordinary Ornament
It didn't take long for the journalists to arrive, and Priscilla led them to her kitchen to explain everything. The reporters couldn't believe that there was something moving inside the heart. Kat then took out the flashlight and shone it through the glass. Everyone held their breath, waiting to see the contents inside.
10. The Big Reveal
As they watched, they found something powdery moving in the hidden compartment. Kate told the reporters that it looked like it was ashes. All the others present were taken aback by the thought. However, if the ornament contained ashes inside, it would make sense why it was made with such stunning craftsmanship.
11. A Heartbreaking Realization
At first, Priscilla was horrified to think that she had a stranger's ashes in her home and that she had shaken the ornament so many times. She wondered if she was disrespecting the ashes and if she should continue to keep the ornament. But soon, she felt empathy for the person whose ashes they were and his/her family members. Who did the ashes belong to? How did they end up in a thrift store? Hundreds of questions rushed into Priscilla's mind, and she knew she had to do something.
12. Seeking For The Real Owner
Priscilla decided that she would do whatever she could to find the real owner. "It’s beautiful. It must have a story, so that’s my goal - to find out where and who this belongs to," Kat told the reporters. She hoped that with the police notified and the media coverage, someone would get in touch with her. She even let Kat share her story on Facebook, and that was when things began to take a strange turn.
13. Taking It To Social Media
"Hey, friends! I am in desperate need of this post to go viral! My mom Priscilla Bailey bought this at Savers in Plymouth about 2 weeks ago. At first, we thought it was very unique until we got it home and realized it is full of ashes!!! We want to return it to the rightful owner," Kat posted on Facebook along with a close-up photo of the blue glass ornament. Then the unexpected happened. Someone replied!
14. Happening All Over The Country
A local woman named Connie Slate commented on Kat's post, "Please let me know what you find out as I also have one. I found mine at a thrift shop too! It's heavy in weight." And another woman replied that she had bought a similar one at a thrift store in the Pacific Northwest. "Mine was iridescent and heart-shaped like this one, but much less ornament and more suncatcher-like," she said. Then she offered an important clue that made everyone gasp.
15. Close To The Truth
"It was made from the ash of Mt. Saint Helen," the woman said. So, the glass heart was perhaps not an urn? Priscilla and Kat had believed it held a person's ashes. They had never imagined the ashes originated from something else. But they still didn't receive a confirmed answer. Well, the story is still going strong online. Hopefully, the secrets of the blue heart will reveal itself.
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