I don't know about you, but over the years, I've picked up plenty of odds and ends at garage sales (which are never really held in garages, when you think about it -- usually they're more like lawn/driveway/front stoop sales). And so I see no reason why what happened to an unidentified bargain-hunting family in New York couldn't have happened to me -- maybe there's still hope! Sure, my odds of getting struck by lightning while being attacked by a shark are probably better, but a girl can dream!
Anyway. Here's the story: The aforementioned family was at a garage sale one day when somebody (maybe the mom?) spotted a simple but elegant glass bowl. Hmm. There were a few nicks and scratches here and there, maybe a tiny crack or two, but it was pretty and simple and she'd been looking for something to put on the mantelpiece.
So the family forked over "no more than" $3 and took the bowl home. It wasn't until several years later that they discovered the truth about their new knick-knack ... That bowl was old! OLD, like really old, and I don't mean last season's flip-flops old, I mean 1,000 years old! And from China. A "Ding" bowl dating back to the Northern Song Dynasty, to be exact.
I'm not exactly sure how the family figured out their bowl was something a lot more special than they'd originally thought, but they did. And promptly consulted the experts at Sotheby's. Aaaaaand the bowl just sold for more $2.2 million at auction on Tuesday.
AND if you'll excuse me, I'm off to find a garage sale.
Have you ever found anything at a garage sale that ended up being worth a lot more than you expected?
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