ANYONE who has ever been to a car boot sale knows that you can find some weird and wonderful things there – as well as some real gems too.
A few years ago, Jessica Roberts was hunting for bargains at a sale in Wellington, New Zealand, when she came across a pretty heart-shaped paperweight.
Intrigued by the pretty dove illustrations, Jessica asked the owner if it was for sale – and snapped it up for the bargain price of 50p.
Ever since then, the savvy shopper has proudly had it on display at home – until she recently discovered it wasn't actually a paperweight at all.
In a viral Facebook post, Jessica explained how she spotted a similar item on sale on Amazon earlier this month.
She wrote: "I was sitting here looking at random things on Amazon and I see the same paperweight being sold for $30[£16] and click on the picture to see what is so special about it and well it's a type of urn for small amounts of human or animal ashes.
"Now I don't know what to do I had noticed before that there were screws and a cover on the bottom and assumed it was for sand or something….do I open it? Do I throw it away? If I've learned anything from horror movies this is how you get haunted."
The following day, Jessica found ashes inside the urn and updated the post in the hopes that it would help her reunite it with the person's family.
That evening, Jessica was contacted by her local paper to run a story on the urn – and amazingly, she was contacted by the husband of the woman who lost it the next morning.
He told Jessica that his wife's abusive ex-partner had kept her old belongings after they split.
I was shocked to find out that it was an urn and not a paperweight. I thought to myself that there was no way there were remains inside. I left it alone that evening but tossed and turned all night thinking about it.
The woman – who had just had a baby – allegedly expressed regret over losing her father's ashes as she wanted him to be there "in spirit".
Jessica told Bored Panda: "He plans to surprise her with the urn Christmas morning and her father’s remains can finally rest where they belong—with her.
"After how miserable 2020 has been, I feel truly honored to be able to bring someone a little bit of joy for the Christmas season."
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