Q-tips are similar to bobby and hair ties, small little objects that are everywhere and disappear all the time. They also come in amounts of 500 which are never all used.
When Loretta Simms in Duncan, British Columbia, bought these Q-tips she got more than what she paid for. She was shopping at a thrift shop when she decided to pick a pack of these for 50 cents.
She needed them to clean a window, everything has its uses. But what she didn’t know was that these were pearls in hiding.
After paying for the box she got home and decided to work on the windows she needed to clean. She opened the box and was amazed.
What she found were not just few cotton-padded sticks, hidden inside the box was an entire jewelry collection — every single of them being authentic.
The collection was consisted of eight rings and a pearl necklace. The rings were set with rubies, diamonds and emeralds. The collection even contained a diamond engagement ring.
“They say you can’t find good finds at a thrift shop and I say, ‘Hey, I sure did,’” the surprised woman said.
The whole collection was appraised at a price of $1,800, a tad more than 50 cents I would say! However, Simms’ conscience had other ideas for the jewelry.
The fact that the shop she bought them was the Cowichan Hospital Auxiliary Store added to her conscience. Simms knew that the right thing to do was to return the set.
“I just felt it wasn’t for me,” said Simms. “Meant for me to find and bring back, but not for me.”
The workers were as surprised as she was when she returned the collection to them. The director of the shop was especially surprised.
“I just took it for granted that they were Q-tips and put them out on the shelf,” she said. The revelation was personal, too, since she’s the one who’d given the box of swabs their price tag.
Eventually, the true story came to the surface. It was discovered that man who had donated the Q-tips also donated the collection, which he found among his sister’s possessions.
His sister had passed away and he was organizing her belongings. He had donated the collection to the shop, and somehow in the process, ended up in the Q-tip box.
Fortunately for the store and the patients it helps, Simms knew the value of honesty. She also specifically mentioned that she hoped that the set would bring in more money for the good cause.
Simms knew that the shop helped the patients with the money and her honesty will bring more help to those in need. She also specifically mentioned that she hoped that the set would bring in more money for the good cause.
Some might say she kicked out the fortune she rolled into her. What do you think? Please share your thoughts on the comments below!