When a mum bought a paperweight from a car boot sale five years ago, she didn’t really think anything of it.
Jessica Roberts snapped up the bargain for $1 (around 53p) before realising it actually had a “haunting” feature to it.
The heart-shaped item isn’t actually a paperweight at all – it’s an urn.
And to the New Zealander’s surprise, the sentimental keepsake actually had ashes in it.
On Facebook, Jessica wrote: "So a few years ago I was at a yard sale and Braiden saw this heart-shaped paperweight looking thing and wanted me to buy because he wanted to give it to me. Who can argue with that logic it was only $1.00…
"So I was sitting here looking at random things on Amazon and I see the same paperweight being sold for $30.00 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.”
Jessica worried about being “haunted” by the object but faced her fears by opening it up.
She added: "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."
It didn’t take long for the bargain hunter’s post to go viral.
And with all the publicity, she’s trying to reunite the urn with its owner.
When the story hit local media, Jessica found out the object belonged to a woman who left her abusive partner.
He reportedly kept her belongings out of spite, which is probably why one ended up at a car boot sale.
Jessica told Bored Panda : “The next morning, I was contacted by the husband of the woman who had lost the urn.
“His wife’s family had seen the post and recognised it as the missing piece to a matching set of urns containing the remains of his wife’s father.
“Years earlier, his wife had left an abusive partner who had kept her belongings out of spite. Somehow, this urn ended up in my hands and I had kept it safe for years without knowing how important it really was.”
Jessica added: “After speaking with the husband for some time to confirm it was, in fact, his father-in-law’s remains, I was able to meet with him to return the urn.
“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 honoured to be able to bring someone a little bit of joy for the Christmas season.”
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