When cleaning out an old home, be sure to do one of two things: Be very thorough, or hire really honest junk collectors.
Doing the latter saved Marie Veloso of Medford, Massachusetts, nearly $114,000 in the process of cleaning out the home of her late mother. After removing a hope chest from the home, Leo Guarente, owner of nearby Junk Depot, discovered that it contained 21 class E United States savings bonds from 1972 worth $1,000 each at the time. Now the bonds, fetch about $113,954, but Guarente didn't hesitate to return them to their rightful owner, WCVB reports.
“I was nervous. I knew I was going to change this woman’s life for the better,” Guarente told CBS Boston. “It warms my heart to know that I helped someone.”
Thankfully, Guarente isn't the only one doing the right thing when given the opportunity. Earlier this year an eight-year-old girl returned $4,000 she found to its rightful owner, while one Tennessee couple gave back a bag they discovered at a convenience store with $13,000 in it.
This Girl's Virginity
Catarina Migliorini, a 20-year-old Brazilian student, <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/28/catarina-migliorini-brazilian-woman-auctions-virginity_n_1922579.html#slide=1580679">auctioned off her virginity</a> to provide housing for poor families.
Scarlett Johansson's Used Tissue
Turns out a tissue becomes a lot more valuable once Johansson's nose takes a giant whiff. The actress's used issue <a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/7796991.stm">sold for $5,300</a> and the proceeds went to hunger charity USA Harvest.
Baby Naming Rights
In 2005, a woman from Connecticut put the rights of naming her child up for auction and received bids for <a href="http://money.ca.msn.com/savings-debt/gallery/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=26951602&page=4">over $15,000</a>!
Elvis Presley's Dirty Underwear
A pair of soiled underwear worn by Elvis Presley found <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/09/10/elvis-presleys-bible-auction-94000-stained-underwear_n_1870575.html" target="_hplink">no takers</a> at an auction, though originally they were expected to fetch <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/27/elvis-dirty-underwear-up-_n_1832904.html" target="_hplink">as much as</a> $16,000.
Virgin Mary Sandwich
<a href="http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/4034787.stm">According to BBC News</a>, a cheese sandwich claiming to have the image of the Virgin Mary was sold on eBaby for $28,000.
John Lennon’s Toilet
A toilet once belonging to John Lennon was sold for $14,740, according to <a href="http://money.ca.msn.com/savings-debt/gallery/gallery.aspx?cp-documentid=26951602&page=3">MSN Money</a>.
A Spot In A Wedding
To help pay for her wedding, one woman took matters into her own hands and auctioned off one of her <a href="http://hamptonroads.com/2008/06/money-cant-buy-love-how-much-be-wedding">bridesmaids spots.</a>
A woman from Albuquerque put her soul up for sale on eBay with bids starting at $2,000. "What I'm gonna deliver is the opportunity for someone to save my soul," the woman promised, according to <a href="http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S2677763.shtml">KOB Eyewitness News 4</a>.
Rob Swanson's Mustache
Nick Offerman--who plays Ron Swanson on NBC'S "Parks & Recreation" <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/18/ron-swansons-mustache-auction_n_1802851.html">put his mustache up for auction</a> to help raise money for the pediatric cancer charity Because of Ezra.
Bonnie and Clyde Guns
These guns once in the possession of notorious gangsters Bonnie and Clyde when they were killed were sold for a total of <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/10/01/bonnie-and-clyde-guns-auction-new-hampshire_n_1928493.html#slide=1584916">$1.1 million dollars</a>.