A Virginia woman’s lucky thrift store find has turned into a huge windfall – after a vase she bought for just $3.99 sold for a staggering $107,100.
Jessica Vincent, a resident of Spotsylvania County, Virginia, stumbled upon the vase while browsing the aisles of her local Goodwill store.
Intrigued by its unusual design and markings, she took a closer look and discovered a sticker with the inscription “Venini & C.”
Recognizing the name of a renowned Murano glassworks company, Vincent contacted Christie’s auction house with a hunch that the vase might be something special.
Her instincts proved spot-on, with experts at the auction house quickly identifying the piece as a rare and valuable creation by Carlo Scarpa, a mid-20th century Venetian glass artist known for his innovative and often avant-garde designs.
The vase, dubbed the “Green Vase with Threads,” was included in Christie’s “Important Italian Design” auction in New York on December 14th.
Bidding was fierce, with the piece eventually selling to a private collector in Europe for a jaw-dropping $107,100, far exceeding its pre-auction estimate of $20,000 to $30,000.
Vincent, a teacher by profession, says she plans to use the windfall to pay off student loans and secure her family’s financial future.
She told the New York Times: “It’s still sinking in. I never imagined finding something so valuable at a thrift store. It’s like something out of a movie.”
Vincent’s story is a heartwarming reminder that hidden treasures can be found in the most unexpected places.