There is money in these streets!

Well, sidewalks anyway….

Today just before closing, a man came into the shop with a thousand dollar bill

As you can see, this isn’t your average “Cleveland”. This bill is encased in lucite.

The $1000 bill was printed until 1946, and taken out of circulation in by the federal reserve in 1969 by the federal reserve under the direction of Nixon. Nixon believed the higher denomination currency made it easier for criminals to launder money.

This $1000 was in a sidewalk in Barrington, RI. Apparently a homeowner in Barrington put a $1000, a $100, a $50 and a $20 all in the walkway. The home owner (according to the neighbor) put the money in there and enjoyed watching people trying to dig it out. It had been there for as long as she could remember…and was removed today.

The man who brought the bill in was doing construction on that neighbors house, and decided to take his hammer drill and pull that bad boy out of the ground.

He had already brought it to the bank and they said they could not accept it because they could not physically touch it, so he brought it to me.

I sort of wish I bought it, but I didn’t. I love quirky stories and local history, and this was both. As a mater of fact, I even put something in the sidewalk cement during construction just recently. But I don’t think that someone will try to get it out in 50+ years from now, it is only a buffalo nickel with my initials. (See that blog here: Wet Cement)

I told him he could contact the Internal Revenue Service and they would be able to “remove it from circulation” and would probably send him a check for $720. $1000 minus the 28% tax, cause the government always needs their piece of the action ūüôā

The history behind the sale…

I go to a ton of Estate and yard sales. ¬†I try to hit some every week. ¬†Usually, at estate sales, you don’t see the family who owns the items. ¬†Most of the time you just figure it was elderly people that moved into a nursing home or passed away. ¬†You can always tell it is elderly people by the furnishing, pictures, and most of all the lighting. ¬†For some reason elderly people like dim lights.

This week I went to an estate sale in Barrington. ¬†Later that night, my cousin called me to tell me it was the “Barrington Twins” house. ¬†I knew the story, it made national news.

Two 97-year-old twin sisters apparently froze to death Saturday after they fell outside and were stranded overnight just steps from one of their Rhode Island homes.

The sisters had returned to Haley’s home from dinner Friday night with their 89-year-old sister. The younger sister, who lives elsewhere in Barrington and wasn’t named by police, left the two sisters at some point before the falls, police said.

They said Williams was going to her car to leave Haley’s home when she fell in the driveway, near the rear of her vehicle. When Haley attempted to re-enter her home to call for help, police said she may have tripped on a rug in the garage and fallen.

While it is very sad, you have to think they had a pretty wonderful life.  The house was incredible, and they were out enjoying diner with family on their last night.  They did live a long life, that I am sure was filled with its ups and downs, but they came into the world together and they left together.

After that estate sale I went to a yard sale in Bristol. ¬†All the items were Elvis related, so I asked the woman if this was “Elvis’s House”. ¬†Bristol had a man who was known as Elvis. His love for elvis and all things Elvis was incredible. He came to my shop a bunch of times to buy and sell stuff. ¬†(He actually asked me out a few times too) ¬†This past winter he passed away.

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My favorite memory of Elvis was when he came to my store about 5-6 years ago. ¬†He had a box lot of stuff, I don’t even remember what it was he was selling. ¬†A guy working at my store at the time said “I’ll give you $50 for it” and Elvis yelled out “I want $40, I’m not taking any less than $40!” ¬†The friend he was with said “HE JUST SAID HE WOULD GIVE YOU $50 YOU DUMMY!” ¬†Everyone at the store laughed, including Elvis. ¬†You could tell he must have been working himself up to say the “I’m not taking less than $40” line, he must have been practicing that line the whole car ride to the shop. He was such a nice guy. ¬†Especially sad that he had just beaten cancer. ¬†43 is too young to die.

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Art Festival & 1 Yard Sale

This week, once again, I was planning on filming some trash picking. ¬†Unfortunately, once again it didn’t happen.

On Saturday, cousin Julie was busy with the Young Marines. ¬†Since she wasn’t going sailing, I decided to skip sailing and bring my girls to work. ¬†I wasn’t planning on going to any yard sales, but I got a call from my sister who said there was a yard sale on her street. ¬†Her daughter, Carolyn, has been excited about the youtube channel and asked me to come over with my camera. ¬†So I had to stop there on my way to the shop.

On Sunday we went to the Barrington Arts Festival. ¬†There were a bunch of vendors, some I recognized from the Providence Flea Market. ¬†We brought our other niece, Angie, who also is youtuber. ¬†Something Funny did happen there. ¬†I was filming, doing my walk through, and some random woman came up to me and questioned if I was “allowed” to film. ¬†I just answered “No one has questioned me yet” and I continued on.

Half way through the fest, I let Angie take over the camera.  If you are prone to seizures, I would not recommend watching.  The footage is what you would expect from a little kid. I did enjoy listening to her narrate the footage though.

There were 3 booths I really liked.

I bought a soap with a wonder woman lego inside from LNK Design.  Check out their etsy!

There were the most incredible pocketbooks, but unfortunately I do not carry one ūüė¶ They had pizza, donut, quahog, clutch/hand bags. ¬†These were from Kent Stetson. There are some incredible creations, so check out his shop.

The last booth was Cait Marchetti Jewelry. Very talented young lady that does her own hand drawn enamel work. Her pendants are double sided.  from her website:

Narrative on the front and back sides.

The Potential Series for example, has an organism in an early stage of life on the back,

while on the front is the same organism if allowed to flourish and grow to its full potential.

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