A Man Who Bought An Antique Used Dresser At A Yard Sale Found Out Extraordinary Seсret Behind The Unique Piece Of Furniture
Ever dreamt of finding a real-life treasure chest; one filled with gold, pieces of jewelry, and priceless artifacts? While this is a dream for us, US veteran, Emil Knodell has experienced it in reality. Sit back as we take you on a journey to Missouri City, Texas, and fill you in on the details of the discovered chest of gold at an estate sale. You'll also get to know how Emil Knowdell did the unimaginable and warmed our hearts. It is a long ride, but we know you'd enjoy every bit of it.
THE PREDESTINED ESTATE SALE
Emil Knodell is a 67-year old Texas Native. He retired as a marketing director and a US veteran. That is not all about Knodell; he is also treasure seeker. He loves using his leisure time to seek out yard sales and estate sales. With this adventure, he hopes to find extremely priced items that others perceive as unwanted. Luckily for him, during one of his hunts, he found himself in Missouri City in Texas. Initially, nothing seemed extraordinary at the estate sale. However, Knodell ended up finding something of high value that will alter his life, and make him an overnight celebrity.
IT WASN'T A REGULAR ESTATE SALE
Knodell isn't strange to the likelihood of discovering a prized artifact at a ridiculously low cost. However, this estate sale seemed to be an exception, and a company known as Premier Estates Sales Network was in charge of it. Due to this, Knodell was very hopeful about the sale. The professional estate sale company is well known for its expertise in conducting estate sales. This implies that they always put in their best to make sure every item is sold at a reasonable amount, and ensure that no precious assets are overlooked.
AN OPEN MIND IS EVERYTHING
Nonetheless, Knodell was determined to search for a unique item at the estate sale, regardless of the company's effort. We are sure they didn't know something big was going to escape their notice. While narrating the experience, Knodell told the reporters:
"I always come to a sale with an open mind because you never know."
He has the best orientation we think every bargain patron should possess. It is true that one will not always find a valuable item, but for Knodell, he was set to hit the jackpot with the thing he bought.
AN OLD PIECE OF FURNITURE
Knodell was captivated by a particular item -it was a period piece wooden. The dresser was exactly a magnificent piece; it had three drawers and a marble top. However, it was said that the furniture could be traced back to the 1890s. Knodell took the time to check the antique thoroughly, and he discovered that there was nothing in the drawers. Even with this, he still felt the urge to purchase the furniture— a decision he didn't end up regretting.
THE DRESSER WASN'T SOLD UNTIL THE THIRD DAY
Fortunately for Knodell, the dresser had been ignored at the estate sale for three days. Since no one seemed ready to buy it, the company was prepared to give it away at a price lesser than the standard cost. When the sale began, the dresser was stated to be sold at $300, but after three days, they reduced it to $100. That was a terrific bargain for the piece! However, what no one knew was that there was more to the 1890s piece of furniture.
IT WAS NOT AN ORDINARY DRESSER
When Knodell had bought the dresser and was about loading it into his car, he deduced that there was something more to the furniture. Due to the heavy mass of the piece, he sought out help from others to put it into his car. Knodell was clueless at the time that moving the dresser would soon unveil the hidden treasure. It turned out that the furniture was unique, and was in possession of a secret that had been in obscurity to humans, possibly for many decades. Most likely, the family members of the person who owned the estate had no idea that there was something inside the dresser. It was an extremely favorable purchase for Knodell, as he could earn far more than the amount he got the dresser.
HE HEARD A JARRING SOUND
The men and Knodell in an attempt to successfully place the dresser into the vehicle noticed there was something strange about it. It was weirdly heavier than usual, especially since it was supposedly empty. They later decided to set it down in lateral position. When they did that, they caught a sound from the dresser. The harsh noise left everyone in shock because they were sure that there was nothing in the dresser. They examined the interior of the piece again, and couldn't find anything.
NO PLAUSIBLE EXPLANATION FOR THE SOUND YET
The men went on to inspect the dresser yet again, but their efforts seemed futile as they found that it was empty despite hearing a sound. At this stage, a large number of curious people had come together to know what was happening. Undoubtedly, people were now convinced that there was something in the drawer, and they were ready to discover what was inside. What exactly was inside the dresser?
A SECRET TO BE UNVEILED
One of the men who was assisting Knodell in loading the piece into the truck commented:
"As soon as we laid it down, it started making all this racket on the inside. Obviously, we were very intrigued by what was happening with the dresser."
Later on, they suspected that the dresser must have a concealed section since the three drawers had nothing in them. With a heightened sense of curiosity; no one was ready to leave without deciphering the riddle.
THE BIG REVEAL
In their quest for locating another compartment of the dresser, they resolved to set the furniture on its rear. Finally, they found it! The hidden part was in plain sight right at the foot of the antique. Externally, it resembled a regular chip of wood. However, when it was flipped over, it had a similar appearance of a handle. Now to the big question, what did they find inside?
THE EXTRA DRAWER WAS PERFECTLY HIDDEN
Knodell said when explaining the mysterious drawer:
"When you look at the front of it, it looks like it has three obvious drawers with molding on the base. But the bottom has a secret drawer that opens up."
With the location of the extra drawer, it will be quite hard for anyone to think that something like that exists immediately. We are almost sure that if they hadn't heard any noise from the drawer, no one would have decided to look that far.
WHAT ARE ESTATE SALES?
Customarily, estate sales were organized after the death of a homeowner. These days, it could also come up as a result of a family or an individual moving to a distant location. For this estate sale, the former was the case. The materials being sold belonged to an individual who had died.
The estate sale was most probably organized to get rid of the deceased's possession that the relatives have no interest in keeping or perhaps there was no longer enough space to store them. Sales such as these can end up being a substantial financial advantage, as members of the dead person whose goods are being auctioned do not often know the worth of the items. The same can be said for yard sales.
NO ONE SAW IT!
Even before the dresser was put up for sale, lots of experienced evaluators and the family members of the deceased man had examined it. However, they found nothing extraordinary about the dresser. It is likely that even the owner of the furniture knew nothing about the hidden drawer and its valuable contents. It was revealed that the late man had received the dresser from his mother and father who resided in Michigan. Hence, it is not fair to assume that the drawer had been out of sight for many decades. Notwithstanding, there were more discoveries about the things found inside the dresser.
THE CONTENT OF THE DRAWEE
Everyone was on their toes, as Knodell and Jeff Alken finally opened the fourth drawer. Knodell sure didn't know what was about to hit him. When the drawer was opened, the content could clearly be seen! Guess what? It was filled with rare and valuable treasures. That isn't all; it also included important relics from the history of America. The crowd was dumbfounded, as they observed the materials from the drawer. When people at the estate sale found how important these found items were, they were left in utter shock.
Knodell revealed that he was full of suspense when he was about opening the drawer. He also disclosed how the people "were in shock for a second" after it was opened. Who could blame them, they literally discovered a treasure chest! The opened drawer was filled with priceless pieces of jewelry, gold, and amazing artifacts. No one was probably expecting such, not even Knodell.
KNODELL IS A GOOD TREASURE HUNTER
Even though the whole event seemed like that of a lucky win; we believe Knodell's skill in artifacts hunting played a part in it. The mysterious drawer contained dated personal tokens, currencies from different parts of the world, and precious ornaments. There was more! Some of the materials, such as dog tag, and military medals, were traced to the Civil War. There was also a conserved lock of hair. All these discovered materials will fetch Knodell so much wealth compared to the amount he bought the dresser.
THE VALUABLES WERE WORTH AT LEAST $15,000
Although some of the findings were not skillfully evaluated, everything was said to be valued at over $15,000. Initial assumptions from the company in charge of the estate provided that the dresser was made in the 1890s. This seems right regarding the old items found in it. Nevertheless, it is quite possible for it to be ancient than the proposed period since items related to the Civil War were found in it. What made everything much more interesting is what Knodell would do with his newly found chest of gold.
THE BIG DECISION
Selling the contents of the dresser off in exchange for money seems to be the easiest and most lucrative thing to do. However, Knodell wasn't sure if it was the respectable and proper action to take. Theoretically, Knodell only bought the dresser not the valuable materials in it. Furthermore, since no one knew about the secret contents of the furniture; it is fair-minded to ask who truly owns the treasure.
KNODELL IS NO ORDINARY MAN
Knodell was probably quite confused with what to do. An average American will likely decide to keep the valuables for himself, and family. Doing otherwise (returning it) seems like almost an impossible thing to do. Perhaps if he had found the hidden drawer on his own at home, it would have been less complicated. However, people had witnessed the discovery of the treasure. Well, it turned out that Knodell wasn't as unclear as we thought; he knew the right thing for him to do.
BRAVERY AT ITS BEST
Such courage! Knodell amused everyone with the decision he finally took. As disclosed by him, he habitually endeavors to take honorable and moral action, especially since he is a US veteran. Knodell courageously went for the less-anticipated resolve with the newly-found treasure. Knodell decided to remit the contents of the dresser to the estate sale. They were given to the next of kin of the deceased man. Knodell said:
"I bought the chest of drawers. I didn't buy those things. If I kept them, I would never feel right about it. There would be a cloud over the whole thing. It's a feeling more than anything else."
This single act of selflessness is so endearing and inspiring.
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THE TRUE OWNER WAS SHOCKED AT THE DISCOVERY
Knodell wasn't alone. Jeff Allen was convinced that Knodell made the right choice. For him, there was no pressure to harbor the treasure. Fortunately, the rightful owner of the materials (the child of the deceased) was present at the sale. He was the executioner of the estate, and he expressed his dismay at the content of the fourth drawer.
GRATITUDE AND APPRECIATION
The proprietor of the dresser stated how he frequently saw the piece of furniture in his grandparents' house. However, he never thought it housed essential valuables. He was full of gratitude and expressed his appreciation to Knodell for returning the items. Knodell later said to news outlets:
"I'm an old ex-Marine, and I try to do the right thing."
He also revealed how he told them to alert the owner, immediately the treasure was located.
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OPINION POLL: KNODELL SHOULDN'T HAVE RETURNED THE TREASURES
As expected, many people believe Knodell should have kept the chest to himself. They found it hard to believe that he gave it back to the owner. This seems a bit logical since it wasn't Knodell fault that the estate sale company didn't thoroughly check the dresser before it was purchased. However, Knodell is at peace with his decision, and some people think he took the right action.
OPINION POLL 2: KNODELL MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE
Knodell received praises from some people for returning the treasures. Especially since he technically owned anything, and everything found in the dresser. An individual pointed out how the valuable contents could mean a great deal for the actual owners, and that effort should be made to remit it to them. Much more, some individuals are clueless when indispensable and priceless belongings are lost, until they are far gone away. Who knows? The findings of Knodell might delightfully bring smiles to people's faces when what they thought had been missing, is returned to them.
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