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Man Discovers Hidden Fortune in a Thrift Store Jacket

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Man Discovers Hidden Fortune in a Thrift Store Jacket
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Man Discovers Hidden Fortune in a Thrift Store Jacket

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Thrift has many benefits. You can get stylish options that fit you perfectly while rummaging through a thrift store, and you won't have to pay much for it. Finds like that are rare, but even rarer are discoveries of forgotten valuables in the pockets of thrift you buy. The fortune this man found falls in that category. It was one of a kind, and it changed his life. 

Meet the Main Act

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This article is about a man named Roger who is fond of thrift hunting and has developed an eye for the seemingly mundane but valuable things other people overlook.  It took many years to develop the skill but after he did, it eventually led him to an astonishing amount of money. 

The Beginning 

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It all began when Roger spotted a strange item while thrift hunting one day.  He had been exploring the shoes and chachkies section but with little luck. So he moved over to the men’s clothing section, flicking meticulously through the racks, searching for something but not sure what. 

Something Special 

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Roger ignored old denim numbers and ugly dress shirts with sweat stains under the sleeves until, finally, something caught his eye.  A hint of green peeked out from the depths of the rack, and Roger knew instinctively he’d found something special. 

A Definitive Find

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Pulling out the jacket from the rack, Roger’s excitement only grew. The years of thrifting had helped him develop a sixth sense for high-value items, and that sense was now going crazy.  He looked at what he had in his hands. It was some sort of jacket with a patch on the pocket. Little did he know how important it was. 

The Golfing Jacket 

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What Roger held in his hands was no ordinary golfing jacket. As he examined it carefully, he found more clues alluding to its secret worth.  As he realized this, his body shook with excitement, and he had to fight to calm his nerves. You can never let on that you’ve found something of value when bargain hunting, so he had to succeed or lose his find

Escaping With the Jacket

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Roger was determined to go home with the jacket that day. But he had to get through the checkout process without giving away what he found.  He quickly lost interest in exploring more of the store; his mind was fixed on making the jacket his and getting it safely home.

The Bargain

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The jacket looked nice enough but rather ordinary. There was nothing to signal the untrained eye that it might be worth more than a few dollars.  However, instinct told Roger he was on to something. He couldn’t believe his luck when he checked out without issue. All he had to pay for the treasure was a measly $5. 

Creeping Doubts 

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As he walked home, Roger began to doubt himself. Doubts slipped into his mind, pushing him to wonder if he was really onto something.  What really bothered him was that he wanted more indicators that the jacket was worth more than a few pennies, but he couldn't find any. 

Hidden Code

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Thrift items often have hidden codes that can help a trained eye estimate its value. Luckily for Roger, the hidden code he was looking for in the jacket was there. However it was worn down with age and had become harder to spot.  In the case of the jacket, the “hidden code” was a tag. Roger had missed it at first because of how worn it was but upon better inspection, he was able to make out an A and a G. Just enough for him to go on. 

Diamond in the Rough

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Roger would later discover that it was a Masters Augusta National Golf Club jacket. It was given to those who’d won the Masters Golf Tournament making it exceptionally rare. There were also strict rules about taking it off club grounds.  Roger wondered whether its owner deliberately damaged the label on purpose so no one would know that they’d broken the rules. 

More Findings

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Upon doing some more research, Roger found out creepy rumors about the golf club the jacket is linked to.  For example, taking a jacket off the club's grounds is strictly forbidden. Indeed, taking a jacket home can instantly ban you. 

A Quest for Information

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The secretive nature of the club made his task more difficult, but Roger continued to dig for answers.  He contacted a few specialist collector friends. They were all stunned by the find and begged to purchase it from him, but Roger turned them down. 

Word Spread Like Wildfire

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It did not take long for word to get around that he had the jacket. At least one person would contact him every month, begging him to sell the jacket. He refused for a long time until he needed the money. He eventually agreed to put it up for auction. 

A Bidding Frenzy

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News of the auction quickly spread, attracting golfing enthusiasts from as far away as the UK. The level of demand for the unassuming green jacket was shocking. Roger was shocked to hear the auctioneer announce a starting bid of $5,000. 

A Remarkable Selling Price

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The jacket eventually sold for a whopping $139,349. It sold for such a price because Augusta is one of the most exclusive clubs in the world complete with a creepily perfect course touted as a golfer’s paradise.