Grieving Orphan Sells Parents’ Headboard, Buyer Later Finds Secret Compartment Full of Money Inside

Laural Jaecks and her husband purchased a second-hand Amish-made bedroom set for a bargain. While putting up the headboard, the couple discovered a secret chamber with envelopes that might change their lives forever.

Do you shop for used furniture on Facebook often? Buying products on social media can be nerve-racking for some people since they don’t trust the seller.

On occasion, people find legitimate dealers online and get the best deals. Likewise, the woman in today’s story trusted the seller, but something unexpected happened when she brought her purchase inside her home.

A devastated orphan decides to sell his parents’ furniture on Facebook Marketplace in 2020. He began by selling their Amish-crafted bedroom set.

Photographing the bed set from every angle, he tried to capture its beauty. Then, he uploaded the photos to Facebook and created an ad with a compelling description.

Almost immediately, he received a notification on his phone. Someone saw his Facebook ad and wanted to contact him.

When Laural Jaecks of Oak Creek saw the De Pere couple’s furnishings on Facebook, he messaged their son immediately. She was most drawn to the set’s price. She was getting a high-quality Amish-made bed set for a few hundred dollars.

There were several of these envelopes in the chamber, not just one.
The couple planned to visit the man’s residence to see the furniture in person. He showed her the bed set and explained each compartment when she arrived at the seller’s house. He was unaware of a hidden compartment with a few envelopes.

After carefully analyzing the bed set, Jaecks was confident that she wanted to buy it. When she asked the seller if he would sell it for $325, he agreed, much to her surprise.

Having made the final payment, Jaecks and her husband moved the used bed set into their home. It was time for her to put it in her bedroom. Her words:

“Amish work is excellent.”

Upon moving the bed set into their bedroom, Jaecks and her husband discovered another hidden compartment in the headboard. They were certain that the merchant had not shown them this compartment.

Curious, they checked the box and were amazed to find envelopes inside. There were more than one envelope in the chamber.

The couple opened the envelopes one by one, unaware that they had won the lottery. Each package contained a $100 bill. Jaecks recalled:

“We’ll be up to $11,000 in no time,” said the detective.

In the secret chamber, Jaecks discovered some papers in addition to the envelope. They were bank paperwork bearing the names of the deceased couple. Jaecks recognized she couldn’t keep the money at that time.

She contacted the vendor right away and informed him of the money she discovered in the headboard’s hidden compartment. When the seller learned how much money Jaecks had found, he said:

“Well, I’m surprised you called to inform me about it.”

Because the money wasn’t hers, Jaecks said she felt lighter after returning it to the couple’s youngster. She continued:

“My conscience is clear.”

When the vendor got the money, he gave Jaecks a portion of it as a gift for her honesty. He hadn’t anticipated the woman returning his money.

If you were in Jaeck’s shoes, what would you do? Would you keep the $11,000 you discovered in the concealed compartment of the headboard?

Click here to read another tale of a woman who moved in with her family only to discover a two-way mirror and concealed cameras in her home.


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