Woman who finds $5K at yard sale returns money to owner

Woman who finds $5K at yard sale returns money to owner »Play Video
YAKIMA, Wash. -- A Yakima woman found $5,000 inside an item from the Community Living yard sale, but she didn't keep the money.

People are always hunting for good finds at a yard sale. Danielle Pridgen works at the annual Community Living yard sale, but that doesn't mean she's not keeping her eyes open.

"Leave me at a yard sale all day long, I'll find hidden treasures," she said.

A hidden treasure is exactly what Danielle found at the nonprofit's yard sale. The sale raises money to fund activities for its elderly clients with intellectual disabilities. All the items for the sale are from donors.

Danielle was organizing items when she came across a metal pipe.

"I had never seen that many $100 bills, not even a whole stack of just ten of them, and there was five stacks of ten, and I was so surprised," she said.

Surprised to find $5,000 tucked away in the pipe.

Danielle didn't keep it a secret from her co-workers. They were shocked about the money, but also impressed by Danielle's honesty.

"It would have been so easy for her to just screw the cap back on, walk away," said Katherine Grillo, the client financial director of Community Living.

But Danielle didn't. She wanted to give it back to who it belonged to.

Because the pipe was from an estate sale, she was able to track down the owner. Community Living says the owner of the money has dementia, so her guardian came to pick it up. They said they were very thankful.

"I feel like I was able to do something meaningful for someone," said Danielle.

And that is good enough payment for her. She says she wouldn't have done anything differently.

"Oh, I would have felt so guilty, it would have been on my conscience forever," she said. "I would never have kept it."

She is keeping the pipe, though, to store her keepsakes.

Community Living plans to honor Danielle for her good deed.