Next to beds, couches are our favorite piece of furniture. Aside from being comfy, there are hidden treasures to be found in between the crevasses of pillows and foams. Perhaps uneaten food, a letter, some loose change. Sit up and take notice of this tale of three friends, their couch, and the treasure they found.
Reese Werkhoven and her two friends, Cally Guasti and Lara Russo bought a beat-up couch for $20 at a Salvation Army store.
They were sitting on the second-hand furniture when Werkhoven worked her way into an envelope under the armrest. What’s inside the envelope? Just $700 in cash.
“I almost peed,” Werkhoven told SUNY New Paltz’s student newspaper, The Little Rebellion. “The most money money I’d ever found in a couch was like 50 cents. Honestly, I’d be ecstatic to find just $5 in a couch.”
The trio dug deeper into the depths of the couch, finding more bubble-wrapped envelopes of $100 bills. They collected the pile on the floor and were floored to discover a total of $41,000!
“Our neighbors thought we’d won the lottery or something, because we were just screaming,” Gausti told CBS New York.
The three couch potatoes would’ve divvied up the loot (to pay off student loans or to buy a car), but they sat upon the matter and decided to look for the one whose name is written on the envelopes.
“We all agreed that we had to bring the money back,” Russo told NBC New York. “It’s their money — we didn’t earn it.”
The trio found a way to contact the previous owner of the cash-loaded couch, and answers as to why the furniture was full of money.
The money was a woman’s decades’ worth of savings and earnings from her previous job as a florist. It was set aside because of her late husband’s fears that he wouldn’t always be there for her.
The unnamed woman slept on the couch for years, but back problems led her daughter to replace the couch with a comfier bed.
As a reward, the woman gave $1,000 each to Werkhoven, Guasti, and Russo. More than what they can find in another couch.