Oops: Woman Accidentally Sells $18,000 Diamond Earrings For $20 At Garage Sale

You know how whenever you decide to hide something in a really clever hiding spot, you end up outsmarting yourself and can’t find it the next day? It usually means you discover a $50 bill and your grandma’s secret peanut butter cookie recipe crammed under your box spring when you move, but for a Huntington Beach woman named Dori Rhoades, the failure of her clever hiding spot was a much more expensive proposition. In an apparent attempt to thwart prospective robbers, Rhoades placed $1500 cash, a ring her husband gave her, and a pair of $18,000 diamond earrings in the pockets of a jean jacket she kept in her closet. And then she forgot they were in there, at least until she had a garage sale….

Yep, you guessed it — Rhoades sold the jean jacket for a cool $20, not realizing the valuable contents of the pockets until it was too late. The business owner and mother of two was in tears as she spoke to CBSLA about her lost jewels, which also have sentimental value. “I volunteer in my kids’ classrooms multiple times a week, I work full time,” she said. “I think anyone who is a mother knows. You give so much of yourself that sometimes your brain stops working.” Girl, I don’t even have kids, but I feel that way all the time.

Rhoades is hoping the person who bought her jacket will see the story and — assuming they’re not already kicking back in Hawaii with all their unexpected free diamond cash — be kind enough to return her earrings.[Daily Mail]