A man who purchased the contents of a house got a shock after discovering the former owner had been a hoarder – and there was plenty of treasure to be found inside.
Alex Archbold, who runs an antique store called Curiosity Inc with his wife in Edmonton, Canada, paid $10,000 (around £7,330) in December for the contents of a late piano teacher’s home.
The property belonged to Bette-Joan Rac, who Alex had previously met when she invited him to take a look at the 1964 Cadillac in her garage, which hadn’t moved in decades.
He claims he never went inside her home and had no idea what was awaiting him inside when be bought it.
Speaking to Bored Panda, Alex said: “I was told she had a modest income and so I wasn’t expecting much.
“When I saw the inside of the house for the first time, I was a bit shocked at the state of the home as she was a very nicely dressed lady.
“It was in an extreme state of hoarding. In fact, the only reason I bought the contents was because I thought it might be a fun adventure for our YouTube channel and at very least, I would get a grand piano.
“It was impossible to see what was in the house because of how full it was at the time. Places were piled up to the ceiling.”
However, after spending some time looking through the home, Alex soon discovered that it was full of some brilliant items, including vintage gold jewellery, designer clothes, money, and a 100-ounce silver bar.
There were boxes with big name brands all over the place, including Chanel and Tiffany & Co.
“Little did I know that the eccentric piano teacher I had met was, in fact, a millionaire,” he proclaimed.
Alex documented the treasure they uncovered in the house in multiple videos on his YouTube channel and estimated that they’d found around £293,270 ($400,000) worth of stuff.
The treasures are being auctioned off online by Edmonton’s Kastner Auctions, with the first sale making over $250,000.
Alex added that he thinks this has been the “best” investment he’s made to date.