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Most of the time the things you find at yard sales and estate sales aren’t that exciting. Usually the items are just things the seller doesn’t need anymore and is trying to get rid of. Every once in a while, though, a person will stumble on a hidden treasure.
That’s exactly what happened to Emil Knodell.

The 67-year-old found a beautiful dresser at a yard sale in Bellville, Texas. The chest had a marble top and a beautiful finish, and when the seller told him it was almost 125 years old, Emil knew the $100 asking price was a steal.
When Emil and his friend went to load the dresser onto his truck, they heard some jingling in one of the drawers. They were confused because they thought all of the drawers were empty, so they decided to do a little digging.

What they found left them stunned.
At the very bottom of the dresser was a secret compartment filled will diamonds, jewelry, cash, and old Civil War memorabilia. The find was a veritable treasure trove!


Emil didn’t have the treasure trove appraised, but the components of the secret drawer could easily be worth a hefty sum.
Here’s the kicker: Instead of cashing it all in, Emil did something amazing. Something many people wouldn’t dream of. He called the seller back and has asked to return the treasure chest! Talk about a man with integrity.
The man who ran the estate sale said the dresser originally belonged to his grandparents, and he had no idea there was a secret drawer. However, it looks as though he was meant to find out about it all along.


“When you look at the front of it, it looks like it has three obvious drawers with molding on the base,” Knodell told ABC News. “But the bottom has a secret drawer that opens up.” It seems that the secret drawer had completely been looked over by the sellers.

Knodell finally slid open the secret drawer as he and Allen looked at the contents hidden inside. “It was a real adrenaline rush,” Allen told ABC news. “Both of us were in shock for a second.” They couldn’t believe what was inside of the secret drawer…

Inside of the secret drawer was a ton of antique trinkets such as emeralds, rings, bracelets, diamonds, antique coins, foreign currency, and even Civil War medals. The two men stared at the drawer with their jaws dropped. This was a discovery that no one was expecting…

By looking at the contents of the dresser drawer and taking into account when it was crafted, it would be appear that the contents date from the late 19th century. Since there was a ton of Civil War memorabilia the men assumed that the contents were at least 100 years old. It would also seem that the trinkets would be worth a lot.

Upon looking at the memorabilia, Allen was able to put a professional estimate on the value of the contents of the dresser. He estimated that the contents could be worth as much as $15,000! That means that Knodell would be making a huge profit from his dresser purchase.

Cite: There are good pictures here too.