ANNANDALE, Va. (WNEW/AP) — A 3-carat diamond ring donated anonymously to a northern Virginia Goodwill thrift store sold for more than $11,600 in an online auction.
Goodwill of Washington Chief Marketing Officer Brendan Hurley says the ring was dropped off in a plastic bag with some other jewelry at a location in Annandale in June.
Goodwill had the ring appraised and posted it for auction on its website after determining it could generate more revenue online than at a traditional brick and mortar location. The online auction at shopgoodwill.com closed around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday with a winning bid of $11,601.
Gold also found in the donation bag sold for about $1,500 in a separate auction, according to Hurley.
While it is not unusual for Goodwill to receive donated jewelry, workers there say a diamond ring of this size definitely stands out.
Earlier this year a Goodwill employee discovered $80,000 worth of government savings bonds that a donor had mistakenly left in the drawer of a piece of furniture they donated. The organization was able to track the woman down and return the bonds.
“We live in a very generous and affluent community,” Hurley said. “We’re very pleased with the quality of the quantity that we’re receiving. But we could always use more.”
Hurley says every donation made to Goodwill supports green initiatives by keeping the item out of a landfill and helps provide free job training and employment services to the disabled and disadvantaged.
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