Find of a Lifetime
Record store employees return amazing surprise found in box of donated albums.
There's a story behind every record donated to Seattle's Bop Street Records.
"Occasionally, I might find odd things or old letters inside of a record," says owner Dave Voorhees.
But none like the one discovered inside of a box of recently donated records - 1,400 to be exact.
They were given to the store by Janet Back.
They were from her husband, Gordon's, collection.
"His big interest in the world was classical music on vinyl records," said Janet.
Gordon has severe Parkinson's disease and now lives in an adult care center.
Two weeks ago with his permission, Janet cleared out his old records.
"I didn't really care if I got a lot of money for them. I just wanted someone to love them as much as my husband did."
A few days later, she remembered something.
"My husband used to put spare cash inside of records."
Dave was the first to make the discovery.
"Within a half an hour, we'd already found like two $100 bills," said Dave.
"We probably spent 18 hours going through all of these records twice," says Bop Street Records employee Bob Jacobs.
"We then called her and said 'Are you sitting down?" laughs Dave.
"I'm thinking 'Oh, boy. Maybe there's a thousand dollars!" said Janet. "Then he told me there's more than $3,000." It was a moment of relief for Janet, who's struggled for years with medical bills. "It made me cry because you have no idea how a disease like this affects the family and finances and, so, it was a Godsend."
A last gift for Janet from her husband.
Or maybe not.
"He used to hide money in bridge books too, so maybe we'll find something there," said Janet with a laugh.
She gave Bop Street $300 for finding the money. They've donated it to the Ballard Food Bank.