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Urn - With Ashes - Donated to Virginia Thrift Shop



    Bizarre Thrift Store Donation

    Bargain hunters find all sorts of things at the thrift store, but a donation left behind at one northern Virginia store left workers stunned. (Published Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011)

    Thrift stores are used to getting weird donations, but an urn filled with ashes? 

    Pennywise Thrift Shop in Vienna, Va., has been around for almost 50 years and is stocked with a variety of items from clothes to toys and electronics. Once, someone left a hand grenade at the shop, volunteer Christine Langford said.

    On Feb. 3, Pennywise volunteers found six large, black trash bags on the front porch. Most of the contents were smashed.

    In one of the bags, with expensive china and a tattered fur coat, volunteers found a large blue and white Oriental vase. When she saw the ashes, Langford realized it was an urn.

    She took it down the street to the Church of the Holy Comforter, which owns Pennywise.

    "It was probably accidental," Vienna Police Department Officer Bill Murray said. "It could have come from an estate sale or abandoned home or something like that."

    Police said no crime has been committed and gave the urn back to the church.

    Langford said she hopes someone will claim the ashes.

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