O’Hara figured she would spend the day working in her garden.
O’Hara had just spent weeks tending to her late sister’s affairs after her 97-year-old sister passed away following heart surgery, and she didn’t have the energy to man a table for the annual fundraiser for the Plum Island
Beautification Society as she had in past years.
But, then, on a whim, she decided to toss a few items onto a friend’s table, just to chip in some help. Included among the couple of trinkets was an antique
she had inherited from her late sister’s house — a decorative stoneware crock, that she priced at $5. Her sister had used it as a magazine holder.
Shortly after she placed it on the table outside her home at 14th Street in Newbury, O’Hara said two women came by and purchased it — much to her later chagrin.
After speaking with her family members, O’Hara said she came to regret her decision after learning how much the item meant to her niece.
“She was totally devastated,” O’Hara said. “It’s been awful.”
The heartache she caused by selling the family heirloom has led O’Hara to begin a search for the two women who bought it, in hopes that she can buy it
back. While antiques listings place a estimated value of $100 on similar items, O’Hara said its condition would prevent an antiques dealer from getting that
“I’m willing to pay far more than what it’s been sold for,” she added.
The antique is beige with a blue bird painted on its side, and it does have a crack in it, O’Hara said.