ANNANDALE, Va. (AP/WJLA) - A 3-carat diamond ring donated anonymously to a northern Virginia Goodwill thrift store was put up for bid online and sold for nearly $12,000.
Employees at Goodwill's Annandale store say the ring was dropped off in a plastic bag with some other jewelry.
Last month, Sari Schray, assistant manager, was sifting through the donated jewelry like she always does at Goodwill's Annandale store.
When she came across the ring that came in a bag filled with other jewelry, she knew right away the band was 14-karat gold, but assumed the diamond wasn't real, thinking they might be able to get $50 out of it.
"My mouth just dropped," she says. "I was like really?? Wow! I actually had it on my finger."
This isn't the first time a big ticket item has come into a Goodwill store in the area. Schray says they received a painting that sold for more than $10,000 at their Manassas store.
Goodwill had the ring appraised and posted it for auction on its website, shopgoodwill.com.
While it is not unusual for Goodwill to receive donated jewelry, workers there say a diamond ring of this size definitely stands out.
Goodwill says the money will be used to support job training programs.