I found a box with a hidden secret in a thrift store – my heart sank at the item I discovered inside | The Sun

I found a box with a hidden secret in a thrift store – my heart sank at the item I discovered inside | The Sun

A THRIFT store shopper has opened up on her emotions when she stumbled across a box containing a trove of recipes.

Meg Gostonczik admitted that the surprising find “broke her heart” after spotting it at a shop in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


The plain-looking box looked unsuspecting on the shelf and had a price tag of $3.99 stuck on top of it.

In a TikTok clip that’s gone viral, she opened it up and unearthed old recipes.

She lifted out one set of instructions that contained details on how to make marshmallow-crispy treats.

Meg captioned the video: “So much love in this little box” before closing it shut.

She told Newsweek: “The ones that hit my heart the most were the plastic bags that had been neatly folded up inside the box, one was an empty marshmallow bag.”

Dozens of TikTokers flooded the comments and said the stash of recipes reminded them of their grandma.

One said: “That’s worth a lot more than $3.99. I found a hidden secret in a thrift store box, my heart sank at what was inside.”

Another commented: “I found a hidden secret in a thrift store box, my heart sank at what was inside.”

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And, a third penned: “That’s the first thing I saved as I cleaned out my grandparents’ house.

“Nothing means more than Grandma’s recipe book.”

Social media users recalled that their late family members left behind recipes.

Others said they would “cherish” such a box if it was passed down through the generations.

One tragically said that their nan didn’t note down any of her recipes as she “cooked from memory”.

Meanwhile, The U.S. Sun has told how digital content creator Al Pal found content worth a million inside a Chinese new year envelope.

In a clip, she said: “I still can't believe what I found at Goodwill today.”

The Chinese red envelope was taped to the back of a piece of art.

The envelopes are customarily given on Chinese New Year and often contain money as a gift.

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The thrifter was stunned and said: “Tell me why inside I found a legitimate check.”

The check was made out for $1m but was of no value to her as it was from 2006 and well past the expiry date.


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