Treasured jewellery stashed in beanbag accidentally sold at Exmouth car boot sale

PUBLISHED: 10:21 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 10:21 27 November 2018

Sue's mother and father. Ivan and Gladys Richards. Picture: Sue Jones.

Sue's mother and father. Ivan and Gladys Richards. Picture: Sue Jones.


The hunt is on for a bean bag containing an Exmouth woman’s treasured jewellery after it was accidentally sold at a car boot sale.

Sue Jones, 65, from Exmouth, stealthily hid a box of jewellery in the bean bag for safe keeping before she jetted off on holiday.

The items are all in a box, and belonged to her late mother Gladys who died in 1990.

Sue said: “I did one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done. I didn’t want to go on holiday and leave it so I put it in the bean bag.

“The children did not play with it anymore and I thought that would be the last place anyone would look.

“I did the car boot sale in August at the archery club in Exmouth, I sold the bean bag.”

Sue can remember selling the bean bag, which her grandchildren had used as a seat, to a woman for £2.

She was reminded of the hidden box of personal treasures at the start of November while talking to a friend whose mother was in the process writing a will.

When the subject of jewellery came up Sue suddenly remembered she had hidden her mother’s keepsakes but could not remember where.

Sue said: “I came home and thought I would have a look at mum’s and see what my daughter might want and then said where that box is. I started ransacking, even the airing cupboard, wondering if I slid it between the towels.”

It was only later she remembered she had hidden the box in the bean bag.

Sue has posted several messages on Facebook in groups in the hope someone may recognise the bean bag’s description.

Her message read: “Hi strange request, back in August I sold at Exmouth Archer’s car boot sale a pink and white bean bag, if you know anyone who may have bought it there may be something of value and sentimental inside (was my mum’s).”

If you can help relocated the bean bag contact Sue on 01395 276049.

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