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Spokane Valley woman gets stuff back after neighbor sells it at yard sale

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An unfortunate mix-up leads to a Spokane Valley woman finding her stuff being sold at her neighbor’s yard sale.

Karina Johnson’s house is in foreclosure and she has until August to move everything out. Her neighbors say a company came in and told them they could have some of her things. They then sold those items at the yard sale.

“It was shocking, first of all, just to pull up into the driveway and see that my stuff was for sale in a neighbor’s yard,” Karina says.

She was heartbroken that some of her treasured items were missing, including a hope chest, a school desk, and a Goofy piggy bank.

“They just look like junk to anybody else, but to me it’s stuff that I’ve had my whole life,” she says.

KHQ posted the photos, and that’s where Christine Vredevelt comes in. She saw a post while browsing Facebook. “My friend had posted have you seen this stuff?” Christine says.

It was the post from KHQ’s Facebook page. Christine recognized the pictures as the desk she bought for her granddaughter and the chest.  

When Karina arrived, she went to see if the items were hers and immediately said, “Oh my desk! I didn't think I would ever see this again!”

That desk was from her father. Something like a family heirloom that Karina hopes her grandkids can play on. The chest was also a gift from her parents on her 16th birthday, and she kept a lot of family mementos in it, including her children’s baby clothes.

“My focus since Friday afternoon has been how do I get my desk back. And I have it. So I'm happy

While Christine is now again looking for a school desk for her granddaughter, she is happy to do the right thing.

“I feel bad that it was hers and it got taken and I happened to be the one that bought it, but I am glad it's getting back to her,” Christine says.

Hugging Christine, Karina says she is so thankful.

“What a sweetheart,” Karina says of Christine. “I mean it just means the world to me.”

Karina is still looking for the Goofy piggy bank. If you happened to purchase it, or have seen it, Karina would like to buy it back.

Spokane Valley Police are investigating the incident.

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