Flea markets open a portal (and your wallet) to a world of wild, miscellaneous finds that are guaranteed to spark your curiosity. The promise of cheap prices lured one Pennsylvania man to a flea market, where he spent a measly few dollars on a small painting. Once he brought his purchase home, however, he noticed one small detail that made him wonder how the art piece even ended up in a flea market in the first place.
An ordinary flea market
When the man — who wished to remain anonymous — perused the chaotic aisles of an Adamstown, Pennsylvania, flea market, he had no wild expectations of what he would find. Even still, he never supposed his shopping trip would end up as it did.
Not his first rodeo
The Buyer was known to be a flea market buff of sorts, routinely scavenging for items to boost his collection of antique stocks, bonds, and various paper items. In 1989, he found a peculiar little treasure that nearly rocked his world.
A framed item
A particular painting entranced The Buyer, or at least its wooden frame did. Pulling out his wallet, the financial analyst spent a skimpy four bucks on the old artwork, thinking little of the purchase.
The painting, which depicted a subdued country scene, was old and ripped. None of those details mattered to the mysterious Buyer, however, as he was simply interested in its frame. That's why the painting itself was destined for the trash can.