She Bought A Vase For $4. It Sold For $107,000

Jessica Vincent spotted a treasure at Goodwill.

A glass vase by Carlo Scarpa with green and red swirls of color.
(Image credit: Courtesy of Rago/Wright)

It's the kind of alternative investment return you spend your life dreaming of. A woman bought a vase she thought had potential, and it ended up selling at auction for more than 25,000 times what she spent. 

Jessica Vincent used to go to tag sales and thrift stores with her mother growing up, according to the Wright Auction House, and in her adulthood would visit local shops weekly around Richmond, Virginia. On one of those trips to a Goodwill, she spotted a vase. She picked it up, turned it over, and saw there was a signature on the bottom.

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Alexandra Svokos
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Alexandra Svokos is the senior digital editor of Kiplinger. She holds an MBA from NYU Stern in finance and management and a BA in economics and creative writing from Columbia University. Alexandra has a decade of experience in journalism and previously served as the senior editor of digital for ABC News, where she directed daily news coverage across topics through major events of the early 2020s for the network's website, including stock market trends, the remote and return-to-work revolutions, and the national economy. Before that, she pioneered politics and election coverage for Elite Daily and went on to serve as the senior news editor for that group. 

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