August 21, 2014

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Second wife sells ashes of first for 50 cents in rummage sale

ELMIRA, N.Y. (AP) — A woman who was quick with the bargains at her rummage sale mistakenly accepted 50 cents for a ceramic turtle with the ashes of her husband’s previous wife inside.

Now, Anita Lewis is desperately searching for the buyer who said she planned to use the urn as a cookie jar.

Lewis said she had hauled items into her yard early Saturday while her husband slept. The buyer quickly selected the large turtle container, despite being unable to get the lid open.

Her husband’s previous wife collected turtles.

“We have lots of turtles,” Anita Lewis said. “It didn’t even register that this was the one (containing the ashes).”