By Jack Hobbs
One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.
An antique dealer has gone viral after finding over $300,000 worth of loot — including several rare coins and fur coats — in a hoarder home he purchased for a paltry $7,500.
Alex Archbold, who owns an antique shop in Edmonton, Alberta, and runs a popular YouTube channel with hundreds of thousands of followers, purchased the home and belongings of his late music teacher, Bette-Joan Rac.
“I was told she had a modest income and so I wasn’t expecting much,” the 46-year-old Canadian told Bored Panda.
“When I saw the inside of the house for the first time, I was a bit shocked at the state of the home as she was a very nicely dressed lady.”
“It was in an extreme state of hoarding,” Archbold said.
“In fact, the only reason I bought the contents was because I thought it might be a fun adventure for our YouTube channel and at very least, I would get a grand piano. It was impossible to see what was in the house because of how full it was at the time. Places were piled up to the ceiling.”
Along with his wife and kids, the YouTuber plundered the house in search of anything they could possibly sell and were immediately surprised when they came across silver bars hiding in a stack of papers.
According to Archbold, the bars were only the tip of the iceberg.
An initial auction raked in nearly $200,000.
Archbold expects to bring in at least another $100,000 by the time the house is completely emptied.
Rac continued to pursue her love for music at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto and at age 23 graduated with a piano solo performer degree, a year later receiving a piano teaching degree.
One former student of the eccentric teacher as “a proper lady no matter the circumstance.”
“Honestly it was like a time travel portal opened in the 16th century and she walked in.”
Archbold and his family also found several boxes from high-end designers such as Chanel, Burberry and Tiffany.
Valuable old records, vintage cutlery, shoes, books and at least three sewing machines were also discovered in the house.
“Everything in here has potential, which is why we bought the contents,” explained Archbold.
“This was the best investment I have made to date,” laughed the YouTube sensation.
Archbold revealed that he kept the grand piano for himself and hopes to move it into a café he plans to open next to his existing shop.