It's often said that one person's trash is another's treasure, and a Forest Lake man sure found a gem during a recent visit to Goodwill.
Tom Glenn is a treasure hunter who is always looking to turn a find into a money maker, and he does most of his hunting in the toy aisle at the Goodwill in Forest Lake.
"I'll go through there like a kid, basically," Glenn explained. "My daughter has to pull me away sometimes. It's sad."
Next, Glenn turns to the collectibles -- but on Thursday, he found something special.
"I saw it out of the corner of my eye," he said. "It's an original 1955 Walt Disney 'Lady and the Tramp' movie poster."
He picked it up for $4.99 and thought he had bought a poster worth a couple hundred bucks.
"This wasn't looked at as a true investment," Glenn admitted. "It was, 'Hey! It's there. I'll grab it; see what happens."
Glenn looked up his purchase online and found a website listing a similar poster for $53,900.
"There was this little voice in my head that kept saying, 'This isn't real. This isn't real. You're going to find out it's a phony or a reprint,'" Glenn said.
So, he took it to an antique shop in Chisago City to find out for sure -- and they said it was authentic.
"I never thought I would stumble across anything like this," he admitted.
Rick Leistico is the general manager at the store where the poster was purchased, and he told FOX 9 News they always try to research the items brought in before they hit the shelves.
"We pride ourselves on telling people they can find a treasure here, and that's the beauty of Goodwill," he said. "With thousands and thousands of items hitting the floor every day, we're bound to miss some things -- and that's the benefit for our shoppers."
According to Leistico, nothing of such a high value has ever been found at a Twin Cities Goodwill store before.
"The first thing I honestly thought is that it couldn't have happened to a better guy," Leistico told FOX 9 News. "He's in here all the time, friendly with my staff. That part is really great."
Glenn said he sometimes went weeks -- even months -- without finding a treasure to sell, and he said he knows his last hunting expedition landed him the opportunity of a lifetime.
"I don't plan on finding anything like this again," he said. "Hopefully, we'll find a nice home for it."
The print is not in mint condition. The coloring is a little faded and Glenn said he still needs to find out exactly how much it's worth, but he's guessing it could be anywhere between $20,000-$40,000.