Oops: Man Sells Wife's $23K Wedding Ring for $10

Racquel Cloutier was in the hospital at the time, post-childbirth
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2013 8:25 AM CDT

(Newser) – Husbands, there's a lesson for you in Eric Cloutier's very big mistake: Never sell anything at a garage sale without first checking with your wife. The California man offloaded a watch box he thought was empty at a June 1 community garage sale for $10. Little did he know his wife had hidden her $23,000 diamond wedding ring beneath the box's cushion ... before she went to deliver their fifth baby at the hospital, which is where she was during the garage sale.

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"Every year our community holds a garage sale. I was in the hospital, I just had a baby, so my husband thought it would be fun for my other kids if they could sell some things at the garage sale," Racquel Cloutier explains to ABC News. She discovered the box, and the ring, were missing after she got back home last week; the couple is publicizing their story in the hope that the bargain shopper will return the ring. KTLA notes they are offering an unspecified reward. An added ouch: The blonde woman who bought the box couldn't decide at first whether she even wanted it. And a quirky side note: Per Card Player, Eric Cloutier is a former professional hockey player/accomplished poker player. (Read more wedding ring stories.)

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