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The Distraction We Need Right Now

As your time at home drags on and on (and on and on), you might find yourself thinking you’ve reached the end of the internet — or at least the end of Netflix. Here’s one self-proclaimed, weird Facebook page you didn’t know would warm your heart. 

Weird Secondhand Finds That Just Need To Be Shared has more than 1.8 million thrift-store lovers who just love to share the strange things they find in stores, yard sales or even homes of people they know. 

Sometimes, however, the group takes a touching turn as members unite to spread joy. Recently, one member, Chris Herrin, posted a photo of a mug they got in the mail. It had images of Georgia and New York with the text, “The love between mother and son knows no distance. I love you Vinny. Love, mom.”

“Problem with this: 1. I didn’t order it, 2. I don’t have a son Vinny, 3. I don’t live in Georgia and 4. I don’t live in New York,” Chris wrote. “So I call the company and they are very casual about this cup! They said they have it covered, and I don’t have to send the cup back! I don’t collect cups, so the cup needs a forever home.” 

Chris agreed to mail the cup to anyone who knew someone with that name or location. 

Comments poured in, but one in particular stood out. A woman named Cheyenne said her brother’s name was Vinny, they live in New York, and their mother used to live in Georgia before her death. Not only that, but the original post was made on her mother’s birthday. 

Others started chiming in with the hashtag #mugforcheyenne, eventually reaching more than 1,000 comments, most of which were all in support of the mug going to Cheyenne. 

Chris later updated the post saying, “I’ve closed the contest early as clearly the only true winner is Cheyenne Getwright. Yes, I’ll be sending the Vinny cup to her. Thanks for all the laughs, everyone!” 

That’s not the only time the group has worked together. 

In November, strangers worked together to get an elephant coffee table from Indiana to Michigan after one member posted a photo of the table, and another member posted that it reminded her of her late son. 

You can find the group here and either add your own weird find or just scroll through the posts after you’ve exhausted all your other entertainment outlets. 

About the author


Jessie Harbin

Jessie lives in Meridianville with her husband, baby and four dogs. She thrives on chaos, and loves finding good news stories where you least expect them.

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