A woman found a $300 cash ‘inheritance’ hidden inside a $6.99 thrifted Coach bag along with a juicy note about the former owner’s cheating husband.
Lynora Silverman, 56, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, opened up about the mysterious discovery in a now-viral TikTok video, explaining she bought the handbag from the Salvation Army with the intention of sprucing it up.
‘Look inside, it’s dirty, right, and cruddy,’ said Silverman, who is known as @marthainfused on the platform. ‘I thought I could clean it up, so I start working on trying to take this flap out at the bottom of a purse, and there is an envelope.’
Lynora Silverman, 56, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, revealed on TikTok that she found $300 in cash and a mysterious note in thrifted Coach bag she bought for $6.99
She explained that she bought the handbag from the Salvation Army and was cleaning the inside when she found an envelope filled with money
The previous owner, who is known only as ‘Martha,’ also left a juice letter about how the Coach bag used to belong to her cheating husband’s girlfriend
Inside the envelope was $300 in cash, but even more surprising was the scathing letter from the previous owner ‘Martha.’
‘I have three children,’ the message read. ‘They will give my things to Goodwill when I die. So I am putting their inheritance inside all my favorite things.’
Martha said the Coach bag was given to her by her husband’s girlfriend, but that wasn’t exactly what had happened.
‘Well, actually, I came home early from a visit to my parents’ house in Connecticut. She must have left quickly because she forgot her bag and shoes,’ she admitted.
‘I carry this bag every day. I wonder if my husband ever knew this was his girlfriend’s. I carried it daily and I am giving it away because my kids don’t want it. So, go buy yourself a new bag. Love, Martha,’ the letter concluded.
Martha said she started wearing the bag every day after his mistress left it at their house, and she always wondered if he noticed it was hers
As for the money, she explained her children are going to donate her belongings when she dies, so she is hiding their inheritance in all of her ‘favorite things’
Silverman’s video has been viewed more than 8.8 million times and thousands of TikTok users flocked to the comments to share their thoughts.
‘Tea from beyond the grave,’ one person wrote, while another added: ‘Martha was definitely a Scorpio with that long game.’
‘I can’t decide what’s better. The story or hiding the inheritance or all this for $6.99,’ someone else shared.
Martha has earned herself plenty of fans, including Coach. The brand commented on Silverman’s post, calling the previous bag owner a ‘legend’ — and many others agreed.
‘Martha will never die. She will always be in my memory and my inspiration for the future,’ one viewer insisted.
‘Go buy yourself a new bag. Love, Martha,’ the mysterious letter concluded
Silverman’s video has been viewed more than 8.8 million times and thousands of TikTok users flocked to the comments to praise Martha and her pettiness
Silverman is now on a hunt to figure out what happened to Martha and if she is still alive. In a follow-up video, she explained she was headed back to the Salvation Army to ask some questions.
‘That story sounds to me like she is still alive…almost like she’s giving her stuff away while she’s alive,’ she said. ‘Or did she stash all the stuff, all the money in all of her favorite things, before she died because she knew her kids would give it away?’
Silverman later shared that she found a Salvation employee who told her that Martha was last in the store in December.
Her original video also attracted the attention of another person who found a similar message from Martha hidden in a thrift store purchase.
In Silverman’s latest video, she showed how the letter was found inside a plastic container filled with glasses and shredded paper — and somehow this story was even juicier than the last.
Silverman is now on a hunt to figure out what happened to Martha and if she is still alive
In a series of follow-up videos, she explained that she went back to the Salvation Army and spoke with an employee who told her that Martha was last in the store in December
Silverman’s original video also attracted the attention of another person who found a similar message from Martha hidden in a thrift store purchase
‘My kids will donate everything when I die, so I am hiding some notes and sometimes money in some of these donation boxes,’ Martha allegedly wrote. ‘Sorry, child, this box just has a note. I never did meet a stranger, so I hope you don’t mind my sharing the tale with you. I may go and lose my mind, so I better get this off my chest before I do.
‘You see, my husband was a player, child. I knew that when I met him. I could see right through him like glass from day one. But, oh, was he something. He would get all kind of crazy when a set of legs walked into the room. His brother’s wife was no exception.’
Martha referred to her husband as ‘Rufus’ in the note, saying he was ‘tight’ with his brother ‘Willy’ and was overcome with grief when he died.
‘So you could imagine our excitement when his brother’s widowed wife came over to tell us she was pregnant not long after we buried him,’ she recalled. ‘Well, I poured us some lemonade in these very glasses and proceeded to celebrate the first grandbaby.’
Martha said she was about to call her mother-in-law with the news when she realized she was ‘way more excited than either of them.’
In Silverman’s latest video, she showed how the letter was found inside a plastic container filled with glasses and shredded paper
This donation didn’t include any money, but the lengthy letter detailed how Martha’s husband Rufus allegedly impregnated his brother’s wife before he died
According to the letter, Martha raised the child as her own, and the shredded paper in the box was his DNA test that she didn’t want him to find
‘All those two did was sit there and stare at each other. Well, finally, when I asked, “What gives?” Rufus proceeded to tell me his brother was sterile. This is his baby,’ she explained.
Martha agreed to help care for her late brother-in-law’s pregnant wife and keep her husband’s indiscretion from his mother.
‘After he was born, with a DNA test to confirm Rufus was the daddy, she ran along leaving us to raise that little boy as our own,’ she said, adding that she and her husband went on to give him two sisters.
‘It’s a good thing we kept that boy because I ended up liking him way more than those girls of mine,’ she admitted. ‘I held onto the DNA papers until now.’
Martha said she kept the papers in a drawer with everyone’s birth certificates, but she didn’t want her kids to find them while going through her things.
‘I shredded them, and for some reason, I can’t seem to throw it away. So I decided to use it as packing,’ she wrote. ‘That DNA test is helping to protect these fragile glasses like it did protecting my husband’s poor mama from shame and protecting our son’s relationship with his daddy. Because even though Rufus is long gone, he lives on strong in our boy.
‘These glasses are old as the hills child. Maybe they will be worth something as an antique. I sure hope they help to bring light into your kitchen like they did mine. You can go ahead and toss the shredded paper now. I would sure appreciate if you would do that for me. Love, Martha,’ the letter concluded.