Woman sells friend’s old baseball glove
GREELEY ” Emily Smith can’t stand what she did.
She can’t believe what a huge mistake she made, in the chaos and early morning shopping frenzy of her Greeley garage sale almost two weeks ago.
She can’t believe what she sold, by accident, to the immeasurable disappointment of a good friend: His first and only baseball glove.
“I don’t even remember selling it,” Smith said.
Smith, 25, is hoping whoever bought the old, worn glove will return it to its owner. She’s offering a small reward, but she can’t afford much. “I’m hoping the reward will be helping someone get their glove back,” she said.
Some friends brought stuff for Smith to sell at her July 23 sale, and she put it in a pile. She warned that anything in the pile would be sold. Maybe nobody knew the glove was there; maybe it got left in the pile by mistake.
All Smith knows is when she rose at 6:30 a.m., with people already at her door hoping to get first dibs at the sale, she started throwing things from the pile onto tables. And somehow, the glove went, too.
Her friend was so upset by the accidental sale that he didn’t want to share his story or even give his name. Smith only talked to the Tribune out of her own guilt, she said.
“I’m only doing it for my own selfishness because I can’t stand that I sold someone else’s mitt that meant so much,” Smith said.
The glove meant so much to her friend, a 26-year-old University of Northern Colorado student, because it was part of a family tradition ” every little boy got his own brand-new baseball glove.
His dad got one from his grandfather, and Smith’s friend played with that one until it was time to get his own. In the first grade, he went to the store and picked out the biggest, shiniest new mitt he could find.
Now, it’s worn out and ragged, but he still used it. He wants to pass it along to a son of his own someday. He even intended to use it in a fall recreational softball league starting up in a couple of weeks, Smith said.
“He said he’s never going to buy another baseball mitt,” she said.
Last Thursday, after she realized the glove was missing, Smith was out until 2 a.m. making 18 signs and posting them around Greeley.
But city workers called Tuesday and said she couldn’t post the signs, so she has to take them down.
Smith has received about a dozen calls from curious neighbors or reward-seekers. Some grown men have called to say they can relate to the significance of a boy’s first baseball mitt.
“They say, ‘You’re going to be in big trouble if you don’t get it back,'” Smith said. “I would hope someone would return it for the sentimental value it has.”
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