A Salt Lake woman is pleading with Hawaii thrift store customers to help her find a precious family item that she accidentally donated.
The item is a hand-stitched Hawaiian print quilt that was made and given to Tammy Lacy by her grandmother when Lacy was a child.
"She put a lot of love in it, a lot of time, and I have treasured it my whole life," Lacy said.
Over the decades, the beloved blanket was starting to wear thin, so Lacy packaged it up and set it aside to patch when she was able to find the right material to use. That's when she accidentally gave it away.
"When my daughter and I made a donation of all her things, it accidentally got picked up with the donation stuff and put in a bag."
The quilt was donated back in March, but Lacy didn't discover it was missing until a few days ago when her aunt found the perfect material to mend it.
"I've had it for 40 years, and the only reason I stopped using it was because it started to wear and I didn't want it to deteriorate. I was so excited I could patch it."
After searching her apartment, Lacy decided to call the donation center to see if the quilt was there. She was told the blanket not only showed up at the Savers on Dillingham Blvd. in Kalihi, it sold on the first day for $69.99.
Lacy has posted fliers throughout the store, hoping to have her quilt returned. She says it has a distinctive yellow stripe at the top and the bottom that is not found on most Hawaiian print blankets.
She is offering to buy it back from the person who purchased it and provide an additional reward. If you know where the quilt is, please email Tammy Lacy.