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Record store finds lost cash inside record collection

SEATTLE (NBC) - There's a story behind every record donated to Seattle's Bop Street Records. One story, however, literally paid off.

"Occasionally, I might find odd things or old letters inside of a record," said owner Dave Voorhees.

But none like the one discovered inside of a box of recently donated records, 1,400 to be exact.

They were given to the store by Janet Back. They were from her husband Gordon's collection.

"His big interest in the world was classical music on vinyl records," Back said.

Her husband is suffering from severe Parkinson's disease and now lives in an adult care center.

Two weeks ago, with his permission, Janet cleared out his old records.

"I didn't really care if I got a lot of money for them. I just wanted someone to love them as much as my husband did," Back said.

A few days later, she remembered something.

"My husband used to put spare cash inside of records."

Voorhees was the first to make the discovery.

"Within a half an hour, we'd already found like two $100 bills," Voorhees said.

"We probably spent 18 hours going through all of these records twice," said Bob Jacobs, a Bop Street Records employee.

"We then called her and said 'Are you sitting down?,'" Voorhees said.

"I'm thinking, Oh, boy. Maybe there's a thousand dollars!" Back said. "Then he told me there's more than $3,000."

It was a moment of relief for Back, who's struggled for years with medical bills.

"It made me cry because you have no idea how a disease like this affects the family and finances, and so it was a Godsend," she said.

She gave Bop Street $300 for finding the money. They've donated it to the Ballard Food Bank.

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