Couch's 'lost treasure' makes its way back to surprised sellers

Couch's 'lost treasure' makes its way back to surprised sellers

This is a story of something we can all relate to - the flotsam and jetsam we collect in and under our couch.

Just not so many of us get those items returned to us in the mail when we sell the old couch.

As happened to Amaroo family the Hardwickes - Sam and Selina and their boys Seb, 11, Abel, 9, and Jack, 7.

Like most families, they had a couch that was like the Bermuda Triangle of the house - things might have gone in but they never came out.

There was no note with the returned items and it took Sam a little bit to twig to what was happening. Picture: Supplied

There was no note with the returned items and it took Sam a little bit to twig to what was happening. Picture: Supplied

The family bought a new couch and put the old one up on all the usual sites including Gumtree and the buy/sell/swap pages.

"No one had picked it up so I was basically at the point, 'I'm going to take this to the tip'," Sam said.

"Then an old guy messaged and said, 'I really like your couch'. He borrowed a trailer and came over. He was about 70."

Man took the couch. End of story. But, no.

"I was in a meeting earlier this week and the mailman popped in with a parcel and I opened it up," Sam said.

"There's no note. But there's an old crayon, a knife, some socks, $4, a couple of paint brushes, a block. It took me a while, it was like, 'Where's this from?'

"And then it clicked. This is the old guy who picked up the couch. Very funny."

Absolute gold. There were also some old pencils, a button and a old toy screw.

"When I was helping him carry the couch to his trailer, I could hear things jingling around but the cushions are fixed and it was only then as I was lifting it on that I realise, 'Oh, there's a zip underneath'. And it turns out, he unzipped it later," Sam said.

Whether the man was just incredibly honest and returning things he hadn't paid for or whether it was a silent comment on household cleanliness, we'll probably never know, Sam reckons.

But the story of a couch and its treasure trove of lost items is a universal one.

"Everyone I've spoken to can relate to it," he said.

UPDATE: We've discovered more about Couch Man.

The Kambah grandfather, 70, who wanted to remain unnamed, said he returned the items "as a sign of goodwill, having got the couch for nothing".

He thought the family might have been looking for the items and that it would make them laugh to see them turn up in the mail.

He is the joker in his own family. It brings him "joy seeing people laugh and smile".

"Having four granddaughters who love him dearly, we love to see the light he brings in to the room and the way he makes us laugh every day," one of them told us.

The lounge leather will be recycled for the seats of his 1974 Holden one tonner and he will donate the steel frame to an upholsterer. He says he is "young at heart". We need more like him

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