The lucky shopper was Greg Pack, a 70-year-old retired graphics artist from Canvey Island – a reclaimed island in the River Thames estuary in Essex in the United Kingdom. His son, Scott Pack, is a 47-year-old writer and publishing professional. Scott subsequently publicized his father’s good fortune on social media, drawing the attention of numerous international news organizations.
On August 15, 2018, Greg had attended Marks Tey car boot sale in the town of Chelmsford in Essex. One of his hobbies is repairing antique clocks and he was searching the sale for potential acquisitions. It was then he spotted the unremarkable old box. And it piqued his interest. Indeed, there was more to the box than its plain appearances.
In fact, according to Scott, the closed box was begging to be opened. “My dad was at a boot sale recently and saw this battered old box,” he wrote on a Twitter thread on August 20. “He is a fan of boxes, and boxes are made to be opened, so he did what most of us would do and peeked inside.”