There has been a recent spike in shoppers finding large amounts of money in the pockets of donated items at second-hand stores in Nova Scotia.

Officers were called to Value Village in Bayers Lake last month after staff found an undisclosed sum of money inside a donated item.

Police say the same thing happened in New Glasgow, N.S. in December, when a large amount of cash was found in an item purchased at Value Village.

It's rare, but those in the business say sometimes money and valuables do end up in donated goods.

“If you are donating clothes, I would recommend you check the pockets,” says store owner Leon Amirault. “The pockets are usually where they are kept. Sometimes they are in the inside pocket of a blazer or the inside of a coat jacket.”

Shoppers say they have also heard of similar instances.

“My mother when she was shopping in here, she found a gold necklace. She figured it was probably made in Italy. It was a beautiful gold, and it had a big cross on it,” says shopper Audrey Hayden.

“I've heard stories, but I've never been the lucky one to find any large amount of money,” says Teresa Peckham.

Store owners say it can be difficult to track down the owners of the hidden treasures.

Both New Glasgow and Halifax Regional Police say the money found can be claimed by identifying the amount, the denomination, and describing the object in which the cash was found.

With files from CTV Atlantic’s Dan MacIntosh.