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North Las Vegas woman desperate to find stolen butter churn

Posted at 11:45 PM, Mar 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-02 02:45:26-05

Lorene Tharp's North Las Vegas home is filled with trinkets and antiques, but if you wanted to buy any of it, you'd be out of luck. 

"It's not for sale people! Nothing I got's for sale because you don't have enough money," Tharp said. 

There's no price tag on the sentimental value that her items hold. Most of them have been passed down for generations.

That was the case with her butter churn. It belonged to her great grandmother who used it to make a living during the Great Depression. 

"She would churn and make butter and then she would sell butter to help survive," Tharp said. 
Tharp planned to pass the churn along to her daughter, but as of right now, that's not possible. 
The butter churn was stolen from her home in November after she had her carpets cleaned. Tharp filed a police report and called the carpet cleaning company, but had no luck.
Desperate to get it back, she turned to a method almost as old as the churn itself. 
"I gave up hope and then I thought, 'Well, I'm going to put an ad in the paper,'" Tharp said. 
The ad has turned up no results. Tharp said even though antique butter churns sell for up to $100, it's not the money she's interested in. 
"What price do you put on love?...There is no price," she said.