Jean Peacock has made a fortune off eBay — but she hasn't taken a dime of the profits. She spends hour after hour bidding on products for the Assistance League of Glendale, where she's in her second term as president.
Her haul has included carved ivory sculptures, rare books and designer purses. She also haunts estate sales, picking up unsold items at cut-rate prices. It's all for the league's monthly silent auctions. The Glendale resident learned about collectibles from a closely held source — her sister ran an antique shop in Santa Barbara for many years.
This isn't even her primary volunteer assignment at the league. She has a lifelong passion for education, having spent 32 years teaching kindergartners and first-graders at Glendale's Glenoaks Elementary School. This made her the perfect recruit for her first unpaid job at the league. While she was still teaching, a league volunteer came to her classroom and told her how the league's project, Operation School Bell, works.