Although Krytzer was now without his foot, he was denied disability by the authorities in California several times and had to send his children to live with their grandparents in Louisiana. When disability finally came though for Krytzer he was left with so little money that all he could afford was to move into a friend’s shack in Leona Valley, which is near Palmdale in California. Although Krytzer had managed to keep the rent as cheap as possible, he was left with only $200 to live on every month after paying for his new home.
Krytzer commented about the difficult times he went through living in the shack in California, “I mean, what do you do? I had kids to take care of, no money, you know? Nothing saved up or nothing like that. It was rough, I mean, we would literally go to Costco … and get a Costco hot dog and a Coke cause they were $1.50.” But little did he know that he had a small fortune tucked away in his small home, until one day he chanced upon an episode of Antique’s Roadshow.
Krytzer sat down on one fateful day to catch an episode of Antiques Roadshow and what he saw there gave him some hope. A man on the show had just discovered that his First Phase Navajo blanket was worth almost $500,000 and suddenly a memory sparked in Krytzer. He had a very similar blanket that he had inherited from his Grandmother after she passed away, and it had been sitting in his closet, neglected, for seven years.