Saturday, July 10, 2010

Re-Gifting, Re-Using, Re-Loving.

I have several cookbooks open around me, because I would like to cook lunch for tomorrow and I'm trying to figure it all out. I'm thinking some lovely chilled Gazpacho, plus a grilled sandwich of some sort. Got to give it more thought.

In other news, today for several hours there was a rather intense yard sale happening in our yard. Hence the name.

We put TONS of stuff out. Truth be told, we didn't get a lot of customers (although we put out signs and everything), but we did get a few. And our big-ticket items sold, which was nice.

But it puts me in a wistful, contemplative mood thinking about how awesome it is to pass unused things from our possession into others'. And I know that people buy things they don't need, and yard sale purchases may languish in garages or sheds for years until THEY choose to sell it, but that's not always the case.

The lady that bought our Casio keyboard made the purchase because her son has always wanted a keyboard with a lot of modes and rhythms and all, and now he can have it. The lady who bought our vintage radio bought it for her son who is a collector. The woman who bought bags of my plastic toy animals bought them for her class to play with, because she's a teacher. The gals who bought up most of my stuffed animals bought them as prizes for Bingo Night at an old folks' home.

As they left with arms full of my once-beloved stuffies, one of the ladies turned to me and said, "Don't worry. They'll be well loved."

And I almost cried. Because I'm a sap, yeah. But also because it does my heart good to see these things that I loved so well being used for a MUCH better purpose than just sitting in a bag in our cellar.

Maybe if we shared more than we threw away, and maybe if we passed along more than passed up, and maybe if we chose to give rather than keep, this world would be a much better place.

Just a thought.

-The GLS

1 comment:

  1. I love your thought, Sally. It's nice to share. :)