Yard sale finds

At a raucous yard sale with kids and dogs milling around the merch, I ask an old woman how much she’d like for her vintage olive suitcase.

“Can’t take any money for it, dear,” she says. “I can’t remember the lock combination.”

I test it out and confirm that yes, the suitcase is locked, but since I intend to use it on my stack-of-suitcases nightstand, it hardly matters. Though it does feel strange to buy something you can’t open or use for its intended purpose. It also feels wrong to take it for free.

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“Wait, is there drug money in there?” I ask.

“I should think not! It’s empty.”

I offer her some money, but she won’t hear of it, so I head home with a small suitcase that a stranger tells me is empty, but that makes me wonder, especially when my cat sniffs it all over. If you are a retired spy and know how to bust open a locked suitcase, let me know.

In addition to the mysterious suitcase, I also score a couple of necklaces and tops before something compels me to buy this kitschy fisherman needlepoint from a woman who says it was her mother-in-law’s, and who perhaps isn’t sorry to see it go. I add it to my wall of eclectic art.

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2 thoughts on “Yard sale finds

  1. This is just a suggestion but you could bring the suitcase into a government building, they offer free x-ray. If it is the airport, they even offer free chemical testing.
    Btw, I really like your posts, before I know it I have scrolled down and read several, they have a way of suck me in. I accidentally discovered your website when I was looking on the Internet for my gourami’s symptom, she likes to fake death whenever she moves near a corner of the tank, I though she was going to die and it scared me the few first times. I may try the peas method to see if she has the same problem as Manny.

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