2018-08-10 / Education

One person’s trash is another’s treasure

By Hanah Watts, local high school student


Hanah Watts Hanah Watts Every year, my church puts on a mammoth garage sale.

And, every year, I cannot wait to help set it up. It is almost to the point of an unhealthy obsession.

I mean, where else can I buy 40-some books for about $30? Maybe Goodwill or a thrift store. But all the money made from my church’s garage sale goes directly to missions, so it is for a good cause.

One of the downsides to thrift shopping is you may not always find exactly what you want. It might not be the exact color or style you wanted, but it will not make too big a dent in your wallet. (In regards to what you would have spent if you had bought everything new.)

For instance, I love Harry Potter, and I am a Ravenclaw according to the online sorting hat quiz. (I completely agree with it. I am 100% a Ravenclaw.)

And, lo and behold, what did I find at the church garage sale…a Hogwarts pennant! However, it was a Gryffindor pennant. Did I buy the pennant? Absolutely, I did.

It looks amazing hanging in my room, even though it is not my house of choice. But if you think about it, that is kind of like life. You may not always get exactly what you were looking for, but it can still become a positive outcome. Just like that pennant, it still looks great in my room, even though I am a Ravenclaw at heart.

Sometimes you may not always end up with what you believed you had.

“Not everything that glitters is gold,” as the saying goes.

A couple of times, I have bought a book that looks fine on the outside. I try to quickly flip through the book to make sure nothing inside the book looks too messed up. But occasionally, I will take a book home, and halfway through reading it, I will discover that there is a massive amount of writing on the pages, or even worse, there are pages missing.

Once again, this reminds me of another analogy for life. Just because something looks amazing on the outside, does not mean the inside is just as beautiful.

Sometimes things have flaws that prevent you from moving forward, like a book that has so much writing inside you cannot read the printed words on the page.

Believe it or not, sometimes, the flaws can make it even better!

I bought The Canterbury Tales last year from the garage sale, and about 20 pages in, I discovered someone had taken notes in it, presumably for a class they were taking. The notes were hilarious. As in, whoever wrote them should consider becoming a comedian.

In conclusion, a few things have been learned from my thrift shopping obsession…

1) Garage sales can be analogies for various situations in life.

2) Garage sales are an awesome, and most importantly, cheap option when looking to buy various items.

3) One person’s trash is another’s treasure!

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