Category: thrifting

When junking worth isn’t always determined by monetary value

“Junking” is sometimes a family affair.  I have been bitten the hardest I think, but we all enjoy the occasional junking adventure as a family outing.  We each have our favorites.  We search high and low to find salt and pepper shakers, Elvis albums, vintage Fisher Price toys, and of course soda related items.

We also have a game of sorts.  My youngest daughter plays it most enthusiastically.  Of course there is a back story, so let’s begin there.

My wife’s grandmother (also a junker) gave us a punch bowl and cups shortly after we were married.  It was unique because of the square shape of the bowl and cups.  She told us that it was rare and that we wouldn’t see another like it and because we never had, we accepted this to be fact. After her death, the punch bowl meant much more to us and we found a place where we could display it.

Several years later we were at an outdoor flea market and discovered another exact bowl and a few cups and naturally we bought them.  I found two more that summer and it became a game to see who could find the first cup or bowl any time we were out.  Over the years we have accumulated fifteen or so of these “rare” punch bowls and probably two hundred cups.  Do we need them?  No, but the memories of a loved one past… yes we do.  Sometimes the rarity of an item isn’t where value is found but in the memories that it brings.