Sunday Writing Prompt, July 4/21 – Treasured Trash

Sara is our host for the Sunday Writing Prompt.
Her challenge this week:

What constitutes “trash”? Dirty diapers…yes. Rotten food…should probably be composted, but yes, something to discard. What about that barely beaten sofa you upgraded? Or the vanity that still holds a breath of life, but needs a little TLC. Grandma’s attic…everything needs to go! Garage sales and thrift shops are all about turning one’s trash into another’s treasure. Even a spouse, who their significant other decided to “discard”, but became the most valuable person in YOUR life! It really comes down to perspective…

I encourage you to write about “trash” that became treasure. Base it on personal experience, or compose something entirely fictional. All is welcome

Today’s Sunday Writing Prompt is: One Person’s Trash

This has to be the unwritten law for all car boot sales. Hubby and I got a lot of stuff for our first house from those, including a drop leaf dining room table for £3 (knocked down from £4) and an ali baba laundry basket for £1.50.
Our first Christmas together we were skint and did our shopping at a Car Boot. Everyone got something, and we spent about a tenner I think. It was one of our best Christmases and we had a lot of fun finding ‘just the thing’ for everyone.
Hubby is a skip diver though. He can’t resist having a nose and seeing if there’s anything he can use. A local firm was having a revamp and dumped a lot of electrical stuff, including two daisy wheel printers. We loaded them in the car, he refurbished and serviced them, and
we got £20 each for them.
On the other side as sellers, we needed to raise some money to revamp our own kitchen and replace the front fence when we were selling the cottage. We turfed out the sheds and all the cupboards and had a load of stuff that was no longer of any use to us, but might appeal to someone. We attended three booties, and raised over £600 which was more than enough to cover what we needed. We even sold our old metal front gate for a fiver!

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! In November 2020, we lost our beloved Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney. We now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of Kizzy, my GSD when Hubby and I first met so had hers done too. On February 24th 2022 we were blessed to find Maya, a 13 week old GSD pup who has made her own place in our hearts. You can follow our training methods, photos and her growth in my blog posts. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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12 Responses to Sunday Writing Prompt, July 4/21 – Treasured Trash

  1. I do love to rummage around a boot sale…

  2. How fun!! I love thrifting, and learned about Car Boots today….had to have Hubby explain because he’s from England lol

  3. Carol anne says:

    I had a good clear out recently also and I was able to give a lot of unused stuff to my cousin and my aunts grandkids!

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