Writing Prompt: Memories for Sale

On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognize. Tell us about it.

On a road trip one summer, my daughter and I decided to take a tour of  Moncton ,New Brunswick. We were driving around the city to see some favorite spots,as we were moving along  around the neighborhood, I saw a large “Garage Sale”, sign, we decided to stop and check it out. There were many interesting things on sale, I wondered as I moved along, why were they selling so many antiques. I was told the owner had died few months ago, the kids were not interested to keep any of it so they put up all these memorabilia for sale.

I thought about it for a few minutes and wondered would the things I accumulated with so much love will have the same fate? I brushed off that sad feeling and continued to walk around to see if I’d like something to take back with me. Unexpectedly I spotted a painting I had given to my youngest daughter, I picked it up, my memories of that painting flashed me by,this was the one my husband and I bought from the Franklin mint , we loved it so much and thought of passing it on someday to my youngest daughter.

when she came home for a visit the first thing she   asked for was that same painting which was collecting dust on the roadside, because it was her favorite I immediately gave it to her, I was shocked to see, it was one of the items for sale.

I was torn, shall I buy it or forget I saw it, I ended up moving away, I told myself it will only bring back memories which will hurt my feelings. 

Without saying a word I got into the car and decided I didn’t want to see any more of the city!


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DP Daily Prompt: Memories for Sale Post by Ranu

Garage sale

Garage sale (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Last summer, Selina and I took a flight from St. John’s to Chicago. Selina wanted to rent a car and explore some of the places nearby  instead of spending too much time in the big city. We packed our bags and carried some food with us. Selina was driving and I was looking around to see if there was a place we could stop and eat some food we were taking with us.

Suddenly there was a huge ‘GARAGE SALE ‘ sign in front of the lawn of a house. I am curious by nature,I had to find out what they were selling. I was warned I cannot buy anything,but just look.

There they were a dinner set ,I recognized it instantly. It belonged to one of our dearest friend. I picked up a piece to have a closer look,sure enough it was one my friend owned. I was wondering how it ended up in this place.

I introduced myself and asked the lady,where she bought the set. At first she was surprised to see me,whom she had never seen.Why was I asking her about this set. I told her I had seen a similar set in my friend’s place. She told me she bought it at a garage sale. The son had inherited it from his mother. He could not use it,his wife hated the design. She said she wanted to sell it because some of the pieces were chipped, she could not keep it any longer.

It reminded me of an occasion when my friend  said,” You’ll see Ranu when I am gone my son and his wife will have a garage sale.They will sell everything I have.”  “No Kate”, I said , “They won’t sell them,these will bring back fond memories of you.”   ” You mark my words”,she said.

When I looked back,I thought it cannot be true. But it is,I can only say, ” How strange!”