01 September 2012

One Man's Trash is Another Man's Treasure

A couple of weeks ago, I helped my friends do a garage sale. We had stuff we wanted to get rid of, so we joined a neighborhood garage sale and tried selling our stuff.

In order to do that, we set up early. The garage sale was advertised; there was a notice of it in the newspaper, and there were signs everywhere in the neighborhood too. It was from 9:00 to 3:00, but as early as 8:00, while we were setting up, there were people looking already, and we already made a sale.

We sold a very old lawn mower for 10.00 USD, and we also sold various knick-knacks and other random stuff. The saying is very true, one man's trash is another man's treasure. Even random objects that I thought would be worth nothing and is better thrown away were actually sold. Really, people like going through other people's stuff.

This is something I don't understand. Why would you want to buy a ceramic hot-air balloon? We sold candles, some were still in their packaging, given as gifts but never used, for a dollar or two. Americans are weird, they just have a lot of stuff, and they can fill their garages of these stuff to the point that they can swim in it.

Anyway, I filed that under my Americana category. I didn't realize that going through other people's junk can be a hobby.

(Crowds, from my Museum of Modern Art Series)


  1. Stuff collects over the years, maybe old gifts, maybe things that you buy that no longer make sense or the stuff left behind when you upgrade to a newer ceramic hot-air balloon. That's the beauty of consumerism.. there is always a thirst to buy!

    1. Puku,

      You're right. It's consumerism. This lifestyle upgrade has something to do with it, at least in spirit. You know, you get stuff, and then later you think that you need something new and/or better, so you pack up the old stuff and then sell it later. As you said, there's always a thirst to buy.