January 3, 2015

It is amazing how quickly clutter accumulates in our lives. Soon after our the upset of our fire, we began acquiring again, mainly items to tide us over until our clothes, kitchenwares, and furniture were cleaned. One such item was a pine coffee table that I bought for Theo’s room as a Lego play table. We were renting furniture, but he only had a bed and a dresser and was playing with his Legos on the floor. I had stopped by my favorite local thrift store Out of the Closet, and I remember my excitement at finding such a lovely table for only $15 and then when I was able to fit it in the back of my new Prius C (bought to replace my adorable red VW Beetle which did not survive the fire.) For over a year, the table served Theo well. However, when we returned to our home, it was too big for his new room so I stored it in the garage thinking for sure I would find some use for it again.

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But like so many objects we hold onto for sentimental reasons or because we think they might come in handy, the table soon joined the ranks of clutter, taking up space but serving no real purpose in our lives. We pulled it out to hold games for our New Year’s party, but today – even though I noticed one of our cats enjoying its cover – I chose not to heave the heavy table back down to the garage, where it would sit indefinitely not being used. I heaved it back into my Prius and drove back to the same Out of the Closet store. Since I admire both the mission and the witty name of this AIDS healthcare charity, and because I shop there often and I know and like the staff there, I wanted to give them the chance to sell the table again. Perhaps another mother with a Lego-loving child might see it and be as thrilled as I was to find it.

3 thoughts on “January 3, 2015

  1. Well done, Meher. We do throw many things in the garbage, not realizing that some thrift store (Salvation Army, Value Village, etc.) would take them and earn a little money for its cause by selling them to someone who could re-use them
    . I too have donated and will continue to do so. And people who read your blog might start doing so as well.

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  2. As you have done with Out of the Closet, Erika and I are forever returning bags of books to the Siverlake Public Library’s Friends seasonal book sales. It’s as though we rent them for $1 each for 3 months. 33 cents a month. A penny a day.
    I’d love to have an appraiser come into the house and leave a letter telling us how much all but three shelves of the books we have are worth. Give them all away and send a copy of the letter to the IRS. If I count correctly, I’d be able to take 6 or 8 bookcases to Out of the Closet.

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  3. George forgot in that last comment to point out that we have done the very same thing: bought chairs and tables–in our case at the Habitat for Humanity Recycling Center–and then returned them back to the same place we bought them!

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