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You Can't Donate Your Past

"Thrift stores remind me of graveyards. But unlike graveyards, where the lives of thousands of people have come to the same final ending, second hand stores are a hybrid of death and life. When someone asks their husband to drop off a cardboard box full of things they don’t need anymore, those same unwanted things become someone else’s belongings. If every item in a thrift store is an unwanted memory, the folks like my dad and me who thrift every Wednesday after breakfast, are collectors of unwanted memories."

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