Tuesday, February 26, 2008

This Yellow Chair

I love this yellow chair. It sits in my living room next to the green bookshelf. Both were garage sale finds. The chair cost more than I would typically pay - $15.00. Initially I left it there, in the backyard, nestled between a toilet and a lawnmower; so bright and cheerful amongst its lesser neighbors. But the price was too high and it was non-negotiable. So I left.

I went to visit other garage sales. I love garage sales. Yes, it’s about getting a good deal. But it’s also so much more. I love being outside, wandering about town and exploring new areas. And, I adore those little glimpses into people's lives. You can tell a lot about a person by the books they read, the clothes they wear, the tchotchkes they gather. It’s like walking after dark and peering through the windows of lit up houses; precious snapshots of how others live.

And on that summer day, the day I left the chair, I couldn’t stop thinking about it. Other people’s houses were no longer a distraction. I wanted that yellow chair. I went back and it wasn’t there. I felt as forlorn as the toilet shlumped in the backyard. I walked back through the house telling myself it just wasn’t meant to be. Then I caught something out of the corner of my eye, something yellow. In the corner was the yellow chair. It had been moved inside to a place of honor. I bought it on the spot - full price.

And now the yellow chair sits in my living room. I see it right now as I sit in my reading nook and it makes me happy. I am reminded of warm summer days, wandering about town and glimpsing people's lives. This chair was definitely worth five lattes. Definitely.


Backpacker momma said...

Isn't it great to find something wonderful, tempt fate by leaving it and then go back and there it was, suddenly worth every penny you weren't willing to spend before? Thats how you know its a true treasure!

sweetsalty kate said...

Oh, I totally covet that ray of sunshine. Great story and shot!

jennifer said...

I love these pics! I am still trying to figure out how you took that photo of you leaning down holding Argus through TTV. Awesome.