Yesterday I had minor surgery. All went well. It was just a bump on my forehead that has been there for many years. On my way home I stopped at a consignment store just to get my mind off of my worries. The doctor said it wasn't cancerous but he was sending it to the lab to be sure. So, of course, I was worrying.
As I was wandering in the store I overheard a woman who had brought in something to resell. The woman who worked there asked what she wanted for it. She told her a price and said, "That is what I paid for it. That is what it is worth."
Obviously, it was a well worn object. So the saleswoman asked, "How long ago did you buy it?"
The woman said, "Two years ago."
No matter what the saleswoman said, she could not convince this woman that her object wasn't worth exactly what she paid for it two years ago.
Anyone who has been to the second hand stores, consignment stores and yard sales here would have to laugh at this brief bit of conversation because that is the prevailing attitude here of the sellers.
I went to a yard sale last weekend and it was the same thing. Objects were priced far above what they would have cost new in the stores. For people like me who love to shop this way, it is a big disappointment. I don't have many disappointments here but this is a biggie for me. I have to wait until I go back to the States in the summer to do all my shopping. But at least this conversation put a smile on my face and made me forget about the dreaded CANCER word.