Elly and her grandmother have started decluttering Granny’s mobile home, getting organized for their participation in the Sunset Acres rummage sale.
Of course, there wouldn’t be room for all the things they’d sorted, but Elly had plans for some of her grandmother’s more valuable treasures.
Elly took a sip of tea and cleared her throat. “Uh, Granny. I was looking on eBay and found a Royal Doulton mug just like yours.” She gestured across the room to a bright red container on the kitchen window sill. “The seller was asking five hundred dollars for it. Can you believe that?”
"Five hundred bucks?” Granny laughed. “I guess there’s always some fool willing to throw away his money.” She tilted her head and frowned. “I kinda like having ol’ Confucius standing guard over my kitchen. Besides, it’s a good place to keep my collection of silver swizzle sticks.”
Elly bit back a sigh and tried another tactic.
“You know, I was thinking.” She worked to keep impatience from her voice. “You’ve mentioned that the house could use a new air conditioner and that the roof is in pretty bad shape. Selling some of your things would be one way to raise money for that work.”
In truth, the trailer had been neglected since Elly's grandfather’s death and needed extensive repairs. With the limited income from Granny’s Social Security and her own joblessness, selling some of Granny’s possessions was the only way Elly could think of to fund those projects.
“I'm not sure about letting my things go to complete strangers, but I promise I’ll give the eBay thing some thought. Today’s rummage sale is a good start toward turning my treasures into moolah,” Granny answered.
Elly smiled, happy that her grandmother seemed to at least be considering her suggestions.
Granny pushed up from the table, grabbed the back of a nearby chair, and limped to her walker. “Get your rear in gear, honey. The sooner we get to the sale, the sooner we can start hauling in the cash.”
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