Would you spend hundreds of dollars on a vintage fishing lure? Elly hopes someone will do just that in today’s Sweet Saturday Sample from my WIP, Elly and the Geriatrics. Here’s what happened after Elly went through her late grandfather’s storage shed.
That evening, Elly sat at her laptop, the list of Grandpa’s treasures at her side, while her grandmother watched Jeopardy in the other room. Every few minutes, she’d hear Granny's high-pitched voice calling out a response and making comments to the contestants. Elly chuckled. The range of her grandmother’s knowledge always amazed her, and she was convinced that this nightly TV ritual helped keep her mind sharp.
Elly propped her list next to the computer and typed the name of the first item in the Google search box. To her surprise, a screen full of hits came up. She clicked on the first listing and found a page loaded with photos of colorful fishing gear. Near the top, a vintage Paw-Paw “Injured Minnow” fishing lure like one she’d found in the tackle box, had an asking price of three hundred dollars, while an antique Poul Jorgensen salmon fly was going for seven hundred.
“Holy moley,” she said to the screen. “Seven hundred dollars to catch a fish?” She closed her eyes, took a deep breath, and looked again, wondering if she’d imagined what she’d seen, but the numbers on the screen didn’t change. Sure this must be a fluke, she checked two more sites. To her amazement, they confirmed the lure’s value.
“Unbelievable.” She let out her breath with a whistle. If the rest of Grandpa’s collection was worth that much, Granny could replace the trailer’s roof and asthmatic air conditioner and maybe even buy a new refrigerator. She wondered who would pay so much for old fishing stuff.
Encouraged by what she’d found, Elly vowed to start her own online postings that very night, beginning with a few items from Grandpa’s tackle boxes.
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Fishing lure photo source: http://www.artofangling.com/forsale.html