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Book Review: White elephants : on yard sales, relationships, and finding what was missing by Katie Haegele

White elephants : on yard sales, relationships, and finding what was missing

This is my kind of book. Katie Haegele shares her finds over a period of three years worth of rummage sales, thrift stores, and yard sales. For anyone who feels like they could spend an entire day at Thrift Town or in the Goodwill Bins– this is the book for you, too. Haegele and I may have different thrift tastes (I lean toward clothes and she leans toward furniture and home  decor and nicknacks), and we may live in different second-hand price zones (I live in San Francisco where yard sales don’t exist and thrift store pants cost $9, and she lives in Philedelphia where you can get stuff for 25 cents), but, um, let’s just say that I found it really satisfying to read about her finds.

But don’t be thinking that this book is just the print version of a haul video. The story of it all is prefaced by the sad death of her father, and thrifting/rummaging/yard sale-ing is one of the ways that she and her mom and her sister get closer to each other in the aftermath. You also get interesting insights about the sales, the people who go to them, and more.  It’s totally good!

It’s small press, and you can buy a copy directly from her here (recommended), or you can try to find a library copy here.

 

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