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November 22, 2007


Pat Pierce

Your post reminds me of a book I read last year titled Not Buying It by Judith Levine. She recounts her year-long efforts toward not buying anything new (other than food and peronal care items). Quite interesting environmental essays along the way. Inspired, I was at a library book sale and found a pristine copy of a novel set in Italy that I knew my sister-in-law would like...along with a bottle of Italian wine and some Amaretti. That was her Christmas gift...a bargain! I hope that doesn't make me sound cheap, but she is one who would appreciate the (recycling) gesture!

Joyce Emery

Pat - appreciate your info on the book, and your personal experience with bargain used items.

I found an Acoma Pueblo vase, signed by the artist, in a garage sale for 50 cents, now on display in my living room. I've also gotten the entire 11 volume set of Durant's Story of Civilization for $22 at an antique store. My sister and I had to hunt through piles of books to find all the volumes, but they were all there, in very good condition. (After we found a few volumes, we were pretty sure the complete set had to be there.) Moving the family towards appreciating used items as gifts, that is progressing, but slowly.

Thanks for the comment!

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