Just finished this.
White Elephants: On Yard Sales, Relationships, & Finding What Was Missing, by Katie Haegele
What a peculiarly beautiful book. In about 125 short pages, Haegele really captures the thrill of finding the perfect, and sometimes not-so-perfect, secondhand stuff. Much more is found than just physical items though, as Haegele breathes a poignant life and story into nearly every sale she attends and item she picks out of musty cardboard boxes.
It’s difficult to explain this book to other people. On the surface, it’s a book about yard sales, but even from the opening paragraphs it is plain to see that there is so much more to White Elephants than weatherworn wares. Much like dusty rummage sale finds can feel like home, this book is a surprising gem. I’m already looking forward to re-reading it.14
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