The Gel Pen Club

I found this at a local thrift store inside a 101 Dalmatians pencil case. I only picked it up since it was a case similar to one I used to own, and decided to look inside for no particular reason but nostalgia. I found this and a few other papers inside, the others reading “Gel … Continued

The Fam

I found this while rummaging around Goodwill. The writing on the back reads “Brenda and Edward and the baby 4 – 1993.” I keep it in my wallet now and pull it out from time to time thinking about where these people are now.

Hey Fuck Face

I found this note in the parking lot of the Redwood Gospel Mission Thrift Store. There weren’t any obvious entrances or exits for a car to block, so the event probably happened elsewhere. And the thrift store people are all very nice.

Respect

This was found in a notebook that we use at the thrift store where I volunteer.

Probably Expired

I found this Polaroid on the floor in Goodwill. I don’t know if there was a camera for sale and this is a test photo or if it fell out of an album or what. It’s probably expired film and it looks like it was stuck in the camera and somebody pulled it out. Must … Continued

Lovely Ladies

It’s an amazing feeling to look into someone else’s life by holding in your hand something they have thrown away or lost. I treasure these items as fragments of true humanity. In finding and keeping these things I am helping to keep memories alive.

Holy Star Wars!!

I picked up a diary in the children’s section of a thrift store. Some of the pages had prompts at the top. This one was “future predictions.” I taught 3rd graders for a year so if you can’t understand this, it translates to, “It will be like Star Wars. You will have a chore-bot. There … Continued

Love and Ansel Adams

My friend and I found this tucked in an Ansel Adams photography book at the Goodwill. The message was especially poignant, as we figured Dad must have died for this to reach the donation pile.

Always, Annie Grapefruit

I found this written in an old gift book at a thrift store. The book was titled “… And Spring Shall Come.” While I had no interest in the book itself, I had to have it for the inscription, which says so much, yet begs so many questions.

Really Drunk By Now

I found a blank book at the Goodwill, and the first few pages were filled with this stuff. Not sure if they are lines for a sitcom they are writing or if this person knew some pretty witty people.