Estate Sale

Copyright Dawn M. Miller

The lamps had been collected from every room in the sprawling mansion and placed on a long table on the porch. Everything was being sold. The elderly woman-of-the-manor had finally passed away leaving her heirs to disburse her belongings.

Some had been found in the attic which hadn’t seen light…lamp or otherwise for decades. I perused the offerings. Most were too out of date for my taste but one stood out…I lit up when I saw it. Dusty but with no cracks in its pale pink glass, the delicate oil lamp was now mine.

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  1. Finding a precious treasure. Nice story.


  2. Ah.. there is always one gem…


  3. I suspect there’s a genie in there. Make sure you get the full three wishes!


  4. Nice story. Glad your protagonist (you?) found something of value!


  5. see i am a sucker for sales….there is treasure in other peoples junk….my kids joke when i pass one…dont usually look for lamps, but….smiles.


    • Definitely can find some treasures in other people’s junk…you never know. I’ll bet you could get those boys interested in finding some things…smiles.


  6. This is so sweet 🙂


  7. Nice to see you on FF! Are you still writing haiku and poetry? At any rate, I like your story. Finding that special treasure is very special.

    Have a great weekend,



    • Well hello there…I remember you. I had taken a break for several months when I moved and in the last few weeks have picked it up again. It is fun to find a special treasure.

      This is my second entry to FF…found it through someone else’s blog. I like these challenges.

      Will be seeing you around, Janet. Thanks for the nice greeting!

      Gayle ~


  8. Good story. It makes you wonder if there’s more to that lamp, a layer of story beneath.


  9. Sorry. The second comment was in the wrong place. The first comment was for this story. Big mistake.


  10. Estate sales and the like fascinate me. They tell the story of a life and speak of the transience of things. Re: your comment on my blog…I hope you find someone special, Gayle. You deserve the best!


    • Yes, they’re fun to rummage through and a chance to use old items again that someone else has tired of. And thanks so much for your kind comment, Victoria…we’ll see if someone shows up.


  11. I love estate sales/garage sales or flea markets. When I pick up something old – I wonder who the last person was that used it. Fascinating read. Thanks, Nan


  12. Dear Bodhirose,

    I’m a rummage sale aficionado myself. Nice that she found the one thing she wanted. Nothing flashy or magic…just an oil lamp that meant something to her. Nice one.




  13. Whenever I go yard sailing I always keep one thing in mind to find. I like hunting for treasures.



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