Sunday, August 28, 2011
Dear Sir or Madam,
Firstly, let me commend you on your donation to charity. Giving away things you no longer use, or which have cluttered your side table for too long, or which you bought because - well, they seemed perfect at the time - is not only good for charity, but good for you and good for the environment, too.
(And you thought you were just helping out an organisation with a good heart.)
Most of us have more things than we need - things that clutter and collect dust and make our lives more difficult and worrisome. Paring back to what we truly need or love makes our houses tidier and our lives simpler. But, you knew that.
And, donating usable or interesting things means less goes into the landfill. Plus, someone like me with a healthy appetite for thrifting walks in, finds your discarded treasure, and goes home a very happy girl indeed.
Please check your items before you donate them. Because it appears as though you mistakenly donated a beautiful stainless steel pot with a minute - microscopic, nearly - hole in the bottom. You would have noticed it, because it slowly-but-surely spouts water out. Water you might (hypothetically) be trying to boil pasta in. Now, I'm not averse to giving $8 straight to the Salvation Army; but if I pay that for a secondhand pot and (this is an important detail) am so excited about my new item that I get rid of my old large-pot with the burnt bottom, I am not going to be happy to find that hole.
So next time, please don't donate stuff that doesn't work. It makes me sad.
and without pasta,