Negative Impact, Positive Gain

When the day started off I felt like I was digging trash under the hot sun literally, but I guess that’s the only way to really find something ‘meaningful’.  I was telling Karyn that if the condition has been otherwise comfortable and easy, then the whole street will be filled with trash diggers in all their fancy streetwear.  Anyway, I wasn’t talking about digging trash at somebody’s backyard either.  It was another day out at the Thieves’ Market or the Flea Market as some of you may be more accustomed to.  But in the world we live in, we do produce a lot of trash. Where it is trash to you, it could be treasure to others.

One such accidental find which I came across recently is this interesting article on CNN.  A lucky photographer had found some never seen before negatives of Marilyn Monroe and paid just a dollar for it at a Garage Sale. The same guy now offers his find at ebay here. Go check out the price he is asking.  It is definitely a case of ” Negative ‘ impact but positive gain for him.

That was the first part of the ‘shopping’ but unlike the previous few trips, today I felt special… “unbeilievably special”.  Unexpectedly I  was given the “VIP treatment “.  Never mind if I didn’t find any treasure like the photographer featured on CNN but I thought my experience was very funny, even as I was writing this post.

So here’s my story…

When I arrived at one of the stall, I was first “briefed” on the status of the area impending development. Not that I wanted to know but that day was the second last day before a large part of the market has to make way for a new MRT  Station.  Just like what a soldier would do for an army commander or a sidekick who would do for a minister during a walkaround ( unfortunately neither one I respect ),  I was lead to a shaded area and given a seat ( I think its a wooden box or a near-broken chair ).  I sat and the next moment when I lifted up my head, I saw the stall holder carrying a table ( with shaky legs ) filled with albums of old postcards for my selection. Topping it all, I was served with a bottle of chilled mineral water when I was going through his collection of old postcards.  Wow! I said to Karyn. Now that’s really fantastic service coming out from a place like the Thieves’ Market.  It was like if Good Heaven is a place on earth…I was in it.  I had only bought a couple of things from the same stall holder but it was not even near a small fortune.  I made friends and I guessed this is probably one that I have succeeded as far as good friendship is concerned.  This is the price ( effort ) I paid and hence good service gained.

Anyway by end of day, after a few hours walking under the hot sun, the heat was near extreme and I could tell Karyn had enough. So off we went for a break and then on to another back street to continue with our search.

The loot we got for the day :

Goofy now has a mate beside him and Minnie is looking all so elegant in her new home.  Now that the seller had mentioned another ‘big’ phone stored somewhere in his house,  I should be making another trip soon regardless of how the new market will be like.



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