The never ending cycle of junk

Jill Batista, Staff Writer

As the fall season begins, you’ll begin to see many cars hogging the road from either side, slowing down traffic, along with poorly made signs flapping in the breeze, with tiny, barely legible print that reads “tag sale 9 – 4”

People arrive at tag sales with the same thought: how can they make a deal on something they need?

But the thing is, nine times out of ten, it’s not something you actually “need.”

As you begin browsing, your eye is caught by the incredibly low price tags hanging off the used dusty items. You pick something up and hang on to it as you continue down a long driveway of miscellaneous things. You’ll buy all the things stacked in your arms, not because you need it, but because they are “cool” and only costs $1 or $0.25

When you finally make your way towards the end of the driveway, you’re ecstatic to find out the five items in your arms only cost $2.25. For the rest of the day you’ll go around showing everyone you see.

After a week it will more than likely go up on a shelf collecting dust, wedged in some corner or the bottom of a drawer somewhere. Until tag sale season comes around again next year.

And sooner than you know it you’ll be selling it at your next tag sale, continuing the cycle of junk.

Don’t get me wrong, there can be some great buys: $1 movies, $2 glass vases, cups for $.50. Things that originally cost anywhere from $5 to $10 that now sell for only a dollar seems like a great deal. But mostly you’ll be getting knick-knacky junk.

Usually the things are being sold for a reason: because they are junky and old.

But people hold onto the old adage: one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.