Neighborhood garage sales! Bring ‘em on and bring out the junk. It’s time to purge the basement, attic, and house of items you no longer need. Gather them up, slap a price tag on them, and say adiós. It’s been said one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Go for it, treasure hunters!

My husband really gets into garage sales. He was born to sell junk. I, on the other hand, don’t like garage sales. I’ll help collect stuff from the house and that’s where my job ends. I’m totally uncomfortable coercing people into buying things – especially when they’re bargain hunters, trying to beat the price down to mere pennies. It’s a no win situation for both of us. So I let my husband charm the crowds as I take refuge inside the house. When it’s over, I have one rule. Once an item leaves the inside of the house, it’s banned from ever returning. No more junk!

What is junk? According to a dictionary definition, it’s worthless things. I believe junk is really in the eye of the beholder.

Patricia Polacco has written a new book called The Junkyard Wonders. Its release date is July 8th. She is one of my favorite picture book authors and speakers. She is also a talented storyteller, and, like her books, she has the uncanny ability to evoke emotions and inspire an audience. Her newest book is about a class of nontraditional students, known as the junkyard, who are taught by a teacher who challenges their creativity and abilities. It’s based on events from her life. I’m eagerly awaiting its arrival. If it’s anything like Thank You, Mr. Falker, it’s sure to be an inspirational hit.

Thank goodness for talented authors who recognize the power of words and know how to use them to entertain and inspire. Thank goodness for teachers who recognize diamonds in the rough and know how to work with them until they shine.

It’s true. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.

More favorites by Patricia Polacco:   Aunt Chip and the Great Triple Creek Dam Affair, The Bee Tree, Mr. Lincoln’s Way, Welcome Comfort

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