As I unclutter the house, I fill a donation bag. It feels good to know that someone can make use of something I no longer need or want. I set an internal limit. If the item is worth $20 or more, I take a picture and post it on Craigslist. Last week I listed a number of items, including a pair of Bushnell binoculars, with the heading, “Binoculars for Dad!” They were $60 new, so I listed them for 1/3 that value.
Today two women came by to look at the binoculars. They had never held binoculars before and didn’t know how to use them. Their English was spotty. They were Vietnamese, I’m guessing a mother and daughter. The younger woman seemed quite excited to buy them. I asked her if she was buying them as a gift. She told me “my husband pointed at the listing and said, That’s what I want for Father’s Day!”
So that pair of binoculars, which was a second, unused pair in our closet, has gone from having no value, to having the value of telling a dad that he is special. I sincerely hope he enjoys them, and they work for him. I told the woman that if they don’t work out, she could bring them back and I’d return her money.
Happy Father’s Day to you and the special dads you love!