Editorial - Monday, May 5: Memories are priceless

THE old adage one man's trash is another man's treasure rings true for most second-hand sales, but what of the items that have always been treasured?

Walking through the deceased estate auction at Harwood Hall yesterday, the evidence of an entire lifetime was hung on the walls, laid out on trestle tables or on the wooden floors.

Collectors eyed over old reels that would have caught a dinner or two in their time, and a jewellery collection that would no doubt have been used to mark some important life events.

The items were bid on based on a worth of historical value, but I noticed many people speculating about the previous owner's life on the basis of his artefacts.

It really makes you think about the value of things in our lives.

Personal memories have always been the main reason for keeping tangible items as I have moved around Australia in the past five years.

Granted most of the things I own are no antiques, but if they stay with me long enough they might be, and they will still hold all the same memories.

Can't put a price on those.

Clair Morton



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