Sunday Writing Prompt- Treasured Trash

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Welcome back to, Sunday Writing Prompt!

What constitutes “trash”? Dirty diapers…yes. Rotten food…should probably be composted, but yes, something to discard. What about that barely beaten sofa you upgraded? Or the vanity that still holds a breath of life, but needs a little TLC. Grandma’s attic…everything needs to go! Garage sales and thrift shops are all about turning one’s trash into another’s treasure. Even a spouse, who their significant other decided to “discard”, but became the most valuable person in YOUR life! It really comes down to perspective…

I’ve been looking everywhere for this!”

Paid $3.00 for a painting I discovered was worth $50,000!”

He is the best Stepdad I could have ever imagined!”

Adopted this puppy from the pound, and he became my best friend.”

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I encourage you to write about “trash” that became treasure. Base it on personal experience, or compose something entirely fictional. All is welcome 🙂

Today’s Sunday Writing Prompt is: One Person’s Trash


I inherited the trait of holding on to stuff long after its original purpose had died from my father. We both were keen on repairing broken things and making them usable again. Lots of miscellaneous screws, pins, bolts, or other pieces filled a big box stashed away in a “secure place”

And yes, you guessed it correctly, I never found it when I needed it. When I had no use for it I’d see it sitting in “that place” but when I needed something from it, it was nowhere to be found. One day in frustration I threw the box away, only to find that same day that there was one piece in there that would be perfect to fix a broken gadget!

I still find it hard to pass on the opportunity of saving something that may be useful in the future, but I resist the urge. The trash may become a treasure one day, but I’ll probably won’t find it when I need it!




31 thoughts on “Sunday Writing Prompt- Treasured Trash

  1. I totally get this – saving something just in case I might need it or find a use for it later. It’s hard to throw away perfectly good items. Someone else could use it maybe. We’ve donated things sometimes, and had yard sales, but still the ‘stuff’ piles up. I really need to get rid of more. 🙂

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    1. Yes, the “someday we might need it” theory is responsible for collecting a lot of old stuff. I give away older things I don’t use anymore. And thankfully, I have stopped collecting bits and pieces as well.

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  2. I can relate, Sadje. The last line is funny because that’s what usually happens when you need something…you just can’t find it hehehe

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