One Man’s Garbage Is Another Man’s Trash
Published: May 20th, 2008
By: Jim Mullen

One man’s garbage is another man’s trash

“Do you have any idea what this $10 bill is worth?”

“I have no idea. We never had it appraised. My dad gave it to me, like, a year ago. But it says 1973 on it, so it must be worth something. That’s why we brought it to ‘Antiques Sideshow.’”

“Well, I have some good news and some bad news for you. The good news is that at a well-advertised auction, it would bring in 10 dollars. Does that shock you?”

“Totally unbelievable! It’s amazing to think that something that old could be worth anything. My wife was going to throw it out, but I said, ‘Whoa, that might still be worth two or three bucks.”

“Now the bad news – it’s only worth 6.25 euros. Or to put it another way, if you had bought 10 euros with this in 2002, it would now be worth $16. Does that surprise you?”

“Well, I guess it does. What is a euro? Some kind of car?”

“Thank you for coming. Now let’s go to Biff and Chad, the Furniture Twins, to see what they’ve discovered.”

“We’re here with Mavis Bucktooth and a Colonial highboy she’s brought in. Do you know anything about this piece, Mavis?”

“Not much, I think my grandmother bought it from some antique mall or something when they went out of business. All I know is that she wouldn’t let any of us kids play with it or kick it or put out our cigarettes on it. What a control freak. When she died, my brothers got all the good stuff, the liquor and the TV tables. All I got was this old piece of junk.”

“Let’s take a look at it. Biff, this secondary wood on the bottom of the drawers tells me that this was made in Boston, on Blueblood Street. I’m guessing here, but I would say on the 300th block.”

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