Friday Fictioneers: 20 September 2013

Copyright - John Nixon

Copyright – John Nixon

Paducah

I went to Paducah, Kentucky last year.  Its main street  boasts many second-hand stores; shops full of someone’s memories, soon to become someone else’s present. Most of those establishments were dimly lit with creaking wooden floors.

It was the smell though that was over-powering, almost eye-watering with age and mold.  Antiquity seems to have a melancholy smell, like left-overs from by-gone days.

Someone sold Grandma’s porcelain bride doll for a few pennies.  I think she never would have parted with that doll.  It’d sat on her bed for nearly 60 years, a gift from her Dad on her wedding day.

(100 words for Friday Fictioneers)

17 thoughts on “Friday Fictioneers: 20 September 2013

  1. This is so sad…to see how something so cherished can be reduced to mere pennies. Antique shops seem like such sad places. I love the language you use in it, such as “melancholy left-over”…that’s brilliant. Love the whole piece. Reowr!

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    • Thanks dear heart. I must admit, I’m not fond of those shops…besides that smell which really get to me. I think my sis and brother-in-law must be really taken with this stuff ’cause they took me to many of these sorts of places.

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  2. Dear Georgia,

    I recently went vintage store shopping with a friend in an old part of Kansas City. The buildings where the booths were set up hadn’t been renovated. Your story put me in mind of this. Nice one.

    shalom,

    Rochelle

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