Junk Drawer Treasure

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I am participating in the March Slice of Life Story Challenge. Thanks to the co-authors of              Two Writing Teachers for creating this  supportive community.

I love junk drawers!

Probably because I have several, maybe at least one in every room.

Probably because I never feel like cleaning them out.

Probably because they are always good for finding some treasure that will unearth a memory or two. Take for example this morning…

I opened the drawer of my desk to find a particular size Post-it and there they were – three Sanford Vis-à-vis Permanent Fine Point markers. Almost a complete set (missing the blue). And suddenly it was at least fifteen or twenty years in the past and I was getting ready for a presentation for teachers the next day. I needed overhead transparency markers (depending on your age you may or may not know what that is), and I was in a panic. Allan offered to go get the markers for me, but when he got to the store, he wasn’t sure if I needed permanent or the wet wipe kind (this was before the days of cell phones and the term dry erase), so he came home with both. The markers I had were probably left from that night many years ago, since I used the permanent markers less frequently. I don’t recall how the presentation went, but I’m certain that thanks to Allan’s kindness, my transparencies were a success.


A quick internet search helped me discover that these makers are now made by EXPO and are almost all for dry-erase boards. Those with permanent ink are probably no longer even being manufactured, although I did find them on eBay.

This morning there was an article on the front page of the paper about a chair from colonial times that a man had in his house. It was sold at auction for more than $300,000. I know my markers aren’t worth that much, but the memories are priceless.

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11 Responses to Junk Drawer Treasure

  1. cvarsalona says:

    Rose, I also love finding artifacts from the past and enjoyed your slice today. I am also writing about memories but mine are of my grandbaby, We just returned from Virginia where we spent my husband’s birthday with our little toddler.

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  2. arjeha says:

    And permanent markers always smelled so good, too. 🙂

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  3. I remember my teachers in grade school using Vis a Vis. How awesome that you found some! I remember smudged and slightly tinted transparencies after wet wiping the remains away. What a fun walk down memory lane

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  4. Overhead projectors, permanent markers – amazing the connections that came up for me reading your slice. I too put quite a bit of stock in junk drawers. They really merit an ode. Thank you for sharing your find and perhaps inspiring me to go dig into one of mine and see which treasures emerge.

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  5. dianeandlynne says:

    OMG! I still have those markers too.
    Your title captured me since I, too, have multiple junk drawers. My husband doesn’t get it, but we’ve reached an agreement–hands off my junk! (It’s not junk. It’s as you say, memories.)

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  6. Junk drawers are so convenient! Just throw whatever in there! Love the memories you uncovered in your junk drawers!

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  7. Alice Nine says:

    Oh my! I think I have some of those markers still. Smelly things. And please, don’t get any ink on my hands. Or worst, forget to cap the marker and put it in my pocket.

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  8. One of my spring break goals was to tackle the junk drawer in our kitchen! Now I’m inspired in hopes of jogging a memory or two!

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  9. Colin Davitt says:

    oh a I love a good jamp packed junk drawer!

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  10. I love that you still had these. And love how you remember exactly when they are from!

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  11. You never know … you should save them. I remember all these markers — I especially remember the stain they left on my hands. I too love junk drawers except when they are too full to open or close. A beautiful simple slice of life – thank you.

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