What $1 Will Buy
Fortunately, there's a store for people like me. It's called the Salvation Army (or, affectionately to those in the know, "Sally's"). Sometimes when I feel like treating myself, I'll stop in and see what they've got. An item that I would pass by in any other store, new and surrounded by clones, looks fascinating when sandwiched between two wildly dissimilar objects, a little musty and dusty perhaps, but costing only a dollar or two.
Here's an item I found recently that's just my style. A silk scarf printed with touristy Parisian scenes: Notre Dame, Montmartre, L'Opera, Les Invalides, the Moulin Rouge, le Sacré-Coeur, La Madeleine, and of course La Tour Eiffel. Even Montparnasse, with my old hangouts Le Dôme and La Coupole. It's signed "Nicole de Beauvoir Paris," and I know it's an older one because it doesn't have a trademark. Cost: $1.
The rather startling shade of yellow, the exact color of the yolks of chickens that have scratched outside, happened to match the daffodils on the kitchen table. Daffodils that were lacking a certain je ne sais quoi mais que Sally savait. Who says a scarf has to go around your neck?