One must be particularly adept at navigating the social waters when close neighbors hold garage sales. Although rifling through their once-personal, now-discarded belongings can finally be done in public, and without shame, actually making a purchase is loaded with risk.

Eventually your neighbor will find themselves in your living room, staring at what was once, to them, a cherished personal effect they were forced to part with due to “insistence from the bank.” Mounting or presenting it predominantly, with its own lighting, will only underscore the awkwardness.

It will be all the more difficult to pretend that part of their lives truly is dead if your purchase happens to be one or more framed family portraits.


About Chris Weagel

Chris Weagel writes about the intersection of technology and parenting for Wired Magazine. No he doesn't. He can't stand that shit.

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