"A Tag Sale Fairy Tale"

"To her, garage sales are a sort of human rebirth: twenty years worth of molted feathers drudged up from the basement and passed off as the finest down.  The items bought here can never fully assimilate into the lives of their new owners because, like skin, they retain the contours of their original owner.  But Kristina has always assumed that that’s the appeal: jauntily wearing the malformed castoffs of another human being like a zoot suit.  And the whole process is done in such a way that is irrefutably American: turning old identities into petty cash."


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