I adore secondhand shopping, but my neighbours’ yard sales made me nervous | Coco Khan

As a child, I made the embarrassing discovery that buying other people’s clothes close to home has its drawbacks

My least favourite memories are the involuntary ones – the ones that flash up in the mind’s eye without warning, like a computer processing error. Even painful memories aren’t so bad if I’ve summoned them, but for them to appear randomly like that? Well, brain, that’s just rude.

It happened last week, walking home. I noticed some neighbours in their front gardens, each having a yard sale.

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