Over the summer, my sister had a yard sale with a friend. I fell in love with one of the teapots (red, of course) that her friend was selling and I bought it for a dollar...yup, a buck!
Well, in signature Exquisitely Unremarkable style, that pot was replaced on my server in very short order. Some other seasonal pretty caught my eye and, while I was rearranging, I set the teapot down on the counter next to my desk. I had only planned to leave it there for a few moments, just until I could find space for it in my cabinet. However, I am sure that the phone rang or someone needed a ride or was hungry and before I knew it, at least a week had passed and it was still sitting in that same spot.
Now I have left bowls, jars and actual piggy banks on that counter for years hoping (begging) that everyone would leave their spare coins inside. Instead, they left them strewn about. I would find change in my desk drawer, on the countertop, in pockets and even on the floor. I would try to collect them myself, but never with any critical mass. No matter how hard I tried to start a new family habit, no one ever complied.
Yet, for some reason this tiny little teapot called out to everyone and they started filling it with loot. I'm not sure exactly how it happened, but one day someone even put a dollar bill inside! Magic.
Last week, I decided to haul that heavy teapot piggy down to the bank and it coughed up over $141.00! I was floored. Not a bad return on my dollar investment ~ thank you Mary!
Apparently, I can be persuaded to change my fickle decorating ways if the price is right. Perfect spot or not, you can be sure that this is one accessory I will not be moving anytime soon!
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