By Mary Russel
While searching for antiques at a rummage sale, the collector spotted a nondescript teapot. Upon closer inspection, she noticed the spout and handle had been glued, the cover was missing, and the pot sported various cracks and chips.
It was priced at 10 cents and she wondered why anyone had bothered to price it. Why hadn't it just been thrown out, and why was it calling out to her? Thinking about it some more, she realized, someone couldn't bear to just toss it. They hoped beyond hope that someone else would see some value in it, too.
So she bought it and gave it a place of honor on her bookshelf to remind herself that no matter how flawed she was, she had value.