This is part of the missing story from the previous post and I deliberately saved it for today so that I can elaborate more on the special “gift”.
As a junk collector who is mad over flower patterns, I discovered these partially hidden floral-printed trays while I was browsing for treasures. These trays, found in Mr. Lee’s shop, were like candies to a child.
Mr. Lee noticed the excitement in my eyes and helped to fish out the trays amongst his towering pile of vintage goods.
He held the old dusty trays in hands and asked:"Do you collect old trays?"
I nodded in anticipation, the same excited feeling I had when I first entered Mr. Lee’s shop.
"Just a second!"
The wise Mr. Lee seems to have read my thoughts as he disappeared into the deepest darkest corner of his shop and return moments later with… (you guessed it)… many more flower-printed trays!
I was overwhelmed by the vast numbers of flower-printed trays that he had in his hands and I couldn’t take my eyes off them.
As if by some unknown supernatural force, my lips uttered:"How much are these going for?"
My eyes bulged and remained fixated as he said that. This was followed was by a complete shutdown of my vocal cord which filled the shop with thorough silence.
I couldn’t believe that this is real..
"Are you serious?" after I recomposed myself and asked with doubtfulness.
He firmly nodded his head, being very sure of his answer.
He subsequently explained that he has previously intended to give it away to recycle, but he was too busy with his work then. His wife (who passed away a long time ago) kept them for 40-50 years and wanted their kids to inherit them but none were interested in them.
As Mr. Lee gathered all the enamel trays, he mentioned:"If you really like them, I am not going to collect any single cent from you." He then gave a wide smile and said:"All honest business, no questions asked."
I was touched by the last sentence. He could have easily charged me a high price but he didn’t.
That was the most surprising thing I’ve ever heard from a businessman. Some of you might think he must have been out of his mind and I thought the same too but I am truly appreciative to Mr. Lee for his kind gesture.
Using some recycled gunnysacks and ropes, he carefully arranged the trays and created a very authentic package for me to carry the trays.
Through my encounter with Mr. Lee I’ve learned that “Riches are not from abundance or worldly goods, but from a contented mind.” I am always greedy, and always end up with limited, cramped space at home. Furthermore, I already have a few similar trays previously, which means these trays are now looking for new owners!^_^
I will be using the traditional barter trade to exchange the trays for selected groceries. All these groceries will be donated to the Heart to Heart Service non-profit unit. If you are interested to own any of the flower trays, instructions and condition for the barter trade will be found in the next post.
All groceries will be delivered to the charity unit, Heart to Heart Service, before Christmas Day as Christmas gifts to all the senior folks under its care.
▲ Image sourced from Heart to Heart Service
Video sourced from Youtube