One of the things I love about used bookstores is that the books there have history. They’ve been read, held, laughed over, cried over, curled under bed covers with, enjoyed with a cup of coffee or a chicken salad sandwich. And some of them have the stains to prove it.
When I went to the cash register, I gave the photograph to the bookstore owner.
“I know it’s a long shot,” I said, “but I thought you should keep this in case someone comes back for it.”
- Old letters and postcards – these would be so much fun to find! Can you imagine the history—the loves, woes, travels, and dreams of generations past. And yes, I guess it would be kind of nosy to read them, but I’d do it anyway :)
- Visa Platinum cards – don’t ask me, I don’t get this one, either. I have no clue why someone would put a Visa Platinum card in a book. Personally, when I don’t have a bookmark handy I reach for something disposable to use, like a tissue or a Post-It Note, not the nearest high-limit credit card.
- Uncashed checks – for when your Visa Platinum card isn’t handy.
- Old lottery tickets – hope they weren’t winners!
- Driver’s licenses – as long as you take the book with you whenever you drive, you’re all set.
- Social Security Cards – sure, identity theft is a concern, but marking your place in a book is well worth the risk, right?
- Legal documents such as wills, trusts, marriage certificates, etc. – I mean, it’s not like they’re important, and you weren’t using them, anyway…
- Illegal drugs – ok, these weren’t actually inside a book. They were in a small plastic baggy inside a duffle bag donated with a bunch of used books. Still, I bet it was a bit of a shocking find!