Gnomes Ruby and Dennis lived in a dugout under a large oak tree near Gnometown. Nearby was a ravine where Gnometown folk dumped their disposables and unwanted items. Dennis loved to rummage around there as he cleared the land to make a large garden and often found old and historic items. One day he brought home an old waffle iron used on a wood stove that was heart-shaped, probably an old wedding gift. Ruby loved it and proclaimed enthusiastically, “It’s old, it’s precious, it must be saved!” So, Dennis went to the barn and made a wooden box, painted “SAVE” on it and lovingly placed the old, precious antique in the bottom.
While rummaging through an old trunk one day, Ruby found six old yellowed letters which were written by her soldier grandfather to his girl back home while he was off fighting in WW1. “Oh, Dennis, look…they’re old, they’re precious, they must be saved.” Dennis brought them to the barn, wrapped them in cloth and carefully put them in a box marked “SAVE”.
While Dennis was cleaning out in the field one day, out of the dirt came a large metal piece. As he dug further, he uncovered an old horse drawn plow, which wasn’t needed anymore in Gnometown. He thought to himself, “It’s old, it’s precious, it must be saved.” He took it down to the river, washed the dirt off, brought it to the barn and placed it carefully next to the box marked “SAVE”. Soon the barn was bulging full of old and precious items that needed to be saved.
Then one day, Dennis learned that Gnometown was going to tear down the old bank. He was discussing that with his friends and pressed, “No, that building has history. It’s old, it’s precious. It needs to be saved!”
“Too much money,” they scoffed. “Too far gone!” said the town folk.
Dennis walked home with a heavy heart, feeling bad about the bank building. When he told Ruby about it, she instantly agreed. “It’s old, it’s precious, and it must be saved! Why don’t we do it? You have carpentry skills, and we’ll get others to help with the project.” And so it was, he purchased the old bank, fixed the roof, fixed the walls and windows, and it was beautiful again.
One day Gnomes Rudy and Charlie approached Dennis and asked him if the bank building could be used for a Gnometown museum. Gnometown needed a place for the folk to show their old and precious items that they no longer needed.
“Grand idea!”, exclaimed Dennis, “I have saved a lot of old and precious things in our barn, I can put them in the new museum for all to see.
So all the folk of Gnometown were happy. They began to look for things that were old, things that were precious, and things that needed to be saved. Happy to have a place to put them for everyone in Gnometown to enjoy.