I’m spending two weeks this summer at my parent’s house in Illinois, going through the house, attic, and basement, sorting through 45 years worth of accumulated life’s possessions.
This is just a sampling of the treasures I’ve found in my mom’s attic. (And basement, garage, and house.)
My mom is recovering from surgery and my mom’s husband has moved into the next stage of Alzheimer’s and requires full-time care. My brother and I knew it was time to help my mom tackle this big job.
Jeff, my cousin and author extraordinaire on this blog, is helping us with this huge undertaking, and we couldn’t do it without him.
It’s amazing the types of things a person accumulates over a lifetime, isn’t it? Who would have imagined 30 or even 50 years ago, that I would be opening these boxes of items today, tossing some pieces away as useless, while others are seen as great treasures?
Here is just a sampling of what we have discovered.
Treasures I Found in My Mom’s Attic
Which of these do you remember?
Have you been through a parent’s or grandparents attic? What did you find?
Christine Krueger says
My favorite thing found in my Grandma Feyerherm’s basement was a camel-backed steamer chest. Inside were the most amazing things! A set of vestments from what Mom figured were the 1940’s. Grandpa had parishes in Florence, Schuyler, Fremont, North Bend, Amherst and Big Springs, Nebraska. There were also, rolled up, large, ornate, BLANK baptismal certificates. Someday, I would love to duplicate these and perhaps sell them on Etsy. There was a jacket owned by my great-grandmother, and a doll set that was my grandmother’s. Such cool stuff!
Wow, that is really cool stuff. I would love to see a photo of some of those items, Christine.
Sara and Jennette, this is just priceless! I, too, recognized the hair dryer. I wish I could talk Lisa into a trip to Decatur, but she’s too busy. I can just feel all the emotions your having! God’s blessings on your sale. And I’ll be praying for you and your husband! Hope you make lots of moola! And, Sara, how much money was in the Snoopy? Hilarious!
We haven’t counted the money in Snoopy yet, but it was 3 plastic ice cream buckets full. 🙂
Deb Heuer says
I remember the mystery item! I would sometimes have to sit under it after having my hair washed and put in rollers. A hair dryer!
Many items brought back memories for me, too! You do have some treasures- and should have no trouble selling them yourself. Where are you in IL? My parents have antique/resale shop near Godfrey, IL and sometimes buy estates.
Email me if you want more info on them.
Blessings on your work!
I had the same thought about the hair dryer. Recognized it immediately.
I thought people would get a kick out of seeing the hair dryer!
We are in Decatur, IL. We are having another sale this weekend (August 5-6) but certainly might be interested in connecting with your parents. Thank you Deb.
Jeanette Rorabaugh says
Nothing here surprised me, but some of it caught my heart off guard.
I know what you mean!