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.

Treasures I Found in My Mom's Attic|The Holy Mess

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

Treasures I Found in My Mom's Attic|The Holy MessWhich of these do you remember?

Have you been through a parent’s or grandparents attic? What did you find?