20+ People Who Found Old Gems That Hold Precious Memories

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From childhood, we like to watch movies about treasure hunting. Hoping to find some antique valuables, we continue exploring attics, basements, and old houses in our adult life, asking our parents for more information about this or that find — who it belonged to and why it was used. All because each thing has its own history.

“The first gift my great grandfather purchased for my great grandmother nearly 100 years ago.”

“120+ year old jewelry from my great grandmother”

“Family heirloom watch that was passed down to me. Traces of the family photo carried on the back are still visible.”

“Previous homeowner stopped by with photographs of days gone by.”

“My granny showed me a black wedding dress from the end of the 19th century.”

“She said it belonged to a 20-year-old woman who married an 83-year-old man.”

“House built around 1900. After a recent flood, we were renovating it and found external walls inside our walls.”

“I just found a marriage certificate from 1841 in my house in the attic.”

“A relative left me a box of creepy dolls when she moved to Australia. I haven’t slept much in 3 days.”

“Found this drawing in the crawl space under the stairs of our house (built in 1955).”

“Dad found a ‘General Education’ book from 1881 in our attic.”

“These old hinges on the front door of my uncle’s house. I think the house was built in the late 1800s.”

“A friend just sent me this — found by his friend while renovating his house. Invite to Walt Disney’s daughter’s wedding, dated 1954.”

“My friends and I found retro camera gear in the attic.”

  • I smell a horror movie coming on. © p4re / Reddit
  • Honestly not going to lie, supposedly something gnarly happened in my roommates’ room. At least that’s what my landlord told my roommates and me when we moved in. © G_Kells / Reddit

Blue Willow toaster circa 1927, still works.

“Found this tiny knife with German writing and a tassel in my 130-year-old attic.”

“Found this bottle of Elvis Presley’s ‘Love Me Tender’ conditioning shampoo, from 1985, in my attic.”

“Found this antique cash register from my grandparents’ restaurant in their attic.”

“An old key found while replacing a bathroom door. The house was built in 1938. The key did not fit the existing door.”

“Just got the keys to our 1916 home — pulled up the bedroom carpet to find this.”

“Late Victorian fireplace with original tiling artwork. Metalwork is possibly original and freshly repainted. London, UK”

  • I wonder why modern construction doesn’t take pride in the small ornate details anymore. I hate to sound like an angry person that thinks everything was better back in the day, but every single fireplace in new houses is just plain white trim and a white mantle. © hahahahaha90000 / Reddit

“Mom decided to go through granny’s closets. We found umbrellas, shampoos, pots, stockings, and irons.”

“The most surprising things were gold coins in a Dior bag and a stunning watch.”

What is something unusual and memorable that you found in old houses?

Please note: This article was updated in January 2023 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
Preview photo credit unknowncoins / Reddit


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