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Tell me about the stuff you found (and kept) in your house from previous owners

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ExCinnamon Sun 04-May-14 21:33:14

Last week when I was digging up the bit of ground where we have taken down an old shed I unearthed a pink fluffy stuffed toy rabbit. Well, it didn't look pink, it looked grey.

After 4 days of soaking in boiling water and Oxi Action it looks as good as new, pink and hideous

Neighbours told us the last time children lived there was 45 years ago, and round about that time the shed was put up.

Maybe it has antique value? Maybe I shouldn't have given it to dd (5) but sold it on ebay?
The list of stuff we found from previous owners is quite impressive.

What sort of things have you inherited?

Salazar Sun 04-May-14 21:37:58

A sword!

MyLittleFinger Sun 04-May-14 21:38:00

We unearthed some old cast iron guttering and downpipe, cleaned it up and sold on ebay for a tenner grin

PigeonPie Sun 04-May-14 21:44:59

Our family found loads of things when we moved into the family home (with my parents c1976!) including a piano trolley (extremely useful!), a long, maybe 15 feet, book case in the loft which is now on the landing, a ruby ring hidden in the larder (still not sure whose it was) and loads of glass bottles in the garden left over from the war.

The whole house had been 'Barry Bucknelled' with hardboard over all the lovely solid moulded doors and spindles of the stairs. However, the previous owner did insist on taking the whole kitchen!

ExCinnamon Sun 04-May-14 21:48:12

A sword grin story please!

We did sell all the old iron and copper pipes to the scrap yard and got £££.

spiderlight Sun 04-May-14 21:50:38

We only found lovely little pottery teabag dish, which we still use, and an incredibly tasteless bright pink stone statue of two pigs shagging, which we have kept to bequeath to the next owners when we move.

RabbitSaysWoof Sun 04-May-14 21:51:21

A hobby horse that neighs when you squeeze its ear.

kinkymouse Sun 04-May-14 21:52:29

A piano and a pine dining chair. The chair has been used over the last 15 years for reaching things when I can't be botherd to find the stepladders for decorating, gardening, reaching for stuff in the garage. I think I'll take it to our next house if we ever moved. The piano looks nice.

vindscreenviper Sun 04-May-14 21:53:57

Chains attached to the wall in one of the cellars. shock

listsandbudgets Sun 04-May-14 21:54:39

We got loads.

2 very damp sofas, a broken washing machine and dishwasher and fridge all of which we skipped.

Also a kitchen table, 6 chairs, 2 tall bookcases whih we kept. A huge pile of scientific magazines which DH read through before we binned them a year or so later. A couple of door stops. Four teapots, a dozen mugs, plates, saucepans (most were too filthy to keep but a couple were good), a large box of plain white wall tiles which we've still not found a use for .
and 2 large boxs of finish dishwasher tablets unopened

They also left us a huge amount of filth

Nonie241419 Sun 04-May-14 21:56:21

The previous owner left quite a lot of fittings we weren't expecting, like all the mirrors, curtains and some bedroom furniture (we knew he was leaving wardrobes, but he left other stuff too). Our bedroom (4.5 years after we moved in) still has his curtains, his wardrobes, bedside drawers, mirrors, chest of drawers, a clothes airer and the leaf pictures he left hung on the wall above the bed (the bed is ours!). The only things we've added are our bed and an extra set of drawers. It still really feels like someone else's bedroom, but we have so many other spending priorities that redoing it is still at least two years away.

listsandbudgets Sun 04-May-14 21:56:48

oh and a pile of very pornographic magazines in the wardrobe how could I forget those those images are imprinted on my mind and I never looked past the front covers

Ichneesanshee Sun 04-May-14 21:58:02

Four glass plates. We still use them 12 years later, they are perfectly sized for kids meals. And a folding table, which we kept and used for years before donating to BHF.

Mrpicklesesquire Sun 04-May-14 21:58:02

We renovated a few years back, we'd bought the house from my mum and dad so the last neighbours I never knew who lived here were from around the 60's.

Whilst doing the bathroom we had to knock down walls, I was upstairs in the bathroom knocking down a wall, out pops 2 victorian glass bottles with little corks in the top, nothing in them, along with a few drawings of winnie the pooh, made into a childs book. It looked like a time capsule until the skeleton of a rat plonked down on top.

I also loved the lady who lived here before us, she had worked as a window dresser in the poshest shop in town so we had amazing father christmas's in our loft from their displays, and 5 boxes of wigs. Me and my brother had so much fun that year while my mum looked on horrified we were putting dusty wigs on our heads!

wildrover Sun 04-May-14 21:58:18

A confessional box. A brass altar bell. A tabernacle (with a secret door that had a picture of Jesus' dead face bleeding behind an ornate brass frame). A painting of the Virgin Mary (several metres long). Among other things.

I grew up in a former parochial house (priest's house) in Ireland.

HarrietSchulenberg Sun 04-May-14 21:59:57

In the garden of a rented house I found a pink pottery box with a glass bead necklace inside. They'd been hidden in the undergrowth for about 10 years. I still have them, 15 years, 2 houses and 150 miles later.

nickelbabe Sun 04-May-14 22:03:34

not in my current house. but in the house I bought. tgere was an old tv and a twin tub washing machine.

the tv was great - one of the proper wood surround ones. it was fine at the time because tvs were still old fashioned (1999), but no remote. I got diamond cable and used thd box as my main channel so I could have a remote grin

the twin tub was less brilliant, but it was my only washing machine and it made me feel like a 50s housewife grin except I kept forgetting to put the pipe in the sink when I emptied it and ruined my kitchen carpet!

Salazar Sun 04-May-14 22:04:02

There isn't really much of a story about the sword! It was in the wardrobe when we moved in. It is really heavy, with a rusty blade, made from something like iron and has 1243 engraved on the handle.

At the minute it lives under my bed as my weapon of choice for burglars, but I think I might get it valued at some point.

larry5 Sun 04-May-14 22:06:21

We found a fairy statue hidden in the undergrowth when we had our garden redone. The statue is not very attractive but we kept her sitting in the front garden where we found her.

CointreauVersial Sun 04-May-14 22:07:15

In this house the previous owners left:

A broom (handy)
Lots of garden pots (it was below freezing on moving day, and most of the pots were frozen to the patio)
A really pretty fake flower ornament/arrangement (currently on bathroom windowsill)
A very battered garden gnome
All the loo brushes (barf)
A pair of giant pants, left on the radiator confused

We kept all but the last two. grin The gnome lives under the shrubs, so barely visible, but we didn't have the heart to chuck him - he has a cute face.

MrsWinnibago Sun 04-May-14 22:07:26

My sister lives in a very, very old cottage next to a church with a history going back 1000 years.

She has found statues....and a leg bone. shock

RigglinJigglin Sun 04-May-14 22:07:26

We found a gold ring of mordor in the garage covered in gunk, also a very nice oval glass blue dish which we now use at Xmas for peanuts.

Under a mound of garden crap we found a gnome, which we've taken with us to further house moves.

Lots and lots of bakelite switches, phones and a slide projector in the attic which were tipped.

nickelbabe Sun 04-May-14 22:07:27

oh I forgot the best one!
the biggest lump of coal you've ever seen!
it was about 10inches on each edge, cube.
but I didn't have a fire and had no clue about that sort of thing (I'm pretty sure it was a smokeless zone) so it stayed in.the cellar. my mum reckoned it was (along with all the tiny bits of coal) was keeping the damp away from.the cellar

GeordieMama Sun 04-May-14 22:08:32

A cactus. It's the only plant I've ever managed to keep alive and we've lived here for 4 and a half years grin

They also left their dishwasher which was on it's last legs. DH was always adamant we didn't need one but when it broke after a couple of months, he was so used to it that he agreed we needed a new one.

YolandiFuckinVisser Sun 04-May-14 22:12:43

A baby's hospital bracelet from 1987 was tucked behind a fitted wardrobe when i ripped it out. I checked the name in the phone book cos i thought it would be nice for them to get it back but couldn't find them. I've still got it, just in case...

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