The 26 Strangest Things Found in Homes After New Homeowners Moved In
It’s fun to find little things left behind by previous homeowners (whether by accident or on purpose) when you move into a new house, but these are definitely out of the ordinary.
Fully furnished apartment from the early 1900s
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Reddit user Eagle206 wrote that a friend who worked at an old school discovered a fully furnished apartment from the early 1900s when they had to repair a leaky pipe. The apartment, which was for the caretaker of the school to live in, even had a coal-burning stove to heat it. Find out some more creepy things unearthed in people’s homes.
Boxes of toys…and pinecones
Finding pinecones in the attic usually signals a big problem with your roof, but in the case of Reddit user R12356, it meant something different. When they went about insulating their attic, the contractor discovered an additional portion of the attic that was sealed off. After opening it up, they discovered 15 boxes of pinecones. It’s presumed the pinecones were collected for crafting projects. In another part of the home, behind a piece of drywall coming off the wall, there lay vintage toys from the 50s.
Bible with some history
A new homeowner in Berkshire, United Kingdom discovered a Bible from the 18th century in their attic. But that wasn’t the only surprise. In the back of the Bible, the early owners hand wrote their history. The village church dates back to the 12th century and kept records of people so the homeowners were able to track down the descendants of the Bible owners and give them the Bible. The Bible find is priceless—but these 14 attic finds turned into serious cash.
Former funeral parlor finds
No, there wasn’t anything creepy found in a home that was a funeral parlor 100 years ago, but the new owners did find an additional room after a pipe broke, according to Reddit user KnittyViki. The homeowners found hundreds of old bottles, odd equipment, chemicals, perfumed salts, stained glass windows from the original building, along with the business books from the funeral parlor. The owners eventually turned over most of the items to an antique shop owner.
Reddit user Grahamtg21 reports that after moving into their new house, they found around $14,000 behind the toilet. Apparently, the previous owner did not believe in banks. Find out some seriously strange things people have found in storage units.
It turns out you can almost always find a piano on Craigslist, but finding a $10,000 piano in your new home is a little bit of a different story. Redditor Crispy Apple Pie found an antique piano in their new home, an early 20th-century house, that could have fetched around $10,000 if it were in better condition. Instead, they were left with a rare piano in their new home.
There are plenty of old house features that aren’t useful anymore, and one of them is a razor blade slot. But where do all those razor blades wind up? Well, Reddit user Bellapace found out when trying to repair a busted pipe. They found several handfuls of razor blades and later discovered that mid-century modern bathrooms often have a slot for razors in the back of a medicine cabinet. Find out some other old house features that sadly aren’t useful anymore.
Top secret documents and explosives
A Reddit user reported that they found CIA ID badges, cryptography business cards, and other CIA-related materials from inside a broken lock of their home. The find triggered a more thorough search of them home and later the resident found a WWII explosive round under the floorboards. It was as if the home could barely hold a secret. These 31 homes also held some pretty crazy secrets.
Speakeasy and other secrets
A Reddit user lived in a home as a kid that once housed a general store, along with a hidden hooch room. The general store was in the basement and the hooch room was located beneath the basement stairs. There was a pulley system set up so that if someone entered the general store, the hooch room couldn’t be seen during Prohibition. The poster also found old leather breastplates, helmets, and a horse harness in the garage, all of which were used as part of the first volunteer fire department in the are. Later, they also found Civil War-era bayonets, a flag, and an old atlas. Get an idea of how cool a secret hideout can be with these 10 incredible hidden rooms.