20+ Treasures From the Past People Stumbled Upon by Sheer Accident
What is trash to one person is a real treasure to another. These items are most often bric-a-brac that can be found at flea markets, in a grandmother’s attic, or under a plank in your own floor. But the most important thing about these items is that there’s usually a story behind them.
“My great-grandmother sketched her teachers in 1924. I found it in her school notebook.”
“— Their clothes are in the 1840s style and not anything close to what they would’ve worn in the 20s. So, they are not the teachers, but the characters from Charles Dickens’ book, The Posthumous Papers of the Pickwick Club. She probably read the story, and drew what she thought they looked like.
— I see that now.”
“I bought it at my local small town thrift store.”
“I found this belt buckle while metal detecting.”
I’d date it between 1900-1915 era. © Lilyvonschtup / Reddit
“This 1925 invitation to watch the solar eclipse with special spectacles included”
People have always been interested in unusual natural phenomena. Once you could only see them with your own eyes, but nowadays you can admire them in photographs or videos.
“I found this 1950s polyester dress for an absolute steal at $9 today.”
It might have been $9 but you wear it like a million bucks. © rob6110 / Reddit
“The first gift my great-grandfather purchased for my great-grandmother nearly 100 years ago”
Centuries pass and generations change, but people still give touching gifts to each other. But more valuable than any souvenir is sincere care from a loved one.
“A 1950s tie that gives you fashion advice”
“My grandma kept and framed her Valentine’s Day cards she got in the second grade, around 1924.”
“I got my hands on this lovely English sterling silver mirror from 1906. I love it!”
“I found this sewing needle package at my grandma’s.”
The needlewomen of the past managed to create real masterpieces using the simplest sewing tools. Modern women are not inferior to them in anything and are also ready to create with their own hands not clothes, but works of art.
“A very ’70s plaid couch with an AM/FM radio in the arm”
I can feel that scratchy fabric right through the decades! © Dog1andDog2andMe / Reddit
“My grandparents have a table from 1793.”
“This chemistry book from 1897 shows elements as a list rather than in a periodic table because that had yet to be popularized.”
“I have a 1920s tuxedo.”
“— How did you acquire it?
— Every piece there I got from different places. The coat I got online that came with a matching vest. The vest I got at an antique store. The bow tie and shirt I got at a vintage men’s store at different times. And the WWl medic pin I got from a friend.”
“My grandfather has had this milk box since the 1930s.”
“A blue opaline perfume bottle bought in Canada”
Some of the finds from antique shops may hide fascinating stories. And even if they don’t, there is still a connoisseur for every antique thing.
“I bought this 1970s black and white portable TV set for just $20. It still works!”
“I inherited this Victorian style bird cage.”
If you think that only archaeologists have strange finds, then you are greatly mistaken. Sometimes people find such things in their homes, and they have to ask the whole internet what their purpose is.