Fascinating Things People Found in Their Homes

Let’s face it; home improvement projects are far from glamorous. Clutter piles up, dust gets everywhere, and you’re constantly tired and sweaty. Despite the stress and the mess various renovations bring, one upside to tearing your house apart is the chance of finding something amazing along the way.

Knocking down walls, pulling up carpets, and even just cleaning out the attic have led many homeowners to hidden treasures. From an original Beatles concert ticket to cash stashed in questionable places, here are just a few unique things people discovered in their homes.

Oh look, a secret floor safe…

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When replacing their kitchen floor, one homeowner discovered this hidden safe as they were pulling up some old floorboards. Finding something so secretive like this raises countless questions. Who used to live here? What did they store in the safe? Is it still there, or is it empty? Most importantly, was the owner able to open it???

We hope for the owner’s sake, this was a mystery quickly solved. And perhaps if something valuable was inside, the owner was able to use it to help pay for their new flooring!

These vintage crayons look practically brand new!

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Wow, what a find! These crayons are roughly a hundred years old, and yet they’re barely used. According to the photographer, this box of crayons was found in the back of a family member’s old secretary desk.

We’re not quite sure if the crayons were stored away one day and forgotten, or if the original owner hid them for someone in the future to find. Regardless, it’s fascinating to see what a classic yellow and green Crayola box looked like decades ago.

This home office had a hot tub in the floor.

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Ok, so technically the homeowners of this hidden hot tub knew what they were getting into, as the previous owner mentioned what was hidden in the office floor. No longer needing a hot tub when she aged, the former owner had the hot tub covered and the room converted into a study.

We’re glad that the new owners were just as curious as we are, and went straight to work at uncovering this hidden gem. Just look at how beautiful that blue tile is!

This built-in milk door reflects a long-gone era…

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Look what was hiding behind some old paneling and wallpaper! Once upon a time, people had home milk delivery. Some milk was delivered to people’s doorsteps, while others had these handy dandy milk doors.

Basically, the milkman would open a little door on the home’s exterior, and place the milk on a shelf inside the home’s walls. Then, the homeowner would open the matching door in the home’s interior (usually located in the kitchen) and bring in their milk. How neat!

This Coke has probably been flat for a couple of decades.

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While remodeling a 60-something-year-old building, a contractor discovered this old Coca-Cola can sitting inside one of the walls. No doubt, it was left behind by the building’s original construction crew. A habit of some and a trademark of others, architects and construction teams often leave little reminders of their work on their projects, sometimes in the form of a hidden signature or business cards, while in this instance, they left behind their recycling.

However, it’s not every day you see a vintage Coca-Cola can like this in such good condition. Now if the current contractor wants to continue the trend, they should put a present-day Coke can inside the walls and wait to see if someone discovers it in a couple of decades.

When a newspaper clipping is a huge piece of history…

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According to the photographer, they found this old newspaper when cleaning out their grandfather’s house. Printed on November 11th, 1918, the paper marks the end of the Great War (later known as World War I) and the first Armistice Day, now known as Veterans Day.

Considering the excellent condition of this paper after a hundred years, we definitely think it’s worth donating to a local history museum.

One of these tiles is not like the others!

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While doing some spring cleaning, a homeowner realized that one of the vinyl floor tiles in their hallway was a bit different. When held under ultraviolet light (also unknown as UV light or blacklight), one tile glowed bright blue, while the rest remained their normal color.

The homeowner informed us that the UV tile looks exactly like all the other tiles when under regular lighting. Our best guesses for why this one tile stands out? There’s buried treasure under it! Or more likely, this tile replaced a broken one, and a different sealant (one that shows up under UV light) was used.

Instead of skeletons in a closet, this church has a graveyard in their basement.

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The Center Church on the Green was built in the 1800s and is located in New Haven, Connecticut. Appearing fairly normal on the outside, the church has quite a shocking interior, with a colonial burial ground known as the New Haven Crypt located in the church basement. Some tombstones can be dated as far back as 1687 — almost 100 years before America was even founded!

Technically, no one “found” this graveyard, as the builders deliberately constructed the church over top of the graveyard while preserving the headstones and remains. However, can you imagine some unfortunate visitor looking for the bathroom and ending up down here?

These cute hamburger coasters will have you hungry while protecting your coffee table.

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Can you believe these colorful, 1980s-era Wendy’s novelty coasters were just tucked away in someone’s basement? Sporting the 1983-2013 Wendy’s logo, this 8-piece stackable ceramic coaster set features top and bottom buns, Wendy’s signature square beef patty, and then an assortment of toppings including pickles, onions, lettuce, and tomato and cheese slices.

While some people prefer more subtle and/or stylish coaster sets, we love the playfulness of this one. It’s whimsical and looks almost good enough to eat!

That’s a lot of lunch money found in those lunch boxes!

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While doing a basement remodel on their 1940s home, a young couple found two green lunch boxes hidden in their ceiling rafters. Pulling them down and peering inside, the couple discovered over forty thousand dollars in cash wrapped in wax paper and old newspaper pages.

After consulting an estate lawyer, it was confirmed that the cash rightfully belonged to the couple, who used the funds to help pay for their remodel and a good chunk of their mortgage. Talk about finding treasure right under your nose!

A clipped wall reveals decades upon decades of paint jobs.

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No, it’s not a geode, and it’s definitely not a tree trunk’s rings. This is in fact a large dent in someone’s wall, revealing multiple paint jobs over the years. Who knew one wall could be hiding so many years of change?

We wish the owner the best of luck in their attempts to patch this wall up. They are going to need plenty of putty, and some goggles and a respirator if any of those layers contain lead paint!

There are hardwood floors, and then there’s this life-sized Monopoly board room…

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Usually when people pull up old carpets, they find dusty old floorboards and a mouse dropping or two. Yet in this instance, homeowners found a wall-to-wall Monopoly board painted on their old hardwood! It’s unclear what the flooring’s original use was for — was it a part of a big, themed game room, or did a child just really, really love the board game and want their room to be a shrine?

However, the biggest question on our minds has to be regarding the gameplay: did the original owners use life-sized irons, top hats, and shoes as tokens? We really hope so!

That orange soda still looks pretty refreshing!

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This relic soda can was found in a blocked-off corner of an attic and reminds us of a brand that had its heyday in 1960s and 70s. Made by PepsiCo, the Patio soda brand was essentially Pepsi’s line of diet sodas meant to compete with Coca-Cola’s diet sodas. Pepsi eventually abandoned its separate Patio line and instead just started marketing its diet sodas as Diet Pepsi, Diet Mountain Dew, etc.

Patio Red Cherry is one of the only flavors from the soda line that kept its original name, and is still available for purchase in select areas in the United States.

They found a key, but didn’t find a lock…

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In case you haven’t caught on by now, apparently, people really like to hide things inside their walls! This time around, remodelers found this lone key hanging from a nail inside a wall. Regrettably, no secret treasure chest or mysteriously locked door was found to go with the key.

Perhaps this hidden key was just an inconveniently placed spare? Or maybe, just maybe, people like hiding things in their walls, creating an ongoing game of hide-and-seek for the next remodeler and the next.

A child’s time capsule is finally unearthed.

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After doing some yard work, a homeowner dug up a child’s long-forgotten time capsule. Among the treasures, we can make out some beads and other costume jewelry, a water-smudged note, and most interestingly, a purple toy snake. Our favorite part has to be the fact that the capsule itself is just an old butter cookie tin.

Whether the child meant to leave the time capsule there for someone else to find, or meant to dig up their precious keepsakes at a later date, this little treasure trove makes you wonder: just how many forgotten time capsules are out there in the world, waiting to be found?

Do you think McDonald’s will still honor this coupon?

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Valid in the greater Saint Louis/Metro East area, this 1963 McDonald’s birthday coupon was found unused during a home remodel. Since the name section was left blank, and there’s no visible expiration date that we can see, we’re wondering if the coupon might still work? After all, it’s still in really great condition!

If not, this coupon is still a pretty nice little piece of history, with Ronald McDonald smiling wide on the side.

Tear down a wall, and you might find a mural!

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When tearing down a wall, homeowners were surprised to find this cute and playful mural painted behind it. We spot a pair of cheerful daises next to a smiling bumblebee, along with a hungry caterpillar starting to climb their way up a delicious-looking apple tree. And then, of course, is the floppy-earred pup running down the hill (eyes hidden behind some of the lumber).

We hope that as renovations continued, the owners left this mural be, and just built a new wall over it. Over the future years in their home, it would be a joyful little secret to think about now and then.

This library card is older than a lot of books.

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When cleaning out their home office, new homeowners found the 1929 Denver Public Library card of one Hazel Postlewait. According to the card, at one point, Hazel owned a 4-cent fee.

Hopefully, Hazel paid off that debt not too long after her library card was lost, or else with interest that’d be one monumental late fee!

Why yes, that is an original Beatles concert ticket.

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We don’t care if you’re more of an Elvis fan than a Beatles one, as this is just too cool. According to the photographer, this ticket was found by their mother, who went to this 1964 Beatles concert in Atlantic City. Not only is the ticket in perfect condition, but check out how reasonable pricing was back then!

For some perspective, a $4.90 ticket in 1964 would be worth roughly $46 today after adjusting for inflation. That’s still a steal considering The Beatles were one of the biggest bands of the twentieth century!

There’s nothing quite like a collection of 1920s love letters…

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A homeowner discovered these beautiful handwritten love letters hidden under some of their basement floorboards. According to the homeowner, the letters contain the correspondence of a couple who couldn’t be together, and wrote to one another in secret.

While the fate of the couple remains unknown, one of the final letters called for all correspondence to be destroyed. Whether the couple eventually got together or not, their letters survived. We like to hope that their love did too.

That’s not how money laundering works, right?

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Sometimes it really pays off to help clean out the basement of your dead uncle, and in this case, it really, really does. Why the photographer’s uncle hid his money in the dryer, we’re not sure, but it sure is an interesting hiding spot.

You do have to wonder, though, did he take all that money out every time he needed to do laundry? Or did he just use this machine as a personal safe and air dry all of his clothes?

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