I'm going to keep this separate from the Decluttering thread but in my case it's kind of related. We got our basement storage area all cleaned out when MIL shows up with many boxes from her basement that she's been "meaning to give us". She's a hoarder so anything that comes out is good and is that much less we'll have to someday deal with.
After a week of DH and I stepping around the boxes, wewent through them and ended up sorting, tossing or donating much of it. What was left is rather interesting. There are a dozen sad irons (real iron irons heated by placing on a stove) which are going to make great doorstops. They came from DH's great-grandmother's house. DH will sandblast them this weekend to get all the rust off and I'll spray paint them to match the room they'll end up in - pink for DD's room, lavender for the guest room, blue for our bedroom, etc.
Then there are the Indian Heads. Several lifesize American Indian heads made from chalkware dating to around 1900, maybe having once decorated a cigar store like the Indian statues which often stood out front. DH remembers them, and recalls that his aunt repainted them sometime in the 1960s. And did a horrible job. My goal is to find someone who can restore a finish something more lifelike. Any ideas who I could look for to do something like this?
We found a box of old family letters and jewelry, some of it gold, and five tiny antique perfume bottles. We found beautiful baptismal certificates dating from the 1870s through the 1930s. These I'll scan and find a safe way to store, with the digital images going in with our family photos.
Has anyone else found anything interesting as a result of decluttering, either forgotten treasures from their own space or maybe something handed on?