There’s a barn on my parent’s property in Western NY. While I was young, it was my cave, my hideaway, and my ice rink. Since the first floor was usually wet (hence, ice rink), we’ve watched the floor, walls, and ceiling sag, warp, and crumble. It wasn’t built to last (although it probably stood strong for 75 years), and while I stopped playing in it by the time I was a teenager, now, as a new homeowner, I find myself adventuring back into the barn to explore for treasures that my parents (and previous owners) have forgotten about. I love that thrill of treasure hunting. Oh yeah, now there’s a real slight sense of urgency to clear out the barn and salvage what I can, because last year the roof began to fall in:
What goodies have I found (and claimed)? Here are my top 10 finds:
1. Gorgeous hardwood door with vintage hardware.
2. Vintage coca-cola bottles.
3. Two rehab-able birdhouses:
4. Armoire (desperately needs love… but it might not fit in my Jeep).
5. Unused tin roof material. (Treehouse roof potential?)
6. Lumber – my dad had trees cut down and planed into boards… and they’ve never been put to good use!
7. Lawn mower (With more horsepower than my scooter! Rehabilitated by Pete over the summer!)
8. As many plastic and clay pots as a girl could want.
9. Window counterweights. They weigh about 40,000 pounds, and I don’t know what I’ll use them for, but after the main house’s windows were replaced, these went unused.
10. More lumber – but this time, old, burnable tree branches and logs that were being stored. Campfire! (Did you know that the same stuff is $7 for 5 logs at Wegmans?)