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Old Toys Can Have a Second Chance
In the movie Toy Story 3, Woody, Buzz Lightyear and their fellow stuffed and plastic friends get relegated to abuse after being mistakenly discarded at a daycare center. Perhaps if Andy had sold them on eBay before heading off to college he would have made some cash to buy books. Sandy Graves of Mountainside New Jersey says “I was cleaning out my daughter’s playroom. Since she is now 14-year old, stuff has been collecting dust, and I was going to toss this old dollhouse. I ended up putting it on eBay and made over $100 because it was a vintage Little Tikes dollhouse. It was well-loved by my daughter, my niece (now 20) and originally by my brother-in-law’s niece (now 27). Now a lovely little girl in Illinois will enjoy it!” If you store valuables in your attic, make sure to seal up any leaks.
Some would agree that money found in between couch cushions or while doing the laundry automatically fall under the “finders keepers losers weepers” clause, but what about money in the ceiling? When Josh Ferrin of Bountiful, Utah went poking around the garage of the new home he’d recently purchased, he came across a “hidey-hole” in the ceiling filled with boxes of rolled up cash. After he and his family spent a few hours counting up the $45,000 worth of loot he decided to return it all to the previous owners. “I’ve got two boys and we teach them to be honest and to do what is right and I knew this was a teachable moment that I would never get back again,” Ferrin told ABC News. Want to turn your attic into a livable space? We’ll walk you through it step by step.
The Case of the Hidden Drawer
Estate sales can be a lot of fun, especially if you love the thrill of hunting for valuable antiques like Emil Knodell who would frequent weekend sales. He was thrilled to nab an antique chest of drawers from the late 1800s that had a lot of character and history. But when trying to get the unwieldy piece into his truck it sounded like a “slot machine,” Jeffrey Allen, of Premier Estate Sales Network, who was trying to help him, told the Houston Chronicle. A hidden drawer that looked like it was a part of furniture turned out to be full of bling from Civil War medals to diamond rings. Hitting pay dirt like that may make some people find the nearest auction house, but Knodell was more excited to return the treasure to the family that owned the chest. “I bought the chest of drawers; I didn’t buy (the secret contents),” he told the newspaper. “The deceased man’s family needed to have the opportunity to decide what they wanted to do with the items.” Here are some tips for hiding your own valuables. Learn how to improve attic ventilation—it’s a project you can do yourself!