As children, many of us dream of finding a buried treasure map or other similar items that result in a far-fetched adventure, but as adults, we generally don’t think about what might be hidden in our homes. While you’re unlikely to find anything out of the ordinary when you move into a brand new home, there’s always the potential, however unlikely it may be, the previous owner left behind something truly bizarre.
Here are 10 of the most peculiar and unexpected things people have found when moving into a home that’s been occupied by previous tenants.
Strike It Rich
Soon after moving into their new home, one couple discovered an estimated 50-year-old safe hidden deep within their kitchen’s wall. Inside, they found a whopping $51,080 almost entirely in $100 bills, a bottle of bourbon from the year 1960 and a short book written in 1977 by E.F. Schumacher called “A Guide for the Perplexed.”
One couple decided to replace the carpet in their new home and upon ripping it up, discovered a giant Monopoly game board that had been physically painted onto the hardwood underneath.
A Treasure in the Attic
A long-lost and unsigned Vincent Van Gogh painting titled “Sunset at Montmajour” was found in the attic of a Norwegian man’s home. It is said that he originally placed it in the attic after being assured by an unknown individual that it was not truly a Van Gogh work because it was not signed; however, the piece was eventually discovered and authenticated by the Dutch Van Gogh Museum, where it is now on display.
A husband and wife discovered a number of jewelry pieces and treasures buried underneath their home. They sought the help of archeological dating experts’ who determined the items were more than 2,000 years old.
Locked and Loaded
One person came across a secret room in their new home that contained an ammunition box full of pennies, ammo and a defused grenade.
Upon renovating their kitchen, one Guatemalan family discovered Mayan murals on the walls. Now that’s a paint job you simply can’t replicate!
Game Pieces Galore
One family discovered more than 4,000 game pieces underneath their floorboards. In that same home, they also found a 23-year-old can of Coke and a newspaper from the day following President Kennedy’s assassination.
A Medieval Surprise
Underneath the carpet in their living room, one couple found a well that dates back to the Middle Ages.
WWI Love Letters
Two siblings, a brother and sister, came across a box hidden within the walls of their new home. Inside the box were 31 handwritten love letters from a World War I soldier to a woman. The siblings sought out the woman, returned the letters and to their pleasant surprise, she was now his beloved wife.
A Long-Lost Kitchen
One family acquired a home that had been passed down through generations. After clearing out stacks of old junk and keepsakes, they came across a hidden door that led to a large servants’ kitchen in a section of the basement, of which they were previously unaware.
Unexpected Surprises in Your New Home Can Be Fun…
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