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Keys Everywhere

February 27th, 2014

When we purchased this house we inherited a bunch of keys.  There are some hanging in the kitchen, there are others upstairs sitting on the stair railing.  We have no idea what they go to, but we keep them around just in case we discover a lock somewhere that they might open.
I’m planning on putting them all in jar in a cabinet somewhere, but them I’m afraid I’ll forget where the jar in. You know how it goes, as soon as we put them away and forget where they are we’ll discover one of the locks they open!

Did you inherit anything you were afraid to throw away with a home?

9 Comments to “Keys Everywhere”
  1. kristin @ going country on February 27, 2014 at 7:39 am

    HA. This question made me laugh. Every drawer and shelf in this house is filled with stuff that I’m not allowed to discard. Because five pairs of broken glasses frames are obviously potential family heirlooms. Boo.

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  2. Annette on February 27, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Our 1890’s farmhouse came with various keys, skeleton and modern. We’ve kept them all. . .just in case! They all hang together on one round key ring; sometimes I feel like a jailer holding the keys to someone else’s life and dreams!

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  3. Nebraska Dave on February 27, 2014 at 10:00 am

    Susy, the most interesting thing I inherited with a house was in the second house I bought. It was an old old house. It started as a one room farm house and was added on and remodeled many times. In one of the bedroom closets my wife and I discovered an old document. It was a title and history to the property all the way back to when it was first given to the owner by the government as a 160 acre homestead. Down through the decades through deaths, divorces, and sale the property had been divided up until only two lots were left. I’m not sure how Abraham Lincoln was connected to this document but his name was in the early pages. I suspect maybe he was president when the property was given to the original owner or maybe he was in someway connected to the department that gave ownership to the pioneers. I kind of wish I had kept that document but I just really thought it should stay with the house.

    Have a great key saving day.

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  4. whit on February 27, 2014 at 11:32 am

    Ugh! Yes, our first home came with all the furniture the owner left. Furniture from the 1950’s. It was faded, and awfully dirty. We had an old stereo console, that didn’t work. We found old checks and crayons in the sofas and sectionals. Eventually we weeded it out. Now like you, we have oodles of keys.

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  5. bonnie k. on February 27, 2014 at 11:46 am

    I didn’t inherit a whole lot since the house was fairly new, but there was left a pair of industrial strength thread snips which I use exclusively for harvesting garden peas. They have been great for that purpose!

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  6. Marcia on February 27, 2014 at 1:16 pm

    We found a veritable rainbow of half empty paint cans in the basement. That house had seen some funky colors over the years. We kept the ones for the fencing but got rid of the rest since we repainted all the interior.

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  7. Emily on February 27, 2014 at 4:28 pm

    We inherited a barrel full of walnuts in the attic of our house. The previous owners said they were there when they’d bought the house ten years before and they were afraid to get rid of them. We decided to raise the attic floor to add insulation, so the walnuts went on the weed compost pile. Now I find them spread all around the yard by critters.

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  8. Kathi cook on February 27, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    One great item that came with our house were the original blueprints from 1896 wrapped in burlap.(and the background is navy blue). Every owner of our home has been thoughtful enough to leave them with the house where they belong. We scanned them all so if we move, at least we can revisit them. They have been invaluable to us during some renovations.

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  9. Songbirdtiff on March 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    Better too many keys than too few.

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