When I received a call last month from a family who was moving away from the family farm, I was excited. They wanted to clean some things out and wondered if I'd like to come and take a look.
I never know when I get these calls, because sometimes what I find is great, and sometimes not, but I go into it for the adventure and if I find some fun things, that's good too.
The barns and outbuildings are always my favorite place to dig. It's always where the best old junkiest finds can be found. The place things were commonly taken to when the family slowly modernized the inside of the farmhouse.
And I've learned to always look up. I've found great things stored up high in the rafters.
Like a big load of beautiful old unused beadboard that could be used in a certain someone's new farmhouse?! And did I mention that poor Colin had to unpack our entire load to squeeze this in after I found it? What a husband!
This whole load just made me smile. And the boys too. They love old farm stuff, and this was especially fun for them as we came home with lots of old baseball items that they immediately put to good use. It becomes like a history project for them. "Let's figure out what year these old gloves and cleats are from" and "Were there any dates on anything, mom?!"
And just like that, these old things become treasure for someone once again.
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