I just returned from yet another weekend of cleaning out my mom's house. We made major progress and managed to clean the entire garage - a huge undertaking.
The attic, which we previously attacked, still needs work, but I've found some great things up there. I went up there yesterday and came across this.
A Singer sewing machine from 1950(?). It's in fantastic condition.
I took it out of the case (which was very dusty and worn). I plugged it in to see if the old light bulb worked (it did!) but I couldn't get the machine to work.
When I unplugged it, one of the prongs for the plug stayed in the wall! I managed to get it out without electrocuting myself, but this machine would obviously need some electrical work before it would be functional.
The case held the instructions and several bobbins that still had the thread the previous owner must have used for their projects.
I also came across this photo. I don't recognize either of them and wonder if it's either the previous owners of the sewing machine or their relatives.
In the end, I decided not to keep the sewing machine and placed it in the "sell" pile. It's very tempting, but I don't really have a place for it and I think someone else out there might.
I found a couple of smaller things that I have decided to keep. This old postal scale.
It's not perfectly zeroed, but it's close and I wonder how close it is to accurate. It might be completely off, but I still love it.
I decided to add it to the basement office space along with my dog nutcracker, Edgar Allen Poe books, Eiffel Tower and Empire State Building.
I left this coffee grinder behind, but when I got home and showed my husband, he told me I was crazy to leave it. I didn't want to, so I'll be picking that up on my next trip. My dad had a few of these. He collected them. He collected a lot of things.
Finding these things is a lot of fun, but we have done well with progress on the house. Now that the garage is mostly done, the rest of the house feels less like an insurmountable task. It is sad that we need to move everything, but I'm happy that I'm able to keep some of these items that were very "Pop" and had been around for so many years.
Tomorrow is Monday. Ick. Back to work. At least I can look forward to Downton Abbey tonight. Can't wait!