The Tin, the Conga, and The Wardrobe

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Ten Found Objects from Ten Homes

Moving home is one of the most stressful times of our lives. Sometimes, it’s impossible to take everything you’ve acquired over the years to your next property. Here are my top ten found objects, left behind by previous owners at the homes I’ve lived in.

1. The Tin

This is perhaps the found object we’ve hung onto for the longest. The OXO tin was found in the cellar of our first house.

2. The Workbench

It may be wonky, but this workbench, left in the garage of our second house, is still with us.

3. The Dresser

When my parents bought my childhood home, they inherited a lot of furniture. The base of this dresser was my toy cupboard. My mother was delighted to find that the shelves in the garage, which had been used to store household paint, were part of the same piece.

4. The Wardrobe

This abandoned wardrobe followed us from our previous house.

5. The Spirit Level

This useful spirit level was left behind the garage of a cottage we bought in Devon.

6. The Window

When we changed a window ay our business premises, we relocated it. It now brings light into one of our wooden sheds at our present home.

7. The Poets

Left in our former Cornish cottage, a box set of slim volumes.

8. The Box

When we moved into our current house, we inherited a pregnant cat. We found a home for the kittens, and the cat lived with us for another ten years. Amongst the more inanimated objects left behind by the previous occupiers is this old toolbox, which was found in our barn.

9. The Conga

We bought a flat between the two 2020 lockdowns. The previous owner had left everything. There were wet clothes in the washing machine, the fridge and cupboards were full of food, and the bookshelves were full. After clearing what was mostly unwanted rubbish, we kept a few books, crockery, and this conga. A great addition to the rhythm section of our music room.

10. The Kitchen Table

Our first Devon house came with a dilapidated garage. Its roof had caved in and was resting on the previous occupier’s workbench. Except it wasn’t a workbench but the wormy kitchen table we’ve used ever since.

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