Treasures Among the Stuff

Joe and I have been spending nearly all of our spare time going through lots and lots of stuff. Below are some photos of some interesting things we found this week.

When was the last time you saw a pair of nylon stockings with seams? Have you ever seen any? In the original box to boot.

Belle-Sharmeer Stockings, "designed for the individual"

Belle-Sharmeer Stockings, “designed for the individual.”

Wrapped in their original tissue paper.

Original tissue paper in box of hose.

Original tissue paper in box of hose.

Do you remember when ladies used hankies?

Ladies hankies with in box.

Ladies hankies in box.

Just like new, in the box.

Hankie Box I

How about an apron made with hankies?

Apron with hankies sewn on bottom.

Apron with hankies sewn on bottom.

Meanwhile, Joe found some interesting items in the garage.

Some handcuffs, from my dad’s days with the sheriff’s auxiliary and/or Lima State Hospital.


Two helmet liners and an Army bag.

Helmet Liners & Bag

Bless his heart, eagle-eye Joe found another Herb Miller Electric advertising item.

Miller Electric

Miller Electric key chain.

Miller Electric key chain.

That key chain was in a drawer with some of my dad’s other favorite items, which included firecrackers and bottle rockets. Anyone who knew my dad knows how much he enjoyed setting them off and pulling pranks with them.

Finally, a lucky horseshoe.


It was our lucky day!





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    • Deb Reichard on April 1, 2016 at 7:13 am
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    Karen, I kept the hankies I found at my Mom’s and gave them to one of our sons’ bride on her wedding day to wrap her bouquet. It was special. If you have enough of them, keep them for your grandgirls or grandsons bride to be for their wedding day. It is just a touch of love from those that can’t be there on that day.

    Going through your parents things is bittersweet, sad but loving too. Enjoy it!


    1. What a great idea! I will remember that. Thanks!

    • Cindy g on April 1, 2016 at 8:58 am
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    I found similar items at my in-laws. I kept the aprons and handkerchiefs…don’t know why, but I see some neat ideas on Pintrest. Someday I’ll find just the right thing to do with them! If those things could talk!?!?

    • Cindy Grapner on April 1, 2016 at 9:02 am
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    If those things could talk! Found similar items at my parents-in-law…kept the aprons, and handkerchiefs…why? Don’t know…let me know when you find the perfect craft item for them Karen.

    1. Ha! I don’t think I could craft with the nylons but I am sure someone could. I am just amazed at what we are finding, and from several generations. Thanks for reading!

    • Toby Schumm Oswald on April 1, 2016 at 10:53 am
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    Love it! I remember the nylons, I wore them

    I still have some of my mothers , grandmothers and daddy’s hankies.

    Aprons, have those also.

    So many wonderful memories.

    Thank you so much for sharing. Love going back into time with items and photos.

    1. Yes, finding all these items certainly brings back memories. It is amazing what will trigger a memory. Thanks for reading!

    • Brian Brewster on April 1, 2016 at 9:18 pm
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    I just cannot help but wonder just how much of what you are finding goes home with you, lol. I am sure lots. It is a hard job and I remember it well when we sorted mom and dads house. I was lucky to have Rick and Cathy to help me.

    1. You are so right, Brian! Too much is coming home. Family heirlooms are just too hard to part with.

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