Updated: Jul 31, 2021
Scavenging around the property, which dates from the 1880s, has yielded a few surprises.
Some good, some bad. One rather nice thing we found in an upstairs storage room was this old coat rack. I think it's probably made of oak. We washed it up and hung it in the kitchen, where, as you can see, it serves many purposes: dental hygiene center, potato chip holder, toilet paper rack, among other things.
The little cupboard at the bottom of the photo was also left at the house. We have used it as a water station. We have to carry drinking water with us to the house.
My favorite feature of the coatrack are these big hooks, which look like little images of Zeus or Apollo or some such thing.
We have also found: sun chairs, old doors, window frames, an assortment of rusty tools, and a few old crates, like this one.
This crate was in a back corner of the shed, full of dead spiders and dirt. I have no idea what it was used for, or why it's stamped with the numbers 216986, but we'll find something useful to do with it--like holding firewood or planting marigolds in it. (Update: so far it's been used to hold gardening tools and alternatively for a gardening stool.)