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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Nothing says "party" like tiki fuel and Manischewitz

The previous homeowner has left us a bounty of goodies we're cleaning out. Some of it is your standard old cans of bug spray and some is downright bizarre. The bar, for instance, came with a fully stocked liquor cabinet and a bonus jug of tiki torch fuel. I think you'd want that cocktail stirred, not shaken.

In the same cabinet, we found a box of urine test strips, and in a bathroom drawer, a copy of "Police Lab: How Forensic Science Tracks Down and Convicts Criminals." Which may be connected to our discovery of a, um, closet with a built-in watering system.

So, Dumplings, what is the oddest thing a previous homeowner (or renter) has left behind for you to discover?

29 comments:

Kate said...

I dont understand the closet with the watering system.... am I being thick?! Or am I an innocent?
The worst thing I've been left is a cat litter tray full of shit under a kitchen unit. The weirdest thing is a closet FULL of feather dusters and toilet roll.

nkp said...

I'm with Kate, "watering system?" Do elaborate.

Um, wierdest thing...in our first home the wife must have been an absolute OCD head case because she kept all the appliance manuals alongside detailed lists and charts testing the efficacy of said appliances. For instance, there were pages and pages of detailed analysis regarding the ice maker and how many ice cubes it made per exact time intervals. Cuckoo!

Oh, and there was a shed out back filled with varied animal traps, sharp and frightening apparatus. Some speckled with a dark red substance. Yuck! We never went in there again. Seriously.

Welmoed said...

Let's see... did the closet also have lots of light fixtures?? I know indoor gardening can keep the air clean, but it sounds like that kind of gardening could get you into deep trouble.
As for the urine test strips, those are used by diabetics and people on the Atkins diet.
The weirdest thing we found in our house after moving in was a copy of the previous owner's husband's death certificate, stating the cause of death as "self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head."

Raina said...

I was told it's legal to grow "medical" marijuana in the state of Colorado, so long as you keep it to a certain number of plants.

Raina said...

Whoops - Welmoed beat me to the answer. Thanks and welcome to this deliciousness!

And "OOF!" to your discovery.

Dennis said...

Once we left a bong in the basement of a house we'd rented... hubs had to break in to get it before the owners found it.

Creepy said...

yep... Dennis is me... i never check to see who is signed on the freaking computer.

Raina said...

Creepy - Aw, don't ruin it. I like to imagine Dennis sneaks to the computer to read La Lamp Shade when you, Graham, and Dottie are elsewhere in the house.

nkp said...

Ooooooh! I gotcha now. Ignorance is bliss. ;0)

David said...

My house was totally empty when I bought it.

When I sold it, there was one plumbing repair I was responsible for. They had to go in through, and then repair, the bedroom wall. It happened late and the new owners went ballistic. Closing Day found me in my cube at work screaming at the top of my lungs as my realtor threw me under the bus.

I left the new owners paint, every color I'd used inside and out, except for that bedroom.

sherri said...

I am loving this odd hodgepodge of pothead parephenelia, I'd love to know the backstory, your pad continues to get groovier. Nothing left behind in my abodes that I can remember except a really ugly lavender cloth shower curtain.

Jill said...

I once found a giant dildo in a house we rented in Cayman. Our home now had quite the collection of thong panties.

erin@designcrisis said...

Our house had crack vials in the front yard and blood on the blinds.

Yes, our lovely home was going into short sale because the crazy owner got hooked on drugs.

ps: growing pot is legal in colorado???

amy @ switz~art said...

OMG! I am in tears laughing! I love this topic...

I have never really found super odd things, but neat-o items:

- antique glass Listerine bottle
- a bottle of champagne that was expensive, but i didn't know it until i saw it at the liquor store by fluke
- an old door that i put out in my funky garden

for kate: was that a cat litter box with items in it, or literally shit, but that's super rude! i am hoping its the former.

karly / design-crisis.com said...

Oh, I feel like I'm missing out. Nothing good ever left for me. The only thing I can even think of is that my college apartment came with a refrigerator door shelf full of generic canned food, it looked way too gross to eat but i felt bad throwing it away. I always planned to give it to a charity but never got around to it. I lived there for 2.5 years and whoever moved in after me inherited the cans that never moved an inch.

Robin said...

Not in my current home but in the one prior, the previous owners left an upright piano. I thought "bonus!" and then played a few chords and realized why they left it. Half the strings were busted. I sold it at a yard sale for $5.

Robin said...

I should mention that it was absolutely ancient and not in a "good" (i.e., antique" way

Alison said...

Wow. I totally didn't get the closet think either. I'm naive.

Maybe Nancy Botwin used to live in your house.

Alison said...

closet *thing*

Debi said...

Oh my - that is hilarious. Never found anything too crazy in the places we have lived - somehow I feel let down...lol!

susieq said...

Oh my gosh! How funny!

In my 20s and early 30s, I lived on the upstairs floor of a duplex. It was HUGE... 2 bedrooms, 2 fireplaces, living room, den, office, etc. I lived there alone and it was bigger than my current house for our family of 4! Anyway, a couple of years into living there I discovered that there was a huge storage room behind/under the carport. The door was concealed by some overgrown bushes. It was filled with art supples and "how to draw" books from the 50s. It had belonged to the father of my landlord and he loved to draw. I used all those old books as parts of multi-media art pieces. I still get all Christmas-morning-excited just thinking about that hidden room of supplies and books!

Camilla @ Designalogue Blog said...

Susie Q - I get all Christmas morning excited picturing such a room too - how fabulous!!

I lived in an apartment where my land lady owned most of the street & loved me! In my apartment was an oak dining table which I was welcomed to keep and she let me take a tour of an old manor house next door she was about to sell & have what ever I wanted. Some fabulous red velvet curtains came to live with me as well as an old art deco cabinet.

sherri said...

Was thinking Botwin too, like Alison said.

fromtherightbank.com said...

I'm glad Welmoed explained the urine strips because that with the book kind of freaked me out. Oh, and nobody ever left me nothin'.

Raina said...

Jill - That is only an acceptable house-warming gift in the Castro district.

Erin - With certain restrictions, yes.

Daine said...

We found 67 old film containers stuffed with quarters. That was five years ago and we still have them. Guess I need to find a coinstar. The home we purchased was built in 1951 and the original owners never had a washer or dryer. They took their laundry to a laundromat for 54 years. Uh huh...Like your house, ours came with some unique features as well.. The owner was an electrical engineer. You can imagine....

alisonml said...

We have a daylight basement (that we use as our bedroom) with a suspended ceiling. Over the course of a year we found
two one dollar bills
one wrapped and recently expired condom
and a card for a Las Vegas escort service (with a name and number written on it.)

The worse part was when the condom fell from the ceiling onto the foot of the bed.

Raina said...

Oh, Alisonml, that's awful! We found a condom (still in the wrapper) down in the radiator of my toddler's bedroom. I left that out of the blog post.

Welcome and thanks for stopping by!

Livinia Redlips said...

I found several boxes of steroids (like for weight lifters) out in the garage cabinets!