|attic treasures (Photo credit: GWSA)|
Some homes have attic space converted into extra rooms, but those homes typically set out to make that accommodation by design. Many attics are difficult to get into, requiring a ladder and the agility to shimmy into a hole in the ceiling. These attics are usually uninviting areas of exposed rafters and unfloored with wooden beams and insulation material. Sometimes if you step in the wrong place you can fall through the ceiling of the room below.
Once the attic was a valued space for storage in many larger homes. We often see these types of attics in old films. These are the attic spaces filled with steamer trunks, unused furniture, dressmaker mannequins, boxes, and many other accumulated treasures. The attic of films is the place for hiding, mystery, exploratory adventure, and scary occurrences.
Currently I live in a newer house with the unoccupied inhospitable attic where only termite inspectors and air conditioner repairmen have ever ventured. I've poked my head through the opening thinking that I might use the area for storage, but quickly determined that our attic was not functional in its current state as a place for storage.
The houses I grew up in were a little more useful for storing things like Christmas decorations or other things that didn't need to be accessed often. I can't ever recall us having an attic you could go into and walk around, but they at least had flooring at the openings where you could put a few boxes.
The big attics of old are the ones the can hold the real treasures. I have a friend who told me that sometimes he'd go up to an old house with an offer. He would clean out their attic and haul off anything they no longer wanted. Now and then he would get a taker on his offer. A few hours of dusty, often hot, work and he'd haul off the goods to the dump, keeping whatever he thought he could use or sell. He actually went into business reselling toys that he had found in attics or elsewhere. I don't think he inspired the Aerosmith song "Toys in the Attic", but who knows?
Maybe you are fortunate enough to have a big old house with an attic filled with treasures, or maybe have some relatives or friends with such a place. If you've never taken the time to explore these old attics then maybe now's the time that you should. With the cooler weather the attic shouldn't be as hot. Dig through the archives of material accumulation to see what you might find.
Do you have an attic in your house? Have you ever explored an old attic filled with things? What are some treasures that you keep in your attic? What are some of the treasures you have found in attics?