Sunday, April 10, 2011

Treasure Hunting in the Backyard....

My girls went off picture taking in the woods this afternoon and came home telling me about all the neat old jars they saw. So after I finished Spring cleaning the back deck, I handed the baby to hubby, put on my wellies and trecked out to the woods with them. We had known that this was old farm land, and that there was the farm "dump" in the back of our property, but we never really dug into it before. We started out by just bringing that little plastic bucket you see in the wheelbarrow, but soon realized we needed more, so we got the wheelbarrow and a shovel.

I know it is hard to see the "treasures" in this heap of mess, but there really are some cool things.... A bright blue enamel coffee pot, lots of old medicine bottles(with cool imprinted labels), milk glass make up jars, perfume bottles, a coin, a broach pin, a intact vacuum tube from a tv, a silver spoon, belt buckle, booze bottles, canning jars, and more. We only brought home the intact items, there were so many beautiful things that we left because they were in pieces... pottery, depression glass, enamelware bowls, rusted out buckets, etc. Though we did leave about 4 or 5 bottles that were totally intact with lids and all, but they were nasty science experiments with their contents still in them and there was no way I was going to open them up!!!
My oldest daughter, texting her friends about what she was doing. Surprisingly, my youngest daughter and I called it quits before her, she wanted to keep digging.(can you tell how gorgeous it was out? Shorts weather, but still snow on the ground)
Youngest daughter searching the small brook.
Ok, this is a really scary picture of me, but I thought I would post it anyway! :) Here is my youngest daughter and myself brining it all back into yard. Oh, and for future reference, don't wear braids on the first day of outside Spring cleaning!! I have a wicked sunburn on the back of my neck!
We came home and gave everything a quick rinse and everything is currently sitting in a bleach bath in the wheelbarrow. I will bring it in piece by piece and give it a thorough scrubbing this week.

It was a fun afternoon and we really felt like archeologists discovering hidden treasures and it was even neater because they were from people who lived on our property before us.

Have a terrific night,



  1. What a wonderful surprise to unearth so many things from your property. I can't wait to see more pictures of your cleaned-up treasurers.

  2. I think that sounds like a great time! I can't wait to see all those pretties! I think you also look just fine! You are too hard on yourself, as we all can be! LOL! I was just complaining to my hubby about the fact that since I have quit smoking, I have seemed to gain a little weight. I am not liking it. It seems your metabolism changes at some point.
    Have a good day.

  3. There were old dump areas where I used to live. Gardening, I used to dig up all sorts of stuff. It's such a blast! You had a good haul...what fun for the girls!

  4. My girlfriend has a dump and we went digging and found awesome stuff.A tip for you that I learned the hard way if you find old milk bottles or any bottles with litho/graphics let them bake in the sun a few days or the everything washes off.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  5. wow you have a treasure trove in your back found some really kewl stuff..can't wait to see it all when its had a good scrubbing..;)have a wonderful week ahead.;)

  6. What fun stuff! I have one old bottle that the cows unearthed behind our barn when I was growing up (a LONG time ago!).
    Hugs :)

  7. Fun but where are you gonna put all that stuff?

    Pamela RN

  8. Love the old bottles you found, I have a couple of old bottles I have collected, but it got to be thrilling to actually find them. Thanks for sharing. Vicky

  9. That is rerally so exciting! I would love to find such awesome treasures in my yard! Good for you!


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