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So we are remodeling an old house and I found your underwear.

So my title got your attention, didn’t it?

It’s true…we are remodeling an old house.  In fact, it’s about 110 years old, and it still has the original lath and plaster walls and ceilings installed.  Well, not any more…that was some of the first work that we got started on; removing all of that material and getting it to the dump was a chore.  The living room alone was 1,600 lbs of old plaster that we removed – it was a big day!

So we are on to the ceilings which we almost left alone.  But since the decision was made to pull them down, we got to work.  As my story progresses, I did find some underwear up in the ceiling.  But let me set the stage for this story a bit.

It was late at night and I ended up doing some of this demo alone.  The lights were mostly off, this is a 110 year old house, and as I’m removing the 8′ ceilings to reveal these amazing 9′ ceilings that got covered up at some point, the attic was becoming visible at times and once in a while I peeked up to see what I could see.  However it was late, dark and I was getting a little spooked.  Who knows what is up in an old attic, right?

So I’m kind of on my guard…but I’m a grown man and I know that there can’t be anything to worry about. Gulp.

That’s when my crowbar pulled down a leg…a leg to these old underwear that had been stashed up in the attic a long time ago.

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I know it doesn’t look like much…but I stopped and took a closer look.  Here’s the tag inside of these beauties:

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It says “Quality Russco Underwear”.  So I looked them up, and it appears that this clothing manufacturer went out of business in 1920.  WOW!  That means likely these have been up in this attic for approximately 100 years.  As I kept digging further, there were a lot of clothes…kids clothes, dresses, and what appeared to be old curtains or tablecloths.  I think someone had finished with these items and stuffed them up in the attic for insulation, until I pulled them down this week!  Crazy.

So I’m still looking for the box of gold that is hiding up there…but I’m sure I’ll just get another “box of old” 😉

Strange finds, and I’ll let you know if any other treasures pop up.

Take care, Ryan

The night is still young, how about one more blog.

It’s Friday night, where else would I rather be?  Well, other than work I can think of a lot of places…however here I sit, working away finishing up for the night.  Dandra has fallen asleep on the couch in the customer waiting area; I won’t take a picture of her now but she brought me dinner which was a special treat.

I needed to run out to the car and I snapped this pic outside of our building a few minutes ago:

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With the lights on, it’s starting to come together.  Our building is about 110 years old, and it’s the original “Bank of Spring Hill”.  Yes, there’s a vault still inside and we’re making it our “break room”, check it out.  Maybe it should be called our “break in room”?:

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This place is old and has a lot of character.  But late at night I still get a little shiver when I go into the vault because I’m afraid some of the local “spirits” might lock me in there!  Maybe that’s just the childhood fear in me but it gets me out of the refrigerator quickly.  We locked the vault door into a permanent “open” position so I’m pretty safe 😉  Yes, there is a combination and it still works.  It’s a fantastic piece of early American craftsmanship in itself!

We will be having a grand opening soon and I will certainly send out some information to make sure that you’re invited too.  We’d love to see you here and have you check out our new space.  Come see our design room; you might just need us yet!

Have a good Friday night, stay safe – Dandra, time to wake up dear…

Ryan