Every old house has its secrets - from hidden treasures in the crawl space and secret doors to creepy basement passages and dark attics filled with ancient valuables. The history is all around us, and if you look hard enough, you can find a treasure trove inside your home. Below you'll see a list of people who made unintentional 'archeological' discoveries when on the task of home renovation and then found a way to put them to good use.

Some of the artifacts are small, like coins hidden in the wall, while others are more permanent features to the structure of the building, such as an old well in the floor and secret rooms. No matter the size we can all agree it's pretty cool to come across clues that tell us about times past, so scroll down below and enjoy these 'rare antiquities.' Don't forget to upvote your favs and may your treasure hunt be lucky!

P.S.: The story behind the razor blade slot that quite a few people find when home remodeling has a simple explanation - some houses built before the 1970s had these slits for razor disposal for two reasons. One was that the razors were dangerous to put in general trash, and the second was that people didn't think about littering and trash the way we do now. For them, waste used to 'magically' disappear, so dropping them into a secret place between your bathroom walls seemed like a great idea.

#1

Pulled Up The Carpet At The House, And Guess What I Found!

Pulled Up The Carpet At The House, And Guess What I Found!

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Aaron Kara 1 year ago

Now you can argue with your family all over again, but bigger!

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#2

Treasure In My Bathroom

Treasure In My Bathroom

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

Wow, wow wow. I wonder the story behind, how can one leave that ring? What happened to original owners!

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#3

I Was Helping My Dad Move Into His New Office, When We Found A Trapdoor

I Was Helping My Dad Move Into His New Office, When We Found A Trapdoor

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diane a 1 year ago

I would be fascinated to go through all that stuff

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#4

This Vintage Space Themed Wallpaper Found Under 3 Layers Of Other Wallpaper In An Old Farm House

This Vintage Space Themed Wallpaper Found Under 3 Layers Of Other Wallpaper In An Old Farm House

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Night Owl 1 year ago

That'd be cool for a kids' room

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#5

The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

The Walgreens In My Neighborhood Used To Be A Bank And They Used Its Vault As Their Vitamin Section

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Ben Smith 1 year ago

I've seen restaurants built in old banks where you can eat in the vault... Very cool

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#6

Friend Was Redecorating His New House And Found This Under A Layer Of Wallpaper

Friend Was Redecorating His New House And Found This Under A Layer Of Wallpaper

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Night Owl 1 year ago (edited)

You should definitely find a way to restore it and not cower it again

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#7

Found A Paw Print On A Brick Wall

Found A Paw Print On A Brick Wall

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Max L. 1 year ago

Possibly comes directly from the brick factory !

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#8

The Table At This Pub Has A Well In The Middle Of It (England)

The Table At This Pub Has A Well In The Middle Of It (England)

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

That is really cool, anyone knows where exactly it is?

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#9

Untouched 1800's Cemetery Preserved In The Basement Of A Tall Building Built Over It

Untouched 1800's Cemetery Preserved In The Basement Of A Tall Building Built Over It

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LittleGrayMouse 1 year ago

That's rather creepy

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#10

My Grandparents Have A Glassed-Over Well In Their Kitchen

My Grandparents Have A Glassed-Over Well In Their Kitchen

They bought the house 10 years ago, they stripped it down and they found it then. They thought it was quite unique and wanted it as a feature, it’s about 25 foot deep and connects to a small old river that ran under a long time ago. Fortunately I have yet to see anything down there!

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Cláudia Reis 4 months ago

Where does the light in it come from?

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#11

Our New Apartment Has A Little Milk Door Under The Cabinets

Our New Apartment Has A Little Milk Door Under The Cabinets

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Samantha Comerford 1 year ago

That is so cute .

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#12

My Friend Decided To Replace Her Old Carpet And She Found A Cellar Door And A Cool Surprise

My Friend Decided To Replace Her Old Carpet And She Found A Cellar Door And A Cool Surprise

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Aaron Kara 1 year ago

I would be worried that the 'surprise' waiting for me after opening a secret cellar door would be eternal damnation and pure unbridled evil carnage...

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#13

My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original Cell Doors But Painted

My Apartment Is An Old Police Station And Still Has The Original Cell Doors But Painted

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

I will probably paint black bars on it to make it more realistic!

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#14

Found Some Friends In A Mile-Long Tunnel That Travels Beneath My Apartment Building

Found Some Friends In A Mile-Long Tunnel That Travels Beneath My Apartment Building

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Virgil Blue 1 year ago

I've seen this Dr Who episode, just run or be come one of them!

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#15

Lost Hippie Mural Found Under My Flooded House

Lost Hippie Mural Found Under My Flooded House

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Max L. 1 year ago

Looks painted under the influence

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#16

Found A Message While Removing Our Cork Floor Tiles

Found A Message While Removing Our Cork Floor Tiles

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Max L. 1 year ago

Let them know !

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#17

My Living Room Was Built Around A Huge Sandstone Rock

My Living Room Was Built Around A Huge Sandstone Rock

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LittleGrayMouse 1 year ago

It looks futuristic!

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#18

This Wall Broke Exposing Years Of Layers Of Paint

This Wall Broke Exposing Years Of Layers Of Paint

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KaPOW 1 year ago

Think of all that space you are losing, scrape it off and gain and extra cm!

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#19

Found Some Nice Drawings Under The Wallpaper I'm Removing

Found Some Nice Drawings Under The Wallpaper I'm Removing

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Night Owl 1 year ago

That's pretty good

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#20

100-Year-Old Elevator Handle I Saved

100-Year-Old Elevator Handle I Saved

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

I have so much urge to give it a Go! Like they show it in movies!

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#21

These "Tom And Jerry" Type Mouse Holes Gnawed In A House Built In 1741

These "Tom And Jerry" Type Mouse Holes Gnawed In A House Built In 1741

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glowworm2 1 year ago

I'm just waiting for the little cartoon mice to pop up!

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#22

Uncovered At A Times Square Construction Site

Uncovered At A Times Square Construction Site

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Amanda Ford 1 year ago

I wish they would preserve stuff like that.

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#23

I've Been Living In My House And I Just Noticed My Back Door Handle Is A Spoon

I've Been Living In My House And I Just Noticed My Back Door Handle Is A Spoon

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

Not bad at all!

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#24

The House I'm Staying In Has Kept Its Original Well As A Feature

The House I'm Staying In Has Kept Its Original Well As A Feature

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Aaron Kara 1 year ago

Nope. I've seen the Ring, I know what happens

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#25

So I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And Made A Big Discovery

So I Just Moved Into A New Apartment, And Made A Big Discovery

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S Bagci 1 year ago

That is awesome. Imagine having this extra space that you aren't paying for . Its awesome. I would clean it and make it livable and not tell anyone.

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#26

While Renovating My Basement We Found This Painting On The Cement Behind The Wall

While Renovating My Basement We Found This Painting On The Cement Behind The Wall

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Ryo Bakura 1 year ago

The origins of Burning Man!

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#27

I Recently Moved Into A 70s Porn Motif Dream Home. This Is My Bathtub

I Recently Moved Into A 70s Porn Motif Dream Home. This Is My Bathtub

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

Honestly, to me it looks like just a wash basin, may its the perspective which is making it look small or that is really small bath tub for midgets!

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#28

Apparently, Disposing Of Old Razor Blades Inside Your Wall Was Acceptable In The 1950's

Apparently, Disposing Of Old Razor Blades Inside Your Wall Was Acceptable In The 1950's

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Aaron Kara 1 year ago

In their defence it is labelled 'razor blades'.' Where else could you possibly dispose of them?

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#29

This Mail Slot In A Building I Was In Today Sends The Mail Down 17 Stories To The Basement. Original From 1929

This Mail Slot In A Building I Was In Today Sends The Mail Down 17 Stories To The Basement. Original From 1929

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

I love it the way it is maintained and preserved. A gateway to 1929!

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#30

My House Still Has Old-Fashioned Light Switches From Its Original Construction

My House Still Has Old-Fashioned Light Switches From Its Original Construction

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Bunzilla 1 year ago

Careful, there might be knob and tube in there, and that stuff is bad news.

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#31

This Building Has The Original 1909 Electrical Switches

This Building Has The Original 1909 Electrical Switches

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Night Owl 1 year ago (edited)

That's smart. I bet they are still better (better quality, made of better materials, more durable) then new ones. As long there's still someone who knows how they work and how to fix them and as long you can find spare parts for them... OK that might be a problem. But as decoration and for a history lesson it works

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#32

Found This 20-Year-Old Promise Hidden Under The Wallpaper In Our New House

Found This 20-Year-Old Promise Hidden Under The Wallpaper In Our New House

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Krumps 1 year ago

They better start making edible clothes

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#33

Friend Tore Down His Wall For Renovations And Found This Mural On Another Wall Behind It

Friend Tore Down His Wall For Renovations And Found This Mural On Another Wall Behind It

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LittleGrayMouse 1 year ago

That's pretty!

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#34

My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

My House Used To Be A Bank, So We Use The Old Safe/Vault As A Basement

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Aaron Kara 1 year ago

You so need to stash non-perishable foods and a med kit in there.

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#35

There's A Random Chain Embedded In The Wall Of My 1930s-Era Home

There's A Random Chain Embedded In The Wall Of My 1930s-Era Home

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

We need to know more about this!

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#36

A House My Girlfriend And I Looked At Had A Shower In The Guest Room

A House My Girlfriend And I Looked At Had A Shower In The Guest Room

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Ladies and Gentlemen 1 year ago

Pretty Neat and convenient!

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#37

The Fan In My Toilet (Probably From The 70s) Has The Same Logo As Beats By Dre

The Fan In My Toilet (Probably From The 70s) Has The Same Logo As Beats By Dre

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Capra Vecinului 1 year ago

This was Dr. Dre's biggest fan!

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#38

My House Still Has The Original Light Switches

My House Still Has The Original Light Switches

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ptm45 1 year ago

the nostalgia it evokes is good but i'm thinking you need to have the electrical rewired but keep the swtiches

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