Time flies, they say. Oh boy, it does. But it only becomes obvious when you come across something from the past. Quite often, it’s a high school pic of your 14-year-old goth self rocking that camera. That’s a friendly reminder of your cringy legacy full of hopes and dreams before reality hit.

Other times, we come by stuff that’s as old as history itself. And some specimens are weirder than others. Cocaine tablets and a syringe from a 100-year-old nursing kit? Found it. Uranium glassware that glows? Yep. An antique door that helps you find the keyhole in case you’re drunk? Got it. Please enjoy Bored Panda’s compilation of the most amusing objects brought to you from the past by a bunch of people-turned-time-travelers.

#1

I Found This Taped Up In The Toy Aisle Of Goodwill. Couldn't Tell What It Did But Thought I Could Detail It. Took A $3 Gamble And Then This Happened

I Found This Taped Up In The Toy Aisle Of Goodwill. Couldn't Tell What It Did But Thought I Could Detail It. Took A $3 Gamble And Then This Happened

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Stephanie Johnson
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4 months ago

Badass!

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My Grandfather Had A Miniature Set Of All Of Shakespeare's Plays. It's 111 Years Old

My Grandfather Had A Miniature Set Of All Of Shakespeare's Plays. It's 111 Years Old

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Emerald Joanna
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4 months ago

That is sooooo beautiful 😍

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A Nice Couple Found My Great Grandpa's Purple Heart In A Forclosed Home In A Box Labled "Trash" And Returned It To My Family

A Nice Couple Found My Great Grandpa's Purple Heart In A Forclosed Home In A Box Labled "Trash" And Returned It To My Family

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AlexG
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4 months ago

Respect to both the people who returned it and to the service that earned it. RIP Grandpa.

np
Community Member
4 months ago

Well said

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Anna McHugh
Community Member
4 months ago

WOW. That is really bad. Trash? Bet Grandpa was peed. I would be.

Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

Trash? OMG, how?

BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

What a treasure.

Dave Chapman
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

A couple of years ago, a young couple in Wolseley Saskatchewan was renovating an old farm house and found a box of old Love Letters (160 of them!!) my Grandpa wrote to my Grandma back in the war years (1st), under the floorboards in the house. They took the effort to track down my Father, who unfortunately had passed away 2 years earlier, but then they sent them to my Uncle in Ontario. The story was picked up by a few papers and websites in Manitoba and Ontario. It's kind of a neat family history and much appreciated they took the effort to find us, just like this Medal is a cherished family heirloom and it's fantastic that they took the time to find the owners family. For anyone interested - https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/a-century-old-love-story-267755801.html

FurryManiac
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4 months ago

And just when I thought I’d lost faith in humanity...

Analyn Lahr
Community Member
4 months ago

Some soldiers who earn those don't like to be reminded of how they earned them.

Elaine Tabor
Community Member
4 months ago

Like my great grandpa (he was shot in the but)

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Shell O
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4 months ago

So happy there are still people in this world who respect the importance of family treasures

Viv Hart
Community Member
4 months ago

Sad that those who put it in the Trash box, didn't think to trace the family first.

sharron lynn parsons
Community Member
4 months ago

Such wonderful people, they are thoughtful !!!

Jennifer Pack
Community Member
4 months ago

What a blessing. 🙏

Elly Clifton
Community Member
4 months ago

What a beautiful gesture of goodwill, you must have been stoked.

Wynona Chilbert
Community Member
4 months ago

Priceless treasure, for sure.

K.
Community Member
4 months ago

I’m intrigued to learn why it was in a box labeled trash. Any conjecture?

deanna woods
Community Member
4 months ago

Earning one of these is something to be proud of, but I do understand why some soldiers are not though. It takes a lot of bravery and a lot of integrity to be a Purple Heart recipient.

Teresa Groth
Community Member
4 months ago

What a great and wonderful gift that they gave you!

Donald Holder
Community Member
4 months ago

Who in their right mind would label this trash. Thank God the new homeowners went through it before just throwing it out.

Sally Spelbring
Community Member
4 months ago

THANK YOU

Lisette Sleno
Community Member
4 months ago

NICE

Elaine Dodge
Community Member
4 months ago

Kudos to those kind people.

Leo Petipas
Community Member
4 months ago

keep the different metals from touching

rick hctep (Rick45)
Community Member
4 months ago

You have not got much of a family if you let your grandfather get his home foreclosed and all his life's treasures going to the dump.

Mary Jaye
Community Member
4 months ago

how lovely! God bless and keep safe!

Christine Ladyman
Community Member
4 months ago

Trash!?! How sad that people don't look, or recognise the gems. And, why did they have it!

Lelly Taffyn
Community Member
4 months ago

how wonderful Grandpa and great people to return it

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
4 months ago

Fantastic

Joan Holzer
Community Member
4 months ago

Way too cool!

Shawn
Community Member
4 months ago

These types of things are what's thrown away after a break in. I had the pleasure and good fortune to find a suitcase of war records, family records, photos and wartime letters from just before WW2 to a few years into the 2000's. I was at work and it was next to the dumpster. I called the non emergency police line they came out and ended up finding out it was from a home invasion from 3 years prior. Family was grateful to have the memories back.

Deborah Ripley
Community Member
4 months ago

So wonderful!

Starlee87
Community Member
4 months ago

Who the heck would put a purple heart in the trash???

CincyReds
Community Member
4 months ago

That is amazing and just brought a tear to my eye..

Mary McKenzie
Community Member
4 months ago

Wow! Sometimes people can be stand up.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
4 months ago

This is what happens to so many medals. You find them in yard sales, flea markets, antique stores, etc. Someone just threw them away.

RL R
Community Member
4 months ago

I hope it was in a "trash" labeled box by mistake. So glad it came back.

hopie
Community Member
4 months ago

Uttermost respect to both

Donna Reynolds
Community Member
4 months ago

Very kind of them.

Spikey Bunny
Community Member
4 months ago

Awesomeness!!!

Pallavi Stone
Community Member
4 months ago

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Carrie Perrine
Community Member
4 months ago

Really Pallavi!! This is not the place to put that picture. Grow up!!

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Some of us get lucky and find some quirky old pieces of history in the attic or after we move houses. That sounds like a good opportunity to make some quick cash, but there’re some things you should know before selling your item to the antique dealer.

Do some research beforehand—go on the internet to find some information, and evaluate the item’s condition. Keep in mind that in most cases, you’re likely gonna get 20 to 50 percent off the real retail price.

Sometimes, antique dealers will ask you to state a price you’d like to get. So get ready for a little bit of negotiation. Make sure the dealer is genuinely interested in what you have, and you are truly ready to part with it. If it’s a precious heirloom from your family, you'd better think twice before selling it.

#4

My Barbershop Still Uses Their Original Cash Register From 1904

My Barbershop Still Uses Their Original Cash Register From 1904

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

That is gorgeous.

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#5

My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

My Friend Just Found This Little Statue While Digging In His Own Garden

The archeologists from the museum told him that it is probably from a grave dating back to 3-4000 years ago. It has been found in Castell' Arquato, PC, Italy. He proceeded to give it to the Museum Of Parma.

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Demi Zwaan
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4 months ago

That is a very big penis :D

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#6

The Filament Of This Antique Light Bulb Is Shaped Like Flowers

The Filament Of This Antique Light Bulb Is Shaped Like Flowers

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MagicalUnicorn
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4 months ago

this is gorgeous! i want one <3

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You've probably noticed that people use a variety of different terms like vintage, retro, or antique to refer to whatever "old" stuff they have. But these are not synonymous and, in fact, refer to very different things. A true antique, for example, is an object that’s 100 years of age or even older. Every antique item belongs to a different period⁠⁠—for example, Art Nouveau or Art Deco⁠⁠—and these may have a couple of decades separating them.

The term "vintage" usually covers older items in general. If you go “vintage shopping,” you're shopping for items that have distinctive vintage styles and usually date to anything from the '40s to '70s. Meanwhile, the term "collectible" is used for newer items that date to the '80s, '90s, and even '00s. The word “retro” refers to vintage-inspired styles and vibes and may be used for art, fashion, graphic and interior designs, and objects.

#7

My Late Grandma Still Had Her TV Operating Guide From 1962

My Late Grandma Still Had Her TV Operating Guide From 1962

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

That's a gorgeous piece of equipment.

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#8

After A Construction Company Caused A Local Reservoir Level To Sink 10 Feet, A 600-Year-Old Buddha Carving Was Found

After A Construction Company Caused A Local Reservoir Level To Sink 10 Feet, A 600-Year-Old Buddha Carving Was Found

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chi-wei shen
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4 months ago

The statue is located in China's Jiangxi Province. It's most likely from the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).

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#9

Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

Found In The Pocket Of My Grandpa’s WW2 Bomber Jacket

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Analyn Lahr
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4 months ago

Shouldn't insult pigs like that.

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#10

These Intricate Old Keyholes

These Intricate Old Keyholes

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Rabbit Carrot
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4 months ago

I wish people would tell us where these things are so we can look them up!

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#11

My Great Great Aunt's 100-Year-Old Nursing Kit Has A Vile Full Of Cocaine Tablets And A Syringe

My Great Great Aunt's 100-Year-Old Nursing Kit Has A Vile Full Of Cocaine Tablets And A Syringe

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Stephanie Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

Slightly reminds me of the show "Outlander" 💜

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#12

My Friend Was Splitting Logs And Found An Arrowhead

My Friend Was Splitting Logs And Found An Arrowhead

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BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, that's one buffalo that didn't die that day.

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#13

Lovely Antique Aquarium

Lovely Antique Aquarium

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Foxxy (The Original)
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4 months ago

That is gorgeous.

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#14

Found An Old Monopoly Set In The Walls Of My 1925 House

Found An Old Monopoly Set In The Walls Of My 1925 House

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Jo Choto
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4 months ago

That's going to be worth some money. Looks to be in excellent condition.

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#15

36 Vettes From An 80s Promtional. One From Each Production Year From 1953 To 1989 Found Sitting In A Nearly Abandoned New York City Storage Lot For About 25 Years

36 Vettes From An 80s Promtional. One From Each Production Year From 1953 To 1989 Found Sitting In A Nearly Abandoned New York City Storage Lot For About 25 Years

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Geez, would love to know the story behind why it was abandoned in the first place, the cars worth etc.

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#16

Have You Ever Wondered How Music Was Typed Before Computers? This Rare Vintage Typewriter From The 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music

Have You Ever Wondered How Music Was Typed Before Computers? This Rare Vintage Typewriter From The 1950s Lets You Type Sheet Music

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Bobert Robertson
Community Member
4 months ago

Yet when I was taking piano lessons in the 90's they made me draw it by hand.... nobody mentioned these existed

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#17

This Antique American Pledge Of Allegiance Does Not Reference God

This Antique American Pledge Of Allegiance Does Not Reference God

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
4 months ago

The good one. The USA was made as a secular state, but somehow that went south in 1954. Such a shame.

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#18

Roman Coin I Found In France While Metal Detecting. Emperor Constantine I. Minted In Trier (Treveri), Germany. Bronze. 306-337 A.D.

Roman Coin I Found In France While Metal Detecting. Emperor Constantine I. Minted In Trier (Treveri), Germany. Bronze. 306-337 A.D.

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AlexG
Community Member
4 months ago

Sweet!

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#19

I Found These 60-Year-Old Condoms In My Basement

I Found These 60-Year-Old Condoms In My Basement

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Jo Choto
Community Member
4 months ago

100% not going to prevent a pregnancy!

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#20

This Old Sundial Has Muli-Oriented Panels That Show Time Of Countries All Around The World

This Old Sundial Has Muli-Oriented Panels That Show Time Of Countries All Around The World

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Sinkvenice
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4 months ago

Now *that's* cool.

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#21

This Page From An Illustrated Captain's Log From 1777

This Page From An Illustrated Captain's Log From 1777

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Cip IESAN
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4 months ago

Nice hand writing!

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#22

Grandpa Still Uses A Decades Old Computer That Still Runs DOS, Typing And Printing And Storing Things On Floppies

Grandpa Still Uses A Decades Old Computer That Still Runs DOS, Typing And Printing And Storing Things On Floppies

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

1989 Tandy 5000 advertisement from Radio Shack tandy1989-...443ed1.jpg tandy1989-5e8ae59443ed1.jpg

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#23

I Found This Cleaning Out Grandma's House

I Found This Cleaning Out Grandma's House

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Demi Zwaan
Community Member
4 months ago

Well, that's a 1600 dollar find. Not bad.

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#24

This Antique Door From 1380 In Regensburg, Germany, Helps Finding The Keyhole After You Drank Too Much Wine

This Antique Door From 1380 In Regensburg, Germany, Helps Finding The Keyhole After You Drank Too Much Wine

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AlexG
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4 months ago

🤣🤣🤣

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#25

This Railway Ticket We Found In Our Barn. The Stamp On The Back Says Aug 18, 1890

This Railway Ticket We Found In Our Barn. The Stamp On The Back Says Aug 18, 1890

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AlexG
Community Member
4 months ago

Nice find!

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#26

My Grandma Has Original Moon Landing Printing Plates From The Time Magazine Cover

My Grandma Has Original Moon Landing Printing Plates From The Time Magazine Cover

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Narunaru
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4 months ago

Here: 1101690718_400.jpg 1101690718_400.jpg

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#27

2000-Year-Old Green Serpentine Stone Mask Found At The Base Of The Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico

2000-Year-Old Green Serpentine Stone Mask Found At The Base Of The Pyramid Of The Sun, Teotihuacán, Mexico

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Meeple13
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4 months ago (edited)

'...somebody stop me...' Best movie ever!

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#28

I Found This Old Lightbulb In My Grandparents’ House Finished In 1902 And It Still Works

I Found This Old Lightbulb In My Grandparents’ House Finished In 1902 And It Still Works

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Stephanie Johnson
Community Member
4 months ago

Antiques built to last! While we blow bulbs daily 🙄

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#29

An Old Cup That Keeps Your Moustache Dry

An Old Cup That Keeps Your Moustache Dry

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JuJu
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4 months ago

Could be back in fashion for the hipsters ;)

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#30

I Found An Old Lunar Globe Where The Far Side Of The Moon Is Still Uncharted

I Found An Old Lunar Globe Where The Far Side Of The Moon Is Still Uncharted

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Rabbit Carrot
Community Member
4 months ago

Beautiful. My dad once found an old globe in a house he was renovating. It was in a right old state. The owner said he could have it as it was only going to be binned. Turns out it was antique and really rare. My dad sold it for £10,000 and they split the money between them.

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#31

New Orleans Still Has Horse Hitches In Various Parts Of The City

New Orleans Still Has Horse Hitches In Various Parts Of The City

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Cip IESAN
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4 months ago

Also, perfect for bicycles!

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#32

Found This Old Calculator In My Great Grandmother's Attic

Found This Old Calculator In My Great Grandmother's Attic

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Kathy Smith
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4 months ago

Used to have one of those at home when I was a kid. I loved to play with it.

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#33

Old European Houses Have A Shoe Scraper By The Door So That You Could Clean The Mud Off Your Soles Before Entering

Old European Houses Have A Shoe Scraper By The Door So That You Could Clean The Mud Off Your Soles Before Entering

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Maiun
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4 months ago

We have lots of them in the UK.

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#34

Mom Found My Old McDonald’s Food Toys That Turned Into Robots

Mom Found My Old McDonald’s Food Toys That Turned Into Robots

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BusLady
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4 months ago

Is that Dolly Parton on the right?

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#35

Vintage Freddie Mercury Queen Plate, 1980s

Vintage Freddie Mercury Queen Plate, 1980s

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Ninja Kitty
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4 months ago

Makes him look the the king he is!

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#36

Found This Coin In My Grandma's Collection Of Old Stuff. Turns Out, It's From The Year 1797

Found This Coin In My Grandma's Collection Of Old Stuff. Turns Out, It's From The Year 1797

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Draco Malfoy
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4 months ago

And in good condition!

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#37

Found Three 1969 Newspapers About The Moon Landing In An Old Chest In The Attic

Found Three 1969 Newspapers About The Moon Landing In An Old Chest In The Attic

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BusLady
Community Member
4 months ago

My ex-husband was born July 10, 1969. I found a similar newspaper some years ago and gave it to him as a gift. He's gone, but I still have the paper.

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#38

Jackpot Find At An Antique Market In Greenwich Village NYC. Poison Ring

Jackpot Find At An Antique Market In Greenwich Village NYC. Poison Ring

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Emerald Joanna
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4 months ago

And not many people know this, but you can put your weed in there

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#39

Vintage Forbidden Candy Identification Chart

Vintage Forbidden Candy Identification Chart

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John Montgomery
Community Member
4 months ago

I have to admit I'm surprised there are square tablets.

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#40

Old School Nintendo Cards From My Grandma

Old School Nintendo Cards From My Grandma

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

I never understood this game, I tried but I still don’t get it so I just wing it and hope for the best lol.

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