You never know where treasure may lie!

According to the book, “Keep the Memories, Lose the Stuff,” when people are going through an older relatives’ house when they’re ready to move, they’ve found money, jewelry, coins, and other valuable items in the strangest of places.

Beth Abraham Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing has details on six things you need to check so you can feel like a real-life detective before you let the movers do their thing.

  1. False Drawers

Chests of drawers, women’s vanities, and old trunks have false bottoms, secret compartments, and other areas to keep extra-special items hidden a bit more than usual. Check under linings and feel around edges for any openings. Bookshelves may also contain Bibles or dictionaries that are hollowed out and used for secret storage.

  1. Under Floorboards

Check under area rugs and in corners of rooms that have wall-to-wall carpeting for any floorboards that are loose, out of place, or have newer nails than the rest of the room.

  1. Pantry

Check all cans, tins, and boxes for any items that may have been stored for safekeeping.

  1. Freezer

Most people wouldn’t think to hide anything in a freezer, but people have found plastic bags with cash in the freezer, along with credit cards and coins that were frozen in ice. Gives new meaning to the term cold hard cash!

  1. Toilet Tanks

Another unusual place on the surface, but a good hiding place when you think about it. Check the lid to make sure nothing is taped to it, and look for jars or bottles in the tank itself.

  1. Closets

This goes without saying, but go beyond searching the shelves. Go through shoeboxes, photo albums, coat pockets, and anything else you might find in closets around the house.


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