We are sure that you will not choose to clean the house if you have free time. After all, we all have better things to do than to vacuum, dust, and arrange things for hours on end. However, someone has to do the job. You might even be generous enough to clean the house for your grandmother! This is the right thing to do, especially if they are too old and too frail to do it themselves. The man in this story signed up for that, but he had no idea what he would find during that mission…
Cleaning The Pottery Workshop
When his grandmother asked for his help to clean her pottery workshop, he said yes right away. He did not even hesitate for a second as the old lady could not do it independently. The man loved her dearly and agreed to do this for her. Who would have thought he would make such a shocking discovery?
There Was So Much Clutter
A pottery room is typically full of paints, tools, pottery, and raw materials. When he first got to her workshop, he took a photo of the room. He planned to post comparison photos to show its state before and after the cleaning session. It was a good idea to document it, but not for reasons he had in mind.
As Told On Imgur
Upon entering the room, the man wanted to let out a sigh. He could already tell that it was going to take longer than a day to fix it up. There was so much clutter in there. On top of that, it was clear that no one had touched the room in a while. His story went viral on Imgur after posting the photos under ‘todirerl.’
A Long Day Ahead Of Him
After seeing all the clutter, he resigned to the idea that he would spend all day there. He got to work right away. He was determined to finish it that day. It was a busy day, so he did not pay that much attention to a closet at the back. There were so many boxes and wood that it was not easily accessible.
Clearing The Path To The Closet
On top of that, it did not look like the closet had been opened in a while. That made sense since all the mess would get in the way. There was something that drew him toward it. After clearing up the clutter, he got close enough to open the doors. He just hoped that there would be no dead animal in there.
A Ton Of Junk
He was relieved to see that the closet only had junk inside. He did not find a dead animal or anything of that sort in there. Even so, he was a bit disappointed that he failed to turn up anything of interest. Before he could shut the doors, he noticed something odd about a specific part of the furniture…
What Was Below The Closet
There were wooden tiles at the bottom that were not kept in place. They seemed a little loose, so he decided to check out what was down there. He removed everything in the closet. At this point, he realized that it was a false bottom! But what did that mean? What was he going to find in there?
Metal And Dirt
Below the wooden bottom of the closet, he found a hole full of gravel. All of a sudden, his mood lifted. His cleaning day started boring, but this turned everything around for him. He dug through the dirt and found a metal object with a plastic piece in the middle. It was an old combination safe!
His Grandma Did Know
He decided to bring it up with his grandmother. However, she had no idea who put that in there. On top of that, she did not know what could be inside. To his dismay, she had no clue what the combination might be. At any rate, she permitted him to open it with the help of his father.
What These Things Are
The safe was tattered and rusty. No one really thought that it would have anything inside. But once they opened it, they let out a gasp. There was indeed something inside of it. At first, it looked like a random collection of things. After he unwrapped a wad of black cloth, he saw something disturbing.
A Cause For Concern
After he cracked the safe, he was surprised by what he found there. An old piece of paper said, “Abandon All Regret Ye Who Enter Here.” That does not sound good. All of a sudden, the truth finally dawned on him. By that point in time, he already knew who owned that safe!
A Very Old Insignia
The black cloth covered several items. It had an insignia that meant “double happiness” in Chinese calligraphy. You will often find this in traditional wedding ceremonies. But the note was the clue that helped him figure out whose vault it was. The contents of the safe were just as intriguing as the note.
Going Back In Time
Doesn’t this take you back in time? The yellow tint and worn corners tell us what we need to know about its age. It shows a man in a suit and round glasses. The man in the photo was none other than the father of his grandpa. It was his great-grandfather. The safe was full of priceless family heirlooms.
A Very Long Time Ago
This woman, on the other hand, was the grandmother of his grandfather. He could not believe that he was looking at his forebears. The man had never met these people, but the same blood ran through their veins. This is not the only thing that he learned about his family, either! What was inside the pouch?
An Ancient Collection
In the pouch, he saw a pocket watch in excellent condition. There were also a lot of old stamps. He took a good look at them and saw that they came from various countries, some of which no longer existed! There was the Soviet Union, Zaire, Katanga, and more. More surprises were waiting for him.
Many Old Coins
The plastic box came with coins of different shapes and sizes! They were from different countries and eras. He found currency from Jamaica, Cuba, New Zealand, Pakistan, and Venezuela. This is barely the tip of the iceberg! There is a rare 1921 silver United States dollar that would now go for a lot of money.
From The First World War
There was something else that grabbed his attention. There was a medal and a crested pin from the First World War in there! They must have belonged to his great-grandfather, who served during the global conflict. The crest had a lion on it. Another Imgur user who followed the story said an item that the British Empire handed out to Commonwealth troops.
There Was A Lamp
Inside the safe, he also found a small lamp. In the story, he said that it was “unfortunately not a genie’s lamp.” We are sure that he tried his luck by rubbing it to no avail. He thought that he was already done. Was it time to return to his cleaning duties? However, he saw that there was an old key there as well.
Other Hidden Treasure
A key is used to open something. His grandmother, however, had no idea what it would open. He decided to launch a treasure hunting session of the house to figure out where it goes. After all, he knows better than anyone that you can find the unbelievable if you look hard enough.
An Incredible Discovery
Indeed, his little adventure did not end in the discovery of ancient artifacts and expensive jewelry. Still, the special keepsakes of his ancestors were priceless! The safe contents made him realize that his forebears traveled quite a lot since they accumulated so many interesting things in the past.
Cleaning The Old Photo
A kind stranger on Imgur downloaded the photo of todirerl’s great-grandpa. He took it upon himself to clean up the image, which resulted in this gem of a photo. We love how much this portrait has improved. It gives us an even better idea of what the past was like. What a nice thing to do.
Making Your Very Own Safe
How awesome would it be if todirerl also left a safe with his personal effects for the future generation? It would feel like things have come full circle if he did that. This is a great way to share things about yourself even when you are no longer around. We are sure that he had no idea he would stumble upon these things when he embarked on a mission to clean out the pottery workshop!