Although we have but a meager basement since most of the house is over a crawl space, the attic spans the entire house.
Thankfully less that half of the available attic has been floored and thus used for storage. (I’m sure if the entire attic were floored we’d have stored twice as much junk.)
I asked Charlie to drag down this large red satchel which we’ve been storing since I moved in 18 years ago.
This bag has protected our son’s boyhood saddle which is in lovely condition.
In addition to the saddle were a pair of almost new jodhpur boots, four pairs of riding breeches, and a boy-sized pair of chaps.
The saddle itself came with requisite pads, leathers, stirrups, girth, and saddle cover.
I washed all the fabric items including the large bag. I almost ruined a washing machine because the bag had been interlined with black foam which had deteriorated to a fine dust over the years. This fine black soot got on everything in the washer.
After a multiple washings and rinsings everything looks pretty much like new and I had the opportunity to clean the washer out with vinegar to remove any residue. (By the way it was not my washer so you can imagine my dismay when everything was covered with silt.)
I also cleaned the 16-inch Crosby Prix-des-Nations saddle inside and out with glycerin saddle soap.
After years of non-use the saddle leather became nice and supple.
I have a young friend with 3 riding children who might be interested in purchasing this treasure trove. I wanted you to see it first.
Next item we plan to dig out of the attic: 2 Ikea bookshelves.
Do you use your attic or basement for storage?