Treasures of the Attic = Future Funds

Although we have but a meager basement since most of the house is over a crawl space, the attic spans the entire house.

We use the attic over the 3 rooms toward the bottom of the picture above.  It is accessed by steps in the laundry room.
We use the attic over the 3 rooms toward the bottom of the picture above. It is accessed by steps in the laundry room.

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.)

In the area of the attic over the far right bedroom (Treetops Room).
The area of the attic over the far right bedroom (Treetops Room).

Recently while hunching through the attic to locate the foosball table and castle dollhouse I came upon another something (somethings) we’ve been hanging onto.

Our saddle bag has been store in the attic which is hot in summer and cold in winter.
Our saddle bag has been stored in the attic which is hot in summer and cold in winter.

I asked Charlie to drag down this large red satchel which we’ve been storing since I moved in 18 years ago.

Close-contact saddle.
Close-contact saddle.

This bag has protected our son’s boyhood saddle which is in lovely condition.

Child-size riding boots.
Child-size riding boots.

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.

Saddle cover and pads
Saddle cover and pads

The saddle itself came with requisite pads, leathers, stirrups, girth, and saddle cover.

Hoof pick, crops -- everything was there.
Hoof pick, crops — everything was there.

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.

I washed the fleece saddle pad along with other items.
I washed the fleece saddle pad along with other items.

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 used a damp rag with saddle soap to clean the leather.
I used a damp rag with saddle soap to clean the leather.
Glycerin saddle soap
Glycerin saddle soap

I also cleaned the 16-inch Crosby Prix-des-Nations saddle inside and out with glycerin saddle soap.

Saddle soap creates a foam that cleans the leather which is then buffed with a soft cloth.
Saddle soap creates a foam that cleans the leather which is then buffed with a soft cloth.

After years of non-use the saddle leather became nice and supple.

Maybe I should use this as décor.
Maybe I should use this as décor a la Ralph Lauren. Just kidding.

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?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

4 thoughts on “Treasures of the Attic = Future Funds”

  1. we don’t have an attic, if we did, we’d totally use it for storage! we have a basement, but twice in the last 10 years (thankfully before i lived there) it flooded up to the ceiling. so we don’t store much of value down there… we have created some small storage space above our master closet, but that’s about it!

  2. I am trying to get up the nerve to feature my attic in a blog post. It is so crammed with crap (Eric stashes everything) that it makes me cry whenever I go up there. Believe it or not, we have plans to turn it into an art studio … and it’s partially done, like all of our projects.

    1. I wish ours was actually tall enough to stand up in. Not so. An art studio — Atelier D’Arcy — oooh, I wanna see it. Jo

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