11/07/2018 at 2:59 pm #51361
As I’m doing a couple renovations at the moment, I was wondering what people thought of hiding items in walls, floors, ceilings for someone in the future to discover? And what would you hide?
At an old home, I did some renovations and when removing a wall it had a stack of old newspapers and Sears catalogs from the 70’s – the cool part was that the papers were from a month before I was born, and the weeks after, so it was neat to see what was going on and the advertising during that period.
I’m thinking of going bigger – hiding some unused and currently not valuable cellphones with some photos / videos of the house on them (in ziplocs with the chargers in case the battery dies) and some other items that are contemporary and may have value to a collector in the future.
Any other cool ideas or thoughts?
11/07/2018 at 3:42 pm #51362AmatinoParticipant
- Location: Texas
You’re wired different to other folks, you know that? 😉
But so am I, and I think this is such fun! I’d add a Make America Great Again cap, the front page of a variety of newspapers, local if possible, and the body of the head builder. Oh, no, wait…. that’s a Chinese tradition. Don’t bury your builder. 😀
Also… how about writing your name in glue?
11/07/2018 at 3:42 pm #51363
I think its a great idea. Thought about doing it but never have the time to make it happen. This was floating around earlier this year: https://doyouremember.com/80495/homeowners-find-message-hidden-in-bathroom Be fun to find this kind of personal message.
11/07/2018 at 5:11 pm #51372Steven SParticipant
- Location: South Dakota
Take some polaroids of the renovation in progress then stick them in there for the renovators of the future…or the firefighters to help them determine what went wrong.
11/07/2018 at 10:50 pm #51393LizParticipant
My dad, siblings, and I did this in an older house we remodeled. No idea if the new owners every opened the walls to find what we left! I don’t even remember what we left behind except for the front page of the newspaper.
The veterinary hospital I worked at was remodeled, and we pulled old newspapers from the 1920s out of the walls. Headlines like “Houdini Dead!” and a few about Mussolini rising to power. The papers were actually older than the building, but they’d been used as insulation! I guess they were saving up the papers for a long while, in anticipation of building the hospital.
11/08/2018 at 10:12 am #51408pythoneskParticipant
- Location: East TN
I love this idea. Please let us know what you leave.
11/08/2018 at 11:08 am #51416
@Amatino – Yes, I’m wired differently! It’s fun though to think of something fun to leave behind for a future stranger…
@pythonesk – I’ll update the group after the weekend. I actually want to come up with two time capsules – one for the current home we’re going to be selling (we are just tidying up the place/staging it) and one for the home we are moving into (we are gutting the place – and intend to make it our final home before we’re either locked in a senior’s residence or dead).
For the current home, we’ve so far put together some physical photos, newspapers, and will put together a bunch of interior photos (old and new) of the home on the cell phone I’m going to leave behind. Debating about leaving some local discontinued alcoholic beverages (full/new) from where I currently work that may stay good for a long period of time – just need to put them in something that the glass won’t get busted if someone drills/nails something through a wall/ceiling. I also have a bunch of NWT band/concert shirts that aren’t selling from the last few years that are wrapped up in bags – thought that would be cool for someone in the future and may be worth something by the time someone finds them.
For the new home we’ve yet to work on, I have an old laptop we’re going to load up with some videos and pictures, and try and figure out some other fun stuff to leave on it. We have more time on this one. I’ve worked with some local historical groups in the past where they interview seniors and collect stories of everyday people and some photos – would like to maybe do something substantial like this while I’m still at full mental capacity…something that I would think would be cool to find about someone else.
11/08/2018 at 12:07 pm #51422
To avoid the possibility of physical media degrading or being destroyed behind a wall, I imagined uploading everything to https://www.blogger.com. We’d have to assume that Google (who owns blogger) will keep the blog up forever.
The just put the URL somewhere behind a wall.
11/15/2018 at 10:38 am #51748
I’ve placed my time capsule in a cavity between floor joists in the ceiling above some drywall.
-an older cell phone with the charger and a bunch of pictures of the house and surrounding area/parks/beach. I also took some videos of the house.
-printed off photos of when we were looking at the house (with the previous owner’s stuff in it) and photos of it last week
-a copy of the local weekly paper and retail flyers
-gossip magazines / pop-culture magazines
I also decided to toss in some oddball things that I thought would be of interest:
-a penny from every year since the Canadian Mint made pennies from the mid 1800’s to a few years ago when we stopped using pennies in Canada. The old ones are only worth a couple dollars, so I thought it would be something neat for someone in the future to find.
-a bag of 12 concert T-shirts I couldn’t sell from one hit wonders the last 5 or so years. Not sure how they will hold up over time though
I decided against the alcohol – glass may break and leak, and plastic will break down eventually.
Still need to come up with another capsule for my new place…
11/15/2018 at 11:37 am #51752
Thats a very cool find for someone in the future.
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