If you own an older house, chances are pretty good that a previous owner hid valuables in it. If they did, they intended to retrieve those items one day. However, circumstances often prevent people from doing so – they die, become ill, or grow infirm and cannot remember where they hid items.
So if you own an older home, where should you check for hidden items? Here are some places to look.
Where Did People Like to Hide Valuables in Earlier Times?
Twenty years ago, a treasure hunter named Michael Paul Henson wrote “27 Unusual Places to Look for Treasure,” an article that you can still find online. Here are some of the places where he reported that he had found hidden valuables:
- Above false closet ceilings
- Behind loose bricks around fireplaces and elsewhere
- Behind wallpaper (look for bulges)
- Between layers of shelf paper (popular for paper currency)
- Buried in flower gardens
- In hollowed-out beams and/or logs in log cabins
- Inside couch and chair cushions
- Inside door locks
- Inside hollow bed posts (a popular place to stash gold coins, Henson wrote)
- Inside hollowed-out fence and clothesline posts
- Inside hollowed-out stones placed outdoors
- Inside old chicken coops (Henson notes that chickens made “good watchdogs”)
- Inside or surrounding fireplace cleanouts
- Sewn into carriage seats and horse harnesses
- Under false bottoms in feed bins in barns
- Under paving stones
- Under porch floors
- Under siding and shingles
- Under steps
- Under window sills and casements
And here are some additional places that are mentioned in other articles that I have found online:
- Behind loose stones or bricks in foundations
- Behind mantles made of slate and other materials
- Down wells (coins or gold jewelry could be placed in a box and lowered down using a rope)
- In outhouses, barns and sheds
- In safes hidden behind closet walls or under closet floors
- Inside tool cabinets and toolboxes
- Under floorboards
Ready to Start Looking?
Now that you have read the lists above of hiding places, are you ready to start tapping on walls, lifting floorboards and probing for loose bricks? We can’t blame you. And when you find items made of gold or other precious metals, be sure to contact America's best Gold Refiners, part of Specialty Metals Smelters & Refiners, at 800-426-2344.
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