Where I grew up, people sort of let their garages do double duty. Ours had both of my parents' cars in it, a wall and work bench for my dad's tools, the washer and dryer, and some storage, such as my dad's childhood train set up on shelves, etc. So part storage, part work area, part car storage, etc.
However, where my maternal grandparents lived, the garages were detached, and used for storage more than cars.
I loved looking through their garage. They had an antique doll pram in there, suitcases, board games, tools, etc. etc. I found 2 small antiques in the corner in the dusty floor, plus 2 other older items, and asked my granddad if I could have them...he said yes. If the thief here didn't take them from the house, I still have them.
One is a small metal change purse shaped like a purse. It has something decorative on it, which may be a polished coral cab?
The other antique is the basic size and shape of the rubber thing at the end of a cane. Only, this is metal, and has stones in it. I imagine that they aren't real, and 2 are missing, but it's pretty. I don't know if it's the top of a fancy walking stick, or what.
The third is a gorgeous medal from the 20's for someone winning a swimming event. It's large, heavy, and the writing, which was deeply cut into it, never turns colors with age. I don't know what it's made of, aside from knowing that it's metal.
And, finally, a small train case...very old. That I have up here. Ds found it the last time he was down there trying to save things from getting wet. I had stamps and such stored in it. I have had it since I was 7, maybe?
So, old garages are fun to look through, I think.
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