Truely From Trash to Treasure: A Vintage Suitcase With A Little Surprise Inside…

While I was home, I scored big time with this great vintage suitcase! My step-dad found it laying near a dumpster outside of his work, and it was obviously going to be thrown out. He’s a picker like me, and we pickers could never let a gem like this go to waste! He brought it home for me, and I instantly fell in love.  It is quite beat up, which adds to it’s charm and character. I love everything about it.

Even though it is old and worn, the handle and latches are quite sturdy. Things were a lot more well made back then.

The best part about this old suitcase is what we found inside…

This old photo shows a little boy carrying this very suitcase! I am assuming that is the same little boy in the picture on the right, by the round, chubby little face. Who would ever throw away such a treasure?? I feel like I would be doing that little boy a disservice to let his little suitcase go to the dump; it looked like one of his prized possessions.

I wonder who the boy is? Where was he going, and what was he carrying around in there? Perhaps that is his dad is sledding with him? I guess we’ll never know, but for now I will cherish this little suitcase and probably display it somewhere in my house, with the photos inside of course. There’s just something about that little boy and his suitcase that makes me smile.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. photobyholly
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 15:29:40

    What a great find!! The photos really add to the intrigue! 🙂


  2. Teeny
    Nov 02, 2010 @ 20:26:25

    I’m so glad that I decided to get on and read your blog. I must say that I have been slacking in reading it, but I am so glad that I caught myself up. I love reading everything that you do. I love the post about our Craft Show! You are truly an amazing and talented person and I am so thankful to have you as a part of my life. Lots of love to you girlie! I’m looking forward to our Crafting weekend 🙂


  3. Melanie Johnston
    Nov 03, 2010 @ 21:25:27

    Wow, Margaret that is so cool! What a great find. I can’t believe someone went so far as to store those photos in the suitcase. Really neat!


  4. Bryn
    Dec 02, 2011 @ 08:49:44

    Thanks for sharing. There are stories everywhere we look.


  5. me from here
    Feb 13, 2012 @ 21:46:15

    How freakin’ cool is this??????????? One thing that awes me about antiques, old vintage pictures, and morbidly enough, old cemetery headstones…is the wonder of the past: who were these people, who owned this item I have, what did they do with it, what were there lives like? Everything and everyone has a story and I love to wonder about these things:)


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