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Strange Stuff in my Basement

Updated on September 9, 2014

This actually started as Facebook posts. Several times a week I would post interesting things I found in my basement while I was cleaning. Well now I decided I would expand this to a bigger audience.As you can see I enjoy collecting a wide range of strange and interesting things!

Big Trak programmable vehicle

I picked this up for $5 at a community garage sale last summer, it was missing the battery tray cover so I fabricated a new one from some plastic I had left around from my model train hobby. I was even able to find a PDF of the original manual on a web site. After a little cleaning up the Big Trak was as good as new.

Barbie Doll RV

This was my sister's Barbie doll RV from the 1980's On more then one occasion my GI Joe commandeered this vehicle making it the command center and kicking Barbie out. I am cleaning it up so that my daughter can play with it.

Atari 7800 Game Console

This is a must have for your basement, not only does it play the newer 7800 Atari games but it also plays the earlier Atari 2600 games. I purchased this at a garage sale for a couple of bucks. I never had an Atari growing up as my dad was afraid it would ruin the picture tube on the only TV we owned.

Puffy sticker with googly eyes

Don't know where I got this from but I thought I'd add it to the list.

DC motor from shop class

I built this motor in 8th grade shop class in 1981. I hooked it up to a DC source and it still runs!

Chicago 16 cassette tape

I was a big fan of Chicago before I got hooked on grunge (Nirvana) and industrial music (NIN) in the 1990's. I know, there is a big transition between Chicago and Nirvana ;-)

Dungeons and Dragons rule book

I can't tell you how many summer days I spent in our neighbor's air conditioned basement playing D&D. I should have been outside playing!Now I sit in an air conditioned office wishing I was outside playing ;-)

Model rocket collection

I built and launched various model rockets during my childhood. I made a display out of the surviving model rockets. I designed the red and blue rocket myself.

Star Trek mug

Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) mug. When you put hot liquid in it Kirk, McCoy, and Spock disappear as if they were "transported".

Heat shield from my 1995 Mustang

I don't have the 95 Mustang anymore but I still have the heat shield. Wooh, I hope the new owner doesn't park over any dry brush!

Story Book from the movie "The Black Hole"

Remember the Disney Movie "The Black Hole" from 1979? Well I got the story book from this movie. Hellooooo, this is 1979 calling, we want our "The Black Hole" storybook back ;-)

Fight song sheet music from my high school days

Fight song sheet music (Circa 1987) from my days in the high school marching band. This must have been my sister's music because I played Sousaphone, not trombone.

Old stereo systems

When my uncle Andy passed, my dad fished out his Fisher stereo from the trash when my uncle's niece was tossing everything that my uncle valued to the curb. My father built the Healthkit stereo in the early 1960's and I inherited it after he passed. The little black box is the multiplexer, the Heathkit stereo was build before the days that the multiplexer was built into the stereo receiver. My dad purchased the cassette deck in the late 1970's from a local electronics store call Tokyo Shapiro, I was with him when he purchased it. My wife found the Craig 8-track player at a local garage sale for one dollar. The Alvin stereo (in wood cabinetry) was given to me by an elderly man that I used to do yard work for. All of this stereo equipment still works!

Sony Watchman

Sony Watchman circa 1988, amazing, I can't seem to get any analog TV stations ;-)

Strange gag gift

This is a strange novelty item. You fill the base up with water. When you open the outhouse door the little man in the out-house turns around and "squirts" you ;-)

Japanese throwing "stars".

Japanese throwing "stars" from my rebellious teen days.

Old Eico oscilloscope

My Uncle Ray's old oscilloscope, my uncle was an electrical engineer, he gave it to me in the early 1980's when he was cleaning out his garage. I believe he built the oscilloscope from a kit. It still works!

Regenerative short-wave receiver

Regenerative short-wave receiver I built from parts I had lying around.

Star Trek TOS mug....again?

Star Trek TOS (The Original Series) mug. When you put hot liquid in it Kirk, McCoy, and Spock disappear as if they were "transported". I like this mug so much I thought it was worth mentioning twice!

High Voltage generator

High voltage generator I made when I was in high school. Used the old ignition coil from my mom's 75 Monte Carlo.

Thunderbird Hood Ornament

Hood ornament from my first car, a 1980 Thunderbird. It fell off about the same time the car hit 100,000 miles and the timing chain broke, bending all of the intake and exhaust valves in the engine. Guess the bird couldn't take it anymore.

Cleveland Free Times mug

Cleveland Free Times (Alternative Weekly Newspaper) mug that used to grace my desk during my term as IS Manager there.

Lollapalooza concert t-shirt

Concert t-shirt I purchased at the 1991 Lollapalooza concert in Blossom Music Center.

1985 Mopar catalog

1985 Mopar catalog....this is indeed strange as I am not a Mopar fan.

Radio

Radio I built in high school vocational electronics class around 1986.....yes it really works!

Geneva on the Lake keepsake plate

I won it by collecting tickets I won while playing skee-ball at a Geneva on the Lake arcade.

My first cassette player

Actually this is not my first cassette recorder but the same model of my first cassette player, I picked it up for a dollar at a church rummage sale.

Robot Bank

Radio Shack robot bank from the 1980's

Al Copone's vault

Al Copone's vault, Geraldo Rivera you were looking in the wrong place! Actually I wanted to see if you were still paying attention ;-)

Pablo Cruise 8-track tape

Who is Pablo Cruise? I don't know but I have an 8-track tape of his music. Remember with an 8-track tape it would change tracks in the middle of the song? For the longest time I thought the song "Hit me with your best shot" by Pat Benetar went "Hit me with your best shot ,click, hit me with your best shot".

Conclusion

As I find other "strange stuff" in my basement I will be sure to update this Hub!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Oh my! Great finds! I think we've managed to clean out our old stuff. I wonder if your uncle's oscilloscope was a Heathkit. They were popular back then.

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      CCGAL 5 years ago

      This was fun ... and I can see that we have some similar interests. You know that most of these items are quite collectible ... if you ever wanted to put them up on eBay, I'm sure they'd sell like hot cakes! (But really ... if you decide to sell the star trek mug, PLEASE let your squidoo buddies know first ... ) I just had another thought ... you could easily make a set of lenses in a collectibles niche by writing a little more history around each of these pieces (well, most of them, anyway) and then put Amazon and eBay modules on the page. I would think that the writing itself would end up with buying keywords which would attract that long tail traffic of collectors focused on what you have. Just a thought. I like the idea, so I hope you don't mind that I'm going to do just that myself, since I'm about to dig through my storage unit (which would be my equivalent to your basement).

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      You really have all this stuff? I bet you don't have a "goopcow," that's the security word squidoo wants me to enter.

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      jasminesphotogr 6 years ago

      Haha, very neat idea for a lens! :) It is a nice thing to look back on if you ever get rid of that stuff.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      This was a fun read! I should do one for my garage and basement...it will be a garage sale lens. LOL

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      Virginia Allain 6 years ago from Central Florida

      This is a good match for my Too Much Stuff lens. Lets work on getting rid of all this. Think of all the space we will gain!

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      Robin S 6 years ago from USA

      No basement but I've got 8 tracks in my closet. Cool lens!