Loft TreasureDid you know that the average British household has items in their lofts valuing over £850? Mostly forgotten about consumer goods that could be dusted off and sold for a tidy sum on E-Bay or some other on-line store!

According to research, more than half of UK residents fail to cash in on their attic valuables because they find it too difficult to send the items once they are sold.

In the current economic climate it is unsurprising to learn that the majority of UK households have less than £300 left in their bank accounts after all the bills have been paid each month, so cashing in on your unwanted “stuff” would seem to be a good idea!

But apart from the usual haul of old CD’s, clothing, DVD players and the like, there are some lucky (and maybe not so lucky!) people who have found more than they bargained for when clearing out a loft. Here are just three examples of weird and wonderful attic finds..

The ultimate “Cash in the Attic”!

Back in 2010, a retired solicitor and his elderly mother discovered what turned out to be a rare Qianlong Chinese vase and it sold for a massive £43m at auction!

They are thought to have found the vase while they were clearing out the mothers’ sisters’ house following her death.

They put it aside, on top of a bookcase, as they continued to deal with the rest of their deceased relatives’ property for several months before they took it to auction! The auction room was packed with Chinese buyers and there was a queue of dealers and collectors to see the vase which dates to between mid to late 18th Century and would have been made for the Qianlong emperor.

An Unassuming Location for Hidden Treasure!

A grieving family in Swindon, Wiltshire stumbled across an amazing haul of antiques worth an amazing £50,000 whilst emptying an elderly relative’s modest home.

The incredible collection, including 150 antique watches (one of which was a rare Patek Philippe) and some solid gold coins dating back to the reign of Charles 11, along with more than 100 pieces of silverware, was stuffed into bin bags, hidden in suitcases and dumped in the garden shed at the unassuming property.

A Not So Valuable Find – But Weird Nonetheless.

A woman in South Carolina, USA discovered a very strange “thing” in her attic… her ex-boyfriend! She found him living in her attic more than 12 years after they had broken up!

The single mother of five says she heard a thump from up above and saw nails start popping out from her bedroom ceiling!

The two had broken up more than 12 years ago. She never considered getting back with him, despite him claiming in letters he sent from jail that he had changed. She thought he had gone to Charlotte after his latest arrest.


Her adult sons and her nephew found him asleep in the back of the attic. “They found a man. He had packed all the old coats and jackets into the heating unit and was sleeping in the heating unit”


Hopefully you won’t get any nasty surprises when you check out your loft treasures, and maybe you will stumble across a rare and valuable piece of art, you never know! So if you are considering a loft conversion for your North London home, give Sunlight Lofts a call and we may even help you in your Treasure Hunt!