One American family can now lay a valid claim to have made the find of the century. An old building they had inherited from their grandparents turned out to house a perfectly preserved shoe store that was last open half a century ago.
The building had been in use as a shoe store from the 1940s until the 1960s, but it has been locked for decades. The shoes appear to have been untouched for the past 50 years and are practically new. The collection is probably worth a small fortune.
The store was closed when the grandmother fell ill and the rest of the family was too busy to manage it. Reddit user Oktober75, who posted the find, added:
I have no idea how profitable (the business) was, perhaps that was a factor (in it closing). My grandparents were known for hoarding. My guess is they went with the mentality “it will be worth something some day”. That day came and went.
For now, the store’s location will be kept secret, the Redditor adds, promising that “when we’re ready to draw attention, I’d be happy to share more details”.
1. A family recently unearthed a shoe store that was opened by their grandparents in the 1940s but that had been closed since the 1960s.
2. Many of the hundreds of pairs of shoes locked inside the building are in good-as-new condition, and feature classic brands like Converse.
3. The collection, which provide a snapshot to an era long passed, is likely worth a pretty penny.
4. The building was recently unlocked after being shut for decades.
5. The store closed down when the grandmother fell ill, and everything is still in its place.
6. The location of the building has been kept secret for security reasons.
7. People would likely pay a decent amount for a proper pair of boots like these.
8. A pair like this appears to have a 1960s flair, but wouldn’t be out of place today.
9. One of the family members tries on a pair.
10. A pair like this appears to have a 1960s flair, but wouldn’t be out of place today.
11. Save some dust that had settled over the time, the shoes were in mint condition.
12. Save some dust that had settled over the time, the shoes were in mint condition.
13. The store was chock-full of classic American brands, but many no longer exist.
14. This pair would not be out of place on a hipster today.
15. The shop catered for all kinds of shoes, from dressy to casual.
16. From this photo you can see the shop was called First Class Shoe Store.
17. The men’s shoes appear very well-made.
18. The women’s shoes look particularly vintage.
19. This pair is a bit dusty.
20. The unique shoes have aged well.
21. Some of the styles, or variations of them, are still around today.
Source: The Daily Mail.
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