.... is my idea of treasure.
When we were going through the process of buying this house we had the usual fixtures and fittings list sent on to us from the vendor via our solicitor. We were a little surprised to find that the cooker in the kitchen was not going to be staying. As we'd assumed it was an integral part of the fitted kitchen we got onto the solicitor lickety spit. Turns out the vendor thought he would be doing us a favour by taking out not only the cooker but the under-worktop fridge and freezer too and taking them to the tip!! WHAAAAAT!!!!
As we had no cooker, fridge or freezer of our own we asked if he wouldn't mind leaving them in situ for the time being. He said that would be no problem as it would mean he didn't have to hire a van to get them to the tip. But were we sure we wanted to keep them as there was a bit of rust at the bottom of the freezer door!! WHAAAAAT (again)!! When you've lived without a freezer for eight very long years, believe me, you do not mind a teensy bit of rust on the door. And, can I just say, it is sooooooo wonderful to be able to lob things in a freezer once again. Really, I'd forgotten just what a useful (and thrifty) bit of kit a freezer can be.
Turns out all three appliances are in excellent condition and the only thing that is even a little bit broken is the heat-proof handle on the grill pan - and, with the judicious use of an oven glove, that has proved to be no problem at all. And to think someone was going to take that lot to the tip and dump them - scandalous!!
He also left behind all the light fittings (very posh jobbies they are too), blinds, curtains (lovely quality) and curtain poles - except in the front bedroom where, with a wonderful piece of luck, our old living room curtains have turned out to be a perfect floor-length fit. They even match the bedroom decor perfectly - bonus! So far all I've had to buy is one lampshade which cost me 99p from a charity shop.