September 13, 2016
Left Behind - The Last 20 Things Guests Didn't Take
Posted by: Nancy Skee
Back when I was in high school, I read a book called something like Backstairs At The Whitehouse, a memoir of a woman who had worked 30 years behind the scenes. I rememberer being pretty fascinated by the "secrets" she shared and feeling as if I had some privileged information. It's with that same sense of privilege that I will allow you to enter the Closet of Forgotten Items.
Yes, we really do have a space like that, full of things we've retrieved after our guests have left for their journeys home. Sometimes a guest will contact us and we'll send the item back. Sometimes we can contact the owner right away and she can do a big u-turn to get the iPad that was left on the end of the bed. Some things go right into the trash. Some things hang around for a while because we get no answer about ownership, and eventually those goods are donated to a thrift shop or shipped to the Island of Misfit Toys or whatever.
So, in no particular order, here are the last 20 items that were Left Behind.
- A SWELL water bottle (nice)
- A black Coach bag (also nice)
- Men's swim trunks and shirt
- Red boxers
- Pair of blue strappy sandals (cute)
- Men's Penn State Jacket
- One black Dansko shoe
- Pair of gold earrings
- Nice gold necklace
- Baseball cap, gray
- Half a crab cake and meatballs
- Personal massage device
- Big sweatshirt that smelled bad
- Phone charger
- Large pink brassiere
- Potpourri in a decorative bag
- Scented gift soap
- Bag of fruit
- One balled-up gray sock
- Half bottle of rum (I think)
You might have a pretty fair guess about which things found homes and which things did not Pass Go. As I was going through the list I was thinking that maybe with the rest of the valuables I could open a store on eBay for some extra income. How entrepreneurial! Nah, you're right. Maybe not.