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abandoned auto parts + apartments

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

One of many buildings we explored on our grand adventure day was formerly an auto parts store on the lower level with apartments upstairs. We've actually all been itching to hit small buildings as opposed to the big factory buildings. Factories are interesting, but normally they're pretty gutted. Scrappers have stolen anything and everything worth money, equipment is gone, and they're just big empty buildings. Small buildings are normally less ravaged in that sense. They have more things left in them, including personal items that help tell a story about the building's former life.

This place was FULL of stuff. The only other thing I had seen like it was at the Salton Sea. The floor was absolutely covered in the downstairs. You couldn't see the actual flooring at all. There were tons of stuffed animals, clothes, boxes, as well as miscellaneous papers. Surprisingly, it somehow didn't smell.
xoxo

Ps. Did you spot the GIF?

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  1. Haha for a second I thought I needed a break from staring at the computer screen because I was imagining the pictures were moving! This place is so cool, I really like the one with coat hangers, so eerie!

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  2. LOVE the gif of the light bulb. Also loving all that vintage wallpaper in the first photograph, amazing that it's still hanging but the patterns are gorgeous!

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    1. I know, I'm a huge fan of the wallpaper too!

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  3. haha definitely spotted the gif! Thought I was losing my mind for a second! haha!

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    1. Haha. That's exactly what I was going for when I made it.

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  4. Hey, free hangers!


    And that GIF freaked me out at first.

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  5. thx for explaining the gif! i thought i'm a little crazy :D

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  6. Very clever! I didn't spot the gif on my first read though. But when I went back to look again, I saw it and I expected a scary image to pop out... I've been watching too many scary videos lately. :)

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  7. Ohhh my goodness, that GIF - a great pic and such a fun surprise! :)

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  8. yeah that gif made me double take! creepy but cool!

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  9. You do so much urbex these days! I've never seen any abandoned buildings so stuffed to the gills with STUFF like this one before! And that gif/cinematograph(?) is super creepy if you're not expecting it! So atmospheric.

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  10. Ahahaha creative! I like the creepyness of it. I'm feeling a story vibe.

    Children. Children and toys and shouts and mess. Some days she dreamed of OUT. Out where character was a city, not a body. Where walls were sky-high and limited, and gave way after another corner or another street, and didn't surround and cover from above.

    Some days she just dreamed of finding the bottom and beauty of IN. Maybe beneath the mud there were honey-colored floorboards. Maybe under old floral wallpaper was marble, and under her crooked apron was soft clothing.

    Maybe.
    And maybe it would all end, and she would be free.

    -Just some words I felt after seeing those pictures.

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  11. I missed the gif the first time through - glad you mentioned it, I love it! You have to comment on the giant safe though.... was it open??

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  12. That gif is super eerie! Very cool. It's strange to see what buildings do unattended, how they break down and decay.

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  13. I love the toys in the last 2 photos. I'd have taken those with me :D These posts inspire me to explore again, can't wait.

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  14. I had to do a double take when I scrolled to the GIF. I don't think I've ever seen an abandoned space crammed with so much stuff. The stuffed animals gave off a bit of an eerie vibe for me, but maybe I've just played too many survival horror video games.

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