I have this old trunk that I think of as a steamer trunk because it came over on the boat with John’s many great grandfather. I volunteered to take it when John’s mom recently moved into her apartment from her house. I didn’t really want it but could see it bothered her that no one was going to take it when it had such a family history to it. I’ve always wanted a hope chest but since I’d given up on the idea I thought okay I’ll take the trunk.
I figured I could store my craft supplies or quilts in it. There are two problems with this trunk. One is that it’s “huge”. You don’t quite get a perspective of it when it’s off by itself in grandma’s basement but having it up in the sewing room well…let’s just say it doesn’t fit.
The other problem is that grandma stored her quilts in it. You might wonder how storing quilts in a trunk is a problem but grandma’s quilts were older utility quilts that were made of any scraps there were and they were constructed to be heavy and warm. Well…wool keeps you warm and I guess my mother-in-law came from an era where wool meant little wool moths that ate the fabric. So now you see my problem, this trunk reeks of mothball odor. I’ve tried airing it out in the garage but it still smells.
The trunk seems to be made of canvas covered wood/pressboard? The interior is lined with plastic shelving paper, which John’s mom probably added later. I don’t know what would take the smell out and I’m kind of hesitant to store stuff in there that is going to reek of mothballs later. The only thing I can think of is to use cedar balls to mask the odor but I guess then everything would smell of cedar.
I do have my yarn in plastic zip bags (the kind that come with comforters or duvets) so I might just dump the whole lot in there to free up some room and take my chances. I guess I’ll find out but any suggestions are welcome.