I simply cannot resist cool old rusty items! I pretty sure this attraction comes from the fond memories I have of the old homestead where I grew up. We had a huge old barn and several smaller out buildings that housed all kinds of intriguing bits and pieces from the past.
We kids had great fun dragging grubby junk out of dusty corners to create what we called "forts". One outbuilding had once been a blacksmiths shop, and yielded many fascinating items like old shoe lasts and grinding stones.
To this day a piece of rusty iron, or weathered fencing brings back fond memories of my carefree childhood. We didn't have video games or cell phones back then. Sunshine and fresh air were out daily tonic, unless of course, we were rummaging around in the basement of the barn...
Then it was dim and dusty, old hay and rusty tools. Heaven! To this day, I love old barns, the more neglected, the better.
When I see a "barn sale" sign while driving out in the country, I cross my fingers and hope I'll find an old barn housing the sale. If I do, you can bet my attention isn't focused on the carefully assembled items for sale, but instead on the dim, dusty corners where bits and pieces of a former life can often be found.