Man renovating home finds incredible piece of history after pulling up carpet

An Australian man in the midst of a home renovation was completely shocked after making a baffling discovery in his wife’s parents’ wardrobes.

Josh Byrnes, 33, was ripping up old carpet in one of the bedrooms of his in-laws’ Sydney home when he came across a receipt from 42 years ago.

Since his in-laws’ had lived there since 1978, he figured the receipt had to have been processed not long after they moved in.

The purchase that had been made at a Woolworths store in 1978, totaled only $0000.91, which can be converted to £0.05.

This stunned Josh, and in the hope of finding out more about the purchase that was made, he took to the supermarket’s Facebook page.

According to He wrote: “Hi Woolworths, someone from our house attended your store on the 16/11/78 and as my wife Liz and I weren’t born yet, we can’t even imagine what was purchased for $0000.91. Any ideas?”

The receipt had been found at the back of the wardrobe behind a box of shoes when he was ripping up their carpet.

Whilst there’s not much that you can buy for $0000.91 nowadays, a catalogue from Woolworths in 1978 says shoppers could buy coffee, spaghetti and yogurt all for just over 60 cents.

An entire chicken would cost $1.09, £0.60, while a kilo of mince set you back just 89 cents, £0.49.

Josh couldn’t believe the immaculate condition of the receipt despite it being 40 years old and Facebook users were just as amazed as he was, with one saying: “What a price of history. I wonder what they got?”

Woolworths also responded to the shopper’s discovery and said that they were “Impressed to see our receipt in such a wonderful condition even after 40 years”.

However, they could not answer what his wife’s parents’ bought.

The store said: “Unfortunately, our system doesn’t allow us to pull up purchase history that old. Thanks for sharing this great find with us.”

During his renovation Josh also came across a newspaper from when the war had ended and bullets, which he later disposed of because they were live.