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Once I had a chest full of treasures.
The only thing left of it is the cage where I kept them.
I have no money anymore. Not that I need any.
I am used as a base to build things.

I didn't leave my room for years.
I feel in my bones that it won't change.
For some I am an armour.
For some I am a coat hanger for all they are.

Who/What am I?

EDIT: Added second stanza to narrow the question

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    $\begingroup$ This one seems a little too broad. $\endgroup$ – Ivanhoe Oct 11 '16 at 10:06
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for suggestions - if the comment above reaches +3 (if others agree) I'll add some more specific clues. $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Oct 11 '16 at 10:07
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You are

A skeleton.

Once I had a chest full of treasures.

The internal organs.

The only thing left of it is the cage where I kept them.

The rib cage.

I have no money anymore. Not that I need any.

Not quite sure about it. Dead people don't need money.

I am used as a base to build things.

"A skeleton" is used as a term for it.

I didn't leave my room for years. I feel in my bones that it won't change.

You were inside the body.

For some I am an armour. For some I am a coat hanger for all they are.

Exoskeleton and endoskeleton.

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  • $\begingroup$ The "money" part refered exactly to what you pointed. $\endgroup$ – oleslaw Oct 11 '16 at 10:30
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    $\begingroup$ dead people need a gold coin to pay Charon the ferryman of Hades $\endgroup$ – lois6b Oct 11 '16 at 10:32

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