Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Boxes, Boxes, and More Boxes!

I've been working hard to gain control of my self made chaos.
The chaos has threatened to consume us all.
Well, not consume.
But I really don't like things quite so disorganised.

So the last couple of days have been spent taking photos.
Editing photos.  Making listings.
So that I can refill my shop
And unfill my my home space.
Not that I won't be refilling it.
(But we won't mention that too loudly.)

With all the boxes and crates that have been added lately,
I thought perhaps this would be a great place to begin.

I love researching each of the pieces to learn about them.
Their histories are so diverse.

Here are some of the cool "boxes" that I've been working on.

An old milk crate from a nearby dairy
This is one sturdy crate.
I just love this one!

A salesman's seed box that was used to sell door to door
Flower seed packets were toted about in this.
Amazing the work that went into this little box.
It's oak and has dove tailed corners.
Can you imagine how happy a woman was to see these after a long winter?
It had to be a promise of the spring to come.

An old tackle box, still holding some of it's fishing tackle
This reminds me of one that my dad had when we were little.
It doesn't smell as bad though.
Dad used a special "stink bait" he'd concoct.
It was truly stinky.

A little tackle box just waiting to be filled.
I could see a little boy filling this with Hot Wheels.
Then toting it all over with his treasure.

A pair of Pepsi crates circa 1940 - 1950
I love these.
The wood, metal, and red paint are gorgeous together.

A vintage Oak case used by salesman to sell seed to farmers.
No phoning in your seed order to the store.
The men would come out to your farm to get the order.

A trinket or jewelry box circa 1940
These boxes were sold to tourists in India as souveniers.
It's the fourth box that I've come across this year.
All are similiar on the outside,
but the inside is always done in different fabrics.
The handcarving is unbelievable!

A salesman sample of a Lane cedar chest
These were sometimes given to customers when Lane furniture was purchased.
The boxes were at one time given locally to graduating classes.
The smell of cedar lingers in this box.
My grandmother had a cedar chest made by her father.
The smell takes me back to sitting on that chest at the foot of her bed.

A lock box.  Wonder what it once held?
I love the patina on the top of the box.
Amazing that the key was never lost.

Simple boxes, only boxes, but all so full of history.
I love discovering them.

If you'd like to see more photos of the boxes, please visit my shop.

The Old Block House


  1. Wow, awesome boxes!! I love containers. :)

  2. Wow, thost are gorgeous!

    I'm a new follower from the blog hop. If you get a chance, stop by and say hi!

  3. Hi, I am a new follower from the hop. I love the old boxes. I like old stuff anyway.


  4. I LOVE boxes...these are great!

    Stumbled post is:

    Thanks for linking up!
    Kristin :)

  5. Oh wow those are awesome...

    stumbled you. My post is:

  6. Love these! Makes you wonder about their history:) THanks for linking up for Footloose and Fancy Free!

  7. Hi im a new follower from the uk
    coming in from the blog hop
    loved all your boxes they are great
    please come visit me anytime

  8. Awesome boxes!

    I'm here from Weekend Hoppers, now following via GFC. Hop over and say hello :-)

    Melissa AKA Froggy
    A little of this A little of that...

  9. I love old, vintage boxes. Great finds!

  10. New blog follower! Come follow back and enter my great giveaways! {One Ends Tonight}


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