Monday, August 22, 2011

crate-full

crates in a row
Happy Monday friends! Popping in to show you just why I was so excited about those crates my mother brought back from Madison Bouckville. There are a lot of them, no? I love to stack crates for shelves... these are already built as shelves! They were selling them for so little that she filled the back of her tiny pickup truck. She didn't get much else... this was the gold. We've been cleaning them off and looking for new ways to get organized over at the barn. Who doesn't need more shelves?
felt shoe co.
The typography is, of course, what I love most. It's clue to the past. The history of these crates is steeped in a local wool slipper business that I found fascinating. You can read about it right here. My mom discovered some old writing in one of them... someone's notes scrawled in pencil. I ran my fingers over the indented lines trying to transport myself back to 1919, if only for a moment. It was the same time of year as right now... wonder if the person who wrote it felt the fall chill in the air like I do today... maybe they did and hoped for more slipper sales!
writing
My mom also picked up a few very old cigar boxes. They're striking aren't they?
old cigar boxes
cigar box interior
detail
And I had had one big wish... a large frying pan for all the cooking this bountiful season inspires. Thanks mom, it's a beauty!
the pan Pin It

20 comments:

  1. Great finds! Those crates are perfect. I live in the Midwest now but I grew up near Bouckville and that show was always the highlight of my summer!

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  2. Love those! My hubby is ex-military and came with a lot of wooden ammunition crates. They are now bookshelves.

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  3. Unreal! What scores. The handwriting is so magically time transporting ~ I love that. You're mom has a great eye!

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  4. Great crates. I have an iron skillet just that size that I use daily. Food just taste better cookend in cast iron!xx

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  5. Very cool!
    Please show us photos of where the crates end up!...gorgeous pan too!

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  6. love that frying pan .... on my list now too! xo

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  7. Oh, those crates are nice! Can't wait to see how you use them. I see Mayamade burlap buckets incorporated into the mix...

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  8. I love that the crates say "felt shoes," so I went off to find the difference between felt shoes and slippers (these "could be worn either in the street or in the boudoir!")and your Daniel Green's history was one of the first sites to pop up! Not surprised to find that he was a repurposer like you!!!!

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  9. Love the crates! What perfect, artful storage.

    Becca

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  10. Oh my, how inspiring, how exciting!!! Wonderful treasure!!!

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  11. I love the idea of shelves from crate boxes and I adore those cigar boxes!

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  12. Incredibly jealous! i love these! that vintage type is great!

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  13. That is one great looking cast iron pan! It looks massive, but that might be because your little one is holding it. (And I love the touch of history on and in those crates. they're so much more personal.)

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  14. Those crates are amazing! Why do I never find these sorts of things?? Your mom is incredible. Can't wait to see how you fill them.

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  15. I was already envious of the crates. And then I saw the frying pan! Your mom is good!

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  16. The crates are amazing, Maya. My mom and I have the same kind of luck with our thrifting: we always put our wish list out to the universe and somehow these things manage to pop up. I love that I can take a peek into your life -- it's so full of love and joy.

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  17. Those crates are fabulous, what a find! I have a few old wine boxes I use for storage around the house. I like them quite a bit, though they don't have an ounce of the character of those crates your mom brought you!

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  18. hi,
    found a link to you via the madison tourism blog. i was at bouckville hunting for treasures as well!
    i share in your love of vintage typography, especially on crates & burlap/feedsacks.
    enjoyed reading some of your posts and the flow of your writing. your blog is refreshing.
    please stop by for a visit when you have a chance. would love to meet you.

    judi
    the1829farmhouse.blogspot.com

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