Friday, June 11, 2010


When I read on Donna's Funky Junk Interiors
blog that the theme this week for her Saturday Nite Special party was boxes, I thought now that is a party I can revel in. If nothing else, we have BOXES.

In the kitchen, I corral rice, macaroni, etc. in a fruit picking box.

The recipes that I'm going to try someday, find a home in a wooden silverware box.

An old wooden box with a tin bottom laid on its side become cubbies.

I always need more dish storage.

A beat-up red box becomes CD storage under the TV.

This double-hinged box is an old ballot box. It is divided into two sides, and the divider has a hole in it. Traditionally, one side held both white and black marbles. When voting, you would pick a white marble for yes or a black marble for no; and put your choice through the hole to the other side. When the votes were counted, they could be tallied as to for or against. Thus, the term - blackballed. We just store our childhood marbles of all colors in it. It has entertained our kids and grand kids for lots of hours.

A huge home-made box that we found at a yard sale years ago. We keep catalogs in it.

Graduation boxes -- in the small town that my grandmother, mother, and I grew up in, it was customary for the local furniture store to give girl graduates a small cedar box. They were small samples of larger cedar or hope chests that could be purchased. Below are three generations of graduation boxes.

This box came to us through Bob's family, and holds old family pictures. Originally, the box must have held cigars.

In our bathroom, we store wash cloths in an old tool tote box.

This milk crate box is from the Rocky Ford Creamery and now holds cast iron camping equipment.

This is a hunking-big tool tote box that sits on top of a bookcase holding postcards, books, and pictures. I love this type of old homemade tool box -- the rougher the better.

We use my family's big tool box for a coffee table.

Some tool boxes we use for their intended purpose.

My newest acquisition - a wooden cheese box. I haven't decided what I'm going to store in it, yet!!

These are some of our old boxes -- I didn't go out into the garage or photograph our collection of old tin document boxes. Another day----

If you made it this far through this long post, please go by Funky Junk Interiors.
Donna has a lot more going on beside boxes!


Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good Evening girl you know I'm drooling here over all these wonderful vintage boxes...but the Ballot box I just love and I have a shaker cheese box just like yours I keep books in mine...Loved this post my Dear friend...Thank you so much for all your prayers..Girl I think they helped...Hope you have a GREAT weekend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Amy Kinser said...

You have got some great boxes and are using them in awesome ways.

I am partying with you tonight. Stop by if you have a chance.

Funky Junk Interiors said...

AAAH!!! That milk crate! Crazy awesome. Look at those metal corner braces.. drooooool. I love your collection, how fun! The creamer twins look so sweet displayed together like that. :)

Thanks for linking your collection up to SNS!

Anonymous said...

Great collection of old boxes you have. Thanks for sharing.

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

What a great, as well as interesting, collection of boxes! And the fact that you are using them all is wonderful. Linda

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

I LOVE this post. I am crazy for all your boxes. You use them in such useful ways...Fantastic!

Anonymous said...

I love the fruit picking box with all the jars and roses in it...great display!
~ Jo :)

Marilyn said...

Ah, memories...I have a graduation box that must have come with my cedar chest for graduation. I'll have to search for it this summer. You certainly have a varied collection. Thanks for sharing on this rainy weekend! ♥♫

Lisa said...

WOW, you could start your very own crate and barrel store! What an awesome collection you have, and all are utilized so wonderfully.

xinex said...

I shoul dhave joined this opart cause I have a lot of boxes too, or chests. I love all your vintage ones, Sally..Christine

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Hi Sally, I'm sure you thought I fell off the face of the earth. No such luck my friend, just busy, busy, busy. The last couple of days I've had a ball visiting everyone once again.
I love, love, love all our beautiful boxes. I have never seen a ballot box with marbles, what a treasure.... I hope this finds you and yours doing well.
hugs ~lynne~

PAT said...

Sally these are wonderful! Great photos, too.

Chatelaine said...

You have a wonderful collection of vintage boxes. I especially like the one used as a coffee table.

SmilingSally said...

You always have the most interesting information, Sally. I never would have thought to store catalogs in a box, but of course, it's the perfect solution!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Good morning my Dear friend...Thanks for coming by and seeing me...we would be in great company together as we both love all our antique things...Hope you have a great week my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Ooops! Forgot to tell you that your cheese box looks like it might hold some plates (more china storage!). laurie

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Sally, I am so glad I scrolled down to read this post. I love boxes, and you have such wonderful boxes and such imaginative ways to make them useful and pretty. (My children got those miniature cedar chests from the furniture dealer here in town too). I'm going to be copying some of your box ideas (the post cards in the tool box is one I'm sure I'll be using). thank you for sharing all of this inspiration. laurie