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Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BUCKET BRIGADE

Alison at The Polohouse threw out quite the challenge for her monthly party, Favorites on the First, for February.  We were to blog about our favorite container.  As I looked around our house, I was overwhelmed with containers.  Guess we have been  accumulating more than our share of containers over the last 55 years - all vintage or antique.  There are scads of baskets and  totes.  Then there are the tool boxes, tackle boxes, tin document boxes, wooden graduation boxes, metal candy boxes, writing boxes; even two ballot boxes.  There are huge old trunks, children's suitcases, and blanket chests; plus a vintage Coca Cola cooler, a chicken coop, and an egg carrier.  Then I saw all of the old drawers and small drawer units that I use for display and storage.  PLUS, there are the soup tureens, pitchers, bowls, crocks, and apothecary jars.  How can I choose my favorite container?  In the end, I decided to go simple and show you my five wooden buckets.
Here they are marching down our dining room table -- not containing anything at the moment!
They are workhorses, however.  At Christmas, they contained an amaryllis, a poinsettia, and a wonky, Charlie Brown Christmas tree.
They have been known to hold fabric scraps, utensils, fruit, or our loose change.
The little red one below usually holds my clothespins; and the lidded one on the left held my mother's clothespins.
I had to throw in the following picture that was taken 42 years ago of our son when he was three.  He was helping his 'Grammy' (my mother) with the laundry - his job was hanging up the cleaning rags to dry.  See the bucket with the clothespins!
I love the patina on every single one!

In addition to The Polohouse I'll be displaying my bucket brigade at the following parties.  Please check these blogs out and thank them for hosting.

From My Front Porch to Yours for Treasure Hunt Thursday
Have a Cup for Share Your Cup Thursday
Common Ground for Be Inspired Friday
The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jennifer Rizzo for Fabulously Creative Friday
A Stroll Thru Life for Table Top Tuesday
Knick of Time Interiors for Knick of Time Tuesday
Vintage On a Dime for Welcome Home Wednesday
Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays

29 comments:

Shelia said...

Hi Sally! Love your wooden buckets. Again, I'm amazed at all of your treasures and wonder where in the world do you keep all of these things! The snap of your son when he was little is so cute.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

NanaDiana said...

Oh! I just LOVE those wooden buckets. How wonderful to own one that belonged to your Mother. Did you notice that the clothes line is tied to the handle of the mower so that he could reach the line? Isn't that cute!?!? xo Diana

Marilyn said...

Love that picture of your boy! Wonder what he'd think of doing that now? The boiler at school was not working in our building, so just the elementary kids have a vacation. Yes, just the KIDS. Teachers have to report and dress warmly. Guess I'm going to use a sick day and recover from the cold/winter yuk tomorrow.♥♫

Pat said...

Wow, your bucket collection is wonderful Sally. I loved the photo of the little helper.:-)

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Fabulous! What a great choice you made to highlight your wooden buckets.
I don't know what I would pick either...now I have to think about it!

~ Liz ~ said...

The Bucket Brigade is too cute. Love that you have that old shot with the bucket in it. What a collection!
Liz

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Your buckets are wonderful! That is a challenge to choose your favorite container and I'm glad you shared your buckets!

Nook and Cranny said...

A wonderful collection of buckets. Who doesn't love a wooden bucket. I have a few buckets of my own. I agree, they have been used for many different reasons over time.
Thanks for sharing your collection.
Michele

Debra said...

what a fun post! Love the buckets and their various colors and then your little one's clothesline made my day. So darn cute! :)

Babs said...

What a great collection of wooden buckets. I love them! The have such great color and texture. Cute photo of your son helping with the laundry.

Sarah said...

These are fabulous! Glad you singled out these stars, Sally. Love the patina of the aged wood. '-)

Ivy and Elephants said...

Such cool buckets! I'd be happy to have just one, and to think, you have a whole brigade! Fabulous.
Hugs,
Patti

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Sally! Thanks so much for sharing the photos of your wonderful buckets. They all have such great patina. I loved seeing your son with one of the buckets...it adds "provenance" as they say on "Pawn Stars". I saw your post over at "Favorites On the First".

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great display of buckets and cleaver. I wouldn't have thought to create such a cute display.

Sue said...

I am just amazed that your family never threw anything away....is there anything you don't have that was a family heirloom of some sort....love the buckets by the way...

Sue said...

Oh I meant to ask you....did Par from Brooklyn move anywhere near where you live?....the town she moved to sounded familiar....

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

That photo is the BEST, Sally!
I love the history behind your little bucket collection.
The colors and patinas are fantastic too!

Sorry I did not get over here sooner to comment.
Have been on college visits for five days and could
not access comment boxes from my cell phone!

Thank you so much for sharing and taking part in the Favorites on the First party, Sally!

xoxox
Alison

Jann Olson said...

Drooling going on over here Sally. I love your buckets! I thought the blue was my favorite, but I found me oohing and ahhing over each and every one. I too adore so many containers. I missed out on sharing with Alison. I will need to be sure and remember next month. So glad you shared them with SYC. Love the pic of your son!
hugs,
Jann

Sandy said...

What a wonderful collection of buckets. I love the picture of your son!
Sandy

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Your buckets are so great, and I enjoyed reading about how you use them in your home. Cute photo of your son. :D

Linking from The Polo House,
Ricki Jill

Sue said...

Sally, I love that tall red one! I honestly have never seen any wood buckets on any of my forays. They are wonderful. Maybe I'll get lucky one day! :-)

The Zeigler Homestead said...

I can see why you chose these ~ they are awesome. Love all of them. ~Susie~

L'Heure Bleue At Home said...

I love containers of all kinds as well. They are useful and practical!

My Creatively Vintage Life said...

What a wonderful bunch of buckets! I particular love the red and blue ones. Anytype of wooden container makes my heart smile! Came to you via Knick of Time linky and am now a new follower!

Donna Wilkes said...

Beautiful bunch of buckets! Love the photo of your son hanging out the rags.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh how pretty, I love all of your buckets, they are fantastic. Love that pic of your son too. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Jann Olson said...

Hi Sally, I will be featuring you at Share Your Cup.
hugs,
Jann

Kay San Nicolas @ Gallery Fifty Eight said...

Hello Sally. I found you at Knick of Time Tuesday and I'm your newest follower. Your buckets are so neat and I loved the photo of your son of him doing his chore.

Carol Ann S. said...

I love your buckets! And what a cute picture of your son. I "pinned" your buckets on pinterest and I'm also a new follower.