Friday, October 29, 2010

Yard Sale Find: Post Office Sorter/Cubbies

I'm not a big yard sale shopper. I always think it would be a lot of fun to hunt for yard sale treasures, but it always seems like a lot of work. Last Sunday there was a series of events that led to us finding a really amazing item at a yard sale.

The whole thing started when we had to go to Walmart to find a sweatshirt for the Pillsbury Doughboy costume. I never go to Walmart because I love Target, and Walmart is in the opposite direction of Target. Going to Walmart led to us going grocery shopping at a store that we never grocery shop at. This, in turn, led us to drive home a way that we never do. So we ended up passing a house that we never drive by. They happened to be having a yard sale, and I happened to spot this out of the corner of my eye as we drove by...


How awesome is this?! It has a bunch of writing on the top, most of it is too faded to read, but what you can read says "U.S. Post Office, New Britain, Connecticut" and "1945". I immediately said, "Ooo, look at that!" This led to my husband actually turning the car around and going back, which also never happens. He immediately loved it, too, and it was ours. Well, first we had to go home and unload the groceries, the girls, and the carseats so my husband could go back and pick it up.


Please forgive the dust and dirt on it. We haven't cleaned it up yet. We were going to leave it in the garage until we had a chance to clean it up, but we were too excited to see what it would look like inside the house, so here it sits in its dirty, dusty glory.

The people we bought it from didn't know a whole lot about it. The guy used it to store spare parts in his shop. I love the little metal label holders under each cubby...


It's really heavy, and it sways a little, so we're going to add a board to the back to stabilize it. I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do with it. Right now it's housing some Halloween blocks...


I'm thinking I'll just use it to display little items and change them up with the seasons. Any other ideas?

I've been giving my sewing machine a break for the past few days. She deserves it after all that fleece she powered though this week. I did, however, finally get to my cheesecloth ghost. I put an LED touch light under him so he glows at night.


Even my husband thought this one was cool!

Thanks for stopping by today! Have a Happy Halloween! I suppose it's time to start thinking about Thanksgiving projects...




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18 comments:

the thrifty ba said...

so awesome!

Jess said...

love that thrifty find!! how awesome.

Kindra-At Home With K said...

Love your ghost! I'll have to try that next year!

And great find on the cubbies! I like how you used the blocks with it! have a great weekend!

Amy said...

You lucky duck! There are so many wonderful things you could do with that cubby! I'm sure you'll think of them all! Have a great weekend!
xoxo
Amy

Kristin said...

That is so cool, and there's so much you could do with it!!

Michelle @Shellsshabbyshack said...

Wow! Jealous...
Enjoy decorating with your fab find.
~Michelle

Andi @ Jane of all crafts said...

Oooh I'm so jealous...in a happy-for-you kind of way! I guess how you use it depends on where it is. Hats, gloves, kids shoes etc if near the door? Or actually use it for your home info center like incoming, outgoing mail, bills, to read, to file, to sign, etc. Or to display stuff like the blocks is awesome too. Your ghost looks great too!

Blondie's Journal said...

What a lucky find! To think you could have missed it. I think you will come up with a lot of uses for it! And I love that ghost! :-)

XO,
Jane

Vicki said...

What a lucky find! Check out Pottery Barn's wall cubby for some inspiration. Love this!

Vicki at Rusty Rooster Vintage

Kate@TwentySixToLife said...

That's so cool! I love stuff like that.

Pam said...

What a great find. I love when all the stars aline and you just happen upon the perfect yard sale.

junquegypsy said...

Lucky Girl - I have been looking for one of these for a long time. My husband is a postal employee and I thought it would be cool to have one. What I plan on using it for would be to store a small collection of vintage dog figurines and small tarnished silver pieces. Have fun!

Dave'sWife@{thediaryofdaveswife} said...

That is AWESOME! I am totally jealous!

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Oh wow! What a great find!! I love it!! Lucky lucky you!! That is a treasure for sure! Thank you so much for linking up to Feathered Nest Friday and sharing this! Can't wait to see what you do with it! :)

Naturally Carol said...

What treasure! I have decided to become a follower on your blog. Thanks for leaving a comment on mine the other day. I like that you are a sewer too and a more experienced one than I am.

KJ@letsgoflyakite said...

I read this post on Friday and couldn't get this "yard sale find" out of my head. You are so lucky, it was meant to be!

Christy said...

I'd be in heaven with a find like that! Can't wait to see what you do with it!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

What a great find! Love your ghost too!

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