Latest LovesI grew up having free reign to my grandfather’s big workshop and, later, to my Dad’s extensive collection of tools.  I was given complete access to all kinds of hand tools and there was no shortage of scrap wood and nails to create to my hearts content.  I would watch my Dad as he created solid wood pieces- desks, shelves, whatever we needed or dreamed up.  I started to develop an appreciation for finely crafted pieces and an understanding of how those pieces can outlast you or I.

 While the big, ornate wooden pieces would catch my eye, it was the simple pieces- like wooden crates- that made me admire the value of simplicity.


I have always loved wooden crates and the individual character each one seems to have.  Some still have their original paper labels while others have a painted design of the maker.  My favorite markings are ones that appear to be branded or wood burned.

The typography of these crates makes my heart go pitter pat, too.  Some are fancy, others are solid block letters.

Latest Love Crate

What if the crates have no markings at all?  No matter, I still love them for the wonderfully old wood with rust stains of nails pounded into place long, long ago.

 Wooden French Crate

I don’t think I’m alone in my love for wooden crates, if the price is any indication.  The retail price of a vintage crate seems to be around $35 a piece.  You are paying for the history, the patina and the beauty of age and I’m guilty of the same thing.


  1. Ronnda
    March 12, 2015 at 11:36 pm

    I LOVE them, too! I have quite a few that I have picked up over the years that were going to be thrown away! Also, one day my husband brought one home that he too found on the side of the road. It was shabby and gorgeous, and a broken…nothing a few nail couldn’t fix! 🙂

    • Bernadette
      March 17, 2015 at 12:34 am

      Ronnda- Aren’t they just fantastically perfect?! It’s awesome that you rescued the crates that you found and congrats on having a hubby that looks out for treasures on your behalf!

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