Some of our favorite items to find while out junkin are vintage crates, crocks and baskets. We have fun thinking about the history behind these items!
Here is a collection of crates we found at Brimfield last year. You can read more about that fun day here! We didn’t end up taking these ones home, but keep reading below and you will see which ones we have collected over time, and found fun uses for in our homes. In this post we will show you how to incorporate different crates, crocks and baskets into your home décor. Not only do they offer a vintage vibe, but they are also functional storage solutions!
First up, wooden crates:
Crates come in all different shapes and sizes, that’s what makes them so great. And you rarely find two of the same kind…making them unique to your decor. Also, notice the array of writing and different fonts on each crate. The character in each piece can’t be beat, and the origin depends on what past use the crate served. You can find all kinds, if you are looking for a specific size there is a crate out there for you! From bread crates, milk crates and cheese crates just to name a few…
This Kraft cheese crate corrals vitamins on a kitchen shelf. The smaller ones are perfect for grouping little items together!
Cheese crates are inexpensive decor items that we find often at flea markets and antique fairs!
Here they hold vintage salt and pepper shakers from a relative.
This small crate was found at the Yankee Barn Sale a few summers ago. It came all the way from Chicago and now resides in New Hampshire. We love how pieces travel like that! Using it to hold remotes on a TV stand works great. And it also helps encourage family members to consistently look for remotes there.
Vintage Coca Cola crates are stylish ways to hold books and electronic devices! You can take the wooden insert out if you want to use the Coke crate for bigger items…
Or leave the wooden insert in the crate to help store smaller items on a desk. If you would like to see more office organizing ideas click here. These crates also work well for holding crafts or children’s art supplies. See post here.
This larger sized orange crate stands upright as a bookshelf/end table.
And the large bread crate below was paired with metal caster wheels and serves as a small coffee table. It offers storage for a magazine collection….
Another favorite use around here for crates, is to provide storage for shoes. If you get a big enough crate you can store the most used shoes for a family of five right by your door! I try to keep the sneakers and sandals separated…for some reason the boys can’t seem to get that straight. I’m lucky if they actually end up in the crate!
Love these Cape Cod crates, another Brimfield Fair find!
Another way to store shoes is in these vintage locker baskets. Found a set of three on Ebay and uses one for each child in the family. They can find and put away shoes in their own baskets and these also fit nicely under a bench if you have a tight space!
These can be hard to find for a good deal, and we have found yard sales to be the best place for these. If you are in the market for one keep looking because a good deal is bound to be around the corner!
The ones below were all under $10 and they are perfect for holding plants…
Another really fun way to use crocks (especially the smaller ones) is to put it on your kitchen counter and use it for cooking utensils.
How fun it is to decorate with these items! We love when antiques come along that still serve a functional purpose. Once again we have teamed up with a fabulous group of ladies to share our passion for re-purposing with you. Click below to see how they use their items. There is something for everyone!
Lindsay & Jolene