Thursday, July 28, 2011

Friday Favs…Cola Crates and Cookie Books…

Old pop crates are really popular collectibles right now.

Because of that, finding them inexpensive is rare.

When I found this lovely yellow one for only $8 I snatched it up.

Many of them have partitions in them for the bottles,

but if you can find them without the partitions then they can be used for more things.

It’s nice to have something that is actually useful for something more than just being a kitschy collectible.

I  use it as a tray of sorts to hold magazines or other coffee table items…




…and now that we are finally having some nice, warm summer weather in Oregon, what about using it as a tray to hold all of the essentials for dinner for two on the deck for the Hubs and I?

I’m lovin’ it!







My other Friday fav this week is this 1966 Better Homes and Gardens Cookies and Candies Cookbook.

My mother in law gave me hers when I got married, and it is well loved.

My girls baked many of the recipes it contains throughout their growing up years.

There are chocolate-y fingerprints and other smudges on the pages.

When I found a pristinely perfect copy of it on half off day at the Salvation Army I was so happy.

I thought it would make a perfect gift, a cookbook full of memories, for oldest daughter.

When I went to pay for it, the cashier said, “This one is on the house!”

Free!  Now that’s a bargain!



Happy Friday everyone and have a blessed weekend!


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  1. that tray looks great, I love finding things like that to add to that special look in my house:)

  2. I love the idea of using that crate as a tray for the deck. I see we share the same taste in straws. I just got a package of those at Williams-Sonoma the other day. Now I want a whole bunch of colors :)

  3. I have about 8 of these boxes in different brands but they still have the inside slots in them and I just hate, hate to take them out. I have used them for years as little treasure shadow boxes. Right now they are collecting dust. Might have to rethink one though after seeing this.
    Hugs, Deborah

  4. Fabulous bargains! My parents had (not sure if they still do) several of those trays when I was growing up. My dad collected Coca Cola items. Great, sturdy trays, and you showed them so beautifully.
    Awarding you a Versatile Blogger Award as I enjoy your creativity and thoughts each time I read your blog. Have a great weekend!

  5. Hi again, Elizabeth. I'm a huge Coca-Cola fan and this would be wonderful to find. I love how you've used it here and the pictures are adorable. Looove those straws too. ;)

    Thanks for the bike info. Now I can be more specific with Santa. ;)

  6. Love your old pop crate - reminds me of the one I bought when we were shopping together. Thinking about ways to use it with its dividers still in place. I had several cookbooks similiar to the cookie book when I got married - good books with useful recipes. Love your dinner for two 'set'!

  7. Love your crate and of course I love cookies!

    Hope you will please drop by and enter my $50 Gift Card Giveaway!! If there are 500 entries, the amount will increase the Gift Card to $100.

  8. Hi, Elizabeth! Thanks for linking up at Creative Bloggers' Party & Hop. Hope you can link with us again here :)


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