Friday, August 3, 2012

Help Y'all

Okay, today I am asking y'all to tell me what you think this charming vintage tote was used for. I did some research, and found out that R.C. Walter and Sons packed table and wine grapes in Exeter, California. This is not a large crate, that is usually used to ship grapes, so I am not quite sure what this tote was used for. I have been trying to remember where I found this beauty, but with all the merchandise that I buy for my business, it's really hard to remember all of it. I did purchase this item for myself, never even considered selling it. At this time, I am using it to hold some of my kitchen utensils, but it also would make a wonderful  centerpiece filled with fresh flowers. Another charming idea is, roll up some white hand towels, and you have a true farmhouse look.
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                                            Linda




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38 comments:

Peggy said...

I used to live very close to Exeter, California! They have a lot of orange trees there, as it is nestled up against the foothills of the Sierras. I am only making a guess, but I would think it was used to hold pruning/small farm implements for trimming the baby grapevines. Whatever it was used for, I am glad it found love and a new home with you!

Judi said...

Hey Girlie :) ~ I have one that my grandfather made and used for tools and it' possible your piece is a vintage, upcycled, recycled, re-purposed project using an old box and other woods! We are not new to making new of the old! I LOVE IT !!!!!!! Nice find! Judi

Honey at 2805 said...

Hi Linda! The tote is adorable and perfect for your kitchen gadget and utensils! Lucky find for yourself!

Thanks for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

By the way, I finally used the gift card I won way at the end of last Summer. It was so worth the wait! What I got is fabulous, but it will still be a while before I show it off. You'll know the reason for the wait when you see it! I'm so excited! Thank you again!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

I also think it's upcycled from various pieces, or possibly the same piece reconfigured. Nice find.

Sarah said...

My guess is this was made from an old crate. Love it! It's perfect as you are using it, but the idea of white towels is also fantastic. Great as a centerpiece too. This little jewel is so versatile.

andrea@townandprairie said...

I may be wrong, but I was thinking it might have been used in the vineyard to tote around sheers and hand tools. Maybe the other ladies are right, too...maybe they used old wood on hand to make the tote. In any case, it's darn cute!

Custom Comforts said...

Love your tote!!! I have a wicker basket I have kept my silverware in for years, but it is wearing out and needs to be replaced. You've inspired me to think about how to create this to replace my worn out basket.
Cindy

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

I love old tool boxes or totes. So many fun thinks to tuck in them! Of course I love vintage kitchen utensils!

chateau chic said...

What a fun vintage tote to use in a variety of ways. Looks great with your cooking utensils.
Mary Alice

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

LOVE IT Linda! and my guess is that it's been re-vamped into what it is today "AND" it is DEFINITELY a "MUST KEEP"! I LOVE how you are using it but the uses would be endless...
Thank you for sharing it with us.
Have a fun week,
Hugs,
Donna

Debra @ Common Ground said...

It's such a cool piece, but I too think this may have been upcycled using the crate sides. However it came to be it's a definite keeper!!

Karen G @ ItsStillLife said...

Do not know what it was used for but love how you are using it for kitchen utensils. It looks lovely.

Tammy Partin Spangler said...

I love your vintage tote! and what a clever way to use it!

Susan @ homeroad.net said...

I agree I think someone made that from an old crate. I have seen wine crates with the same writing on it. I love it!
Susan
homeroad.net

Donna Wilkes said...

I also think it was made from an old crate, but the tote still could be old. I had a tote made from several crates with different logos, but was signed by the creative maker. I wish I had not sold it. I love the size of it and would keep it.

Kim @ La Belle Époque said...

I think this is a truly wonderful old piece. I love the typography on it. Could have been a promotional item for the company?

Liz said...

How cute is that!? I love your idea of putting your utensils in there.

~Liz

Brenda Kula said...

I absolutely love it!
Brenda

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Hum, I am not a tote expert, so I would not know anything about it except it is a great find!!!! I love the way it looks with your kitchen utensils!

Carol

Laurel@chippingwithcharm said...

Fun find...lucky you :) Laurel

Nif said...

I think it was probably used to carry around cutting tools in the vineyard. I think your idea is much cuter!

Karena said...

I do agree that it may have held small pruning tools...love it Linda!

xoxo
Karena
Art by Karena
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Donna said...

I don't know what it was made for but it is being put to good use! I love it.
Hugs,
Donna

Linda @ Itsy Bits And Pieces said...

The tote is a beauty, Linda, and I love how you used it, too!

Little Miss Maggie said...

Love your caddy. That is so cool and I love how you are using it too.

Mabel Jane's said...

Great use for your vintage tote. Thanks for coming by. MJ's

AngelaECS at Number Fifty-Three said...

I love how you displayed your tote. It looks wonderful filled with kitchen utensils!

Have a great day!

Angela

Ethereal PLUS what I Love said...

I'm not sure what it was used for ... but it is a lovely little find:)
Francine

Sherry said...

Great find! I like it even though I have no clue what they used it for. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

Help! Mama Remote... said...

I would guess wine bottles.

Diann said...

Not sure what it was made for but, it looks perfect with your kitchen utinsels in it! A fun find! Thank you for sharing at TTf. I hope you have a terrific weekend!

Pam said...

I'm on the "it was made from an old crate" bandwagon. Only because I can't think of any other reason the company would make that and have their logo on it.

Pam@OurAdventuresInHomeImprovement said...

I love it! I love the utensils in it and think flowers or towels would look fab too! Great piece!

Enjoy your weekend.
Pam

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

How cool! I don't blame you for keeping it. And you've got some good ideas for it. Now I want one! LOL

KATHY said...

I'm not sure what it was used for, but i love the way you have it displayed.

Kathy

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Hi Linda, I don't know what the original use was but I love the way you are displaying it.

Chenille Cottage said...

What a perfect catch all! I love the handle and fine print on the sides. There's just something wonderful about old things...that are still useful!
Have a great weekend,
Carolynn
I love all things Coastal...having grown up on the Oregon Coast! Your blog is a delight!

Brandi said...

I love the way you used to hold the utensils. I could see it filled with pretty white flowers too!

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