When I visit a new town, there are two things I hope to find—a fabulous, locally owned restaurant or bakery and an antique or junk store. There’s something charming and mysterious about antique stores that allures me in the door.
Antiques are intriguing. They are tiny bits of history; fragments of family memories and untold stories.
I like the materials. You won’t find much plastic in an antique store. There’s a lot of glass, wood, tin, metal and iron. And really old books.
On a recent visit to an antique store in Pipestone, MN, I picked up this old milk bottle crate and repurposed it as a wine rack. I can think of other possibilities—towel and wash cloth holder for the bathroom, magazine or newspaper rack, or hang it on the wall in the kitchen and place rolled dish towels and dish cloths in it.
Raise your glass. Cheers to Zaiser’s Dairy which is no longer in existence. And cheers to the person who, instead of discarding this old dairy crate, kept its spirit alive by selling it at an antique store.
Here are a few other ways I’ve reused crates and baskets.