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I love wooden crates with interesting graphics. I see them all the time at auctions and they can get pretty pricey. I found this one at an online auction. I instantly fell in love with the graphics and was actually surprised when I was the winning bidder! I had set a limit for my bid and it wasn't that high. I was sure someone would outbid me. When I picked it up, I was surprised at how large it actually was. It was also falling apart. But I loved it!

The Gage-Downs Company was started in 1885 by Frank Newton Gage and Lewis A. Downs. I can't find anything about the company past the 1911. So I would think that makes this crate well over a hundred years old. I wanted it to live on in a way that wouldn't relegate it to the depths of a barn.



I wanted to salvage the graphics that were actually on the bottom of the crate. I measured about 4 inches all the way around the box.


I cut all the way around the crate, ensuring that I did not run into any of the nails that were randomly throughout the crate.



I used part of the scraps to reinforce the back and stabilize the piece overall. I nailed it in place. I coated the entire piece with Varathane Crystal Clear Polyurethane in the Satin finish.

I added these inexpensive hooks from Hobby Lobby.

I pre-drilled the holes and inserted the screws and secured them with nuts on the backside of the piece.


I thought hooks with flowers fit the vibe of the corset crate. The twine on the hook just added to the primitive look of the piece.



I added two D-ring hooks on the back of the piece so it could be hung on the wall.


I am thrilled with how this turned out. It's one of those things that turns out better than you ever imagined. The top can be used as a shelf to hold small items. and the hooks can hold lightweight items, like this vintage cloth tape measure.


I styled it with this vintage dress form and this reupholstered chair from a previous post. I put all of this in my booth at Pipe Creek Mercantile (Peru, IN) and the crate and the dress form sold almost immediately.



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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.