Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Factory Bin Close-up


This old factory bin garnered quite a bit of interest yesterday. 

Seems I’ve been holding out on y’all, owning this cutie and never once blogging about it. (sorry Anita and Gina!) 


Please forgive me! 

As a matter of fact, in this laundry room project I will warn you right now that many of the pieces I plan to incorporate are from my pre-blogging days.   

My new ‘use it or lose it’ philosophy is spurring me to find ways to keep my favorite under-utilized pieces.

I purchased this bin 2 (maybe even 3) years ago at the Bouckville Antique Festival.  

Guess how much?


It was the last one the dealer had left, he said many years before he had purchased a lot of 100 from a factory auction.

Most had sold, some he used around his shop and home.  Lucky for me he was done with this one and decided to sell it.

This one was special because casters had been added to the bottom, making it even more attractive to me.  He said only a few had the casters when he bought them.


The rusty patina of the piece just made me fall in love!




Funny how you can own something as neat as this for so long and never really find a good use for it. 

I went home and set it in my laundry room, thinking it would be great to keep dirty clothes off the floor.

Only it ended up accumulating things like old blankets, pillows and other misc. stuff that gets sent to the laundry and never makes it back out.

Tell me I’m not the only one that does that!


There is a label on the front of the bin.

The fine print reads;

Fibre Specialty Mfg. Co

Kennett Square, Penna


The material of the bin is some kind of masonite board I would guess.  It has buckled some over the years, and the green color is worn off in places.


But all in all the rivets are holding strong and the piece is sturdy.

Which is why I plan to make it my sorting station in my refurbished laundry area.

And so I tackled the blue monster last night.


Stay tuned for my foray into the wonderful world of sewing.


I’m linking this one up to Linda’s Nifty Thrifty Tuesday party at Coastal Charm.  I think I got it in right under the wire!

I’m also linking up to Linda from A La Carte’s 2nd Junkin’ Finds Linky Party.  Be sure to check it out!

Also linking to Donna’s Saturday Night Special #55


  1. Now the blue monster or BM for short, LOL, is my kind of tool! I love the bin and can't wait to see what other goodies you have lurking down in your basement.


  2. WOW $5 that is awesome.

    I signed up to follow you.

    Come by for a visit and I would love to have you follow along both blogs.

    Cheri from ItsSoVeryCheri and

  3. I love that old bin. It would be great used almost anywhere. That Dressmaker sewing machine caught my eye also. They're a very sturdy machine and make beautiful stitches. I'll be watching to see the end result for the sorting bin.

  4. What a great find!

    And no, you aren't the only one who does that. My sock basket is a constant source of shame.

  5. It has everything: chippy, great color, casters, graphic label, age, fab price. Well done Rose!

  6. Love that bin... but I like your new philosophy more... "Use it or Lose it"... now you are talking Mike's language...he has finally converted you after all these years...hahaha

    Hmmm what's cooking on that sewing machine????... can't wait.

    Have a great day...

    Hugs, Deb

  7. that is awesome! It will be perfect for your new laundry space. I love it. Great price too.
    No, you're not the only one that puts things in the laundry and they are never seen again. :) I thought I was the only one.
    I'm so excited to see what you do with the blue monster. Something tells me I'm going to LOVE it!

  8. That is really awesome for $ do find the most amazing things! Oh tell us more about the Blue Monster.

  9. $5?? What are you trying to do to me here? That's just craziness. Those wheels! Can't wait to see what you whip up with the blue monster. I was going to say BM like Denise but then, well, ewwww!

  10. Love it Rose! Sometimes it takes us forever to discover the treasures right in front of us. That's a big box, good for all kinds of things and I love the wheels.
    I'm your newest follower and heading over to check out some older posts.
    Good luck with the blue monster;-)

  11. It's a beautiful thing. One of my early posts was about my beautiful french laundry basket that was full of stuff. I said it made laundry pretty. It's still full of stuff and will probably stay that way.

  12. I lose things in my boxes in the basement all the time. You are not alone. I love the bin too!!

  13. That's a great bin. Thanks for showing it off!

  14. Great piece and so many uses for it-wonderful details!

  15. Wow! If you don't get hate mail after this post, I'll be surprised!! That is FABULOUS!!!

  16. I love bins like that! Great piece.

  17. What a great find and no you aren't the only one.We have a sock munchkin that lives in our laundry room. A pair of socks go in and only one sock comes out. He must have a hearty appetite.
    Have a good week-end, Annette

  18. You are much braver than I! I'm totally freaked out by my sewing machine, stewing away upside down under a heap in the basement. ON PURPOSE. It has never had the best of intentions where I'm concerned so why trust it now?!? LOL LOVE your bin! Can't wait to see what you do!



Thanks for stopping by. I love to hear from you!