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Fresh Berries – Vintage Wood Crate

When I first spotted this unique wood crate at a local antiques shop, I wasn’t sure what it was.  On closer inspection, I found it was full of old berry wooden berry boxes!  It wasn’t too hard to figure out that it was a berry crate used by farmers to transport their precious cargo to market!

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vintage wooden crate with wooden berry baskets
The crate holds three layers of quart berry boxes.  The wood berry boxes were all there, but some were pretty broken up and the crate and contents were disgustingly dirty!  I carefully cleaned the crate and berry boxes and the wood crate turned out to be beautiful!   That’s Oreo the cat inspecting the berry crate!  I’m sure, even after a thorough cleaning, that she could sniff out some old farm smells on that crate!
vintage wood crate full of wooden berry baskets
I know some of you will remember the “Fresh Berries” sign made by Miss Mustard Seed.  You can see it here (I can’t believe that this post goes back to 2010).   So, when I found this berry crate, all I could think about was that design and how perfect it would look on the lid of the wood crate!
vintage wood crate with fresh berries stenciled lid

I tried to reinvent the wheel and make my own design for the lid of this berry crate, but in the end, decided to go with something close to the original.  It’s not the exact same font as Marian’s, but it has the same feel and I love it!   In the very small chance that Marian would find her way to my lowly newbie blog, I would like to say, “Thank You!   Love your style and the inspiration you generously share!”  I made a stencil using my Silhouette Cameo.  

vintage wood crate - berry crate
I’ll be using this amazing piece in my kitchen as decor!  These type of finds make your home uniquely yours!  It’s not something mass produced or on trend  that you’ll see all over Pinterest!  Thanks for stopping by today to see my latest find!
DIY Stenciled Wood Crate

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Thursday 2nd of July 2015

We don't have those berry boxes in Australia so I'll have to find a way to make them myself , I love them and the crate !!


Wednesday 30th of May 2012

Cute crate, cute son..... rock on.



Wednesday 30th of May 2012

Love the berry crate and the lettering is just perfect.Congratulation of being featured on Debbie's Newbie Party.Blessings,Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures


Thursday 31st of May 2012


Thanks so much! I was so excited to see my blog was chosen!


Becca @ The Sassy Penguin

Wednesday 30th of May 2012

What a perfect crate! I found you over at the Newbie Spotlight on DebbieDoos! I'm your newest follower :) The blog is great.


Thursday 31st of May 2012


Thanks for following and your kind comments!


Fishtail Cottage

Tuesday 29th of May 2012

those berry boxes are fantastic! great find! xoox, tracie


Monday 4th of June 2012

Thanks so much, Tracie!