DH was not too keen on stopping by the local rummage sale on the way out of town. It was being held at the local fire station and from a distance looked a bit, well, questionable. Meaning, at first glance we saw quite a bit of dusty Christmas decor, crocheted bits of clothing, wooden ducks, etc. You get the idea. But, as a treasure hunter I can’t help but see it as a challenge.

Cool vintage pieces do not look cool in the environment that you buy them in. They look cool when you pluck them out of some random setting and put them along with some other lovely furniture & textiles in your beautiful home. I’d say it takes vision and a bit of faith. Don’t spend a ton of money either.

I found this cool lobster crate under a women’s table. Ironically, I recently bought one for myself from Stylish Patina so I know what they are going for.



Here is the one I put in my home.


Vintage Lobster Crate – $145

I always look for wood in my peripheral because typically it means old wooden boxes, which are always useful & cool looking.



This one is large enough for a three year old to fit into 🙂 Large Wooden Box w/ Lid – $125


Great, large storage box. I can imagine for extra toys in the family room or throw blankets. Large Open Vintage Crate – $95


An old bread box. $75



It’s almost impossible not to meet some interesting characters at flea markets. There was a gentlemen that tried desperately to sell me a $700 leather saddle that he said was used in the movie “Oklahoma”. Hmmmm. I turned him down after several attempts on his part, but did concede to the super cool metal horse bits he had in a bucket.


Metal Horse Bits – $17 each. I think they wood look really interesting on a coffee table in a cool bowl or the like. Love old equestrian ware.


There were quite a bit of old, glass bottles, but this was was especially special. Love the color. Vintage Blue Bottle – $19

Email if interested. I will be posting them in my Vintage Finds this week w/ dimensions. cbensten@blueeggbrownnest.com




  1. Christen,
    Your home is just lovely. Do you have a home tour post that I have missed? I am a pretty new follower and just not sure if you have or not. I would love to see more of your home. It is stunning. Great finds btw.


  2. just an fyi,,,,…your lobster crate is actually a chicken coop.

  3. Lisa Hayes says:

    How can I purchase the lobster crate. I am VERY INTERESTED. Consider it sold if you can ship to Alabama 🙂

  4. Isn’t that a chicken crate rather than a lobster crate? I just bought one, put casters on it and its a unique coffee table on my deck.

  5. Hi,

    Love following your blog. Great finds! Could you please share the type of greenery in your vase on the black hall table?

    Thanks in advance!

  6. Yes….your crate is actually for chickens. We have been raising chickens for years and have several for when we take them to be butchered. They are very useful!

  7. This actually could be a lobster crate or chicken crate. They are built very similar. Either way it’s beautiful and it’s a great find!

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