This past Sunday Mr. Bluebird and I went to my favorite flea market. It is held four times during the warmer months and it is always beyond amazing!
I found a vendor who was selling a large quantity of old baskets. They were super cool and they had numbers painted on them. I was intrigued!
The vendor told me they came from an old roller skating rink and were locker baskets. The baskets are numbered on one end. On the opposite end, they have the same number - but upside down with either a blue or red line. When the basket was not in use, the basket was stored upside down. The blue line indicated a male locker and the red, a female locker. Clever!
Made of gorgeous oak splints, the three boxes I bought had weathered to a gorgeous gray, but they had a terrible musty and mouse-y smell. I decided I would give them a coat of stain and satin poly. Now they are fresh as a daisy!
(I may or may not have accidentally dipped my stain brush into my coffee cup! Oops!)
Aren't they cool? They really took the stain beautifully.
My parents met at a roller rink at the end of WWII and continued skating well into their 60's and early 70's. It's kind of cool to have a little piece of skating nostalgia.
I will be using these in my upstairs nook and will share that soon.
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