Along with burlap and mason jars, Coke crates are all the rage right now on Pinterest. As much as I hate to jump on the bandwagon, I do love Coke crates. Actually, I love all brands, but here in the South we are against saying “soda” or “pop”…we just call everything a Coke.
Coke carriers range from wooden crates meant to hold a dozen or more bottles to metal and cardboard carriers designed for six-packs. Some completely cardboard carriers from the 1930s feature the Coca-Cola logo at the top with Art Deco styling below, while others have wire handles and wood grips. In addition to wooden crates, soda companies also made wooden carriers for six-packs, sometimes out of planks of wood but in some cases made of bent veneers. Aluminum carriers from the 1950s came with wire handles, with or without wood grips, and are often embossed with the soda company logo on their widest sides.
Here is some of our collection of soda carriers…
I was recently trying, in vain, to get my desk area organized. I have recently become obsessed with Project Life, and I needed some help. As an antiques dealer, I hate to buy new stuff. I remembered one crate that I had seen stashed in the top of my husband’s closet. Seeing that he is in Saudi Arabia, I figured he wouldn’t miss it.
I am amazed at what people will do with these things. On Pinterest I have seen dressers, planters, wall shelves, ottomans…they are really versatile. I think I am going to go play with my Project Life cards and washi tape now!