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July 7, 2011

Change Back From A Five Dollar Bill

Filed under: Farm,Nature,Thrifty Finds — Laura R @ 3:15 PM

When you are out in the country your mailbox makes an impression on people.

Yes, I am ashamed to say,  that is my malbox held together with spit, bubblegum, a sliver of duct tape, old baling twine and rust. Decorative touches added by nature.

Even though the neighbors who share the mail stop have had their box a number of years as well, they at least at one time  tried their hand at adding decoration.

Birds on Neighbor's mailbox

Hmm, why has nature only added rust to their box and I got something more?

 We had a new carrier on the route and scared him when he added a newspaper to the tube (that orange plastic thingee) and the whole pole fell over.  Not a great way for him to get to know us.  Immediately I went out and “bought” a new, USPS approved jumbo sized mailbox, using store rebate points so it was free, and tried to shame the men into setting it up for me for Thanksgiving, Christmas, Mothers Day…

um, yah. 

 I set a tall stool out on the road with a mailbox on it hoping every day that it would still be there at day’s end.  A week of that got me the bubblegum and baling twine repair.  I know I could replace it myself but there is a principle at work here.  Just because this “temporary fix” is getting us by does not mean take your sweet time to do the job right.
Need I mention the mailbox door also had a habit of falling off into the road? 
Mr. took great pride in telling me he replaced a bolt so that won’t happen again “for a bit” and he’ll get the other box up for me soon anyhow.
I let it go over winter. Who wants to dig frozen ground and set a new pole.
I did not ask anyone to go out in pouring rain and do the job.

OK, now I am just whining.  But you know there have been nice days since it fell over and I bought the supplies to do the job right.

We happened to be in a thrift store last weekend and Mr. comes up to me with a silly grin. He found this.


It is not the Jumbo box I bought or desire but at this point I figure that if it is HIS idea maybe it will get installed.  So I buy it.
It does have another handy feature.  Both ends of box open.

He also found the other deal of the day.

2 pc outfit, never worn

Please ignore all the distractions in the background. Everything was moved under my washline so he could mow the lawn, well, until… that’s another story.

Dollar Clearance Rack

I do love my Big Dog clothing.  I did a load of wash the other day and 90% of the line had Big Dog logos on it.  So thrift wise he done good.

He did also take me out to 3 village fireworks shows.

Someone ask me in a month (my birthday is August, hint hint)  if my mailbox is working out.

Linking up to Thrifty Things Friday
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Vintage Inspiration Friday 
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  1. Yay! Glad you got a new mailbox! One time when our mail box was at the street, some kids drove by and played mail box baseball with ours! Woke up and it was crushed right across the middle from the little knott heads who hit it with a bat! 🙂
    Thanks for popping in to see me.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

    Comment by shelia — July 7, 2011 @ 6:19 PM

  2. Ha! I love your new mailbox, how cool would it be to have one that opened from both ends?! I need a new one, mine looks about like your old one – AND the post needs painting. Thanks for sharing with us, and I hope your mailbox fills up in the month of August 🙂

    Comment by Mary @ Redo101 — July 7, 2011 @ 6:33 PM

  3. Mailboxes are like Timex watches sometimes. They take a lickin and keep on tickin. It seems like we are always having to do some kind of maintenance on ours. ~Ames

    Comment by Ames — July 7, 2011 @ 8:44 PM

  4. I do not live in the country anymore, but still have a mailbox like that. Mine has had its problems, but my son fixed it again. Now it is covered with bird poop.

    Comment by LaVoice — July 8, 2011 @ 10:44 AM

  5. Ha! ha! Our mailbox always has poop on it. But, I have to admit your post and writing style are very charming.
    Even your poopy mailbox had me smiling ear to ear. That is great you found a new box, love it. Now, let’s
    just hope the mail doesn’t get pushed out the other end, or soggy. LOL
    your so funny. Thanks for linking up to Home Sweet Home!

    Comment by Sherry — July 8, 2011 @ 2:24 PM

  6. the box your hubby found looks a lot like the one my hubby bought for a lot more from a catalog! only ours came with a post cover & a slot underneath for newspapers… he put up a new mailbox after I bought a nice red one when we first moved out here & I stenciled a cow on it , LOL! within 2 months some punks up in the subdivison smashed it with a baseball bat. hubby was able to get most of the dent out & we used it until he bought this one last fall. since our post was rotten he dug it out bought a treated post & cemented it in, put up the new box made sure it was exactly level, etc ( he is crazy meticulous when doing things sometimes) and you guessed it, within 2 months someone smashed it! it is about 15 years in between so maybe it is the spawn of the 1st offender? he had to take the back door off & rig & glue together the front one onto the back of the box (we don’t use that side anyways) and rig the back door to fit on the front… it has some cracks & the flag doesn’t always stay up… but it works for now. it came with a warranty card, but I doubt vandalism is covered & I forgot to send it in. so now I have a bright orange painted post in front of the box to defy some driver to hit it, so back to an ugly box, but at least the post is sturdy…
    hope you get yours up PDQ!

    Comment by Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails — July 8, 2011 @ 9:53 PM

    • So you are telling me there is a ton of work to get the box installed the proper way (and that’s how I want it) and the newspaper carrier wants me to move it closer to the street so he does not have to stretch as far from his window (the previous carrier had no troubles) which means I have to worry about the plow guy or the mail truck hitting the post.
      There is no such thing as a simple project, is there.

      Comment by DogsMom — July 9, 2011 @ 8:16 AM

  7. We once had a mailbox we hung on to for years. We even repainted it a couple of times – shabby old thing. Finally the rust couldn’t be fought any longer, and we bought a new one.

    Thanks for your comment, and I’m looking forward to seeing what you link up!

    Comment by varunner — July 9, 2011 @ 9:51 AM

  8. I think I’m on my fourth mailbox since moving out here in the country. Luckily, my dad is retired and handy and nice enough to put it up for me~usually in just a couple of days. I hope you get yours up soon.

    Comment by Teresa — July 9, 2011 @ 10:36 PM

    • So I am fortunate to have a mailbox that came with the place and survived many many years before me!

      Comment by DogsMom — July 10, 2011 @ 8:22 AM

  9. You and the mr. are hilarious. Don’t ya just love “real life”???? I’m so glad to know there are other people “out there” just like me!! Great post, thanks so much for a great chuckle!
    thanks for linking up to VIF. Have a great week! xo Debra

    Comment by Debra@Common Ground — July 10, 2011 @ 10:54 PM

  10. Ok, I am trying to catch my breath from laughing~! this is my favorite post of the day so far! I’m thinking your mailbox needs his/her own blog! But, I have to say congrats on Mr. finding the new one at such a great price and the two piece outfit for $1.00. Way to go! thank you for joining TTF and have a great day!

    Comment by Diann @ The Thrifty Groove — July 11, 2011 @ 7:14 AM

    • I am afraid the old mailbox will be around long enough to have a blog and hit 100 posts!

      Comment by DogsMom — July 11, 2011 @ 8:14 AM

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