August 10, 2010

Flea Market Find

The other weekend I stopped by the local flea market (which is actually one of the best in the nation - no biggie) with my mother-in-law.  We decided at the last minute to go after a game of heads or tails - true story.  The market was closing for the day in two hours and we were torn whether we wanted to trek all the way out there for such an abbreviated stay.  Well heads won and we piled in the car and headed out.  I am so glad we did too because on our way out I found this beauty.


To be honest I do not know what it originally was used for - my guess is a laundry sink or something but what I envisioned was a super sweet drink cooler for BBQ's.  There is a plug at the bottom so just fill this baby up with ice and pop in some cool drinks and you are good - plus it rolls.  Don't know why that is important for a cooler but it is cool.



I think this could also make a fun planter with beautiful flowers or even a utility sink in a laundry room or mud room.  That would take some work and some plumbing but it could be a cool effect.

I think I will continue to use it as a drink cooler though - now I just need to plan a party.

The real question that I need your help with is whether to paint the white base a fun color or leave it rustic and natural?


What do you think?

16 comments:

Nicholas Joseph Smith said...

Fill it full of Neapolitan ice cream and then give Kara and I a call!

Aimee said...

Love the cooler idea....
I would spray paint it (but I am a little obsessed with spray paint,so I might be a slightly biased!)

eric at my First Garage said...

I think I'd just leave it as is, and use it as a drink cooler outside. But, if you were to freshen it up, it would be an amazing hamper...

Rachel Noelle Pallas said...

~*~*found your blog thru The Lettered Cottage! Im so glad I did!! LOVE your fleamarket find!!Im putting you on my blogroll and im a new follower~*~*Blessings,Rachel :)

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

I love it! I think youcould leave it like that with all its glorious white chippines.

I adore the photos of your dogs. I've always yearned for a border collie. Grrrr!

Cindy Logan said...

It is an old rinse tub. Housewives used to use them when they would wash laundry with a wringer washer. I have one and use it as a planter, but they are also neat as a cooler. Mine is "Martha Stewart green" where yours is white, that is the original color for mine I think. I would keep it as it is.

Mary Perry said...

Cindy is correct, I have used these, my mom had two. The cooler idea is great, and I wouldn't touch it. Very cool and would love to find one. Love your blog, also.

The Smith Hotel said...

Love it! So jealous! I would keep it as is!

Jody

Unknown said...

Thanks everyone for your input and the actual name and origin. I was definitely leaning towards not painting it but my husband kept saying it looked nasty - he doesn't appreciate all things vintage or farmhouse. So I am leaving it!

oops! said...

I want this! The cute girl who cuts my hair, had a baby, so she does it in her home now! I went for the first time and went to her backyard to her backdoor and she had this exact rinse tub potted with beautiful flowers!
I Love it!!!!

Laura Lynn said...

Great find!
I love these. I see them at the antique stores around here and they are always displayed as ice chests for the summer. My grandma had one and it was a clothes washer with an attachment to ring out the clothes.
I would use it as a cooler too and leave the color as is!
It's perfect!

Anonymous said...

Thank you all for your input and the actual name and origin. However, my husband kept saying that it looked nasty - he doesn't appreciate all things vintage or farmhouse. Therefore, I am leaving it!
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Anonymous said...

Great find!
Usually they are displayed as ice chests for the summer at antique stores around here. My grandma had one, and it was an automatic clothes washer with an attachment for ringing out clothes. As for the color, I would leave it as is and use it as a cooler! You should also visit here:
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