Spit & polish them fruit crates

WBC’s small antique apple crate on SALE for a limited time: was £11.97 now £9.49

We recently posted a blog entitled 101 uses for an antique fruit crate in which we outlined the creative ways to put our vintage apple crates to good use.

Using vintage apple crates to house bugs on a nature reserve may be an anomally, but what certainly isn’t is their on going demand as the perfect retail display solution for farm-shops, delis and independent wine retailers. If you managed to make it down to see WBC at the Speciality & Fine Food fair this year, you will have seen many exhibitors choosing antique and vintage displays to create the perfect stage for their fine food and drink products.

This week we sold a number of French Antique fruit crates (AFPC) to a gift shop on Clapham’s Northcote Road. All Good Gifts have been trading for nearly as long as the crates themselves, well, a good quarter of a Century at any rate.  They posted both these pictures on our twitter page to show how with just a little elbow grease and a simple spit and polish, vintage crates can take on a whole new premium feel.

We admit, not many of our customers opt to clean them up in this way, and we certainly don’t touch them before we send them out to you. But here  All Good Gifts have finished their crates off with a matte protective varnish that not only maintains their vintage, rustic appeal, but adds a look we think is sleek and modern, not to mention preserves their antiquity so that they’re bound to survive the hideous British weather they have to contend with. Thumbs up we say!

All Good Gifts can be found at: 65 Northcote Road, Battersea, London, SW11 1NP

There are 2 comments for this article
  1. Steven Maddock (The Wine Emporium) at 12:47 pm

    We also purchased a few boxes from you after seeing you at the Speciality show, I wish we’d found you before we’d shelled out £23 for a single one at our local antique shop.

    • Bobby Stearns at 2:11 pm

      I know what you mean. Just back from attending Scotland’s Autumn trade fair and spoke to a customer who forked out this time £25 for an Antique crate! It’s not that they’re not worth that much – at the end of the day each one is unique and has history – but if you’re a retailer, they’re now affordable as a retail solution, we source them in bulk and cover the costs to transport them here from France, so the trade price is practically half what they’re going for to consumers. Happy days, at least now you know where to come!

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