Wednesday, August 24, 2011

{a toast rack's new lease on life}

I have been quite smitten with the glamorous look of an antique silver toast rack repurposed as a mail sorter. It's clever and classy!! Our mail was always piling up on the front entry table and I knew this would be the perfect solution. So, a trip to a local antique shop solved my problem and I scored this pretty little gem for only $16!! From toast to post, I love it!

I like that it's kind of  a tray at the same time, so there is a perfect spot to set my keys when I walk in the door ...


I had been scouring ebay and etsy for a while, there are some great finds on there but you just have to be patient. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and prices too! From $15 to upwards of $2000!

Left: $14.99, Middle: $695.00, Right: $1808.51

Here's some pretty inspiration I found around the blogosphere:




I love the idea of repurposing a vintage item and using it in a new way! The cute little old lady at the till said to me, 'You know, people are using these to hold mail these days!' Looks like the idea is getting around!!

If your loving this look as much as I do, hop over to Etsy and Ebay or your local antique shop and start searching!  I think I may just need another one for my desk ... :)

27 comments:

Designwali said...

this is such a great idean and looks fabulous!

David Toms said...

I have used one that used to be my grandmother's for ages as a letter rack! I did not know they were so expensive, so yours is a steal! xx

Vintage Home said...

Love the inspiration photos....I have a turquoise & silver one in my booth......I may have to go get it and tidy up my act!....Thanks for sharing!

Wendi @ Classic Chic Home said...

What a wonderful way to make mail look elegant! Love it!

Jean @ Flower Hill Design Company said...

I love when items are repurposed! Looks great!

Wendy said...

great idea and great find!

Kelly @ JAX does design said...

It's like a toast holder was made to be repurposed as a mail holder :-) Love the one you found, and the $695.00 one is pretty sweet too :-)

Mr. Goodwill Hunting said...

You really did find a great one. The price makes it even better. Now only if we could stop the mail (bills) from coming...we'd have a win win situation...lol



Rashon aka Mr. Goodwill Hunting

Things That Sparkle said...

I love this! Such a great idea

Tobe | Because It's Awesome said...

love it!! yours is especially great with the tray!

The enchanted home said...

These are so beautiful.....love love the idea!!

Rosa @ flutterflutter said...

Nancy, I love that idea! Simple, useful, and beautiful!

Danielle Oakey Interiors said...

Oh I love it and want one!

Annie@A View On Design said...

love it love it love it!

Bradley said...

Loves it! Need one of these.

Andrea Johnson said...

Yes, I could definitely use one of those for my office. I need a little pretty in that room. Gorgeous photos as usual!

Andrea

Lisa said...

Lovely idea for a touch of sparkle on your desk or entry!

GTV Diaries said...

Such a great idea, actually I think I have one somewhere?

Sarah MacMillan {Prairie Perch} said...

VERY cute and very functional! Score.

lisaroyhandbags said...

I wish my actual mail looked as elegant as these racks! Although maybe they would even make my junk mail look chic! :)

Splendid Willow said...

Brilliant!!!! Functional and so chic. Very you! (I might copy you -you trend stylist you!).

Hugs to you,

Mon

P.S We are going to Vancouver this fall and I am so hoping to meet w. you then.

christine {bijouandboheme} said...

This is charming and it looks so lovely on your hallway console- perfect!!!

{darlene} said...

great score! love this idea. I will be looking now.....
:)
- {darlene}
fieldstonehilldesign.com

barbara@hodge:podge said...

What a find! Now if only the university would let you have the card catalogue!

emily said...

This reminds me of the one I found at a local resale shop. And makes me want to get it out and polish it up! Yours looks lovely!

theLENNOXX said...

That's so pretty, I've seen them used like that, but it never hit me it was a toast rack!! Love it even more now!

xox Linda

Tammie Burton said...

Yes, I'm a few years late seeing this lovely post but had to comment. I wasn't familiar with these but now I MUST have one! Your find is gorgeous & what a steal. Hope I'm as lucky on my hunt for the perfect one to add to my workspace.

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