Score! Lucky Vintage Canvas Laundry Bin


Don’t you love driving along, wind whipping through your hair, singing off key to a blaring radio …

and spotting an estate sale sign?


Wild dogs couldn’t keep me away as I screeched to a halt.  I may or may not have left a few skid marks.

An old florist’s shop turned model train shop turned unused building filled with tons of vintage stuff stored for years.

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I tried to act nonchalant as I asked how much for the canvas bin on a metal stand.

$15 – Sold!


I fell for the cool graphic stenciled on the canvas …

The shamrock really threw me over the edge.

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My Nancy Drew like super sleuthing led me to this:

Founded in the 1930s, Shamrock Meese Inc. of Madison, Indiana manufactured laundry containers for industrial use.


A few suds and she’ll be good as new and perfect for storing something I have yet to determine.


Here’s to screeching to halts and finding great never knew I needed it but now can’t live without it finds.


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  1. Fun!

  2. You scored!!!!! I absolutely love it. Can’t wait to hear how you will use it!

  3. Here’s to finding great estate sales with time to shop! LOVE that bin! I have been eyeing one at a store in town, but it is not $15! Score for sure!!! Life to the full! Melissa

  4. What a score. Someone didn’t realize how much those are sold for.

  5. $15? WOW!! What a deal. If you ever decide to sell…..I want!! I’ll pay double too

  6. I’ve been wanting one of these FOREVER. I can’t wait to see if/how you refresh/repurpose — wheels perhaps??

  7. Looks like I have to head back to Jersey! You find the coolest stuff Kelly. Love this!

  8. Margaret says:

    Awesome fine! I wish I had seen it first – oh, wait, I live in NC! Happy laundering!

  9. Oh my gosh I was actually born in Madison, IN and raised across the river in Kentucky! I would have loved to score this and have something so near and dear!!!! Want to sell it????

  10. What a great find at an amazing price!! I have one of those for sale in my shop. I know you’ll come up with a creative use for it.
    Mary Alice

  11. What a great find for a great price. Perfect.


  12. Oh, Kelly! I’ve been looking for something like this! Nice job! Don’t you love being in the right place at the right time? It’s fantastic! I look forward to seeing how you end up using it. :)

  13. I’m pretty sure my heart skipped a beat when I saw what you scored! I think that goes to show as we go through life the little stops along the way make ALL the difference. So happy for you! jules

  14. And ‘ya know… if by some chance the cleaning doesn’t do as good a job as you want, you can paint canvas. This was a great find.


  15. $15?!! That’s incredible. What an awesome score! Can’t wait to see how you use it :)

  16. I love it! Even at double or triple the price. What a find!

  17. Oh that is a goooood score! In our house, with our ridiculous amount of toys, it would work great as a toy bin. I’m sure you will come up with another use for it that will be way more fabulous than that, though!!! Cannot wait to see! Jesse @ Scout & Nimble


  19. Sheila Moore says:

    Congratulations on your find. I would have been sold on the Feb. ’57 part of the stencil as that’s when I was born…lol just gave away my age!

  20. Wow! Wonderful! It would be awesome to have that for storage. Or a laundry basket! That’s the month and year my older sister was born.

  21. So glad you have great brakes so that you could come to a screeching halt and buy that beauty…love it and so partial to Shamrocks!….Have a great weekend Kelly!

  22. LOVE. IT!!! I’ve been trying to find one of those…not exactly sure what I would do with it, but they are so cool!
    Congrats on another great find!! :)

  23. What a TREASURE!!! You totally scored with that one. I would looooove to get my hands on one of those.

  24. Very cool find!

  25. My gosh! These people CLEARLY didn`t realize what they were getting rid of – and for such a GREAT price. Now this is that I call a great score! I can`t wait to see what you do with it!


  26. Oh yeah, this is so cool!

  27. oh my…that is a beauty…I would be jumping too…LOVE ..xo

  28. You seriously find the coolest stuff Kelly! I love that!

  29. Oh my gosh! How cool is that! You really scored BIG TIME! Always fun to see what you discover. By the way? I’m getting a package from Alaska tomorrow….more mermaid bubbles? We’ll see!

  30. You have the gift of finding the most amazing little kitschy items. I love each one more than the previous. This is the neatest thing!!! I would have almost done a little dance at that price. It is just so, COOL!

  31. Well, Kelly, that is a wonderful find. Will be anxious to see how you use it as I need inspiration for what to do with a large wire one on wheels that I need to get out of the workshop and put to some use. It is too big to go in my laundry room.
    Thanks for sharing your treasures.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  32. That is super cool! I love it, and I love how you researched its origins. Great find!

  33. Great find, and deal. I’d have left skid marks for sure :-) In way better shape than my mom’s laundry bin, also canvas, in the 60s. Maybe because no one hid summer squash in it, forgot about it till it rotted! My mom, so patient, my brother is lucky to have lived to grow up. Well 6’6″ is up, but you know the “boys and their toys” thing……….

  34. What a find!!! I would have loved to find one of those. I hope you have a wonderful weekend- xo Diana

  35. LOVE this laundry bin – so worth screeching tires! Lucky girl:)

  36. Oh yeah! that is a fabulous find. I want it !!! I would have screeched to a halt too and busted anyone who got in my way in the head LOL just kidding I don’t believe in violence ha!.

  37. $15.00?? FIFTEEN DOLLARS???????? Are you kidding me? What a find and what a steal! I know what you mean – an unplanned sale is always a wonderful thing to come across! I always feel badly for drivers behind me if I see a sign and make an impromptu turn! Fun is!! Hugs, Leena

  38. Lovely find!

  39. Wow! That is an awesome score… I love vintage laundry bins!

  40. Wow!! You scored!!! That is absolutely gorgeous! Are you going to show us when she’s all cleaned up and used for ‘yet to be determined’ storage? Please??
    Debbie :)

  41. I would have HAD to have that too. $15 was a quite a steal. Congrats on snagging it!

  42. I’m GREEN with envy!! What a great find.

  43. 15 dollars??????? LOL You are going to have so much fun figuring out ho to display it! Maybe holding towels in the bath? :)

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