Free Vintage Soda Crates … and How I Rescued Them From the Ashes


Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

The Craigslist ad had me at FREE!

Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

2,000 vintage wooden soda crates – take as many as you want.

Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

Piled high and filled with cardboard – this pile was ready to be set ablaze.

Next to it sat all that was left of another pile, the metal edges on the crates.

Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

Don’t think of me as a hero – I’m way too modest for such a title!

Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

I prefer to think of it as doing my civic duty.

Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

Alright.  I did it for purely selfish motives.

Vintage soda crates & bottles - free find!

Shhh, let’s keep that part between us.


This definitely makes up for my last Craigslist fail.

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  1. oh my. how many did you get? what will you do with them?

  2. Wow, I wish these things would fall my way! Great find!

  3. Kelly, oh my goodness, you lucky lady! I would love to get my hands on a couple of those crates! What a find, wow! Can’t wait to see what you do with them! :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  4. I need to do more Craigslist stalking. What an amazing find! I love the old crates. love love love.

  5. You hit the JACKPOT here!! how awesome — wish I had a few for my graduation party decorations!
    xo heidi

  6. Seriously?! What an amazing find! I never get on Craigslist. Looks like I need to spend a little time on there! Nice save! Life to the full! Melissa

  7. Holy Cow! That is the mother load. So jealous! I want one of the CRUSH ones please :)

  8. Oh my goodness!!! That picture with you standing by all those crates is priceless!!! What a score or find or whatever you want to call it!! That is sooooo awesome!!!

  9. i just died. omg.

  10. What do they say, one man’s trash is another’s treasure? Hard to believe that someone didn’t understand the interest / value of those crates and not to mention the bottles, heck, don’t folks pay a deposit on those?!? I guess they just took the easy way out saying “come and get them” and so glad you got in on that action! I would have had a hard time not returning many many times until I had a wall of those in my backyard.

  11. Wow, free? If you had a booth you could make a fortune. They sell for $20 to $30 each around here.

  12. Awesome, what a score! =)

  13. Where do you live??? lol searching craigslist now… :)

  14. OMGosh! What a find! I would have had my car packed to the gills! How many did you get? Love the centerpiece with the crate and bottles – too cute! I never find anything good like this on my local Craig’s List. SCORE! Wow! Just think of all the things you could use and make with these! Have fun! Hugs, Leena

  15. You know the entire blogging, junking, vintage loving world has a LOVE/HATE with you now right?
    … Or, am I just talking about me?

    So envious!! Not jealous… just envious. Talk about the Mother Load!!! Wow. Go girl.

  16. What treasures!!!!!!!! Oh it literally almost brings me to tears to think of them all being destroyed. It’s history- they have real value. Breaks my heart to see that they may not be loved. SO happy to see you were able to rescue them. Oh how happy I would have been to get my hands on those.

  17. Love them!
    What idiot would burn all of those? I don’t get it.


  18. What a find…… Way to go

  19. Wow! That is an awesome find and for free you scored big time.


  20. The Craig’s List in my town NEVER has awesomeness like this! WOWW! So awesome :) Score!

  21. FUN fun fun! GREAT find! Looking forward to seeing some of your projects! Love the metal edges especially!

  22. What a score! I have 2 of the Pepsi crates I rescued from a dumpster but no bottles. Great Score!!

  23. omg Kelly….I am envious…I would have driven over there with fire coming out of my exhaust pipe…vroom vroom

  24. Oh my that’s so many kelly!!!!! How many did you get? there’s a ton of projects your could do with these!!! Lucky crates they have you!

  25. Susan S. says:


  26. Woah! What a great find! Lucky!

  27. Awesome rescue Kelly. You will have so much fun with those.
    Audrey Z. @ Timeless Treasures

  28. Holy crap! I don’t even want to look any more! I’m so jealous!!!

  29. Shawna Marie says:

    Lucky duck! I’m simply dying for a Crush crate for my outdoor dining table…enjoy!

  30. WOW and WOW thats amazing!

  31. what a wonderfull picture

  32. Holy cow! Thank you for saving some of them, first of all. Second of all, I am so stinking jealous! You may just scored the Craigslist find of the century.

  33. This is the jackpot of freebies!!!! I seriously cannot believe they were going to throw those out. You are my hero of the day. Also, more than a tidge jealous here….

  34. This has me speechless, typeless, and envious.

  35. Thanks for showing these. I wonder if there are any left? Gosh I love those crates. I had one and gave it to my daughter who is another soul who loves repurposing old things. She made a spice rack out of it and hung it in her kitchen. Thanks for sharing. Love your stuff. Linda

  36. NO WAY!!! What an unbelievable score. I’m off to look at Craig’s List. :)

  37. You should have bought them all, hauled them to Brimfield and made a fortune. What an amazing find — and for free! Jersey has it going on.

  38. OMG! Mega Score! Lucky lucky girl! I know you’ll make some great projects with those. And YES! I want some too!!!

  39. I would of called everyone that I know that owns a large vehicle and swooped them all up – I can’t believe that someone would just want to burn these great pieces of history!

  40. Still have any? Make furniture! I wish I had a stack of these.

  41. Wow! Lucky you. I’ve bought two crates (for super cheap but not free) at an auction. They are perfect for corralling random things. I don’t know what I’d do if I found them for free….maybe take as many as I could fit in my car?!

  42. Do you have any crates left?

  43. Sam Washburn says:

    Wher did u get these

  44. Kim Lindblom says:

    I am looking for old soda crates (non sectioned) are there any left of the 2000?

  45. Mireya Rodriguez says:

    I would love some coca cola crates for my wedding! Do you have any left?

  46. Do you have any crates left?

  47. Do you still have these

  48. Oh how I am green with envy right now!!! Those sell for upwards of $50 each around here…IF you can even find one. My boyfriend may have had a heart attack if I’d stumbled upon a listing like this, with his F350 I would have come home with enough of these to build a small cabin. Great find!!!!

  49. micheal kiefer says:

    I would like to know if you would sale a few. my wife and I run a farmers market and need about 10 of them, different ones without cells just flats, strong in color to display vegetables & produce please contact and let me know. thanks micheal

  50. Heather says:

    Great find!!!!

  51. Melissa Tackett says:

    Would you like to sale some or get rid of any?

  52. melba Abernathy says:

    Would love to have some of these. Where are you located. I’m in GA. Thanks

  53. I love those crates and I’d love to find some !
    Lucky you ! But I live in France and they’re just too expensive here !

  54. Evé castro says:

    Where are you located. What are the sizes of the crates.

  55. Awesome! ! Are u still sharing that great find ??

  56. I need 200 about

  57. Donna mccall says:

    I would love some soda crates. Where are you located ?

  58. Donna mccall says:

    Do you have any soda crates left and where are you located?

  59. Daleena Boles says:

    Are these still available? ?? And were are they im in Indiana?

  60. Julie Kates says:

    I came across this blog and I was wanting to find some vintage Pepsi crates. Do you still have many of these available? if so, Where are you located. I have a project in mind and my grandfather and my uncle worked for Pepsi in Dayton, OH. I would love to incorporate these into the project.

  61. Melissa Ellison says:

    I need a few wooden crates and glass bottles. A family camp in Colorado is needing them. How can I get them? I’m in Texas. Thxs, melissa


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