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

  2. 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????

  3. 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. 🙂

  4. 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

  5. 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.


  6. 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

  7. 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!

  8. 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!! 🙂

  9. 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!


  10. 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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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……….

  14. 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!.

  15. $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

  16. 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 🙂

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  18. Hi! I just scored one this week at an estate auction, it was left over after auction.
    How would you recommend cleaning yours??

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