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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

White Mailbox…

So one day when I was peeking around on your blogs – I found this one particular picture that made my heart skip a beat.  You know the kind of skip that makes you just have to have one too?  This picture was found on Marie’s Mason’s blog almost two months ago and I couldn’t get how lovely it was out of my head. 
Recently, I was walking through Monroe, Washington on Main Street and spotted a new store that would be opening soon.  In the window was “the one”, the one I’d been looking for – very similar to Marie’s. 
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My heart was racing & I was so excited to have finally found one.  But here’s the catch – there was no name of the store just a note posted on the door “
NEW STORE OPENING SOON”
So a few days ago, I leisurely (and calmly) walked by the store to window shop again.  There was a lot of commotion inside the store – unloading trucks, boxes and setting the unpackaged goods up on the shelves…I kindly asked someone walking out the door about the store name and opening date - I was lucky to have caught the owner herself!  She told me the store will be opening Friday April 1st and they were all very excited. She let me come in and peek around to see what the store would have to offer.  Wow – was I impressed! There are many goodies brought from back the East and had just the right mix of new items as well.  What an absolute gem of a store!
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046The store’s name is called The Golden Mean which in philosophy, “the golden mean is the desirable middle between two extremes, one of the excess and the other of deficiency”.  How fun is the name? 
I nonchalantly mentioned how much I loved the mailbox in the window and asked her if she’d hold it for me until her opening day on Friday?  She said I could take it, if i paid cash for it today?  I couldn’t get my wallet out fast enough!  Lucky lucky me! I believe I walked out of there & stood by my car for a moment doing the happy dance!  I have plans for this sweet little mail box to do exactly what Marie’s Mason’s blog picture showed…holding lavender on my Chicken coop – I’ve heard lavender will keeps the flies away…(I’ll let you know how it works) – but believe it to be the sweetest accent I can add to my coop area project! 
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Now it’s just awaiting the lavender flowers……oh, and the completion of the coop area…hummm, wonder which will happen first?
To see where I am linking to this week – please check my “Cottage Links” label…xoxo, tracie

35 comments:

C'est Moi, Julie Marie said...

LOVE your sweet mailbox Tracie!... reminds me of my grandmother's mailbox when I was a little girl... so romantic... I would love one too... I would put old love letters tied in silk ribbons inside peeking out in mine... your chicks will love their "post" box!... xoxo Julie Marie

Country Wings in Phoenix said...

Hi Sweetie...
Oh thank you for taking me along today to purchase your white mailbox. It is exquisite and will be so gorgeous with its lavender inside. I didn't know that about flies and lavender. I have it in my garden, but I have still had flies, so maybe my pot of lavender will be moved to the patio area to give it a try. I will keep you posted as with the pool, we always have flies. Drives me nuts.

Can't wait to see the mailbox all hung up and displayed. It will be beautiful. I can't wait for you to go back to the store, and show us a little of the inside. It sounds enchanting my friend.

Many hugs and much love, Sherry

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

I think your mailbox is so pretty! The fleur de lis makes it, n'est-ce pas? ;P

Do you grow lavender in your garden? I love how it smells. I have always wanted to grow it, so I might try this summer!

Olive Cooper said...

Wonderful that you got the mailbox...I probably would not of had the cash.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

that is one SWEET mailbox mon amie! good for you for having the courage to just "ask." Now it's yours! so sweet! j'adore!

Kelsie From Our Country Home said...

Ok once again I am getting jealous of your chicken coop...I am so dying to see it...As I have mentioned I am hoping for a shabby chic chicken coop one day myself.

I do love the mailbox and thinking hmmmm...this would be great on my front porch to hold my gardening gloves and shears out of reach of my lil Sara helper...

Blessings Kelsie

Rachel Noelle said...

love it!;) Rachel

NanaDiana said...

Tracie- Isn't it funny how something just catches you and sticks in your craw (no chicken reference intended-okay maybe a little one)...and then you just can't WAIT to get what you want?!? I have been known to hound something to death until I finally found exactly what I wanted. I do believe it is a disease! LOVE yur mailbox. I can't wait to see it installed! xxoo Diana

Grace Peterson said...

I love it! How fun to have a new store to shop at.

Leslie said...

love it. Have a great Wednesday

High Street Cottage said...

I love it Tracie, and I love your blog! I love the way you think! Hope you have a wonderful week, xxx tami

Scrappy Grams said...

Mmm, lavender is such a soothing fragrance!

oldgreymare said...

The way you discovered your treasure will make it just that much more special.

xx
z

Sally Lee by the Sea said...

That's a fabulous story, Tracie! So glad you got "the" mailbox you wanted. The store sounds fabulous -- My mother actually lived for several years in Monroe.

I hope you're having a great week!! :O)

BECKY said...

How lovely Tracie! I am so glad you found one! As a matter of fact, I have one of these that was a "find" and I have been trying to figure out what to do with it! Well, now I know! It will get a wonderful white makeover! Thank you so much for the idea.

Have a great day!
Becky

Pink Satin Sashes said...

I can just imagine your happy dance as I have done it many time for something I have really wanted!

Congrats it as cute as a button that mailbox!

Passionate for White said...

I love happy endings to good stories....especially those that include a happy dance!

classic • casual • home said...

Lavender will be sooo charming. We have it growing in our yard and don't have many flies...but it might be that we are near the ocean, I don't know. Tell us what you discover.

Funky Junk Sisters said...

What a cute idea...we've got an old dark one that will get some white wash right away! The lavendar is a great touch. Hope to see you at our Vintage Market on May 13th and 14th in Puyallup, WA.

Bringin' you fabulous, fresh vintage one city at a time!

Linda & Dixie
The Funky Junk Sisters

My Shabby Streamside Studio said...

Aww, thanks...I wish I could grow Blush Noisette but it died in Zone 6 so I have no chance in Zone 4! I'll keep looking at the pictures...

Thanks for your kind comments on my blog.

Bisous,

Sandy Foster
My Shabby Streamside Studio
http://www.myshabbystreamsidestudio.blogspot.com

Roselle said...

Oh I LOVE IT!!! I want one now ;)
Perfect and so chic.
P.S. I have yet to find any three footed tea cups.
Happy Wednesday to you :)
Roselle

Heaven's Walk said...

Serious mailbox love going on here! lol! Love the lavender in it!

xoxo laurie

A Few Pennies said...

Well, now I want one too! That is such a darling idea even with faux flowers peeking out--love your photos. Patty

fairfieldhousenj.com said...

Tracie,

Don't you just love it when everything goes right and you get what you seek?

I love vintage finds and your mailbox will look sweet with it's parcel of lavender for your chicks.

(In NJ we have killer green-heads that would survive a nuclear bomb!)

Deborah

Sherrie said...

This turned out beautiful! Makes me want one too!

A Cottage Muse said...

Now you have a great story to go with that wonderful mailbox!

saltbox treasures said...

I love these old mailboxes too! I have one that is missing the front ornament and I want to put a fleur-de-lis on it :).
Have a great day!
~ Julie

Jenn said...

Gosh, takes me way back to my grandmothers' houses and their mailboxes and makes me want one too! Contagious! Enjoyed my visit, came by way of Brambleberry Cottage Time Travel Thursday. Thanks, Jenn

Christie said...

It is a real treasure! Lovely! ANY flowers will look devine in that pretty mailbox! Christie at Three Pixie Lane

Annette said...

Oh, how lucky you were! I love lavender and your mailbox will be complete when you add it!

My Cottage Charm said...

How fun that you got your little mailbox gem without having to wait till the store even opened! :) I LOVE it! I think lavender will be so sweet in your mailbox...so romantic looking. Can I just say I absolutely LOVE your gate in your pictures. Your house is like a little dollhouse...so adorable!
Thanks for linking up this week!
Hugs
Missy

Kristy said...

So pretty!

Brenda said...

What a sweet post. I love the hunt and when you find that special something how fun! I did not know about lavender repelling flies I grow it so I will have to try it.

edenhills said...

Sounds like a quaint store to visit. Very lucky you got there early. I think that type of mailbox is just adorable, and it will be great for your chicken coop.

Teresa

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

What an absolutely charming little mailbox! I love it Tracie! Thanks for sharing at FNF! :)