old cart, new life

i have pined after one of these french laundry carts for years.

i envisioned it nestled next to a couch, overflowing with cozy blankets and quilts.

i have found several while antiquing, but never at a reasonable price.

new story…

when visiting friends in oregon this summer, they had their kids’ games stored/displayed in a vintage market cart.

i have one of these, but its much newer, but i still thought i’d give it a try when we got home and see if it worked ok for storage, because our current situation of a teetering tower of games up high on a shelf wasn’t working so well for us.  can’t imagine why?

but then…

when our family was browsing the shops in the downtown of bend, i spotted this old laundromat cart holding signs that were for sale.

but it wasn’t marked with a price.


but!  sean really liked it too, so we asked the manager if it was for sale and after some hemming and hawing, we got it!

it holds all the kids’ games perfectly!

but the best part is they can access everything themselves and put them away.

cute and functional = win win!

i adore the tomato-red-with-a-little-bit-of-coral color of the basket and the teal casters are so pretty.

just the perfect punch of color.

and it fits so well next to our couch right by the entry to the playroom.

and already the kids are playing with the games so much more often.

mission accomplished!

and now i don’t even want a stinkin’ expensive french laundry cart to hold piles of blankets.

unless someone were to give it to me for free ;)







  1. 1

    It’s perfect. And the color is fantastic!

  2. 2

    Great idea with the market cart and I love the old laundry cart. I bought a french laundry cart years ago for my mom, she gave it to me a few years ago. I sure felt lucky and glad that I buy things I LOVE for gifts to others too :)

  3. 3

    love it, adding to the wish list for my garage sale/estates sale shenanigans.

  4. 4

    It’s perfect! BTW, your floors are beautiful. =)

  5. 5

    Oh my gosh! I have been searching around for a french laundry cart myself…and you are not kidding! They ARE expensive. But I’m cheap…not a good mix. lol LOVE your new cart! And i thoroughly enjoy your blog.

  6. 6

    super cute…and great, now I am pining for one of those carts..the thought never entered my mind before seeing this! :) I am headed to a HUGE antique festival tomorrow so will be looking for one to copy you :)

  7. 7

    Oooooh, I love your new cart! Great find! My local thrift store has one of the french laundry carts. They use it to hold underwear! Although I have asked, so far I’ve not gotten them to sell it to me.

  8. 8

    Love it :)

  9. 9

    What a great idea for a buggy!
    And it is great that it gets the games out there for the kids to see! Out of sight, out of mind no more!

  10. 10

    oh what a great idea. I love it!

  11. 11

    Such a great idea! I’ll be on the lookout for one now!

  12. 12

    Those are too great! love it

  13. 13

    Great find Lindsey! And I love what you chose to do with it too. Just this weekend while helping an aunt get ready for her household/moving sale, she gave me my husband’s grandfathers old typewriter. Its the perfect shade of an aqua/green and looks great on our hallway table. Old finds are the best!

  14. 14

    See? You never know unless you ask! This is pretty darn awesome and unexpected!

  15. 15

    I LOVE IT! Good idea. Now I’m going to keep my eyes open for something similar. Thanks for all the great pictures.

  16. 16

    Great idea! And those pillows on your couch are so cute.

  17. 17

    Love, love, LOVE!!!! I adore old laundry carts- and I love how you displayed the games like that as well- makes it much more appealing to pick out a fun game! :) xoxox Holly

  18. 18

    Cute look perfect for those games. Which of your kids will be the first to take a ride in it… :)

  19. 19

    great find! perfect perfect. :)

  20. 20

    Very cute carts!! Thank you so much for watching the kids so that Denise and I could hang out and talk forever!! I loved it! :)

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    melesa garrison says:

    What a cute idea and so functional for the kids!

  22. 22

    Love love love!!! So you are sooooo stinking resourceful and creative!!!

  23. 23

    aw…that is too cool! i want one now, ha. :)

  24. 24

    Ok, you have such a great sense of style! Thanks for sharing.

  25. 25

    what? why is your cart missing??? uhhh, don’t look in my car! it’s not there..REALLY!!

  26. 26

    I eyed that baby at the queen bee! Love it!

  27. 27

    Now those are just neat!!!

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    all shall be well says:

    I was JUST trying to think of something to store our games in, and I HAVE a cart like your friend’s out in our shed, but I NEVER put the 2 together until I saw your blog today! YEAH! thanks for the idea. :) and I love your blog.


  29. 29

    Great idea. I turned my old laundry cart into a coffee table. Now I need one of these to hold games!

  30. 30

    I LOVE that. Now I’m lusting after one, too!

  31. 31

    Love this idea!

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