Some older finds (Part 2).

A Coleman 631 cooler found in a Burlington online auction.


Here’s another find from about a year ago.

This was from another online auction site, one that I have a love/hate relationship with.  The proprietor of the site is, in my opinion, a bit of a jerk.  His auctions tend to have some nicer items, but he only takes 1-3 photos of each item and descriptions are non-existent.  I’ve also had some difficulties with picking up items from him in the past – showing up an hour before the pickup window ends and he’s already packing up.

Anyway, enough griping.  Here’s a cooler I found in an auction.

Coleman 631 cooler, the original cooler that Coleman offered for sale!  Like the Pleasure Chest, this is a galvanized metal cooler, with a nice green hammertone paint on it.  This one even came with the original cardboard box and instruction manual!

Here’s photos from the auction:


It was clear it had been sitting for a long time, but it looked pretty good.  It even has the original Coleman-branded church key on the inside of the lid (the Pleasure Chest has an opener integrated into the side where the handle connects to the cooler).

Once again, this one needed a good thorough cleaning, but it turned out pretty good.  A coat of wax really helps the paint to pop, and some metal polish has made the closing mechanism look fantastic!


Both this guy and the Pleasure Chest get used regularly – for any parties we host, or where we’re invited to someone’s backyard.  They’re great conversation pieces, and truth be told, while they weigh a ton when loaded up (or really, even when empty), they are worth it!

This one holds about 16 bottles of beer, but it usually gets loaded with cans of non-alcoholic beverages for the kids who can’t drink yet.  Anyway – like most of the items from this time frame, they’re built to last and are still working!

What’d it cost: About $60 and a drive to Burlington.

What’d it take: About an hour of cleaning, waxing, and polishing.

What’s it doing now: Used for events where we need to BYOB.

~ Ryan

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