Here’s some items I’ve found in the past.
First, some background.
A couple of years ago my wife was watching the local morning news and saw a spot on local businesses. A new(ish) online auction site was on and so we checked it out. It was something new to us, and kind of neat. Similar to eBay, you bid online, but the nice part was that it has something called a soft close – when you are outbid in the last few minutes of an auction, the end time of the auction is extended by 3-5 minutes, so that you can’t get sniped like on eBay. Anyway, here’s some of my older finds from the past couple of years.
First up: the Pleasure Chest.
I love the name of this 1950s-1960s cooler. It is clearly playing on the double-entendre of the phrase, as well as on the colour schemes that were popular at the time (this came in a red with white text like a Coca-Cola cooler, this one is green with white text, similar to a 7-Up cooler of the same vintage).
Here’s what it looked like from the pictures in the auction:
It came with the blue kerosene can behind it, ad well as a cheap volleyball net and an old stationary bike. I wasn’t sure what I was going to get but I figured I’d try.
Once home, I found that it looked like it had been rarely used. It was covered in grime and dust, but the paint was clean, and the whole thing was rust free! The only thing that wasn’t perfect was that it was leaking from the drain spigot. I fixed that up by running a thin bead of waterproof caulking around the inside of the drain. Problem solved! Next up: A thorough cleaning and a coat of wax, and it turned out pretty good. It keeps drinks cold, holds 20 bottles of beer plus ice:
The Coleman cooler on the other side is the original Coleman cooler, a model 631. More on that in the next post…
What’d it cost: $18 and a drive to Oakville.
What’d it take: About 2 hours of cleaning, waxing, and polishing.
What’s it doing now: Used for events where we need to BYOB.