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There's demand for these crates - does anyone make them?

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Old 12-19-09, 09:47 PM
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There's demand for these crates - does anyone make them?

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These are display crates at Whole Foods. I noticed them there one day last year and immediately wanted to buy one! They'd be perfect for our work, which involves carrying 8 1/2 x 11 documents around. We've been having to use cardboard boxes and they dont last long.

The same day I asked Whole Foods if they sell them, another woman did at the same time, she wanted one too.

But they wont and I'm not a carpenter so I cant make them either.

Would they be hard for a carpenter to make and sell, without the logo of course?

Just needs to be sturdy wood and well-built so it lasts a year or two of kicking around, in and out of the car and house.

Might be a product you could make some money at.
 
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Crates

These would not be difficult to make.

Have thought about plastic crates?
 
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Try looking at catalog/online/mail order companies that sell organizing products,household items,office supplies,interior decorating items and so forth.Things like this are around but you have to check various companies and see what they have plus because often these are imported the availability varies.

I have similar boxes that I've had for years.Don't ask me where I got them because I don't remember but they are not that different from the box in the picture.

I would bet WFs is buying them and having logos put on from a company that sells them without the logos if you can find it.That said there are others like it around.
 
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Old 12-20-09, 09:51 AM
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Any High School woodshop (do they still have those?) class could make 30 of those in a couple of days. Or at least something very very similar....
 

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Have thought about plastic crates?
This should read "Have you thought about plastic crates?" Sorry about the typo.
 
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Originally Posted by spdavid View Post
Try looking at catalog/online/mail order companies that sell organizing products,household items,office supplies,interior decorating items and so forth.Things like this are around but you have to check various companies and see what they have plus because often these are imported the availability varies.

I have similar boxes that I've had for years.Don't ask me where I got them because I don't remember but they are not that different from the box in the picture.

I would bet WFs is buying them and having logos put on from a company that sells them without the logos if you can find it.That said there are others like it around.
That's the hard part, I havent been able to find where they buy them, or anything like them.
 
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here you go. 3rd item down

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Thanks. Too bad they arent the size we need though, but at least I have some ideas where and how to search now. The cardboard box we have, is 14"w x 8"d x 6" tall.
 
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here you go. 3rd item down

Countryline

YES! THANK YOU! Looks like that will work great!

 
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crates

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Really great crates that are very solid and beautiful can be purchased through a company called Crate Farm - they have higher quality crates though - not raw pine ones that are imported
 
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Originally Posted by Wirepuller38 View Post
This should read "Have you thought about plastic crates?" Sorry about the typo.
All the plastic crates I've seen have holes in the sides. We need the crate to hold paper clips as well as papers, so the sides need to be closed.
 
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Originally Posted by spdavid View Post
Try looking at catalog/online/mail order companies that sell organizing products,household items,office supplies,interior decorating items and so forth.Things like this are around but you have to check various companies and see what they have plus because often these are imported the availability varies.

I have similar boxes that I've had for years.Don't ask me where I got them because I don't remember but they are not that different from the box in the picture.

I would bet WFs is buying them and having logos put on from a company that sells them without the logos if you can find it.That said there are others like it around.
Yes I've tried all that. We even bought one from Countryline
The third one down there, which looked just right, but it turned out to be much heavier than the ones at Whole Foods.

Meanwhile, Whole Foods removed them from their displays, probably because so many people wanted to buy one, and they're probably sitting in warehouses somewhere now.
 
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here you go. 3rd item down

Countryline

Per my other post just now, we bought one and it's the right size but too thick and heavy for putting on my partner's lap full of documents while driving. <sigh>
 
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If you lived a little closer I could custom build one for you to your specs.
 
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I don't think your partner should be driving with a crate on his/hers lap. Just kidding. You need a crafty friend with some tools. I always check out a persons tools before they can become my friend.. Really if you are ever in Southern New Mexico I would make them for you, for the cost of the wood.
 

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Originally Posted by wsaend View Post
I don't think your partner should be driving with a crate on his/hers lap. Just kidding. You need a crafty friend with some tools. I always check out a persons tools before they can become my friend.. Really if you are ever in Southern New Mexico I would make them for you, for the cost of the wood.
Well that's nice of you, but the last time I was down that way, was around 1992.

If I could just get Whole Foods to sell me one...

Meanwhile we're stuck with cardboard boxes...
 
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Good luck with the crate. It's definately an apple crate, well most likely.

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The crate you posted looks pretty easy to make. Maybe try posting an ad someplace (local wood working store, wood shop) to see if you can find somebody to build one.

Or with just some minor tools you could build one your self! This is the DIY forum you know!
 
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Per my other post just now, we bought one and it's the right size but too thick and heavy for putting on my partner's lap full of documents while driving. <sigh>
The crate you saw at Whole Foods came from that company called CRATE FARM - they provide them with those crates, they sell wholesale (large volumes I think), but you could check on it.
 
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Originally Posted by greenwillow2 View Post
The crate you saw at Whole Foods came from that company called CRATE FARM - they provide them with those crates, they sell wholesale (large volumes I think), but you could check on it.
Thanks! I contacted them and they said they sell them, but only by the dozen right now. But in a month or so, they plan on setting up individual sales.
 
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