Decorating with wine crates is a not-so-secret secret DIY idea here at Apartment Therapy, but where are they to be found? As the demand increases, the supply seems to become more elusive...As much as we wish there was an easy solution — or some place where you could pick up a dozen — it seems to be a matter of antique-hunting patience and persistence:
• Call local wine shops and liquor stores and ask if they will give them away, sell them or neither. If they won't part with them, ask if they know where other crates can be found. We scored one little crate at a local Safeway and are currently using it to store bottles upright on top of our fridge. (The top of the fridge isn't the best place for wine storage, but it's all inexpensive wine we'll drink pretty fast. The good wine hides in the closet.)
• Poke around your nearest Goodwill.
• Shop Winepine.com or eBay.com, both of which sell wine crates for storage, as well as for the label on the box.
• Search Craigslist.com often.
• If you're really desperate, we have written before about the IVAR box at IKEA.
We plan to collect some wine crates this summer and pile them up to make end tables with book storage.
Does anyone know of any wine crate treasure troves in the DC area?
(Image: Lindsey Roberts)