I got a chuckle from this ad, which came in a flyer for Crate and Barrel yesterday. Those of you of a certain age and a certain rural upbringing, like me, will surely recall this style of plaid metal lunchbox and thermos, which many of us used to carry to school. (Because our rural schools didn’t have fancy things like cafeterias – or nearby stores and fast-food outlets. It was cow pastures and woodland around Madoc Township Public School.)
But what really got me about the apparently newly trendy lunchbox and thermos was the price: $29.95 each! My parents would have had a heart attack at the notion of paying that much for a school lunchbox.
And now I will show you the Manse’s own version of those vintage-style goods, only in our case the goods are real vintage. A while back at the Aberfoyle (Ont.) Antique Market I found a plaid picnic hamper that was an exact replica of the one my family used to have when I was growing up at the Manse. And a little while later, I found just the right thermos to pack in it at Camp Ho-Ba-Chee, a wonderful vintage-goods store in pretty little Warkworth, Ont. Here they are (and apologies for the fuzzy photo):
And I am happy to report that I got them for less than you’d pay at Crate and Barrel for a lunchbox and thermos that are ever so nice but lacking in patina. So there.