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Turtle Mail

My pile allergy may be coming to an end after all. The days of mail stacks are no more in the Vargo house, and once again, our love of flea markets has come to the rescue. And while our friends may have raised an eyebrow when we whipped out one buck to pay for our newest treasure, we were pretty sure we could put it to good use. One hour and a dollar bill later, we came home with this:

Who knew I had such a “thing” for turtles? (Personally, I always considered myself a penguin gal). But after scooping up my now nifty jewelry holder at the Vintage Bazaar, this is my second hard shelled find in a month. Our bills, notes, and snail-mailed-cards tuck perfectly inside the glossy white top, all while looking pretty darn cute. Perhaps this isn’t the most permanent solution, but it sure is close to a good-for-now solution, no?

Of course it’s original intent is to house your favorite potted plant, but since we’re more of the black thumb folk, this is our safest bet. Although, How sweet would this guy look with a crop of fresh cut flowers? Or a catch all for unattractive keys, wallets, and loose change? Or a holder for kitchen knick knacks?

No, this doesn’t completely rid of us our mail issues, but it doesn’t offend our counter top until we find the time to sift through those envelopes. And because our glossies and large neighborhood mailers don’t fit, I’m finding that the hubs is actually putting the too-big items where they belong – mags on the coffee table for later perusing and recycling the rest. Holy moly. It’s a Christmas miracle (come early).

On another note, a big, whopping thank you for all your ideas. We’re in the process of signing up for as many e-notifications as we can and looking for those tiny 800 numbers to remove our address from the surplus of catalogs. Phew.

  • Eric @ flavorspaces - September 17, 2010 - 8:35 AM

    I really like the idea of using the turtle plant pot for mail. I wouldn’t have guessed it was meant for anything else because from your pictures it looks like its sole purpose was to be your mail holder. :)

    I really need to my mail situation in order. We have so much mail piling in the kitchen “junk drawer” it’s ridiculous.ReplyCancel

  • Danielle - September 17, 2010 - 9:11 AM

    Great idea! Our mail ends up all over the dining room table. I may just have to steal this idea.ReplyCancel

  • Jacquelin Seybert - September 17, 2010 - 10:03 AM

    So cute and perfect for your mail =)ReplyCancel

  • Amanda - September 17, 2010 - 11:50 AM

    Aww he is cute. I actually like that the big things don’t fit in there- like you said, that just forces you to put them where they belong.

    In addition to calling the 1-800 numbers, you can try http://www.catalogchoice.org. Also, I think if you go to your local post office, you can tell them you don’t want to receive those grocery ads anymore (I cannot stand those!). You know, those ones that are as big as an entire newspaper and they come 2-3 times a week… gaaah!!ReplyCancel

  • RocketGirl - September 17, 2010 - 12:54 PM

    I have a total thing for turtles. I think it’s that I am the exact opposite of everything turtle (although one might look in my bag and think I carried my home on my back). And that little gal is adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Rachel @ The Avid Appetite - September 17, 2010 - 1:55 PM

    I have the same mail issue plaguing my home. What an adorable solution!ReplyCancel

  • Brick and Brack - September 17, 2010 - 5:40 PM

    Love ceramic anything!ReplyCancel

  • Rachael - September 17, 2010 - 7:56 PM

    Cute find! P.S. I love your newest pic of Maddie up top- her paws look so fuzzy and adorable!ReplyCancel

  • Cait @ Hernando House - September 18, 2010 - 8:45 AM

    What a great (and great looking) solution! And I almost didn’t notice the new header picture until I saw Rachael’s comment, too cute!ReplyCancel

  • Katie - September 18, 2010 - 9:41 PM

    This is perfect! I am currently obsessed with white pieces, so I love it on the counter next to that white jar.ReplyCancel

  • amie - September 20, 2010 - 12:15 PM

    Love this! I’ve got a thing for ceramic animal planters…We use them all around the home!ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie - September 21, 2010 - 9:41 AM

    I just did the same thing a couple weeks ago except mine is a metal frog. I love it the mail doesn’t freak me out anymore!ReplyCancel

  • Danielle L. - September 22, 2010 - 9:54 AM

    love this little guy! what a great idea! i will definitely be on the lookout for something like him!ReplyCancel

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