one great text

I’ve been on a purging rampage around here. It is what I do when life feels a little crazy. I start clearing out excess and organizing what is left. It is incredible how much clutter and stuff we acquire. Anyway, I’ve been staying far from my favorite places…flea markets, antique stores, garage sales. Several weeks ago I got a text from my friend Paige that she was at Vintage Market Days. She had a booth set up for her Sorta Southern Boutique and in the booth next to her was a metal mailbox with my last name. She said she kept thinking of me when she saw it. She sent me a text with a picture and asked if I wanted her to get it for me.

I almost said “no”…because I am trying to empty my house of stuff, not fill it with more.But the initials in front of the “Campbell” were my father-in-law’s initials “C.L.”

C.L. Campbell – my father-in-law’s name. I kinda felt like it needed to find a new home at my home, so I had her get it for me.Yankee Dime Mercantile, the vendor that sold it to Paige was from another town. My husband said his dad lived there as a child. You don’t put your kid’s initials on your mailbox, so I didn’t think much of it. I sent my father-in-law a text with a picture just to show him. He wrote me back almost instantly. Turns out it was his cub scouts project from childhood!

Several decades after his cub scouts days, his mailbox made it to his daughter-in-laws house….all because of a friend who was thoughtful enough to send a text.

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  • jenn - what an amazing story!

  • mandi@herbanhomestead - No way!!! That is so cool! Love stories like this- thanks for sharing!

  • Andy - so cool. I love how that happened. so very cool

  • Kassondra - Too coool!

  • Amanda - How crazy is that?! I love when treasures have neat stories to explain how they came to be. =)

  • sarah - goosebumps all over….such a sweet story!!

  • Jacci - Why did that make me cry? 😉

    That’s the best.

  • Natalie, the Chickenblogger - What!? That is a seriously delightful story.
    I love CraZyRandomHaPpenStance!
    Also… great metal shop skills… did he
    keep that up?

  • Pamela - What a cool story – it came “home”

  • Lisa M. - That is such an awsome story! What are the odds??

  • chrissy - Wow! What an incredible story! Thank you for the dose of hope this morning. XO

  • Kari - Goosebumps…all over! What an awesome story!

  • Stephanie W. - That is so cool! What a great friend to think of you! Happy to hear it’s “home”.

  • Chrissy - What a great story! It was all just meant to be 🙂

  • Cheryl - It was meant to be!

  • sarah - coolest story I’ve heard in a LONG time!!!

  • Lynn - Wow!! What a great find by your friend!!

  • Sarah - Whoa!

  • Jerusalem - ohhh I love that! What a great treasure. We have a bookcase my fil built in wood shop. So fun to have those sorts of heirlooms.

  • Emily - What are the chances of it finding it’s way to you? So neat!

  • Linda - What a treasure!!!

  • Shannon - That’s so neat! I love stories like this.

  • Sarah - That is totally cool! Wow!

  • angie webb - Amazing story!

  • Sarah c - Gave me chills, what a surprise! Love hearing what you have to share and seeing your beautiful photos to accompany!

  • jennifer - what a wonderful story! i so enjoy dreaming about journey that vintage/antique goods travel to make their way into our lives + in this case, you know (and are closely connected to) the very genesis of the piece. sweet serendipity! enjoy 🙂 xoxo

  • amanda - Love it!

  • Debbie - Serendipity!

  • Heather - What an amazing story and now you have a family heirloom….

  • Monica - I love little One! she looks that she knows how to read. So cute!

  • molly - what a cool story! and i am totally with you on the cleaning and organizing when life gets crazy! i do it too. i am a teacher and life tends to get a little crazy here in the fall…so right now i am in the pre-crazy try to prevent the crazy cleaning and organizing mode. makes me feel better to get my house in order. 🙂

  • Brandi - Awesome!! Love me a good story with a good ending!

    I also cried. Made my heart smile.

  • Rebekah - How incredible!

  • Amy Cornwell - That is so fabulous…how amazing that it has come full circle. Wow!

  • Angie @ - Wow! What an awesome example of life coming full circle!

  • lauren - so cool! love it when things like this happen! 🙂 *

  • keight dukes - SHUT IT!!!!! that’s beyond dopeness. i keep waiting to find something of my own at goodwill. but more than likely it will be embarrassing (a flip flop “sculpture” i made in ceramics class or my “1000 marvelous sound effects” CD compilation) rather than touching.

  • Kelly J. R. - This story just gave me goosebumps! How cool of God to deliver this back to your family.

  • Christina Larsen - That is a really cool story! Love it!

  • stephany - wow. great story.

  • aearthr - i felt so touched. how something go round and round in life. it goes to the right the owner.

  • Lauren - Goosebumps. Serious goosebumps.

  • Carol - This story made me exclaim out loud and gave me goosebumps. This mailbox’s life would make a great children’s book (from the mailbox’s perspective, perhaps?). Your father-in-law must have been absolutely thrilled, as were you all I’m sure.

  • Lisa - Great story – thanks for sharing! This made me smile.

  • Kirsten J - That is seriously the coolest thing ever!

  • Chantel - Wow, how crazy! I absolutely love the story!

  • Ashley - I meet your father-in-law at Panera a few months ago. He came over to compliment my children and we started talking…family, grandkids. It wasn’t long before I made the connection to you. He’s a lovely man and he is very proud of you.

    All the best,

  • Amy - What an amazing story! I love it!

  • Emily - I want to be that kind of friend. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  • Crystal - Love this story!!

  • Lyn - Best blog post read today.

  • Jamie - That is so neat!!

  • Hannah - That is the craziest story I’ve ever heard! So awesome!

  • The Domestic Fringe - That’s crazy awesome! What a great story. So glad you have it.

  • Sarah - I started reading this post thinking that’s the coolest mailbox I’ve ever seen and finished it with tears in my eyes. What a beautiful story. Not that you’d forget, but you might consider taping a copy of this post directly to the bottom of the mailbox. My grandma attached notes to things and they were wonderful to find decades later.

  • Lisa Wadsworth - I love this! Fantastic story… what are the chances?! Amazing!

  • Christy - That is amazing! What a gift to have found such a treasure!

  • Kate @ Songs Kate Sang - Oh how sweet! What an amazing full circle moment! Love this.

  • Karen - That is so cool.

    I have a couple things my husband made when he was a boy in shop class. I love stuff like that. Sentimental value is the tops for me.

  • erin - what a great story!! glad it made it’s way back to your family!

  • Heather - Awesome story!!!

  • shelly capehart - What a sweet story!! Yankee dime is in our town and the sweetest lady owns it! I just love your blog. You are great!!

  • Cassie - Wow, amazing story! I got teared up reading it for some reason too Jacci. 🙂

  • carolina - what a great story and what a small world!!!

  • shauna reed - wow! now that is great!

  • KJ@letsgoflyakite - This is such AMAZING story on so many levels, I am so glad the mailbox found your family.

  • tracy a - Providence! How awesome is this!! I just love that some people (whoever saved that awesome project) cherish old things enough and that it actually made it back in to the hands it belonged. What a light and fun story!

  • Holly - Awesome! I love it!

  • Karen Baruth - What an awesome story! You should write it out in a little letter and store it in the mailbox for future generations!

  • Kimberly Dial - Such a neat story!

  • Kimberlee Jost - GET OUT.
    That’s insane.

  • Christina C - WOW! This story gave me goosebumps! Thank you for sharing!

  • Lori - Yep! I knew I liked that story. In fact, I like most stories. They are what make the world go ’round. ;0)

  • lexie - Ohmigosh-WOW! Such an amazing story.

  • Jackie - I love this story! This is so amazing – what a small world!

  • Amy L - Oh. My. Goodness!!!! What a neat story.

  • Christy - That gave me chills. So cool!

  • Jill - I LOVE stories like this! Of course that was meant to be yours!

  • Carrie - It was meant to be and proves what a very small world we live it; your friend is a keeper for sure!

  • Ashley - What an amazing story and a small world!

  • Kristin @ Little Corbin Hill - That’s an awesome find! Love when you find treasures close to your heart in more ways than one =)

  • megan - if that’s not just the coolest story ever!!!!
    (and an adorable mailbox to boot!)

  • jeannett gibson - Okay, so I recently found a book of prayers from 1879 in a random antique shop. I don’t know for SURE…but the more I talk to family and piece things together, the more it appears that its actually from someone in my family!!! From Portugal no less. Crazy, right?

    Here’s my post I did on it.

  • Paige Y. - I was just talking to Lori K. about this mailbox today and she said you wrote about it. I’m just now reading this blog post. I’m glad you like it! I was happy to get it for you. 🙂