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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  • 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.

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