Sunday, July 25, 2010

Increasing Curb Appeal: Mailboxes

Since we've moved into our new house (back in March '09) we've been using a brown basket as our mailbox. We've gotten compliments on the look of the basket by our front door, and I do like it; however, not so much when it has rained and the mail is soaking wet. I also think a mailbox increases the curb appeal. I have no idea what the prior owners used because we did not have a mailbox nor an address plate. We bought an address plate from Home Depot, which we love. We have yet to find a mailbox at Home Depot or Lowe's that we like. Plus, we need a sturdy enough one that can be drilled into our stone front.

Our "mailbox." I use a bag clip to hold outgoing mail- very convenient (except when it's raining):
 Address plate:
So besides looking at Home Depot and Lowe's I've also searched eBay hoping we could find a nice, sturdy, less expensive mailbox because if you don't know, they can be expensive (I'm talking about over a $100). I've also thought about building one as my father-in-law had, and even asked my husband if he could try, but he's not one to build things...Plus, the more I browse online the more I'm liking the fancy ones- the ones that really up the curb appeal and the ones that would match our address plate.

After Googling residential mailboxes I have found a few that I am loving despite the $100+ price tag. It's a forever purchase- it's not something we will need to replace. I'm thinking it's a good investment. Plus, I can finally cross it off my "House To Do List!"

 Since we already have the address plate the front would be blank. I like the option though!

eBay is a great place to look for household items, including mailboxes. I found the Whitehall Mailbox above on eBay for the same price plus free shipping. 

This mailbox is $110 on MailboxixChange and on eBay you can Buy It Now for $71.50 plus $19 for shipping, totaling $90.50 (saving yourself $20).
It's not as fancy as the one above, but it's sturdy (what I'm looking for) and it has a non-locking option, too. 

I also like this one. It has the convenient magazine holder I like and it comes in a variety of colors. Even better, it's only $57 plus free shipping! Definitely a contender. 

Horizon Wall Mount Mailbox:
Although, this one is a heavier (12 lbs vs. just 5 lbs above). A little more expensive at $97, also with free shipping, and in a variety of colors.
I think these are all final contenders. I will give you a future update on the one that wins!

1 comment:

  1. Nice post! A mailbox outside your gate or house only means one thing, and that is protection for your packages. With it, you are assured that no one will be able to steal the stuff that you had delivered even if you are not there to personally receive it.

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