Customer Photo

We do get photos from customers on their finished projects. This customer had designed a column for his mailbox. He had carefully researched and found the exact stone he wanted. He was adamant that he had to have a locking mailbox that would protect his mail and last as long as the stone.

He chose a Skyline Locking mailbox and matching newspaper in Dark Roast to perfectly compliment the stone.

Skyline Locking Mailbox and newspaper box in a stone column.

Skyline Locking Mailbox and newspaper box in a custome built stone column.

This is one very sweet mailbox setup. It is surely an awe-some way to greet his guests and to dress up his yard. Thank you Larry, you totally understand that the mailbox sits as a sentinel in front of your house. Well done!

Sincerely, all of us at Mailbox Solutions, LLC 503-486-5575

PS The only sad thing about this is we will not ever see Larry again. Unless the mailbox is hit by a truck or our customer moves to a new house, it will be the only mailbox they will ever need.

 

 

 

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Still Outside the Box

I promised to share the rest of the photos. You may remember that last week I went on a game of “Eye Spy” to see what I could find that had nothing to do with boxes as in mailboxes. I chose to search out only round things and I was surprised at how easy it was to find 16 cool things in our office. These things all prove we do think outside the box. Or at least we try very hard to be outside the box.

If you every need a little break at work away from your computer consider  brain exercise. Give this little game a try. Think of a color, or shape, size, or texture then decide on your criterion. Count the items that match your “rule”. Then close your eyes and try to remember them all. Were you able to do it?

On this day I used my camera to capture round items. You can see the rest of the photo on last week’s post Think Outside the Box

A Rainbow of Colors

A DVD supplies so much color. Rainbow whirls and arcs and distorted reflections.

Colorful Vinyl Rolls

Exterior vinyl for making signs, lettering, logos and of course address numbers.

Transfer Tape

 This handy tape is used to transfer the cut decal from the paper backing to the door, window, car, placard, sign or a mailbox.

World Time Clock

This interesting clock shows the exact time for anywhere in the world. This flattened view of the world makes everything distorted. All world maps do the same. What makes this map so unique is the center of the clock is one of the poles. The entire outside ring of the map is the other pole.

Nuts, Bolts and Cams

Funny round divided project parts carrier. These parts complete a lock.

Old School "Dinger" Service Bell

This remains a very simple and practical way for a customer to announce their arrival.

A Doorbell Button

A clever gecko swirls its tail around the doorbell button. A very cute alternative to a plain doorbell.

School Room Clock

There you can see we have a classic Roman Numeral clock on the wall.  Handsome round thing indeed and it proved to be very photogenic. That is a good thing.

Have a good week. So far this week we have been busy, normally when the weather is nasty it usually means a quiet day.

Check back next Tues when we share more stuff about the “exciting” world of mailboxes.

Think Outside the BOX

Don’t plod along in a rut, engage your brain, get creative, “Think outside the box.” Sure, that’s easy for you to say. But honestly it is hard for us to think outside the BOX. After all, what we do day in and day out is think about BOXES. Cardboard packaging BOXES, shipping BOXES, palletized BOXES, BOXES on shelves and of course all of these boxes are for our mailBOXES.

The building is a box, the warehouse is box, the office is a box. My cubical is a…well you get the idea. I decided to focus on “round” and eliminated the first things that popped into my head like coffee cups, mugs, etc . Could I find enough items to make a creative photo post? My work is cut out for me. 

A walk through the office and warehouse revealed many photo opportunities for items that popped out simply because they are round.

Color Sample Chips

Tape Gun, No Shooting, It's a Handy Speed Taping Tool

Paper Clips in a Round Container

Bits and Bolts

Have you ever tried to focus on a single color, texture or shape and then look around you? Are you surprised at the number of things that are often overlooked in your daily routine?

Cast Aluminum Ball Cap

Face of a Lock

Two Baseballs in a Glove, Waiting for Action

How Many Round Items Can You See In This Model '65 GTO?

In the above photo I thought I was just getting a picture of a steering wheel. When I looked at it on my computer screen, I was surprised to see so many round items. The entire photo experience was fun and in fact, I found so many things that proved interesting, that this is only half of the photos I took in about 10 minutes with my cell phone.

Give this little game a try. Decide on your criterion. Count the items that match your “rule”. Then close your eyes and try to remember them all. Were you able to do it?

Check back next week for the other half of the pictures. Sending wishes your way for a really great rest of the week.

Here’s the challenge, how many round things did you find in the last photo? Go ahead and post your answer in comments. 🙂

Shari

Did You Always Dream of This?

Sometimes I get a little paranoid about telling people what I do from 9-5. Especially after 15 years of experience it has become harder to answer that question.

Don’t get me wrong it’s not that I am not proud of our product because I am happy we have awesome product made right here in Oregon. It is not because I am embarrassed by what we make because it is something many people need one and it solves one of their issues. But being a mailbox specialist is a conversation killer.

So I don’t mention it unless of course I’m on a plane and want to read and my seat mate tries to start a conversation. “I’m a mailbox specialist,” allows me to have a peaceful trip. No more questions asked.

Here are sample conversation stoppers when asked,

“What do you do?”

“We manufacture locking mailboxes.”   (Silence, who wants to know more about that?)

“We own a small manufacturing company.” “Really? That sounds exciting. What do you manufacture?”  “Mailboxes.” “Mailboxes? Oh excuse me I see someone over there I’m supposed to meet with. Nice meeting you.”

“We do locking mailboxes.” “Oh, a rental mailbox place. Do you also sell cards and do shipping.” OOOOooo the start of a conversation. “Uhhh, no not exactly we build mailboxes, locking ones that go on a post by the street.” “People buy those?”

So you see, life is difficult when you are a mailbox specialist. Except one time. I’ll never forget how sincere this lady was, mostly I’ll never forget how sweet she was. Such an amazing conversationalist. I actually wish I had such talent. So here goes:

“And what do you do, dear?” “We manufacture locking mailboxes.” “You mean those in apartment buildings?” “We sell those but we do not manufacture them.” “What kind to you make?” We make the ones that mount on a post by the street.” “Did you always want to do that?” [Me: blank stare] “I mean when you were a little girl did you always dream of selling mailboxes.” 

So somewhere out there is a very kind and gracious lady who left me totally speechless, because, no, I would never have dreamed it. My thought process ran along the lines of being a princess or a ballerina. Turns out neither of those were my destiny. I was about five when I figured out being a princess was not in the cards. It took me a few years longer to realize I was getting too tall to be a ballerina, plus I wasn’t that talented.

I was still a young kid when I dreamed of driving a hot sports car. I tried to convince my dad to buy us one. This one would have appealed to me.

One Hot Red Sports Car

Just so you know, little girl dreams do become big girl dreams. 😀

Hello and Welcome

I’m so glad you stopped into our totally awesome new blog where we deal with the subject of mailboxes.

Seriously? Yep, seriously. Well, someone’s gotta do it, unfortunately the big jackpot wheel spun and dang, it landed on me.

Now to be fair, these are not just any mailboxes but genuine locking mailboxes made, by us, in Oregon. We’ll get into the “WHY?” of that in a bit.

So what exactly does our blog photo have to do with mailboxes? Absolutely nothing. It’s just random photos that I take, often through the car window on the way to work. This set is pretty gloomy looking, but that’s what the weather has been like most of the past few weeks. We’ve had lots of fog. Also, I have very few photos on my work computer. Beggars can’t be choosers, so this is it for now. But they will change often, promise.

Which would I prefer as a means of supporting myself? You mean between …hummmmm… mailboxes or photography? Such a silly question. Everyone has some kind of mailbox, but not everyone has one of my photos.

Wait until you see my photos of “mailboxes” not everyone has a collection as impressive as mine. Well, if you are impressed by mailboxes, you will be impressed by these.

In honor of the upcoming holiday of couple of my mailboxes took it upon themselves to dress for the occasion. What do you think of these two?

Our Big Daddy of the mailbox world is the Summit. Look how impressive it is. That is an actually decorated mailbox Mr. Summit is wearing as a chapeau.

On the wall behind Mr. Summit is a portion of a Oregon Historical photo taken in Sisters OR in 1904. You should stop by our business office, if not to buy a new mailbox to at least check out the awesome photo.

 

 

Moving right along, not to be outdone. Ms. Gorge (that is GORGE as in Columbia River Gorge, it is not a man’s name) donned her festive holiday ribbons to impress you. What do you think? Isn’t she lovely?

Ms. Gorge flaunts her stunning Contemporary post and add bling with her gorgeous bow.

 

A locking mailbox does make a perfect gift for someone who does not have a way to protect their mail from theft.

Give them Peace of Mind, not a piece of your mind, but PEACE that comes with knowing your mail arrives and stays safe.

 

Check back here soon for more exciting news from Mailbox Solutions, LLC. We are the locking mailbox specialists and have product to fill every need, whether it is a home or business, a neighborhood or an huge apartment complex. Mailboxes for posts, walls, indoors or out.

Give us a call- local in Portland Metro 503-486-5575 or 1-800-630-3344   or stop my our warehouse/mfg/office/retail located in Tualatin Oregon at 19350 SW 118th Ave, Tualtin OR 97062  M-Th 9-5 Fr 9-1              Remember our webstore is open anytime and we ship everywhere.      Stop by Mailbox Solutions, LLC in your jammies in the middle of the night http://mailboxsolutions.com click the link. How easy is that?

Cheers!

Please let me know how you like this post. I’ll only give lots of mailbox information if you ask me. Leave a comment and I’ll respond. Service is what we do best.