Don't Follow the Money - Asheville Crate Company Shipping Crates

My Dad always gave great advice.  One of my favorites was 'the world doesn't owe you a living.'  

Another one I really liked was 'don't follow the money.'  He meant do something you love, and if you get really good at it the money will follow.  We had to hark back to this advice over the past couple weeks when we decided whether or not to enter the shipping crate market.  

Because of our name, we've fielded numerous requests over the past couple years for shipping crates but each time I had to tell disappointed potential customers we're only in the gift crate business.  Until now. 

We've made the decision to enter the domestic shipping crate business.  It just makes sense.  Clearly there's a market for it based on the calls we've taken but we had to decide if it was something we'd enjoy.  Turns out we do!  There's a lot of creativity and ingenuity involved when it comes to building the perfect shipping crate for a client.  And we can make them look pretty too!  

Our first client is Advanced Superabrasives Inc. in Mars Hill, North Carolina.  We've made three different sized domestic shipping crates that are all pallet ready and easily hold their 200 lb products.  And did you know one of their products is on Mars helping to search for life and water?  Awesome stuff!

We're looking forward to working with them and other individuals or businesses who need products shipped.  

shipping crate, Asheville Crate Company
shipping crates, Asheville Crate Company

How Asheville Crate Company Helps Realtors

Hello.  If you're a realtor in North Carolina, especially towards the Eastern part of the State, you can expect a cold-call or email from Asheville Crate Company in the next week or so.  I really dislike cold-calling and emailing...not many people like to be encouraged to buy something on the phone or email.  I'm not even sure how effective it is but we're gonna try.  

So apologies in advance for spamming your inbox...but it's not really spamming, it's presenting an opportunity.  

We've worked closely branding crates for The Matt & Molly Team here in Western North Carolina for a long time, the feedback from their outstanding realty team and their clients has been awesome.  Now we're looking to expand our services to realtors on the Eastern part of the State.  Once we partner with a realtor, we ensure that realtor becomes priority number one in that region.  I guess you could say space is limited.  

We've created a branding/sales page for potential realtor clients.  So again...apologies in advance for buggin' you, we're just excited to start helping your brand.  


Game-changer for Asheville Crate Company

There are moments in life we'll always remember.  Momentous occasions that establish who we are and where we've been.  Some are simple memories, some are game-changers.  

Like you, I've had my share of both.  I'm into leaving a legacy, creating and doing things so my kids can look back at their Daddy one day and say...'Yup, he was pretty cool.'  

A game-changer for me was about 15 or 20 years ago when I made a decision to just go for it.  I hired a graphic designer to put together a handful of feature articles, sidebars, photos and quotes all created by me for a junior golf magazine I called Golf Scratch.  First of all, the name was all wrong.  I should have called it Scratch Golf...but that's part of the learning process.  

When the first issue came off the printing press, my Dad and I drove around all day in his van and delivered my creation to various golf courses and facilities.  It was a game-changer for me.  

I eventually parlayed that experience into some pretty cool writing gigs for high-profile teams and websites.  

At Asheville Crate Company, EVERY customer is awesome to us.  When you make a decision to purchase a crate, that means we've established your trust that we're gonna make something you want.  

When Congressional Country Club contacted me about eight months ago, I literally asked the caller...'Are you really calling from Congressional?'  

Congressional is a game-changer for this business because they opened the door to a new market we weren't in eight months ago.  A market I first entered about 15 years ago with the help of my Dad and his van.  

So thanks, Congo.  Thanks for keeping me in the game.  

New Color Options for Asheville Crate Company

Sometimes change is good.  And it's definitely always good to try to turn a negative into a positive.

I did a Facebook post yesterday about how we had to issue our first refund after being in business for two years.  The customer didn't request a refund but she did voice her concerns over the white wash pickling crate we sent her; she was hoping it would be a darker white.  

White wash pickling has always been a tricky color.  Depending on the piece of wood, sometimes it shows up great and sometimes it's non-existent, even after a second coat.  

So we decided to turn a negative into a positive by changing up the color options available on the site.  

We've kept the four most popular colors:  American Walnut, Colonial Pine Vermont Maple and Pearl Gray and we've replaced some colors with five new ones.  

Gone are White Wash Pickling, Driftwood and Wood Rose.

Say hello to Cherry Blossom, Coffee, Deep Ocean, Green Tea and Pure White. 

These new water-based stain colors by Minwax are bolder, happier and much better for engraving.  We hope you like them!  I'll post a pic of the new white crate we're shipping out to our unhappy customer soon...we hope to turn that frown upside down! 


Who We Are

Asheville Crate Co.™ began in the Fall of 2016.

The idea that building crates might be a good business opportunity arose when its founder (Josh) built a tiny storage crate to hold all of the scrap pieces of wood that were slowly taking over his workshop.  His wife (Maranda) wouldn’t let him use any of the hard plastic containers in the house because she was already using them all, so instead of buying more plastic he took matters into his own hands and built his own wooden crate.

That was back in 2016.  Today his storage crates can be found in almost every room of their house storing batteries, electronics, baking supplies, craft supplies, spray paint, kindling, shoes, paperwork, shipping supplies and of course, scrap pieces of wood.

The original four crates are named after the Asheville Crate Co. family...Big Daddy, Maranda, Sid the Kid and Sweet Trey.  The square MooMoo milk crate, Plum crate and TooBits came later, as well as the Leroy Pet Crate and Club Crates™ for golf practice facilities.  All of the Eastern White Pine or Iowa Cedar crates can be custom engraved with names or business logos and customers can choose eight different stain colors.

Their motto is Deliver Happiness.  It's now the beginning of 2018 and Asheville Crate Co. has delivered happiness to almost every state in the country and numerous corporate partners through their website and Amazon.  The Asheville Crate Company family is about more than selling crates, it's about the journey of a family and its business growing up together.  

Asheville Crate Company is:

Josh, Founder and Crate Builder

Sid the Kid, Crate Stamper

Sweet Trey, Quality Control

Maranda, Crate Deliverer


Grateful Crateful - Asheville Crate Company Corporate Gift Crates

I'm not sure why I've been thinking about corporate gifts lately..  I guess it's because over the holidays I heard about some pretty good ones and some not so good ones.  

The best gift I ever received was from eBay in the mid-2000's when they were flush with cash and spending it on their employees.  The pop machine in the lunchroom was free and we got bagels delivered to our desks every week.  I also gained weight while I worked there but that's not the point of this blog.  One year they decided to give everyone a USB flash-drive emblazoned with the eBay logo, it was an AWESOME corporate gift because I still use it today!

That's how I feel about crates from Asheville Crate Company.  

One of the most common types of feedback I get about our crates is people love them because they can customize them and put other things inside the crates if they want.  So the recipient is not only getting a cool custom crate they can keep and use forever, they're getting the swag inside it too!

So if you're a boss and you're on the internets searching for corporate gift ideas for your valuable employees, please keep Asheville Crate Company in mind.  Our crates can be engraved with the names of your employees or with your business logo or BOTH!  We'll offer your business a volume discount and maybe we'll even put 'em in the van and deliver them right to your door if you're in shouting distance of Asheville.  

And we can guarantee they're much healthier than free pop.  

Asheville Crate Company, corporate gift

Golf Club Crates for Congressional

It sure doesn't feel like golfing weather.  It's a balmy 10 degrees F this morning as we go all in on the Golf Club Crates Congressional Country Club ordered last month.  

We've got 60 to build, with the Congressional word mark engraved on both sides and a double coat of stain and water sealant for all of them.  Now that the Holiday season has passed, we've got time to double our efforts and get these in the van and delivered to Bethesda, M.D. before the spring golfing season starts.  

To save on costs, we offered to load these up and hand deliver them to Congressional ourselves instead of bulk shipping through USPS or UPS.  We're looking forward to the drive over to Maryland to see the course where Rory McIlroy won a US Open and where Tiger Woods hosted his annual tournament.  

 Rory McIlroy at Congressional (photo courtesy SkySports)

Rory McIlroy at Congressional (photo courtesy SkySports)


There's a rich history at Congressional, their Wiki page is pretty impressive in terms of past and current members.  It'll definitely be a great honor to have our Asheville Crate Company Club Crates in use at both of their practice facilities.  

We'll be blogging and vlogging about the journey so check back to follow our adventure!

(PS...we offered to bring Sydney and Trey along on the journey to Maryland as sort of a 'bring your kids to work day' but they both said no cuz they'd rather stay home and play with dolls)