I have to believe that the moniker “milk crate” is not colloquial, but I can only guess as to their true origin or intent, since I’ve never actually seen one used to stow or cart milk. Most of the ones I’ve seen are emblazoned with the words “property of” followed by a designation that is anything other than the person in possession of said crate. I can only assume that these crates were rounded up in their homeland, sold off at auction, entered into bondage and branded by their owners. The labels on these crates would have you believe that having one in your home makes you a thief and a felon. The way I see it, you are an emancipator and should be celebrated, releasing enslaved crates from a life of servitude where they are free to engage in such wholesome activities as holding old collections of LP’s, supporting dorm room entertainment centers, and making for impromptu camp stools. I myself have a pair up upturned crates stacked into a handy bistro table on my patio, cleverly disguising the coffee can ashtray within.
What are you using your old milk crates for? (And don’t pretend you don’t have any. Everyone has at least one somewhere.)
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