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Junk of the Month: Vintage Elephant Toy Box

This little number was picked out of a garbage heap a couple weeks ago. Actually, I should have added a quarter to the photo so you could see how not little this thing is. It’s a sizable toy container from, I’d estimate the 60’s, give or take a decade.

It’s hard to tell from this photo exactly how flithy it is, just trust me. That is why my first course of action was to sniff around the internet to see if I could find a value.
I came close. I found an Etsy shop owner, Jennifer Waddell who had sold one. I took a chance and sent her a message to see how much she sold hers for. In less than 48 hours she responded with a very thoughtful message, which included suggested selling price ($80), shipping advice and she kindly let me know she still has viewers asking about it. Wow! (Look jwaddell up on Etsy – she sounds like the kind of person you’d want to buy from.)

Okay, so now that I know there are people out there who would love to have this, and it could be sold for a price worth my effort in elbow grease, I’m going to get out the Goo-Gone, the baking soda and some mild soap and water!

BTW, if you know what year this elephant is from, I’d love to hear.
Thank you!

4/15/12 Update: this elephant has been sold. Thank you to all who have expressed interest and offered information on the history of this vintage toy box!
A big thank you goes out to Heather for her Eve of Reduction Rescue of the vintage elephant toy box whom she named “Henrietta” after the one she had as a kid. This is 9lbs. of plastic that has gone to a good home instead of a landfill.

I’m Cristin Frank (AKA Eve). I love all things frugal and crafty. My mindset is always on upcycling, repurposing, reducing waste and saving money – and Eve of Reduction is my roadmap. You might also want to check out my book, "Living Simple, Free & Happy."

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32 Responses to Junk of the Month: Vintage Elephant Toy Box

  1. Billie March 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm #

    I have this same elephant. I was born in 1975 and have pictures of me playing in it when I was a toddler. I just recently found it again and am so excited to “refurbish”/clean it so I can use it in my baby room this summer. I absolutely love it!

  2. tcg734 April 2, 2012 at 12:52 pm #

    i have one but mines not polka dots, lid is red and yellow..kinda like a circus elephant

  3. michael2006 April 14, 2012 at 12:19 am #

    My husband had this Toy box when he was young and wants our son to have one for his toys. I cant find them anywhere online, are you looking to sell yours?

    • Michelle Hadjes May 19, 2012 at 2:44 am #

      Hi there. I saw your interest in an Elephant Toy Box on this blog and was wondering if you had found one. I have one I am going to be selling.
      If you are still looking please contact me at

  4. Brittany Eveland June 12, 2012 at 4:26 am #

    I had this exact elephant toy box as a child. My mom even still has it. I was born in 1982. I would say this is definitely a piece of the early 80’s!

    • Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 2:51 pm #

      definitely older than that. I bought one for my nephew in 1974. He still has it. I just found a picture of him at 3 months old sitting on top of it!(with help from his Mom, of course!!) Great toy box!!

  5. d5b3f764-bf45-11e1-b4d6-000bcdcb471e June 26, 2012 at 4:17 am #

    HI I am interested in one please! I have wanted this for my daughter for a very long time – she collects elephants – please send info (costs & condition) and thanks!

  6. d5b3f764-bf45-11e1-b4d6-000bcdcb471e June 26, 2012 at 4:20 am #

    That stinks – I couldn’t even get on here with my aim…

  7. imadecker July 19, 2012 at 12:02 am #

    I have one of these to sell if you are interested! I live in NE PA :) thanks!

    • Anonymous March 11, 2013 at 2:41 pm #

      Do you still have this elephant for sale? If so, whats price?

  8. Anonymous August 25, 2012 at 7:39 pm #

    I also have one and live in the Chicago area. Please email if interested thanks!

    • Anonymous March 11, 2013 at 2:39 pm #

      Do you still have this elephant for sale? If so, whats price?

  9. Anonymous February 4, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Hi, Are you still selling this? I had one as a kid and I have a great idea for an adult use for it, Holding “in process projects” that are in limbo, not ready to be put away but need a temporary home. We are new homeowners with projects every where. I thought he might add a little humor to the moment and we could pick our project to work on for the day/hour/minutes blindly to add an element of fun. Beats nagging and/or procrastinating. Thanks, Jamey

    • Kimberly December 15, 2017 at 2:19 am #

      I have one I want to sell. I live in Paso Robles, California.

  10. Anonymous April 2, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    I just got one to out of my neighbors dumpster! a family moved out and tossed it, my son loves it and its in good shape.

    • Cristin Frank April 2, 2013 at 9:36 pm #

      Score! Another 9lbs of plastic not destined for a landfill. So happy to know it’s being enjoyed.

      • dave Flournoy May 31, 2014 at 11:19 am #

        I had this as a toddler (1974). I just saw one in a trash can and stopped and rescued it. it needs alot of love. has cracked front. any ideas how to fix. also missing lid so if anyone has a lid i’m intersted.

        Cristin do you have any company info on this?


  11. Tasha June 4, 2014 at 12:17 pm #

    Hi All,

    I was born in 1977 and am having my first baby. I not only have the elephant toy box, but also the matching kangaroo hamper. I’m so glad my mom kept these wonderful items. I hope my future daughter Isabella loves them as much as I did. I’ll post pics after my husband cleans them.

    • Eve June 4, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

      Tasha, that’s awesome! I’d love to see the kangaroo hamper!

  12. Valerie rosalino January 10, 2015 at 12:58 am #

    If anyone has one of these elephant toy boxes for sale I want it. I had one as a child and would love to buy one. Also, does anybody know what company made this.

    • Ryan St February 19, 2015 at 2:03 pm #


      I ahve one and was actually just getting ready to write up an ebay ad. I also had one as a kid, though it was another cousin’s before that. We’ve had it in the garage a couple years so its time it moved on to a nursary/playroom of its own again.

      Contact me if still looking.

      • Weezer February 22, 2015 at 3:49 pm #

        Im very interested in having one of these for my daughter. Plz

        • Lee March 28, 2015 at 12:16 pm #

          I have one if you are interested.

  13. Eve February 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    Congratulations! I hope you find one!

  14. Lee March 22, 2015 at 9:58 pm #

    Thank you for all the information. My wife and I have one of these, and were looking to get some background information on it. Such a classic piece. We were looking to sell it online and this gave us the insight of the origin of the toy storage box.

    • Eve March 23, 2015 at 8:56 am #

      Hi Lee, so glad this post was helpful!

  15. Vonda K Mohn June 25, 2015 at 6:30 pm #

    I have one of these that has been just collecting dust in my basement. I have been thinking about what to ask for it and what time frame it may have been from. Thank you the information provided. I wasn’t sure what to use to clean it up without disturbing the original paint. Any suggestions on what I should ask and where would be the best place/website to see on? I was thinking of listing it on ebay.

    Thank you for posting this.

    • Eve June 25, 2015 at 6:58 pm #

      Hi Vonda,
      I would ask between $80 – $100 (+ shipping) for it depending on the condition. I know a woman sold hers on Etsy. There are definitely people out there who want them!

    • Susan Krutsinger November 29, 2015 at 11:35 am #

      Looking for one of these elephant toy boxes, must be in good shape. For my 1st grandson. His dad and aunt had one when they were little.
      Please email me if available. Thank you so very much.
      Susan Krutsinger recently posted…Black Friday Online + GiveawayMy Profile

      • Nicky January 22, 2016 at 4:09 pm #

        Hello! I have one of these toy boxes that I would be willing to sell if you are still looking.

  16. Ashley November 28, 2016 at 7:13 pm #

    Anyone near ct find another one of these? I’ve been searching since my daughter was born (10 years) anyone with info I’d certainly appreciate!!!

    • Mike November 20, 2017 at 8:34 pm #

      @Ashley if you’re still looking for one, there’s one left on the side of a recycling dumpster near my house. I live near Waterbury CT — i can retrieve and hold for you. (I ended up here because i passed by this toy and it brought back an inkling of a memory.)

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