Antique Trunk Restorations, Sales & Research since 1972

Winston-Salem, North Carolina | 5 Sales


Antique Trunk Restorations, Sales & Research since 1972

Winston-Salem, North Carolina 5 Sales On Etsy since 2017

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Antique Trunk Restorations, Sales & Research since 1972


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Antique Trunk Restorations, Sales & Research since 1972

We have become the leading trunk restorer in the southeastern United States because of our dedication and attention to detail. We restore, research and sell antique trunks.

We (and many pleased customers) consider Treasured Chests a unique enterprise for many reasons.

We are small enough to give a personal touch to our work and to our customers. On the other hand, we are big enough to furnish or at least find just about any type of antique trunk or chest you may need, whether it be for home furnishings or such things as movie props.

We have always specialized in research, restoration and sales of antique trunks and chests (and sometimes other unique antique items), no other major antiques or merchandise, not even parts or supplies (we can recommend sources though). This is the only way we can do the best job possible with these important antiques.

We love our work and what we’re working with. We love opening up new worlds for people and seeing them fall in love with these very important jewels of history. We gladly share our knowledge of antique trunks and chests with the public almost every day. Much more info can be found in our books on CD and Kindle.

Over the years we have built up a very supportive and loyal customer base, one that not only grows but stays faithful to us because it’s well known we do the very best job of restoring antique trunks and chests. We value this trust and vow to keep earning it.

See a beautiful trunk in our shop that you'd like to buy but just don't have all the money right now? We can help by offering you our FREE layaway plan. Please send us a message through Etsy if you would like to use the service. Then all you need do is send us a $200 *down payment. As soon as we receive the *down payment we'll mark the trunk sold, hold it for you and you can finish paying for it $100 (or more if you like)/month until it's paid for. We’ll send you a receipt for each payment you make. NO FINANCE CHARGES from us saves you a lot. We have done this many times in the past for customers that we trusted and it has worked out so well for both of us that we’re now offering it to everyone. Where else can you buy a treasured piece of history so easily? Everyone's finances can be a bit rough at times; we hope this will help us do our share toward keeping the economy growing.

*PLEASE NOTE: The above mentioned down payment is NON-REFUNDABLE. We have always done everything we can to help our customers but if you take advantage of our FREE Layaway Plan and then decide to not finish paying for your purchase, your down payment will be forfeited to Treasured Chests.

How Our Trunks of Old Are Used in Today’s World:

1. Gifts: Each of our trunks is very much an individual with its own personality, style & history. This is something you just can’t buy in any shopping mall.

2. Tables: Flat top trunks can be used as almost any kind of table, coffee table, end table, night stand with storage.

3. Foot of a bed: Nearly any trunk looks good here but the more decorative ones look exceptionally nice.

4. File cabinet: We can convert any trunk large enough to accommodate a file rack into a file cabinet for you-no charge. Just tell us which-letter or legal size.

5. Printer and copier stands: Go ahead, dress up the office a bit, lots of our customers have with our flat top trunks.

6. Instant heirloom: Many families have bought several trunks from us to give to their children to pass on down to their heirs.

6a. Instant heirloom toy chests: One father in Idaho recently bought a third (UPDATE: fourth) toy chest from Treasured Chests for the family’s third fourth child due any day now. In his words “Each chest was basically my gift to each child at their birth as a way to give them something that is fairly unique and in the hope that it will be something they will ‘treasure’ throughout their lifetime.” We filled one order placed by an expectant mother in Vermont for a toy chest for her son’s nursery.

7. Hide that recycle bin: A local customer just bought one of our as-is flat tops to house her recycle bin on her back porch.

8. TV table: We just sold a flat top that’s going to hold the family’s TV in their den.

9. Storage for irreplaceable items: A customer recently stated that her most precious possessions – photo negatives of her daughter, are stored in one of our restored trunks and in case of fire or flood, that would be the most important item in her home to save. From another: I live in New Orleans, LA. I keep all of my irreplaceables (christening gown used by every member of my family since 1934, etc.) inside that trunk. Whenever we have to evacuate, my husband knows that if nothing else, the contents of the trunk go with us. We don’t take the trunk as it weighs a ton even when empty! Otherwise it is used daily as a table.

10. Props: Our trunks can be used for video and still photography, historical reenactments, stage productions, and other forms of entertainment. We can furnish them as-is or restored to your needs.

10a. Hollywood & Broadway: One of our trunks is used in the Broadway play “Country Girl” with Morgan Freeman. Five other trunks of ours were used in the movie “The Hateful Eight”.

11. As Luggage: A Treasured Customer recently purchased a Cedarobe wardrobe trunk to be used as luggage on the Queen Mary II. One of our slightly smaller trunks came to us as luggage from Hawaii via airliner. UPDATE: It just sold as-is to become a photo prop.

12. To Make a Living: Our Schell doctor bags are being used by medical doctors, computer doctors, piano tuners and others.

13. A kindergarten teacher is using one of our wardrobe trunks in her classroom when the children act out plays in costume.

14. Your use? Have a favorite use that you’d like to share with the rest of the world? Just email it to us and we’ll post it.

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Last updated on Nov 10, 2017
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What are your packing/shipping/handling charges?

We only charge you exactly what it costs us to get your item to you safely and in the time you specify. Our packing is done by outside professionals that have been doing a great job for us for many years. We insure every penny that you spend with us.