TheBusBox

VOLKSWAGEN BUS MAILBOXES Custom Made and Personalized!

Washington, United States · 1001 Sales

TheBusBox

VOLKSWAGEN BUS MAILBOXES Custom Made and Personalized!

Washington, United States 1001 Sales On Etsy since 2012

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Announcement   Handmade, customized, and personalized VW (and other) Designer Mailboxes.

Featured in HGTV Magazine, CNN iReport News, Hot VW Magazine, VWWatercooled.com and The Chronicle. You can also purchase in person at ACE Hardware Chehalis, WA.

Find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook... @TheBusBox

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Last updated on Dec 8, 2015

Handmade, customized, and personalized VW (and other) Designer Mailboxes.

Featured in HGTV Magazine, CNN iReport News, Hot VW Magazine, VWWatercooled.com and The Chronicle. You can also purchase in person at ACE Hardware Chehalis, WA.

Find us on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook... @TheBusBox

Show your V-Dub love!

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Branden Willson

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Branden Willson

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About

How it all started...

I started 'TheBusBox' off of an idea that I had thought of many years ago. I drew up some plans, bought a mailbox, and started painting. Unfortunately for me, I am very picky about how my work turns out versus what I had planned in my head. I worked on that first mailbox for many hours. I started with a paint scheme and a lot of measurements. There were many hours spent looking online at buses, getting measurements from actual VW Buses, scaling those measurements down to the size of a mailbox, and then drawing out a rough sketch on the mailbox. I tried some different ideas with paints, vinyl, etc., and didn't get the results that I liked. I put that BusBox on the shelf and forgot about it. Oh well, it would have been a good Idea, right?

Six months went by before the nose of that BusBox poking out from the closet shelf bothered me enough to try again. I wanted a fresh start, so I bought another mailbox, and went to work on it. I did the same thing...started with paint, taped it all off for a two-tone lower half, and then got to work on the measurements of the windows, logos, lights and wheels. I went back to the internet, and took actual measurements, and brought them down to an accurate size on the box. With that box things were looking better, but still not quite right. I didn't like how it was turning out and eventually put that BusBox on the shelf right next to the other failed plan!

After that, I started talking myself out of the whole idea. Where would I sell them anyway? Who would buy a mailbox for the price I would need to get out of it, for the time I would put into it? Would I buy one like it? Would I ever get it to turn out how I wanted it to?

Three years later, Carmen (now my fiancee), saw the two 'mishaps' on the shelf, and she started to answer all of the questions. She told me that I could sell them on Etsy, she said that people would "totally buy them", and encouraged me to pursue my original idea. After she purchased a sandblaster for me, I was back on it again! I had a new plan, encouragement, and some new tools! I got to work on the new design, and she started tracking down someone that would get me started with some custom cut vinyl. That is when she met Wade with 'A Sign of Success' on Etsy. He cut some custom VW logos for me and that was finishing touch to the front of the long awaited debut of TheBusBox!

It was that very first completed mailbox that I put on our own post at our house. I took some pictures of it, listed it on Etsy, and in three days, I had my first three BusBox orders!

All of the other mailboxes that I paint, have all stemmed off of that first idea. After the split window, I put plans together for a bay window BusBox, and made that...then the campers, the 21 window boxes, and the school bus. Shortly after that I made my first porch style mailbox splitty, and a few other ideas that I had ended up in my store.

I now stay at home with Carmen and our five kids. I paint the mailboxes, Carmen packages them up for shipping, and the kids put up with having at least ten mailboxes in the house at all times, lol.

I went to college for mechanics. I work on aircooled Volkswagens from my home shop, I have owned many bugs, a squareback, and just recently purchased my first bus. I make the mailboxes from an office in my house. Carmen (among many other things) is a knitter, sews and also writes knitting patterns. Her store on Etsy is VintageofNow.

Both of us working from home allows us to volunteer in our kids' schools every week. We help out in the classrooms, in the office, during special events, and on field trips. Our life is each other, and the kids. We enjoy being together, and we pretty much do everything together.

I just want to finish with a thank you to Carmen, for making this possible. I would also like to thank Wade for putting up with all of my constant vinyl demands! ;-P

Check them out here:
www.vintageofnow.etsy.com
www.asignofsuccess.etsy.com

-Branden

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  • Branden Willson

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    I am a VW enthusiast and VW mechanic. I started TheBusBox to give people the opportunity to get a mailbox that shows their love for VWs at their house. I work on all things aircooled, and have owned many VWs, and hope to own many more!

  • Carmen

    Shipper, Special Designs, Being Amazing

    Carmen takes care of all of the shipping of the mailboxes. She has also painted many of the custom 'grafitti' and 'hippie style' mailboxes that are in the store. Carmen writes knitting patterns, knits an sews. www.vintageofnow.etsy.com

  • Wade

    Vinyl

    Wade has been working with me since day one. He cuts all of the vinyl that I need for the mailboxes...Names, Logos, Writing, Windows, etc. If you need vinyl for your business, car, storefront, or anything else, go here www.asignofsuccess.etsy.com

Shop policies

Last updated on February 20, 2014
Thanks for visiting my totally stellar Etsy shop! Here is where you'll find what you've always been looking for, a great place to send and receive your mail.

As a Volkswagen enthusiast myself, I wanted to create something to show the whole block (and the mailman) my love for all things Volkswagen! I hope that your new BusBox will do just that for you.

My goal with my customized mailboxes, is to allow you to make a statement at the curb, and show your block who you are...So with many of my ideas that I have, I hope to give you that ability!

Accepted payment methods

  • Pay with Visa
  • Pay with Master Card
  • Pay with American Express
  • Pay with Discover
  • Pay with PayPal
  • Buy with Apple Pay
  • Pay with Sofort
  • Pay with iDeal
  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
I accept payment via Paypal, and I can accept a credit card or gift card through Etsy. Payment due within 3 days. No tax. If your payment is not received to my Paypal account within 3 days, your purchase will be null and void.
Shipping
I ship via USPS. Each order is shipped with a tracking number for you to follow your order until it arrives. Shipping usually takes about 3-4 BUSINESS days to get to you. For my out overseas customers, shipping times could be about 8-10 BUSINESS days, and MAY require you to pay a customs fee on your end.
Refunds and Exchanges
Each order is specifically custom made. There are no refunds for your mailbox purchase.

If an item arrives damaged, send me an email within 48 hours of your item's arrival, including pictures of the damage. When I get back to you, I will explain the details of returning the damaged item. When it arrives, I will make you a new BusBox, and send it to you right away, at no extra charge. I will not refund the cost of the item, or the shipping and you will pay the shipping to return it to me. If it is damaged in shipping, we will only replace the item, not refund.
Additional policies and FAQs
Each order is custom made, and does take time to create. The paint has to be allowed the proper curing times before I can package and ship it to you. Typically I can have your BusBox completed and ready to ship in about 2-3 weeks from the order date. The time could vary depending on the orders that I am working on at the time.

When your order is shipped, I will send you a tracking number as soon as I have one available.