As I was putting toys away after my niece and nephew were here yesterday, I realized that I had not shared this with you.
Years later, when choosing upolstered furniture, an Ethan Allen designer came to our home. Although I still loved the old crate, I halfway apologized for it as it sat in the living room. She told me to "Never get rid of it. It was perfect!" I've never doubted what I like in furniture since.
Years of abuse from the boys and this old thing is still going strong. It's taken on a weathered appearance which I think makes it even better.
Now it holds toys for kiddos that come to visit the farmhouse.