Keep your spare change in a pirate-y treasure chest

September 17 2013 | Guest post by SmashedTogether

If the tip jar isn't making it easy enough to grab your spare change on the go, then take Offbeat Homie SmashedTogether's advice…

IMG_0583After a few years in the glamourous field of serving food, the little Mason jar designated for my spare change was overflowing with jingle jangle.

As someone who is always making that mad dash to the door, most days the whole lot of it was dumped unceremoniously on the floor to root through for precious bus fare, vending machine coinage, and the necessary float I was expected to bring to make change for my customers. So, the pirate chest became the ideal solution.

Now I have a gorgeous conversation starter decked out with accents like an ornamental dagger, costume jewels, and seashells, and my gold doubloons are easily found among the smaller silver coins (love that Canadian currency!).

Sick of that old piggy bank? Give piracy a try!

    • Please tell me you go "ba ba ba BAAAAA!" and hold up your quarters in the air every time you remove some.

      If you don't, WHY NOT!?

  1. This is AWESOME. Currently I keep my change in a piggy bank. I drew a monocle and mustache on it, and on the side I wrote "capitalist pig." It makes me giggle whenever I put change in there.

  2. Great idea! We got a treasure chest for our wedding and don't know what to do with it… Now I have a plan.

    I also have a cat-shaped piggy bank (catty-bank?) that has chocolate fund written on it. It's one of my most prized posessions.

    • I think of it more as a fun way to decorate AROUND the loonies :). I don't know about you, but in a jar they always seem to exist only underneath mountains of dimes and nickles. The flat, wide chest makes the treasure hunt a LOT easier for me.

  3. I used to do this, but then my apartment was burgled and my precious little turtle box full of spare change was stolen. Makes me so sad….

    • Dude, I feel ya. Back when I still lived with my parents, I kept my spare change in a ceramic bowl that I made myself. My brother threw a house party and one the asshole kids stole the change — bowl and all! I could have given a shit about the change, I was just bummed to lose the awesome bowl. I'm pouring one out for your turtle box. ­čÖü

  4. That is a great idea! My seven year old brother has a wooden box that he has dubbed his treasure chest. He is very into collecting random pieces of (cheap) jewelry from yard sales to add to it as well as rocks, feathers, and other random things. Next time I see him, I'll show him this and see if he wants to add some of the coins he has to make it feel even more like a treasure chest. =)

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