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binghamton university bank

by Bill Grimes
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Recycled
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Bank On Your Savings

Safeguard your funds the old-fashioned way with a handsome, oak vault equipped with a professional locking system and brass coin slot. Handmade in New York from mailbox doors salvaged from the recently torn down Newing Dining Center at Binghamton University, this personal bank recalls craftsmanship of a bygone era and makes a historic collector's item for antique enthusiasts and alumni alike. Use its lacquered walls to store money, documents, love notes or family tokens, like your baby's first tooth. Handmade by Bill Grimes in New York.

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  • details
Handmade
Recycled
Exclusive
Item ID
19776
Made from
brass, oak wood
Measurements
4.75" L x 4.75" W x 6.5" H
Notes
The Binghamton University Alumni Association placard comes separately with each bank, and can be adhered to the top of the bank as desired.
  • the maker

Bill Grimes

A self-taught craftsman, Bill's passion for woodworking began over 30 years ago. Designing and creating functional home decor pieces, Bill's woodworking is a business he has developed independent from his full-time position at the State University of New York at Oneonta.

Through participation in craft shows and art festivals throughout the central New York region, Bill meets individuals interested in hand crafted pieces for their homes. He then arranges consultations with these potential clients in his Otego, NY shop and discusses in depth with each customer their particular project. Sample pieces and various furniture catalogs are often referenced for ideas, many times combining elements of different pieces to create one unique piece.

Grimes' style joins simple design with clean lines. He crafts dining room tables, writing desks, bookcases, mirrors and many other one-of-a-kind items. Grimes loves to work with traditional wood species like Cherry, Maple and Oak, but also enjoys integrating interesting woods such as curly Maple, quarter sawn Red and White Oak and other wood specimens with original features. He always strives to have samples of these different species in his shop, so his clients can experience the characteristics of each wood for themselves.

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BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK
 
4.6

(based on 19 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Unique (11)
  • Durable (8)
  • Sleek design (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Everyday use (5)
  • Organization (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (8)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (11)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (7), No (5)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other (4)
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other (4), Christmas or hanukkah (3)

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5.0

He loved it!!!!!

By 

from Washington DC

About Me High-end Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Sleek Design
  • Sturdy
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday Use

    Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

    My brother is a graduate of the University and ate at this dining hall. He called it the "Best Christmas Gift Ever" and the conversation surrounding the memories he had their lasted for 2 hours.

    Priceless...

    • Primary use:
    • Personal
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes, Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Other
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Christmas or Hanukkah

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    5.0

    Great Gift

    By 

    from Greene, NY

    About Me Midrange Shopper

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    Pros

    • Unique

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Organization

      Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

      What a cool gift for a recent Binghamton grad or an alumni. I sent it has a graduation gift to my cousin and he thinks it is awesome since he ate in that cafeteria everyday.

      • Primary use:
      • Personal
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes
      • Who was the recipient of this product?:
      • Other
      • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
      • Other

      Comment on this review

       
      5.0

      Brings back great memories

      By 

      from Lawrenceville, GA

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Sleek Design
      • Unique

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use

        Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

        The woodwork is great quality. It is so unique to be using the same locks we used to get our mail at college and the bank is useful for storing loose change.

        Service and delivery comments:

        The first item I received was damaged, but the return process was excellent and the replacement came quickly and was perfect.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
        • Who was the recipient of this product?:
        • Wife
        • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
        • Other

        Comment on this review

         
        3.0

        Wooden bank

        By 

        from Seattle, WA

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Back Joint Poorly Done
          • Ddoor Was Slightly Askew
          • Heavier Than Expected

          Best Uses

          • Everyday Use

          Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

          Would not buy this again.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Who was the recipient of this product?:
          • Self
          • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
          • Other

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          5.0

          Great!

          By 

          from Buffalo, NY

          About Me Midrange Shopper

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Sturdy
          • Unique

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gift

            Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

            Very nice gift, arrived on time.

            • Primary use:
            • Business
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

             
            4.0

            Nostalgic Value

            By 

            from Farmingdale, NY

            About Me Budget Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Nostalgic
            • Sturdy
            • Unique

            Cons

            • A Little Messy Looking
            • Unnecessarily Expensive

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Use
            • Organization
            • School

            Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

            My best friend and I went to Binghamton University together, and by the luck of the draw, we had mailboxes right next to each other 2 years in a row (freshman and sophomore). So, this product was a must-have to keep a piece of it with us always. The nostalgic value is priceless. My only complaint about the product itself is that the combination is awkwardly sort of taped to it and the wood isn't as clean and put-together as I'd like. Maybe it's just the one I got, of course, but still. For such an expense, I was expecting perfection.

            Service and delivery comments:

            Delivery was prompt and it arrived packaged to the nines in protective boxes and styrofoam.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal
            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
            • Who was the recipient of this product?:
            • Other
            • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
            • Christmas or Hanukkah

            Comment on this review

             
            5.0

            Great for a Binghamton alum

            By 

            from New York, NY

            About Me High-end Shopper

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Sturdy
            • Unique

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday Use
              • Organization

              Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

              I went to Binghamton, and I happened to live in Newing for a year, so I was pretty amused when I saw this bank here. What were the chances? I had to buy it. I'm really pleased with the look and the craftsmanship. It's great to have such a unique souvenir from my alma mater.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
              • Who was the recipient of this product?:
              • Self
              • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
              • Other

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              5.0

              Beautiful Gift!

              By 

              from NY

              About Me Midrange Shopper

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Unique

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Gift

                Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

                A beautiful gift for a Binghamton alum. Unique for the hard to shop for.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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                5.0

                Well constructed - Conversation Piece

                By 

                from New York

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                Pros

                • Improves Organization
                • Sturdy
                • Unique

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Organization

                  Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

                  So cool to own a salvaged piece of the old Newing community at Binghamton. And the heavy brass construction.... They just dont make stuff like this anymore.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Personal
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  Comment on this review

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Memorabilia!

                  By 

                  from Henderson, NV

                  About Me Midrange Shopper

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Brings back memories
                  • Improves Organization
                  • Sleek Design
                  • Sturdy
                  • Unique

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Great as a bank
                    • Great for keepsakes

                    Comments about BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY BANK:

                    Although it's from my old school, it was called Harpur College at that time, not Binghamton University. We're storing Euros in it for our next trip to Italy.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Personal
                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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