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by Margaux and Walter Kent $45.00
Handmade
Recycled
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Happiness in a Bottle

Capture the fleeting beauty of loving thoughts and treasured moments with this heart-felt display. Two glass tubes nestle in a base of pine, reclaimed from a century-old home and treated with natural tung oil. One corked tube contains a blank heart-printed scroll, perfect for sharing romantic thoughts, passing messages or recording favorite memories. The other vial is perfect for displaying wildflowers, beach pebbles, or other little mementos from romantic walks or sweet adventures with children. Made in the USA.

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Handmade
Recycled
Community Voted
Item ID
21887
Made from
glass, cork, reclaimed pine wood, tung oil, twine
Measurements
Base:6" L x 2" W x2" H; Tubes: 3" H x 1" W
Notes
Care Hand washing is recommended.
Each bottle will hold 1.25 oz. of fluid.
  • the maker
Margaux and Walter Kent

Margaux and Walter Kent

Margaux and Walter Kent use their woodworking craft to evoke style and utility from the remnants of forgotten buildings. Their work is made from old things, treasures found and recovered from misfortune and neglect, relics of the unusual, the confused, and the macabre repurposed into wearable curiosities, inscribable keepsakes and useable, longlasting treasures. They started making things for themselves and their family, but now they make them for everyone.

Before meeting, Margaux and Walter were each interested in art and antiquity. Walter began working with wood in his father’s wood shop, where he learned carpentry skills by trial and error at a young age. Meanwhile, Margaux has always enjoyed artistic ventures in photography, jewelry, and bookbinding, and both are inspired by creation, transformation, and immersion in pieces of the past.

Their interests came together when they spruced up their backyard for their wedding party in 2009. After scavenging the neighborhood for wood and brick, they were inspired to tinker with reclaimed materials to make something new. Walter left for Iraq shortly after, and upon returning, made Margaux a tub caddy from some wood that remained from their wedding project. Their business took off from there.

In late 2012, the Kents moved their shoppe from their home into the olde Atlas Casket Company building in the Port Richmond neighborhood of Philadelphia.

Margaux and Walter Kent are a husband and wife with a boy called Søren and a boy called Silas. They live and work in Philadelphia, Penna.

Photo credit: Mike Persico collection

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MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SET
 
3.6

(based on 5 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (3)

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    (1)

80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Attractive (4)
  • Unique (4)

Cons

  • Too small (3)

Best Uses

  • Gifts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (4)
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Wife (3)

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1.0

Tiny flowers...in the trash

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from San Diego, CA

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Pros

  • Unique

Cons

  • Too Small

Best Uses

  • Gifts

Comments about MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SET:

This thing is tiny! For the price I was expecting something more substantial.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Wife
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Anniversary

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sentimental, cute and recycled

By 

from Colorado

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Good Quality Of Products
  • Great For A Gift
  • Reclaimed Wood
  • Sentimental Value
  • Smells great

Cons

  • Expensive For It's Size
  • Glass Wiggles In Holes
  • Smaller than I thought

Best Uses

  • Anniversary gift
  • Gifts

Comments about MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SET:

I bought this for my wife on our first anniversary. It's great because it was in our $50 budget, included paper (the traditional first anniversary gift), and I plan to re-use it each year with a new love note inside the bottle. That lets us relive the 1st anniversary every year after and gives it great sentimental value. My wife and I also appreciate that the wood is reclaimed and put to good use once again.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Wife
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Anniversary

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4.0

Great Product

By 

from Ft. Worth TX

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Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Unique

Cons

  • Too Small

Best Uses

  • Gifts
  • Kitchen
  • Living Room
  • Office

Comments about MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SET:

Awesome product. Bought as a gift for my wife. She loved it and I am proud to say that it is still displayed in our home. Only con is it was a tad bit smaller than expected but it was still a unique and great gift.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
  • Who was the recipient of this product?:
  • Wife
  • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
  • Valentine’s Day

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4.0

Super cute.

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from Georgia

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Pros

  • Attractive Design
  • Durable
  • Unique

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Gifts
    • Kitchen
    • Living Room
    • Office

    Comments about MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SET:

    I got this as a gift for a friend who is moving soon. It made a perfect birthday AND housewarming gift. :)

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Birthday

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    5.0

    lovin' it!!!

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    from Birmingham, al

    About Me Midrange Shopper

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attractive Design
    • Durable
    • Unique

    Cons

    • Too Small

    Best Uses

    • Bedroom
    • Gifts

    Comments about MESSAGE IN A BOTTLE SET:

    I have one complaint...I ordered this on back order..and the one that was offered before this with the same product name and number had 3 compartments. But the new ones they started offering only have 2 and are the exact same price. Quality is good though. ..and it's super cute.

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    • No
    • Who was the recipient of this product?:
    • Self
    • For what occasion did you purchase this product?:
    • Other

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    Q and A

    When our community voted on this product, some also shared comments - read them below:

    452votes, 62 comments

    Cassie, UncommonGoods Community Moderator

    This pretty set not only lets you save a special message in a bottle, it also features extra places for flowers or little keepsakes. What would your message say? How would you accompany it?

    Megan
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    It's a lovely design and I can think of many uses for it from the kitchen to the living room to the study. I like that the pine is reclaimed. I'm a little worried at the expense, especially for shipping as I can't image it is light...

    Kristen
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Sweet idea - looks roughly made.

    Debra
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Of limited usefulness.

    Linda
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Love it, love it, love it

    Stephanie

    I love this! It has so many uses. For flowers as shown, or maybe use the message in a bottle idea for a wedding to use on your special day.

    Danielle
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    This would make for a beautiful yet casual centerpiece for the dinner table!And love that you could leave sweet little notes for family members.

    Erika
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    The base seems too thick. Not very decorative, I would try to find a different holder for this idea.

    Caroline
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Love it! It would be a perfect center piece anywhere. It has an elegant beauty.

    Linda
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    It is a romantic looking gift. The scroll really sets it off. I can see this one in a cozy cottage sitting on a windowsill!

    carol
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Cute, but I would never use this.

    Jennifer
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I think it's a very sweet idea, but something that would not be used after the first month or so. Then it becomes just another item taking up space.

    Lois
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I don't like the base

    Courtney
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I love the bottles, don't love the base.

    Jennifer
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Sorry I'm not a fan of this at all. It's too rustic and plain.

    Kristin
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Just say "no" to dust-collecting knick-knacks! You'd feel bad ever emptying it, so it's a one-time use. The base looks cheap. I could DIY this myself, but wouldn't. Why am I being so mean? I'm sorry.

    Jacqueline
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Sweet in idea, rough in execution. The base doesn't really seem to fit with the idyllic nature of the message vials.

    KATHY
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I LIKE THE FRESHNESS OF IT!!!

    Brenda
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Cute. I can think of several people I could give this to,daughter, Goddaughter, niece, mom.

    Pamela
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    romantic

    Sarah
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Made in USA! But where in USA?

    Rebecca
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Fun design

    Kip
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Not attractive or useful

    Kathryn
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    This looks like something I once made in my six grade wood shop class. The idea is sort of cute, but the design is seriously lacking.

    Elisse
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    A very sweet gift...

    Kim
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Sweet idea, but bottles look cheap and the base is not attractive in this photo. Might look good in a log cabin???

    kelly
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Not my style, but I can see that it would be a fun item for younger fun folks.

    Dorothy
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    simple

    Mary
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Would be a GREAT gift

    corinne
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    dust collector

    Kirsten
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I'm a sucker for anything that let's me write little messages to my husband. I love that this is created from reclaimed wood from old homes. Since we do rehabs of old homes, this kind of decor takes on special meaning.

    Jenipher
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    This is super cute! I would use it as a little vase set in my apt. :) Maybe even hide little trinkets in it with a color theme each time.

    Chantal
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    It's unique, rustic, and genuinely my style.. then why the thumbs down? The size is the big draw-back for me. With the base only being 8'' long and the glasses being more like test tubes... there isn't much you can put in them (1 or two little flowers maybe?). I'd love this on a larger scale, to act as a centerpiece for my rectangle dining room table. Also, it would be great if the base came in a variety of colors to complement different home decor.

    amanda
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    This is really cute. I can picture it on table where people gather a lot. Members of the household can leave little secrets for each other.

    Chris
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Might look good in a country home. I am so not country. It may make a nice wedding centerpiece if it came in more colors and styles, but same concept.

    Eugenie
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I like the idea. I could see putting small pebbles and shells that I collect into the vials.

    jaque
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Love this idea!! A lot would depend on the price, though. If it was over $25 or $30, I would pass on it.

    Jennifer
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    this looks cute and it's definitely unique

    alena
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Really cute but, but I don't think that it is that useful, the bottles are small and won't hold that much and the base would take up a fairly large amount of room to accommodate such a small amount of storage.

    donna
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I can see this filled with lovely cuttings from my garden.

    Wendi
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    part of me likes it but part of me thinks it is a little boring. The base seems a bit rough

    pat
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Bottles are timeless. I love being able to customize bottles and bottle gifts, these are a perfect little gift.

    pam
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    The components don't seem to match. I would rather see small crockery containers to match the weight of the base, or a wire or acrylic base to compliment the clear and simple lines of the vials.

    danielle
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Someone who's artistic enough to make something worthwhile from this kit, doesn't need a kit.

    Kathleen
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    So nice to see something that looks clearly hand-hewn and from the US

    Casey
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I have seen this on other websites but not like this. I like the bottle design but not fond of the base design.

    Bridget
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Love this. My daughter loves to collect little things when we go on walks this would be a great piece for her to display them in!

    Jess
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    this would be an amazingly thoughtful gift. A memory of a great date or time. LOVE

    kim
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    base is too chunky

    Beth
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Really cute

    angie
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    so many cool uses for these! love the simplicity too!

    Allison
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I like the idea, just not the design. The bottom piece of wood looks so thick I think it takes away from the charm of the vials.

    katherine
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    useful!

    Mike
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    just more clutter

    david
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    seems to ber very low-tech

    Elea
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    The old fashioned charm of the iconic message in a bottle has been taken to new heights. Beautifully preserved in wood from a century old home-who alone has its own stories to tell, then flanked one each side by matching bottles to personalize this lost tradition to your taste. What a wonderful gift for any occasion.

    Courtney
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    The wood looks too big for the bottles.

    Megan
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    I really like this, I'm just not sure that I would buy it. It would depend on the price. It is super cute though.

    Carolyn
    Vote: Thumbs up!

    Great touch on a kitchen window sill, but price point needs to be conservative.

    Shirley
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    I don't really have a use for this.

    Amy
    Vote: Thumbs down!

    Seems easy to toss together a couple of jars bought for pennies...I don't think this could be offered cheap enough to really sell.

    Susan

    I like this product, but I on't think I would buy it. It doesn't seem very useful.

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