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As an example of making do, my early childhood bedside cabinet was an vegetable box from the greengrocer. Everyone called these boxes 'orange boxes', although I doubt if my war-time one had ever contained oranges.
'Vegetable box' would have been a better name as all vegetables arrived at greengrocers in these boxes and were often displayed in them too. There were no plastic crates.
My orange box bedside cabinet consisted of coarsely cut unvarnished white-wood slats, hammered together with a few nails, like the one in the pictures. It all too easily gave people splinters, so my mother covered the top with an embroidered cloth.