The Elephant Trunk on My Front Porch, plus a Fabulous Give Away!

On June 9, 2013, by Glenda Embree- BusyAtHome
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I received an Elephant Trunk to evaluate the ease of assembly, durability and function in my own home and to collect information for this review.  No monetary compensation was received and a positive review was not required.  As with all Busy-at-Home reviews, the views and opinions expressed are wholly my own and based on my personal experience with the product.

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My new Elephant Trunk!


There probably aren’t many people on a first name basis with their Fed Ex and UPS delivery drivers, but, as a review blogger, I receive what others MIGHT consider an unusually large number of parcels at my house.  Plus, I do a large percentage of our family’s shopping, online, having the purchases delivered to the house, instead of driving into the city to shop.  That’s a lot of packages for one household.  As a matter of fact, it’s come to the point where I can recognize whether it’s the UPS truck or the FedEx truck, just by the sound of their brakes, as they pull up out front to make deliveries.   lol If our kids see a delivery truck drive past the house, they suspect it’s “someone new” and he’s having trouble finding our house.  :)  Mmmm hmmmm…..a LOT of packages!


The Bellevue mounted on a basic post with decorative cover. This particular mailbox is available in black, bronze or white and the trim can be selected in bronze, white bronze or platinum.  Photo Credit: Architectural Mailboxes

Architectural Mailboxes recently approached me about reviewing their beautiful line of curbside mailboxes, and the timing couldn’t have been more perfect since sprucing up the curb appeal of our homes is upper-most in the minds of many homeowners, in the spring.  The mailboxes are BEAUTIFUL! I was so distressed that we didn’t have a curbside mailbox at our home.  I pored over their online catalog and have to confess that I considered switching up our mail delivery service, just to add one to the lawnscape at the front of our yard.  Do you have a mailbox on your curb?  I would love to have all the decorating possibilities that it affords.  Think of the gorgeous “garden” arrangements you could build around a truly high-quality and attractive mailbox.  Architectural Mailboxes has tons of options, though, from post mount mailboxes that lock for security, or not, as is your preference; to gorgeous wall mount boxes to put next to your front door.  The post for your mailbox can be plain-jane, sturdy steel or a decorative steel post with a dressier style.  Posts can be selected that mount your mailbox on the front or on the side.  Some of their options even include front-loading mailboxes that must be opened with a key to retrieve the mail, so if a locking box is a good option for you, Architectural Mailboxes has beautiful solutions to fit your needs.  Whatever fits the style of your home and garden, your need for security, whether it be post or wall mount, Architectural Mailboxes has high quality, gorgeous options that will be the perfect fit!

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The Elephant Trunk arrived carefully packaged and mostly assembled. The hardware necessary to complete the simple assembly and installation was included. I love the roomy capacity of the parcel storage compartment, that allows the box to hold several packages at once!  The easy tumbler system (blue) that lets packages be inserted, but then protects them from being withdrawn, reminds me of US Mail drop boxes and gives me peace of mind about the security of parcels.


How do I know they’ll be just right, if I don’t have a curbside mailbox, myself?  What would make me so excited about the possibilities and so confident of the quality of Architectural Mailboxes products?  My Elephant Trunk!  That’s right!  I have an Elephant Trunk on my front porch, and you can, too, if you like.  :)  Because my mail is delivered to my front door and even more, because I receive an inordinate number of packages, the good people at Architectural Mailboxes asked me to test their home parcel delivery box, instead.  This sturdy, protective and beautiful upright trunk is the perfect place for delivery drivers to stow my packages when we’re not at home to receive them.  The heavy-duty box protects the packages from theft, since once the package is inserted, it can only be removed with a key.  It also provides protection from the wind, rain and elements, regardless of the season.  And to top it off, it’s gorgeous!  I love the matte-black finish of the exterior and the way it dresses up the porch with elegant curved lines.

Elephant Box parts

Attaching the handle was as simple as mounting it on the front and inserting the screws through the pre-drilled holes and tightening them up. The screw in legs are a lot like appliance legs and can be independently adjusted, so your box installation is completely level. The yellow “flag” says, “No Deliveries” and prevents the Elephant box from opening, if you need to be gone for several weeks.

Elephant Boxes are made from cast aluminum and powder coated heavy gauge steel.  They can be purchased in black, white, red or oil-rubbed bronze finishes.  I love that not only can I receive packages in it, but I can leave a package for the delivery driver, too.  The handy out-going partition, can easily be inserted and allows me to have a package ready for the delivery driver, even if I’m not at home.  The Elephant Trunk comes with all the necessary hardware to secure it to your porch or deck, regardless of the construction.  It can be fastened to both wood and concrete, using the included mounting hardware.  The screw-type legs allow you to make the installation perfectly level, as well.  There is also a yellow No Deliveries indicator that alerts the driver if you do NOT want packages left, during an extended vacation, for instance.  The indicator rotates down and prevents the door of the Elephant Box from being able to be opened.  Architectural Mailboxes really did think of everything when it comes to security, design, function and curb appeal in creating the Elephant Box.  That’s why I know, if our community ever requires all mailboxes to be moved to the curb, I won’t hesitate for a moment to return to a company I know I can trust, to find the perfect high-quality mailbox to ramp up our home’s curb appeal!

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Isn’t it beautiful!!?!! I love how it tucks into the corner, right under the mailbox. Where would you place yours?


GIVEAWAY!!!!  Architectural Mailboxes has graciously consented to sponsor a giveaway that will dress up one lucky Busy-at-Home reader’s lawnscape!  The winner will be able to select an Elephant Trunk or the mailbox of their choice from the beautiful line of Architectural Mailboxes!  I can’t wait to see which one’s you choose.  It’s easy to enter!  Take a look at all the gorgeous options in the Architectural Mailboxes online catalog.  Then come back and leave a comment on this post. Tell me whether you would choose an Elephant Trunk or a curbside Mailbox.  If you choose a mailbox, be sure to tell me which one you like best and the finish you would want it in, along with the post style you would want.  

Once you leave your comment, be sure to register it in the Rafflecopter form below, which will open some additional, optional entries to increase your odds of winning.  Good luck!

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175 Responses to The Elephant Trunk on My Front Porch, plus a Fabulous Give Away!

  1. Tabitha P. says:

    6900R in the elephant box!

  2. Ann says:

    There are so many wonderful selections. The Elephant Trunk 6900RZ is pretty awesome but so is the Geneva.

  3. spencer lewis says:

    6700B in the Geneva, would be a great addition to my home.

  4. Maralea says:

    I really like the Coronado White with Antique Bronze trim.

  5. Rose White says:

    I would choose a curbside mailbox. The Geneva!

  6. DeAnn O says:

    I can’t decide, but I think I’d pick one of the locking mailboxes. Maybe one of the Geneva. Probably in black or a “bronze” finish.

  7. jeannine s says:

    I like the THE GENEVA in bronze

  8. Heather Hayes Panjon says:

    I Like The Carlisle In Black With The Basic Post

  9. Keri says:

    I need a curbside mailbox mine is broken

  10. Lisa Kerr says:

    Elephant Trunk – Red. Thank you for the chance to win:)

  11. cheryl says:

    the Geneva in black is cool looking

  12. Bethany C. says:

    I like the brown elephanttrunk.

  13. Austin Baroudi says:

    I’d pick the elephantrunk in black!

  14. Patricia wojnar Crowley says:

    I’d choose the black finish!

  15. Shannon says:

    Geneva Mailbox in Black with Standard post!

  16. Candice says:

    I like the Elephantrunk 6900B in black.

  17. Leslie Kiley says:

    I love the Geneva post box in Bronze!!!!

  18. Emily Wells says:

    I like the bronze mailbox with the decorative post. We actually do need a new mailbox–ours is a very low quality plastic one (same with the post) and it’s practically falling over!

  19. Cheryl Rahkonen says:

    I would choose the 6900RZ oil rubbed bronze.

  20. Cindy W. says:

    Wow, this Elephant Trunk is genius! This would be my choice and I like the black finish. I always get upset when my packages are left out in the rain. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Cindy W. says:

    I subscribe to your blog via email.

  22. Shana says:

    I could use an Elephant box! We live in the country & there are 3 mailboxes here, so the multi-boxes would be nice also, but I have packages delivered & it always seems like they are going to show up the one day I’m not home!! (Murphy’s Law!)
    So I’d pick the bronze Elephant box.

  23. DEBIJOT says:

    elephant box

  24. Sandy VanHoey says:

    I like THE GENEVA

  25. Jan R says:

    Bronze elephant trunk…PLEASE!

  26. I tend to get a lot of parcels also so I would love the Elephant Box in the oil rubbed bronze finish

  27. Kitty says:

    Bellevue, in bronze 5503B

  28. Sue D says:

    I like the Geneva post style in black.

  29. Sandy Cain says:

    I love the elephant trunk 6900B (black)

  30. Naomi says:

    I just started working outside the home again, so it would be fabulous to have an Elephant Trunk for packages. I’d choose the bright red!

  31. EJ. (Jane) says:

    We would choose the 6900R, we are a large family & this would be perfect for us. Never saw the Elephant box before.

  32. Kenna Rogers says:

    I really like the Elephant Trunk in the Oil Rubbed Bronze!

  33. Rust says:

    I would choose the Geneva, in bronze, with the basic post and Basic Post Decorative Cover. Very nice!

  34. Sheila K. says:

    I like the Geneva mailbox in sand (6700S)!

  35. nannypanpan says:

    i like the coronado mailbox in sand

  36. LANA says:

    the curb side box is what we need

  37. Denise says:

    I like the Geneva mailbox in black with the black post. T hanks!

  38. Donna L says:

    I would like the Geneva with the 7507 post.

  39. rachel says:

    I’d get the Carlisle in black with the standard post.

  40. sandy weinstein says:

    cant decide which one i would like, need both. however, need a new mailbox too. i like the geneva b/c i get a lot of mail and the mailman does not bring packages to my house, they overstuffed my mailbox and broke it….bronze in the elephant and the bronze mailbox-6700z with the decorative post with side mount 6215 or the decorative post with cover 7507 in bronze

  41. I like the Geneva with the Decorative Post with Side Mount.

  42. Katherine Donovan says:

    Believe it or not, it was super fun shopping for a mailbox!! I really like the CORONADO MAILBOX in black with antique copper with the decorative post. Curb appeal is so important!!


  44. Evie Sells says:

    I like The Carlisle Mailbox in Black with the basic post

  45. Jaime M. says:

    6900B Elephant Trunk, I would love to have one sitting next to my door, because my neighbors have stolen packages right off of my porch!

  46. martha says:


  47. Kim Reynolds says:

    I like the oil rubbed bronzed Elephanttrunk.

  48. Leslie Rigsby says:

    I love the Coronado mailbox in white with copper finish.

  49. April M says:

    I’d pick the Geneva in white

  50. Amber Carney says:

    I would choose the Coronado 5507B, the Black with Antique Bronze accents and the decorative post. So beautiful!

  51. lisa lo says:

    red Elephant is my fave.

  52. Liberty Boblett says:

    I love the Geneva! Especially in the bronze color! :) 6700Z

  53. Gina B. says:

    I would get the Elephant Trunk in White, 6900W, to match our home. What an awesome product!

  54. Amy says:

    The Elephant Trunk is genius! We need a new mail box, but the Elephant Trunk would prevent soggy packages – I love how it looks too. Especially the black.

  55. Mike Bratek says:

    Love to win that Bellevue mailbox, that is such a decorative piece!

  56. darby says:

    I like the oasis mailbox in pearl gray

  57. sandra davis says:

    i like the elephantrunk in 6900B

  58. ginette4 says:

    So many nice options, my choice at this time is the post mount box – Bellevue 5502B and my post choice would be Basic Post with Decorative Cover

  59. Diana Stanhope says:

    I like the Elephant Trunk in black

  60. Prasert says:

    an elephant box

  61. Jayme H. says:

    I would choose the white elephant box.


  62. betsy cortez says:

    I would love to win the geneva in black

  63. Holly Storm-Burge says:

    I would get THE ELEPHANTRUNK PARCEL DROP in white (6900W). Thanks!

  64. shirley says:

    I like the elephant trunk 6900B, in black.

  65. Darlene Owen says:

    I like the The Bellevue in bronze

  66. Julie says:

    the curbside mailbox and I love the Geneva

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  68. Natalie Schilla says:

    The Elephant Trunk in Black!

  69. Dana Pugsley says:

    I’d pick the elephantrunk in black! What a great mail box especially since I also get a lot of packages and am tired of them getting wet or crushed! Thanks for the chance to win it :) Good luck everyone!

  70. Betty League says:

    If I would win this awesome contest – I would like the ELEPHANTRUNK PARCEL DROP BOX
    in the oil rubbed bronze finish. Thank you for introducing me to this architectural mail box.

  71. Judith S says:

    The Geneva is just what we could use.

  72. amanda roach says:

    elephant trunk

  73. Hannah J says:

    The Coronado Mailbox in black!

  74. Carolyn Barnett says:

    The mail man does not come to our door! We have to walk a good 300 feet to get to our mailbox so the The Coronado would be better suited to our needs! Awesome boxes!

  75. Patty S. says:

    Like the elephant trunk

  76. Kelly R. says:

    I would choose the Elephant Trunk in Oil rubbed Bronze.

  77. KJ Skib says:

    I like the darker Fairfield Mailbox.

  78. heather eg kaufman says:

    bronze elephant trunk

  79. tina reynolds says:

    I really like the 6900RZ elepant trunk in bronze for my front porch

  80. justin warren says:

    the elephant parcel drop

  81. Alana Vester says:

    I would get the 6900B elephant trunk.

  82. Mim Bidlack says:

    I love the elephant trunk in oil rubbed bronze.

  83. Nichol Tone says:

    the Geneva curbside mailbox

  84. Abbey says:

    I love the Elephant Trunk 6900B

  85. Dawn Monroe says:

    I would pick the fairmont in white with an antique finish. My mailbox is sooo old!

  86. Donna says:

    love the elephant box!

  87. janet benthin says:

    I would choose the Elephant box in red

  88. Debbie Welchert says:

    I like the Bellevue Mailbox in black/white bronze with the Decorative Post in Black.

  89. Julie says:

    I’ve been wanting an elephant box

  90. Kristie Belding says:

    The elephantrunk 6900B in black would work for us!

  91. Cheryl Chervitz says:

    I like the THE PENINSULA wall mount box in Antique Copper. Thanks for the chance.

  92. Stephanie Phelps says:

    I would love to have the THE BELLEVUE MAILBOX with the Decorative Post in black and bronze

  93. Dorothy Teel says:

    I love the elephant box in oiled bronze it is beautiful

  94. Hetty says:

    the elephant trunk in black!

  95. Kerrie Mayans says:

    I really like the Carlisle Mailbox with the Basic Post with Decorative Cover

  96. Nicole Sender says:

    I like the Geneva 6700B! What nice looking mailboxes.

  97. Linda says:

    i’d probably pick the elephant box in the picture.

  98. K.Pugh says:

    I’d choose the Black Elephant Box
    Thanks for the chance

  99. JenniferB says:

    I would like the brown elephant box

  100. kristy ballser says:

    the curbside is awesome i love it

  101. Pennie Locklear says:

    I like the Geneva 6700B

  102. Wendi S says:

    I really like the white with brass maybe it’s a tough call but I feel like I would be happy with any color choice.

  103. Kelly D says:

    I like the The elephantrunk in brown 6900RZ

  104. I like the elephant in white

  105. vickie says:

    I like the Lunada Wall Mount mailbox- they have such a nice selection!

  106. Rae Nelson says:

    I’d like either but guess I’d choose the Elephant Trunkl

  107. jennifer aikens says:

    I would get an elephant box. We get a lot of packages in the mail.

  108. Marie says:

    An elephant box would be perfect for me!

  109. Julie Raye says:

    elephant box in blac

  110. Kristen H says:

    I would take the Geneva mailbox with the basic post with the decorative cover – all in either black or bronze

  111. Betty says:

    I’d love the elephant box

  112. Robert Pyszk says:

    The black Geneva Mailbox with standard post

  113. nikki c says:

    I would choose the Geneva in black with the black Basic Post with Decorative Cover.

  114. marian boll says:

    I would Love the Elephant trunk box please

  115. Ava Chavez says:

    The Elephant Trunck 6900B…These are so cool!

  116. Constance Zimmer says:

    The Elephant Box in RED, because red reminds me of Christmas, and whenever I get a package in the mail, I feel like a little kid at Christmastime!!!!!

  117. Danielle Porter says:

    I might get the Geneva mailbox! My parents have been looking for a new one, a drunk neighbor hit theirs with a bat. . . So if I won I would let them pick!

  118. Noreen says:

    Elephant box in white I think

  119. Theresa M says:

    The Bellevue mounted on a basic post with decorative cover. I love the bronze trim and everything about the mailbox pictured above. It is really impressive. Thanks for the giveaway. We live in the rural area so the elephant box wouldn’t work for us. 8-)

  120. Helga says:

    The Carlisle in coated galvanized steel.

  121. Jai Merrill says:

    I would want the Elephant Box in black. We get a lot of packages so it would be perfect.

  122. Patricia Ward Kelly says:

    The Elephant Trunk Parcel Drop in Black (6900B) would make my life SO much better! I am losing mail and packages are being damaged with people throwing them over my gate. Help, please!

  123. Ginny Grimsley says:

    I would love the elephanttrunk parcel box 6900RZ!

  124. Jennifer says:

    I would love to have the Elephantrunk 6900B!

  125. Laura Ari says:

    I would choose the Coronado curbside mailbox in antique bronze 5507B.

  126. Eloise C says:

    I would choose the curbside mailbox and I really like the Coronado 55055 with Decorative Post. Thanks so much for hosting this giveaway!


  127. Elsie says:

    The black elephant trunk would be perfect for a present for my son’s new home…

  128. wendy b says:

    I would choose the Elephant Trunk in black….what a great idea and so useful for sure. :-D

  129. Daraya says:

    I would love the The Oasis Architectural Mailbox in Bronze with a in ground post!

  130. Julia says:

    I like the black elephant box.

  131. Brandi Price says:

    I really like the Bellevue with the decorative post!

  132. marybeth i says:

    I love the elephant trunk in bronze or white. hard to choose! 8-)

  133. Jesselyn A/Jesstinger says:

    I would lobe to win this for my sister and her husband who will be moving to Montana very soon. that bought an old but wonderfully charming, spacious and with spectacular views of the surrounding mountains! The house is located on the outskirts of town.

    They are both freelancer and are moving there from the big city here – so they wil likely be receiving a lot of mail – and a lot of packages… So…. I am thinking of either or both:
    The Oasis Locking Box (probably the Standard – but possibly the BIG one in BRONZE.
    The Elephant Trunk Parcel Drop – in Rubbed Bronze.

    Thanks – great giveaway!

  134. Saver Sara says:

    I’d choose the Winston in black.

  135. I could really use the Elephant Trunk box in black 8-)

  136. I would choose the Elephant Trunk in Oil Rubbed Bronze (6900RZ)

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  137. Susan H. says:

    I like this curbside mailbox – 5503B Bellevue in black with a bronze trim. I like the post that has an arm that branches out to hold the mailbox. I would like it in the color, black. I’m not sure which one it’s called, but in the picture, it appears to be bronze-colored. This section was down for maintenance.

  138. stephanie Barmann says:

    The geneva in bronze

  139. sheila ressel says:

    I would choose the Bellevue in white, 5501W

  140. Rusti says:

    I would choose the Elephant Trunk in White.

  141. Maureen G says:

    I like the Geneva Post Mount mailbox in the powdered black finish

  142. Marissa M says:

    I like the Geneva in 6700Z

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  144. betty wojnar says:

    I would choose the elephant box!

  145. polly says:

    I would choose The Elephant Trunk in the red

  146. Les Johnson says:

    I would like the Geneva Curb Side Mailbox.

  147. Naomi D says:

    I would choose a Geneva post with a black finish and standard post

  148. Sarah Cool says:

    I would love the Elephant box in brown 6900RZ

  149. Em says:

    I would definitely get the Geneva in Sand. People always miss the driveway!

  150. Margot C says:

    I get so much mail, I could use an Elephant Trunk! :-))

  151. Marie Lah says:

    Well seeing as how I am a giveaway freak, constantly winning or ordering small things hear and there, and the mail lady has left me her crate twice already because I get so many packages, I could probably use the elephant trunk, in black. Perfect for vacations as well

  152. tam childers says:

    the Elephant Trunk please

  153. Teresa Thompson says:

    elephantrunk™ parcel drop-6900R

  154. Margaret Burgess says:

    Oasis Jr in Pearl Gray

  155. I’d like the Oasis locking mailbox in bronze. Our mailbox is 800′ from our house and can’t be seen from the house, so I love the locking option!

  156. Natalie yeoman says:

    Elephant trunk in black

  157. Jessi Randall says:

    I would love the black elephant parcel drop! I live in an apartment complex, and almost every package I recieve gets stolen. (I know which neighbor t is, but the landlord doesn’t seem to care, and since I can’t ‘prove’ it, I can’t report them stolen.). Even if I don’t win this, I’m going to try and convince hubby we should buy one! I’m tired of losing packages, even tough we live in a nice complex!

  158. Jenn V says:

    6900B Elephant trunk in black

  159. Kathryn Mcneal says:

    I’d love to get either the Bellevue mailbox in platnium with a basic post or the Coronado mailbox in 5504B with a standard post. Our mailbox is about to fall over and it leaks when it rains.

  160. Claire says:

    I would choose the 6900RZ oil rubbed bronze.

  161. liz l says:

    Elephant Box

  162. Savannah miller says:

    I love the elephant box in the reddish color so pretty I could really use one of these :)!!

  163. ellen casper says:

    The Bellevue in bronze

  164. I am also a review blogger and oh boy, what I would do for an Elephant Trunk in 6900B! Not only is it cute, but I would stop worrying about having to be home for deliveries all the time!

  165. Crystal Sell says:

    I really like the white elephant trunk!

  166. I would love to win the elephant trunk! We don’t get anything from usps here, but I am always worried about my fedex and UPS deliveries!

  167. kathy says:

    I like the 6900B elephant box.

  168. Alison says:

    I would definitely get the Elephanttrunk parcel drop in black or brown. I can’t tell you how much mail theft I’ve had in the last year! this would be AMAZING!

  169. Cyndie says:

    The Bellevue in platinum

  170. Casandra says:

    I love the elephant one on black 6900B. Thanks!

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