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

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!

elephant trunk arrives

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!

front porch

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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  1. Ann says

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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!

  7. 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.

  8. 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

  9. 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!!

  10. 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!

  11. Amber Carney says

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

  12. 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.

  13. 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

  14. 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!

  15. 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.

  16. 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!

  17. 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.

  18. Kristen H says

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

  19. 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!!!!!

  20. 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!

  21. 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. 😎

  22. 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!

  23. 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!


  24. 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!

  25. 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.

  26. 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

  27. 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!

  28. 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.

  29. Savannah miller says

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

  30. says

    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!

  31. 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!


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