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Monday, November 22, 2010

gift guide for storage junkies

Happy Monday before Turkey Day! Before I forget, I wanted to mention that I have set up a coupon code for 15% off everything in my Etsy shop for readers of this blog. Just enter BLOG15 at checkout. Good now until I de-activate it, which I'm thinking will be the end of the month, but could go longer.

Ok, now for today's topic. Since it's the week of Thanksgiving and Black Friday is upon us, I thought it would be nice to have a gift guide for each day this week, or at least as many days as I blog. Today I'm featuring vintage storage solutions.

I love storage containers of all kinds. I'm a bit of a storage junkie, although inevitably I enjoy getting storage containers more than faithfully using them. But my intentions are always good. At first I worried that vintage storage was a strange subject for a gift guide. But I know that I can't be the only one who loves boxes, crates, cubbies, baskets, and the endless possibilities for these items. The great thing is that storage doesn't have to be ugly. There are lots of cool vintage storage solutions. And any kind of container can be used for storage. Below are several items from Etsy that caught my eye. I would be thrilled to get any of these for Christmas. But maybe I'm weird.

This tin spice box from Luna Park Foundry is oh-so-shabby-chic and could hold anything from spices to office supplies to jewelry.

This rustic tool box from Madison Rose Vintage would be really cute in a bathroom to hold sponges, washcloths, or loofahs.

Cubbies rock! Put this one from South Rose Window on your desk or hang it on a wall. So cute!

This metal file box from 5 Gardenias could hold recipes or magazines or bills. And the color is awesome!

This accordion craft box from 2 Bored Bunnies is a super stylish way to store your craft or sewing supplies. Just lovely!

This vintage locker basket from Tipple and Snack could be used for just about anything - to hold items in a pantry, to hold towels in a bathroom, as a magazine holder, or for sweaters in a closet.

This amazing vintage cabinet from Shop 13 is stunning and will hold a ton of stuff!

This lovely enamel bucket from 12karri would make great storage for dog toys or yarn.

This enamelware pot from Growing Places Farm would look fabulous on a kitchen shelf, perhaps holding bags of beans or rice.

This mason jar from Joie de Cleve comes with the buttons but could also be used to hold any number of small items like paper clips, push pins, or even paint brushes, scissors, markers, etc.

From my shop, these refrigerator dishes could be used to store leftovers or would be great in the bathroom to hold cotton balls, q-tips, or even cosmetics.

And last but not least, again from my shop, one way to use silver plate items that have suffered plate loss is as desk accessories. This sugar and creamer would be perfect for holding pens in one and paper clips in the other.

Happy hunting!


  1. I love the locker baskets and have sold several in my shop. Right now, I have 3 of them but only one is listed in my shop because I am storing things in the other ones -- :) That multi-colored cabinet is SO amazing!! Love it!! Great finds!!!

  2. what super round up-- so many wonderful storage possibilities-- and the beauty is that it's all recycled! many thanks for including my vintage shop 5gardenias in the mix!