The Crazy Suburban Mom: So what can you do with antique printer's trays?

Sunday, July 3, 2011

So what can you do with antique printer's trays?

Wednesday I was so soured on the whole thrift store topic I was going to give it up entirely... And yet Wednesday, The day of the Rat, was also the day I found something I've coveted for years.

A printer's tray

antique printers tray

Just like I've always wanted.

It was at a place I never go because (Call me paranoid, but I knew) there was some high end antique shenanigans going on.   Based on the town there should have been a ton of great (and old) stuff busting out the doors.    

But nope, just the usual worn out shoes, smelly books, clothes...ratty ashtrays and dishes (all microwavable).  And okay, they did have some nice linens occasionally at a premium price but not what I knew should be there.

This trip was very different, quite a lot of nice things that I'm sure never would have made it out of the 'employees only' area six months ago.  Something tells me these sweet little ladies fist dibs racket got busted right out from under them.

So now that I have my tray, what to do, what to do?  Is it best to hang them or set them on something - And do you set things in them or attach them inside the little boxes?

I've seen them painted but I really don't want to do that.  If anyone has photos of what they have done I'd love it if you could send me a picture - mom at crazysuburbanmom dot com - or use the link from my contact area.

I'd love it to end up looking cool and eclectic but not like something off the show Hoarders.  I want it to look cohesive not a big ol' hairy mess...


Vonlipi 7/3/11, 9:17 PM  

My mother display her timble collection in these. I was fascinated by them.

I would display small treasures, little knick-knacks.

Tara Beaulieu 7/4/11, 9:08 PM  

I admired them on eBay for ages but was too cheap to buy them. So I built my own and hung it on the wall. I have sea glass, marbles, figurines and shells (all beach combed) in the cubbies. I might have done a blog post about it, I'll have to look and see...

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