Friday, March 5, 2010

Turn An Old Printer's Type Drawer Into A Display For Vintage Earrings In Your Antique Shop

Here Is Another Funky Way To Display Costume Jewelry Earrings: Use An Old Printer's Tray

Have you ever thought of using a giant Printers box to showcase your vintage and costume earrings? Well Patti of Patti's Treasures and Antiques in Windsor, CT has come up with yet another way to display her amazing selection of earrings.

From Movable Type To Earrings

Back in the day before computers, printers used movable type which were stored in compartmentalized drawers which fit flat into a cabinet.

Letter, numbers, symbols etc. were organized in these type drawers. Today many people mount these wooden type trays or drawers on the wall and use them as shadow boxes to display trinkets and memorabilia.
Mounting A Vintage Type Drawer On The Wall

But Patti, had discovered another way to up-cycle these great printer's drawers. Patti, the master at finding new ways to display jewelry has taken her old type drawer and hung it on the wall in her charming Antique shop. She places vintage and costume earrings in each of the small compartments. Because these trays are usually divided in spaces of different sizes, Patti is able to find "homes" for all of the different size costume jewelry she has acquired.

Altering The Finish On An Old Printers Type Drawer With Paint Or paper

You can leave the type tray in it's natural wood color or alter the finish by painting the drawer/tray a color or use vintage wallpaper as a background in the cubbies. White or pastel colored paint offers a Cottage look, which many Shabby Chic gals enjoy.

Patti's Treasures And Antiques
73 Poquonock Ave.
Windsor, CT

C. Dianne Zweig is the author of Hot Kitchen & Home Collectibles of the 30s, 40s, 50s and Hot Cottage Collectibles for Vintage Style Homes. She is also the Editor of an actively growing internet based resource community for people who buy, sell or collect antiques, collectibles and art. You can find Dianne’s fabulous retro and vintage kitchen, home and cottage collectibles at The Collinsville Antiques Company of New Hartford, CT, a 22,000 feet antique emporium with an in-house retro cafĂ©.

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  1. Another timely tip for me, Diane! I inherited three printers drawers AND have been trying to figure out a way to display jewelry. This is something I never thought of - great idea!

  2. Another great solution. Thank you.