Car boot booty

On today’s beautifully sunny bank holiday, the twins and I headed off to a local car boot sale. It’s not something I’ve done with kids in tow before, and though for most of the trip I was preoccupied with spotting toy bargains the twins might want to spend their £1 spending money on, something caught my eye just as we were leaving. A vintage printer’s tray, in very good condition, and at £5 I snapped it up, despite not having a place or purpose in mind for it.


I love it. I’ve always had a thing for junk shop jaunts, but since our move out of London and with two toddlers in tow and free time at an all-time low it’s an activity that happens so rarely I can’t even remember my last shopping trip.


So now I possess a vintage printer’s tray which I know I want to hang on the wall, but beyond that I’m undecided. A quick visit to Pinterest for inspiration yielded some great results, from practically-minded jewellery storage (I don’t own/use enough jewellery to justify this), to leaving it completely bare on the wall. I remember my granny had something similar which she used to store her thimble collection. Is it time to start a thimble collection of my very own?

My big decisions to ponder upon are:

  • Which room?
  • Portrait or landscape?
  • Paint it or leave it?
  • Practical or decorative?
  • What do you think I should do with it?


    Image credits to follow


    1. May 7, 2013 / 6:05 am

      Don’t paint it! It’s a lovely shade as it is and I think it could lose some of its charm if you painted it. It’s utterly gorgeous.

      • Heather
        May 7, 2013 / 6:12 am

        I don’t think I could bring myself to paint it either! I quite like the idea of wallpaper on the back panels..

    2. May 10, 2013 / 7:37 pm

      My mum uses hers for cottons like in your picture. We have one in the bedroom that Other Half uses for his cufflinks (yes, he has many). Personally I’d like one just for ‘stuff’.

    3. victoria (mrs scruff)
      May 10, 2013 / 7:40 pm

      Yes don’t paint it, or put wallpaper behind each box, its perfect as it is..I adore the idea of figures. or just finds – a shell from the beach etc, just little trinkets your family find along the way…the collection can grow as you find bits to put in. What a find

    4. May 20, 2013 / 3:25 pm

      Oh, you lucky thing, so expensive on ebay! Agree not to paint it, think it would be a brilliant museum of curious little objects.. awesome.

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