Because if you’ve got stuff . . . you gotta have some place to hide it when company comes over.
Five of my favorite storage ideas are:
It’s not like you’re actually going to take these vintage suitcases on a plane or anything, so when you collect them you might as well use them for storage, right?
These are filled with vintage tablecloths and my fabric stash. Yes, I do occasionally fire up the sewing machine and do a bit of sewing.
Tip Of The Day: If you find a vintage suitcase that is a little musty, I have had luck with leaving a box of baking soda (I like the ones they make for the fridge that the little sides pop off) in it for a few days to absorb the stank. I’ve also heard via Pinterest (and all things on Pinterest are true) that kitty litter works the same way.
Vintage Picnic Baskets
I find vintage picnic baskets ALL THE TIME at thrift stores and yard sales and I have never paid over $5 for one and most of the time it’s more in the $2-$3 range. These ones are Redmon, which was a pretty large maker of picnic baskets back in the day.
I actually have around 10 picnic baskets now and I’m pretty sure I’ll find another one when I go to a church rummage sale later today. Church rummage sales are picnic basket nirvana.
I like picnic baskets for storage because they have handles so you can tote them all around the house. These have various seasonal decor items tucked away in them.
I used another vintage picnic basket on my Holiday Front Porch For The Picnicking Ski Bums post this winter.
Toolboxes and Totes
I started collecting toolboxes, totes and metal tins a few years ago. I try to buy the non-greasy, not actually ever been used in a grimy garage kind.
I suppose they might not be hard core “farmhouse”, but in my mind they cross over from industrial to farmhouse to eclectic to I-gotta-have-them.
These toolboxes are on a weird built in shelf in my office/craft room and hold all my old family photos in them.
Cheese Boxes (or any wooden boxes for that matter)
My sister was a hard core cheese box collector. Hard. Core. She probably had close to thirty of them lined up on a shelf that went all the way around her kitchen.
This cheese box sets on my desk as a file folder holder. It’s one of the larger 5 pound cheese boxes from her collection.
Another example of using a cheese box for storage can be found in my Industrial Style Child’s Bathroom where I use it to hold an oil can.
OK, truth be told, the oil can didn’t stay there for long, I moved it to on top of the medicine cabinet and put q-tips and cotton balls in the cheese box instead.
Sometimes function wins out over “design”.
Rotating Metal Bins
Ever since I showed you the metal bin that I bought at Harbor Freight in my Industrial Rotating Hardware Bins For Less post, I have been addicted to this puppy. They are great for having things super duper handy on your desk, craft area or kitchen. But, what they don’t tell you (and I will) is that they are CUTE!
I smile every time I walk past this thing! Plus I want to spin it, so there’s THAT!