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{flea market find: type case}

A couple weeks ago I found this amazing type case at the flea market for a steal! 3€ (about $3.75) to be exact. I just couldn't say no and already had a plan in mind.

I'm in love with those little metal plates that sit on the wooden intersections and the lettering on the bottom of the type case!

A few days prior to finding this treasure, I inherited all of my grandma's sewing supplies. She doesn't use them anymore and kindly passed them on to me.
So, I'm now the proud owner of thread in every color imaginable. Well, almost every color.. ;)

I was so lucky to inherit some wooden spools as well (like I used for my DIY washi tape) that go really well with the vintage feel of the type case.

I love my new spool organizer! ;)


I'm partying here! ♥

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106 Comments

  • Reply
    Esther
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 11:17 AM

    LOVE it. Though my husband would go nutso if there would be more obvious sewing around our house, haha!!
    Esther.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 03:13 PM

      Haha! My hubby gave in and said I can have the apartment and do what I want if he can have the basement. Sounds like a good deal to me. ;)
      Hugs again!
      Vanessa

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    Roanna
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I love it! such a good idea! if you have any ideas for how to organise mases of yarn, I’m still trying to figure that one out! :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 03:18 PM

      Thanks a bunch, Roanna! :)
      Yarn definitely is a little more difficult to organize.. Hmm.. I’m loving this and this idea though! But I guess it only works if you don’t have too much of it. ;)
      xo! Vanessa

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    Seaweed & Raine
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 01:13 PM

    What an amazing find Vanessa!!! Love it. Your cottons look so pretty all lined up there. :)

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    Zhing
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 01:43 PM

    Such a great find and a really creative use for it too!! ;) I love how quaint and classic a piece it is!!

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    Rheanna
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 03:28 PM

    I love that! man, i’m itching to get to a good flea market here in DC

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    Renonda
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 03:37 PM

    I loved this visual so much I had to pin it for future reference. That looks wonderful!

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    Johnnie
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 05:20 PM

    This is sooo cool! I love it.

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    claireabellemakes
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 05:29 PM

    This is so great¬ super jealous of your find!

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    Peggy
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 05:52 PM

    Vanessa,
    Thank you so very much! I recently picked up a shadow box which was very similar to this but could not remember why I wanted it. I just knew I planned to use it for something and it was a great price… free! I was allowed to pick anything I wanted from the leftovers of the rummage sale I volunteered at…. so I picked up the tray, a huge mirror, and some vintage miniature cake tins. Once again thank you!!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 03:29 PM

      Ooh, how fun! I’m glad I could inspire with this post!!
      I would love to see a pic when you hang yours up! :)
      xo! Vanessa

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    Bella@artclubblog
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 05:55 PM

    I just love the type case you found.! It’s such a perfect way to display small collections. Clever idea to keep thread there.

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    Christine @ Park House Love
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 07:34 PM

    AMAZING find! Great idea to use it for your spools…it looks great!

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    carolyn - homework
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 08:56 PM

    What an amazing find! And for a steal. I absolutely love that you’re storing spools in it. It looks fantastic!

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    Jennifer
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 09:46 PM

    Oh a match made in heaven! The spools look so pretty set up in the box.

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    ASG in the SLC
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 10:00 PM

    so lovely! I’ve added this to my “sew organized” pinboard!

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    Lisa
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 11:12 PM

    What a fabulous find! It looks so beautiful holding your spools!
    Stunning photos as always!
    xo-Lisa

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 10:47 PM

      Thank you so much for your kind words, Lisa! :)
      How’s your week going so far?
      xo! Vanessa

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        Lisa
        Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 04:15 AM

        It’s going great! Hope your’s is as well!
        :-)
        xo-Lisa

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    Julie Bagamary
    Tuesday May 29th, 2012 at 11:35 PM

    What a great piece for your threads!!

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    Taylor-Ann
    Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 05:21 AM

    soooo adorable. My mom is trying to find something cute to hold her thread. I will have to tell her about this. I would love if you linked it up to my linky party.
    http://www.kampenlane.com/2012/05/show-off-monday-8.html

    ~Taylor-Ann

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 09:08 PM

      Let me know how she likes the idea! ;)
      Thanks for inviting me over to party. I will check it out right now!
      xo! Vanessa

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    jessika
    Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 06:33 AM

    I am so jealous….of both your great find and your thread collection!

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    handstand
    Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 02:32 PM

    Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous!!

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    amy
    Wednesday May 30th, 2012 at 05:07 PM

    der schönste setzkasten, den ich je gesehen habe ;-) freu mich für dich, dass du ihn gefunden hast … und deine idee ist genial!
    kuss mama

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    Mandy @ Sugar Bee Crafts
    Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 02:50 AM

    Thanks for linking to Take-A-Look Tuesday – – you were featured today!!
    –Mandy, http://www.SugarBeeCrafts.com

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    Jaime ♥ Raising up Rubies
    Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 03:39 AM

    I have one in my craft space too! come ‘n see! love the metal tips on yours though :) …girl, I’m in love with your diy fabric tape by the way…I made some the other day ♥ much love!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 09:10 PM

      Ohh, thank you so much for your sweet comment, Jaime! :)
      I’m off to check out your type case right now! So happy you like the fabric tape, too!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Betsy @ Anna Nimmity
    Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 03:42 AM

    What a great find and an adorable idea for displaying and storing your thread. I love it! I’m pinning this one. :)

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 09:25 PM

      Thank you so much for the kind words, Betsy! :)
      So happy to have you here!
      I hope you’re having a fantastic week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Diane
    Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 04:16 AM

    cute cute and cute! completely fabulous idea for your thread bobbins and spools and how lucky are you to receive that wonderful gift from your grandma?! I actually asked my mom for (some) of her thread and she said no. NO! What a fabulously lucky find (and value) on the printing press drawer! xo, Diane

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 09:28 PM

      Oh, Diane, thank you SO much for your sweet comment! :)
      You’ll have to keep nagging your mom about the thread until she gives in. Haha
      How is your week going? Did you have a good Memorial Day weekend?
      Hugs to you!

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    Debra Kapellakis
    Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 06:11 PM

    That’s beautiful!

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    julie
    Thursday May 31st, 2012 at 07:01 PM

    How lucky are you? What a great find and using it for you thread great idea. Thanks for share, God bless you and yours.

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    Wendy Hayden
    Friday June 1st, 2012 at 06:40 PM

    I have one of these cases that I got for my son to store his hot wheels in. I might need to steal it back for this great idea!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Haha, that’s a great idea! Just give him something else and he won’t notice. ;)
      Thanks for the comment, Wendy!
      xo! Vanessa

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    katie
    Friday June 1st, 2012 at 07:50 PM

    Oh wow–what a great find! Love that you are using it as a bobbin holder!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at 10:13 PM

      Thank you so much, Katie! Thanks for the shout-out on Twitter also! :D
      I hope you’re having a fun weekend!
      XO! Vanessa

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    Leslie
    Friday June 1st, 2012 at 08:13 PM

    I have one of these for my spools of thread too–but all the openings are the same (small) size, so I can only use it for small spools. Yours is awesome!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at 10:16 PM

      Thank you for the sweet comment, Leslie! :)
      Creative minds think alike! I love that you use a type case for your spool display also!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Jessi
    Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at 08:25 PM

    This is such a brilliant idea Vanessa! My thread is all disorganized; now I wish I had a fun typing case :-) I have a brand new link party going on and I’d be thrilled if you would share this over there so everyone can see it!

    http://practicallyfunctional.net/2012/05/the-fun-in-functional-link-party-1/

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      Jessi
      Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 09:07 PM

      Yay I’m so glad you linked this up, I absolutely love it!

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    Christine
    Saturday June 2nd, 2012 at 11:02 PM

    What a clever idea! I will need to keep my eye out for a type case to organize my thread!

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    Tazas y Cuentos
    Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 02:19 AM

    Vanessa! What a coincidence! All about thread…. you put them in a type case and I put egg cups in a thread case!! LOL
    Very nice post!
    Besos from Argentina. Silvina.

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 08:29 PM

      Thank you so much, Silvina! :)
      I really appreciate the sweet comment! I’m gonna check out your egg cup thread case right now.
      Besos to you, too!
      Vanessa

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    Jennette
    Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 03:32 AM

    Wow, good for you that you get all that thread! It’s sure something to treasure from your Grandma. I love the idea, if I could only find a type case like this. :)

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    Donna Wilkes
    Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 05:12 AM

    That type drawer is a classic – such an amazing price! Love the bright colors of the thread spools. I love vintage sewing notions, too. I have to hide my rick rack collection!

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    rein ~ rika
    Sunday June 3rd, 2012 at 08:25 AM

    Great find!

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    Christine
    Monday June 4th, 2012 at 01:07 AM

    I’m so JEALOUS!! What a great find Vanessa!! Great idea to use it for your spools!!

    You’ll be happy to know that I FINALLY put my hands on some wooden spools on Friday!! I got a bag full for 2$!! YAHOO!!

    Thanks so much for sharing at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday June 5th, 2012 at 09:39 AM

      Thank you of your sweet comment, Christine! :)
      Wow! $2 is an amazing deal! Where did you find them?
      I hope you’re having a wonderful week!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Meream
    Monday June 4th, 2012 at 04:23 PM

    I am jealous! I have been looking for a container like that for years!

    • Reply
      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday June 5th, 2012 at 09:41 AM

      I hope you’ll find one soon! I’ve seen some pretty type cases on ebay as well. Or have you checked on your local Craig’s List? :)
      Thanks for stopping by!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Cath Elizabeth
    Tuesday June 5th, 2012 at 01:24 PM

    That’s gorgeous, what a great find!

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    Jody
    Tuesday June 5th, 2012 at 09:48 PM

    I love this idea! It looks so pretty with all your different colored threads. Thanks for sharing on Simple & Sweet Fridays. Thanks also for all your inspirational comments on Rooted in Thyme and Thyme for Home. Have a fun week!

    Jody

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    Alisha
    Wednesday June 6th, 2012 at 05:00 AM

    I love how you used these for thread. I have 2 at home right now. One I grew up with and the other my Mom just gave to me. I am tempted to use these for my thread, but, I already have 2 thread holders LOL I’m stopping by from diy home sweet home linky party. This is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.ca/2012/06/kids-roll-up-nap-blanket.html

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Wednesday June 6th, 2012 at 11:05 PM

      Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Alisha! :)
      What are you using the type cases for right now?
      xoxo! Vanessa

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    Claiming Our Space
    Wednesday June 6th, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    I love this. Makes your threads, spools and bobbins into art.

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    Jill
    Thursday June 7th, 2012 at 03:21 AM

    Oh my goodness, what a fabulous find Vanessa! Just perfect for all your lovely coloured threads!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success
    http://www.jembellish.blogspot.com/

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    Gabrielle
    Thursday June 7th, 2012 at 09:26 PM

    What a great way to display something you love! I have a type case I use to hold all of my scrapbooking embellishments and I love it.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday June 8th, 2012 at 10:06 PM

      Thanks, Gabrielle! :)
      Storing your scrapbooking embellishments in the type case is a great idea as well!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Laurel Stephens
    Friday June 8th, 2012 at 07:18 AM

    This is the sweetest thing ever, and I featured it today on Friday Finds.

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    Kelly@ Here Comes the Sun
    Friday June 8th, 2012 at 05:10 PM

    I love how you have re-used this case! Thanks for sharing at Fabulous Friday. I featured you!

    http://herecomesthesun-kelly.blogspot.com/2012/06/fabulous-friday-29.html

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    Maggie
    Friday June 8th, 2012 at 06:25 PM

    What a fab idea! My partner has one of these in his workshop not being used for anything at the moment so I’ve asked him if he can put it up in my workroom for my cottons! Thanks for sharing, Maggie

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Friday June 8th, 2012 at 10:11 PM

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Maggie!
      I’m so happy that I’ve inspired you to you use your partner’s type case to display your collection! :)
      Have a wonderful weekend!
      xo! Vanessa

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    Amie @ Pinkapotamus
    Monday June 11th, 2012 at 08:12 AM

    What a lucky find! I have been searching for one forever! Love that you used it to organize your thread! Thanks so much for sharing with the Pink Hippo party.. I am featuring this!
    xoxo
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Monday June 11th, 2012 at 09:11 PM

      Thank you so much, Amie! :)
      I really appreciate your sweet comments on my link ups! I’m headed over right now to check out the party and grab a button.
      XO! Vanessa

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    Holly @ Life as a Thrifter
    Monday June 11th, 2012 at 07:56 PM

    This is so wonderful! :)

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    annelikokulum
    Tuesday June 12th, 2012 at 11:22 AM

    you are very clever it is very easy.thanks.

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday June 12th, 2012 at 04:55 PM

      Thank you so much for the sweet comment, Dilek! I’m so happy to have a visitor from Turkey! ;)
      selamlar! Vanessa

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    Kelly @ Eclectically Vintage
    Wednesday June 13th, 2012 at 03:23 PM

    What a fun find and love your collection of spools!
    Kelly

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    petitehermine
    Friday June 22nd, 2012 at 05:12 AM

    This is a beautiful find! :)

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    Sparkle and CO
    Friday July 13th, 2012 at 10:45 PM

    I love it!!!

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    Fredda
    Monday September 10th, 2012 at 01:20 PM

    Vielen lieben Dank für die Inspiration. Als ich diesen Setzkasten bei Dir gesehen habe, habe ich mich direkt in die Idee verliebt und mich auf die Suche nach einem eigenen Setzkasten begeben. Und letzte Woche bin ich fündig geworden!! *freu* Mir gefällt meine neue Garnübersicht soooo gut. Ich habe nämlich ähnlich wie Du auch jede Menge Garn geerbt ;-)
    Hier kannst Du meinen Kasten sehen: http://freddaslittleworld.blogspot.de/2012/09/neustes-schnappchen.html
    Liebe Grüße
    Fredda

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    Chris Althaus
    Monday February 11th, 2013 at 01:39 AM

    What a fantastic idea! I have a type case I bought at a flea market when I was in high school. 30 years later, I’m moving and got it out of storage and was wondering what I might do with it now. Thanks for the great idea!!

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      Vanessa @ {nifty thrifty things}
      Tuesday February 12th, 2013 at 09:41 PM

      Ooh, what a fun find in storage! I’m sure it brought back great memories! :)
      I’m happy to hear I could inspire you to use your type case.
      Have a wonderful week!
      xo’s from Germany,
      Vanessa

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    computershare forms
    Thursday February 13th, 2014 at 06:09 AM

    I have one in my craft space too! come ‘n see! love the metal tips on yours though :) …girl, I’m in love with your diy fabric tape by the way…I made some the other day ♥ much love!

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