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

  2. 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! :)

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

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

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

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

  7. This is sooo cool! I love it.

  8. This is so great¬ super jealous of your find!

  9. 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!!

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

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

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

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

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

  15. What a fabulous find! It looks so beautiful holding your spools!
    Stunning photos as always!

  16. What a great piece for your threads!!

  17. 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.


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

  19. Gorgeous! Simply Gorgeous!!

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

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

  22. 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!

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

  24. 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

  25. Debra Kapellakis says:

    That’s beautiful!

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

  27. 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!

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

  29. 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!

  30. 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!


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

  32. 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.

  33. 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. :)

  34. 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!

  35. Great find!

  36. 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!

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

  38. That’s gorgeous, what a great find!

  39. 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!


  40. 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

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

  42. 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

  43. 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.

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

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


  46. 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

  47. 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!
    Amie @ Pinkapotamus

  48. This is so wonderful! :)

  49. you are very clever it is very easy.thanks.

  50. What a fun find and love your collection of spools!

  51. This is a beautiful find! :)

  52. I love it!!!

  53. 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

  54. 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!!

  55. 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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