A Place for Everything

I’ve amassed a lot of jewelry over the years, but despite my impressive collection, I always seem to wear the seem ten or so pieces over and over again. Not anymore! My new display keeps once-forgotten rings and necklaces right out in the open so they can get the attention they deserve.

Antique Letterpress Tray Jewelry Storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

Antique Letterpress Tray Jewelry Storage by somethingwewhippedup.com

I found this antique letterpress tray at a local flea market. After a through cleaning by a good friend (thanks, BG) I had 196 cubbies to keep all of my jewelry neatly organized. I try to keep silver pieces in one side and gold on the other, but even if it all gets a bit jumbled, it’s easier than sorting through a traditional jewelry box.

Though the tray would work just as well resting on a dresser, mine is secured onto an iron base I picked up at a salvage yard. I have no idea what its original intention was, but I’m quite happy with how we’re using it.

SWWU Tip 1: You can find vintage letterpress trays all over the place: garage sales, salvage yards, antique stores and on websites like Etsy and eBay

SWWU Tip 2: It’s best to keep only everyday jewelry organized out in the open like this. I still keep my special pieces locked up in a safe place. 

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3 thoughts on “A Place for Everything

  1. Hi! I picked up two of these drawers at a salvage shop but I have NO idea how to clean them out. What method did you and your friend use?

    • Cleaning the drawers is easy, it just takes a bit of time. My friend and I used a method similar to the one I used to clean a bunch of wooden crates I have as well. The cleaning process is outlined in step 1 here:

      You may also want to use a toothbrush to help loosen the dust and dirt from all the nooks and crannies before you start. Good luck!

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