Studio Tour with Connie Mercer

Here’s a big CSI welcome to Connie Mercer.  Connie is a design team member at Vintage Street Market, lives on a ranch in Texas and loves being inspired by her five grandchildren.  Enjoy this  tour of her very vintage studio.

I am so excited to show you my crafty space here on Craft Storage Ideas.  I have always loved old things and the process of finding a treasure.    If it has a story with it, I love it even more.  I started feeling like I wanted to surround myself with “old stuff” after taking an online class with Jenni Bowlin.  She opened my eyes to vintage storage.  Using old salt and pepper shakers for glitter-I loved that idea!!!  It all started with that class.   I have been collecting all my life, so I had lots of vintage cabinets, boxes, bottles, jars, pottery to organize my craft supplies in.   I started by getting rid of as much plastic as I could, and started bringing in items that spoke to me, that inspired me, in my craft.

I used to scrapbook on a plastic fold out table, so when I found this old work table at an antique store, it was loaded up and I think I started looking at things differently that day.  One thing Jenni would say is surround yourself with things that you love and that is what I have done-it is a work in process!  But one thing for sure I love my space , I love how my supplies are stored and I’m inspired to create when I’m in this room!!

Vintage Worktable
A view of the entire studio
More unique storage

1. What kind of budget did you have when organizing your space?

I didn’t really start out with a number in mind, just a plan to surround myself with vintage things that I love, that will inspire me to create ” vintage style”. I counted up what I have spent and it is less than $500. Friends know I love vintage items and I’m given cool stuff all the time.

Tool chest embellishment storage

2. What was/is your greatest challenge?

To remove all the plastic containers from my space. I would love to have all vintage storage (that I can afford) and have a place for. I’m still looking for a storage solution for 12×12 patterned paper that can be organized by manufacture.

A muffin tin holds button flair

3. Are you a “organize it once” kind of girl, or are your storage solutions constantly evolving?

I think I’m constantly on the look out for something better to store my supplies in but still meet my expectations of having a vintage inspired space. I love to go junkin’ so the hunt is on!!

Vintage jars make good storage, and are pretty, too!

4. What is one thing you’d like to improve about your storage/organization?

I scrapbook by manufactures and rarely mix the brands ( but I have) ~ I would love an old store counter that had shelves underneath that would hold my 12×12 paper and had room for the extra embellishments also. I presently keep all my embellishments in separate bins in my closet. I would have it all at my finger tips and that would be perfect for me.

Repurposed Dish Drainer
Paper Storage
Built-in Storage


Connie has done a fantastic job of mixing vintage pieces with new, built-in storage.  Thank you so much for sharing your studio!  Please be sure to visit Connie on her blog at

13 thoughts on “Studio Tour with Connie Mercer”

  1. okay you had be again with the salt shakers. i have vintage salt shakers from around the world that i collected as a child…stored away. now i have a reason to bring them out and use them. Thanks Connie for inspiring me always.

  2. Hi Connie,

    I really love how you decorate and use vintage items to hold your goodies. I am doing the same and enjoy the search for the right item. It’s even better when you’re not even looking and it jumps out at you. Thanks for your wonderful inspiration.

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