Craft Storage: Recycle, Re-purpose & Re-use – Garage Sale Finds Check out three garage sale finds that are ideal for storing crafting supplies!
It’s Amanda here!
I’m back to share with you some great storage ideas for your crafty space!
It’s summer and every weekend you see garage sale signs all over the place.
The saying goes that one person’s trash is another person’s treasure.
Well, there are hidden gems that you can frequently find at garage sales and I have three ideas
I’d like to share with you today.
This wooden toolbox is great for keeping brushes, paint and paint misters handy,
right on your work table.
And, if you need the space, it’s easy to move to another location – just grab
the big handle on top.
This would also work great to hold jars of your most frequently used tools like scissors,
pencils, a ruler, glue and more!
Next up is a vintage metal tool box.
This is the kind of toolbox that you would expect to see in a home or a garage.
I just love the vintage look!
This keeps my jewelry-making tools corralled and in a handy spot right next to my beads.
If I want to work somewhere else in the house, it’s easy to close the lid and transport my tools wherever I need to go.
Now, if you’re looking for a great way to display some of your crafty goodness, look no further than a wooden DVD storage cabinet!
This cabinet was originally designed to hang vertically, but I added some little angle brackets from the hardware store, along with some screws and anchors, and I have a shelf that fits perfectly above my book case and allows me to display some of my carefully crafted projects.
You could, of course, use this method to store just about anything on a shelf, all from something you can pick up at a garage sale for a few bucks.
So, when you’re out prowling around garage sales (and flea markets, yard sales and vintage fairs) keep an eye out for things that can be used as crafting supplies, tools and projects storage.
Shiny and new is nice, but when you’re on a budget, it’s nice to find storage solutions with character that work for your space.
I hope I’ve inspired you to think outside the box and re-purpose something that works great for you!
As some of you might have seen, we recently announced that Craft Storage Ideas (CSI) was for sale.
Our goal was to find a new owner for CSI, someone we felt confident could not only carry on with delivering great organizing information and inspiration, but grow CSI to include even more craft storage information and inspiration…for YOU!
Of course, making the decision to let our “baby” go was not arrived at easily – we have really loved running CSI and getting to know so many of you, our amazing readers.
And of course, we’ve also really enjoyed working with our amazing contributors:
Stephanie Hackney (a.k.a. Steph), a former professional organizer, long-time craft industry trade columnist, crafting addict and fearless leader of PaperCrafter’sCorner is taking over!
Steph reached out to us when she heard CSI was for sale and, based on what we’ve seen her accomplish with PaperCrafter’s Corner since she took it over in 2013, we feel very comfortable handing over the care and feeding of CSI to her as we move onto new ventures.
We know she has lots of ideas to further enhance the CSI experience for you and to provide you with even more organizing information and inspiration.
Now don’t worry, Steph and her team are not planning on eliminating any of what you’ve grown to love about CSI – their goal is to give you even more of what you love!
It’s time for a new organizing and crafting addict to bring her energy, excitement, craft industry experience & business savvy to CSI!
Steph’s super excited to get to know all of you and to bring even more cool stuff to the CSI community.
Steph’s Thoughts on CSI
“I have long admired Craft Storage Ideas as a valuable resource for crafters, from the time of its founding by Susan Mintmire and Rebecca Boyer, to the present, under the leadership of Noelle McAdams and Shelley Walsh.
It has been fun to see CSI evolve as Noelle and Shelley took over – I know they and the CSI contributors have worked hard to ensure that visitors to the CSI site (and associated social media pages) always found valuable content, a positive experience, and a reason to return again and again.
My team and I intend to expand the CSI offering by making necessary behind-the-scenes changes and enhancements (some of which have already taken place), and adding both new functionality and new information based largely on what the CSI community tells us it wants (yes, this is YOUR chance to make your voice heard – let us know what YOU want to find at CSI!).
The CSI contributors (who I’m happy to report are staying on!) will work hard to provide you with even more information, more inspiration and, hopefully, even more fun than what you’ve already experienced as a fan of CSI!
It is our goal to build on what Susan, Rebecca, Noelle and Shelley have created for you and to make the CSI offering even better!”
As you can imagine, handing over something we’ve worked hard on has been a bit bittersweet.
But it was time, and we believe CSI is in good hands!
We look forward to seeing CSI grow and prosper and we wish you all well.
So, what will we be doing now?
“I will be keeping up with my hubby, our active lifestyle, my teaching and theater schedules, and my 3 busy boys! I sure have loved running this site, the fantastic contributors I’ve worked with over the years, and all the wonderful readers. I will miss you, CSI, and am so excited to see what comes next for you. My life is wonderfully full of other important things right now. I am closing my personal blog for the time being, but I will forever be a crafter. In fact, I am at a weekend scrapbook retreat as we speak!”
“I will be continuing work with my Etsy shop, There Be Unicorns, that I run with my best friend. We sell hand-painted housewares, original paintings, crocheted items and other fun things, and I look forward to putting more energy into it. 🙂 I will also, be continuing my work as a freelance graphic designer, and spending some much needed time with my husband. I’ve had so much fun working with CSI and can’t wait to see what comes next!!”
We know you’ll support Stephanie and CSI moving forward – Steph & the team are going to work hard for you and we’re sure you’ll be thrilled with the CSI of the future.