Wishing for an Organized Craft Room – Vintage Style

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I hope your week is off to a great start!

The blog has been quiet again for a bit of time.  And, I must confess, it was due to the state of my craft room. It honestly got overwhelming with clutter and disorganization which occurred over time. I have to say that combination is murder to creative energy. And, due to basic life busyness, there it sat….and sat.  Until the kids left to visit their grandparents over Spring Break.

And, I am happy to say, while they were gone, I ruthlessly cleaned/gutted the craft room. Having a deadline seriously made all the difference.  And, what a liberating feeling it is to have a clean, orderly room. Even better than it ever was, because I made an organizational plan…vintage style of course!

I still have a few of those plastic drawer sets that I got from Target years ago, but over time, I hope to replace those as well with some cute vintage dresser drawer sets. Its a work in progress, but at least its functional. 🙂

I’m excited to share with you though the vintage organizers that I did implement. And, I would LOVE if you could share any of the great organization ideas that you have in your craft spaces. Unless I’m the only one who struggles with this? 🙂

So, first….

coke crates

I discovered that vintage Coca-Cola crates make AMAZING holders of vintage ric-rac and seam binding. They fit perfectly in the little cubbies! I was absolutely giddy with excitement on this one, as ric-rac multiplies like crazy and it had also taken over the craft room. So nice to have my favorites all in one place. And, the other not-so-vintage ones are out of the craft room to another home. Because really, how much seam binding/ric-rac does a person need????


vintage briefcases

Sigh, what is not to love about vintage briefcases? And, they looked so nice adorning the top of my bookcase. But, now, they are absolutely functional! One stores Valentine ephemera and the other Christmas ephemera. Now, I just need about 5 more of these for the other ephemera that has now taken home in one of the afore-mentioned plastic Target drawers.

christmas briefcase Valentine briefcase

Moving on…

wooden shelves

Vintage drawers. I think these must be from a card catalog. Again, I will be adding to these too, but this little bunch stores a few of my crafting staples, which apparently is hardware from Making Memories. All about the classics around here. 🙂

Bingo drawer

This bigger vintage drawer holds another crafting staple – vintage Bingo cards. Unlike the ric-rac, a person can never have too many vintage Bingo cards!

bubblegum machine

Vintage syrup bottles, and salt shakers make great storage containers for the little things. And vintage Cracker Jack toys are happy in the bubblegum machine. I have a few more shakers full of glitter. Seriously a fun storage idea!

crate of stamps

A vintage wooden crate stores my go-to stamps. Nice to have them all in one convenient place. Going through the large amount of stamp sets that I have also stored in a huge plastic tub is on the to-do list. But, for now, out of sight, out of mind. The plastic tub is in a deep closet. That’ll be another day.

washi tape box

This little case from the 50s/60s was once for dolls, but now is the perfect home to tape!


Wooden spools of glittery things and festooning. Sigh, love this!

Thank you for allowing me to share my vintage storage with you. And, please share with me any other ideas out there. I’m on an mission now to keep this room organized, and to be very mindful about what comes into this space. As, I’m told, part of organizing is having less to begin with. Holy cow, that’s a big expectation for a vintage crafter!!! But, I will try. 🙂  Think I’ll go sit in my organized space and maybe start creating.

Have a wonderful week!




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10 Responses to Wishing for an Organized Craft Room – Vintage Style

  1. mary tschopp says:

    Hi Michelle,

    How very clever you are! I love the way your crafting supplies are organized! Mary T

  2. Marchelle says:

    I loved your blog this morning. I have to tell you a little story. Just this past Saturday, I went to a yard sale and I bought a vintage looking M&M candy machine. I was sad because it was white and not Red (my fav color for my kitchen and craft studio) But for $2.50 I bought it. I actually intended to use it for M&M’s thinking that instead of grabbing a handful, this would only dispense a few and we would not eat them so fast. LOL……… well, it does not work even though the lady said it did. So I have so much stuff around my house, I thought I would just take it to the Donation place. WELP….thanks to your Blog this morning, I am going to keep my little M&M find and put some type of crafty embellies in it and add it to my Happy Crafty Studio. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Wow, what perfect timing! Those dispensers are really a great size for the little things (oooh, maybe buttons?) and decorative!
      Ha, you are so true….M&M’s should only be eaten by the handfuls. 🙂

      Thank you Marchelle – have a great week!

  3. Becky D says:

    Thanks for sharing Michelle! I too have a love of vintage crafting supplies and vintage in general and I have a few of these things which I will definitely be implementing into my craft room and also now I have a list of things to buy – love the briefcase idea!!! I can’t wait to use that one!

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Hi Becky, glad this gave you some ideas. Its such a nice feeling to put these vintage items to use, and not just display.
      I love the briefcases too – they are just the right size, and stack nicely.
      Be sure to share if you come up with other ideas! We can all learn from each other.

      Have a great week!

  4. deb says:

    Would love to see the entire room!

    • vintagestreetmarket says:

      Hi Deb, now that I’m organized, I can decorate it a bit – the best part!
      I’ll post pics soon. 🙂

  5. Birgit says:

    Hi Deb~ I so enjoyed reading today’s post! I love craft organization, especially when it’s done using vintage goodies!! Just about my entire craft room is organized using vintage finds. I’d love it if you checked it out. The posts are older, but the room is still the same.


    Thanks so much for sharing! Hope to see the entire room sometime!

  6. Great ideas Michelle!!! Love all of them. Hope you are doing good 🙂

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