Home Décor Inspiration: Vintage Display Shelf

There’s a new piece of décor in my home that has me swooning nonstop: this here vintage wooden display shelf.

I found it at a thrift store, and it was love at first sight. I’ve been looking for one of these for years! I believe it may have originally been used as a printer’s tray, which just adds to the love I have for it. I’ve always had a thing for tiny trinkets, and this display shelf is the perfect way to showcase a whole bunch at once.

Just gather your favorite mini things…


…and set them up as you please. I love how each individual cubby is like its own little world – but still each meshes with those that surround it, creating a little community.


Here’s what I’ve filled my shelf with so far:


Shelves like these are a beautiful decoration in any room of the house, and I love how they give you the ability to showcase so many items at once, and the freedom to rearrange them whenever the mood strikes.


Any of you have one of these in your home? Tell us what you display on it!

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9 years ago

I have been stalking thrift stores for one of these!! Love the way you merchandised it!

9 years ago

I have one of these. I purchased it a few years back. I love displaying my mini trinkets and it’s forever changing depending in my mood or season. I have crystals, mini Buddha, mini seashells, a tiny glass box with a tiny crystal in it. Elephant figurines which I collect and mini bottles. Also one fortune cookie fortune. The drawer/ shelf has a handle with the name Hamilton mfg co.

9 years ago

This is amazing. I’d love one too, as I’m also a trinket kinda girl. I recently bought a friend a little house shelf in a thrift store to display Dutch trinkets, keukenminis!

Warm Regards,

9 years ago

i don’t have one of these in my house, but i have so many little pieces with no great place to display them! this is a great idea!


9 years ago

I have a old stamp drawer I have had for over 25 years. It’s much smaller than this, but it’s VERY similar. Mine just has much smaller boxes and more. Inside there’s a variety of things I’ve collected throughout my entire life. I love it, I will display it for the rest of my life. Mine is very colorful and a great conversation starter at my house.

9 years ago

It’s such an incredible coincidence because I just bought one a vintage letterpress tray this morning!!!! It should be mailed out sometime this week, so now I’m even MORE excited about receiving it!!! After reading your wonderful suggestions, I want to buy another one! I’ll probably post a picture of it on my Instagram account, with my other vintage finds when it comes in the mail. Thank you for sharing!


9 years ago

I have an old wooden display piece just like this and it has been lying next to my bed for weeks! This post totally inspired me to put it up and get my knick-knacks together!! Thank you FP, your’e a life saver (not litterally, but you get it)!

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9 years ago

I love this! I’ve been wanting something similar as a spot for my crystals.

9 years ago

This is wonderful. I’d love to have one of these at my place – I’ll have to keep my eyes open for one!

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Sophia Castano
9 years ago

I use mine on it’s back and display my jewelry in it. It’s a real gem! (pun intended)

9 years ago

I love old printers trays as storage shelves, they never fail to look good! I will one day own one!

9 years ago

Beautiful deco!
I want shelf like this.


9 years ago

All the elderly people I know have one of these in their homes. I didn’t realize it was such a big thing until recently

9 years ago

This designed is perfect, I love it, so i’ve get much more idea from this post to make me home decor too, thank you so much for sharing!

9 years ago

Hello,I just loved each design style. Its so beautiful and stylist. The design idea is very nice and it gives a wow feeling. Thank you for sharing this wonderful post.

9 years ago

Love the way this is styled. I have one on my website for sale right now! Canadian ladies – check it out at http://www.twodotsdesignco.com

9 years ago

I use an old wooden painter’s organizing box and fill it with treasures from travels- shells, rocks, acorns, dried flowes, tears from different paper items… I love it

Brad Hatter
8 years ago

Thank you for this post! Simply impressive. However, there are many types of  home decor to choose from and the task of choosing one can be sometimes overwhelming.

9 months ago

We recently bought our forever home an I will be displaying items I’ve found throughout is entire renovation.