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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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!


  4. 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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  5. 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

  6. 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!

  7. 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

  8. 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.

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