Friday, May 14, 2010

Storage Worth Coveting

And it's on sale at Collector's Cabinets.  Whoo hoooo!  Read through to the end and I'll point you in the right direction.  :)

A couple of weeks ago I did a post about collecting versus hoarding.  I made reference to my substantial bead "collection" (not "hoard" haaaaaaaaa) and got a comment back to show some of them off.  Well, in lieu of showing the beads in detail, I want to show you how I store them!  These are hand-crafted specially-made cabinets that have spaces for plastic trays that hold just about everything! 
  I divide the drawers up into colors (I looooove my label maker) and then use the stackable little beading bins that can screw together as the spaces for each type of bead or bead mix.  I can include the pricetag in the little bin so I have the values or I put it on a label on that particular bin.  If there is a weird stone or source that are particular to that particular set of beads, I either label it or just slip a little note of paper into the bin.  I do the same with any artisan beads so I can give credit to the right artists.  The drawers are deep enough that I can take the plastic drawers from a hardware set (like you would get from Lowe's to put screws or nails or whatever in) that can hold larger bead sets or just larger items in general.

And, as you can see below, you can take the trays out to work with.  Or, if you need to take beads with you to a class or a friend's house for a big bead night, you can just screw the little bins together and voila, you have transportable storage!

Why the sudden interest in storage?  Well, I want more. More trays and more pretty cabinets!  I went back to my source:  Collector's Cabinets.  I've been chatting back and forth with Sharon, who owns the business with her husband, Dan, to come up with the perfect solution for what I want to store, in the space that I'll have (in my new tiny apartment) and for the price I can handle.

Well, Sharon is looking to sell...they are ready to sell the business, so they're trying to liquidate all the plastic storage trays and to help with that, they've put all the custom woodworking on sale, too.  Here's just a little clip from their homepage at  I would highly recommend checking out the site and giving Sharon a call if you're in the market for furniture to outfit your workshop or crafting area.  Or if you're up for a new business opportunity!!  :)


  1. Wow! Super fancy!

    I have seen the ads before and always thought that they were fabulous.

  2. Amazing storage...and stash!
    I have checked them out. I will again. Of course, I have my "Hamilton" that is in the process of getting a new life with a good cleaning and a fresh coat of paint for the drawers. But this is fabulous! Enjoy the day! Erin

  3. I can not believe those are all of your beads!! OMG...I do think the "H" word fits you well. I love the storage cases...just perfect!

  4. Yep--I definitely have lust, envy and jealousy going on in my head and heart! Thanks for the info!

  5. OMG! I NEED one! no, seriously, it's not that I love it or anything (which I do) I really NEED it - my studio is a hodge podge of a mess.

    Help! I'm drowning in beads (but what a way to go!)



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