Collecting Collectables for a Printer Drawer

My Printer Drawer with the collection so far

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What is a Printer Drawer?

"Wait until you see what I've got, you'll want one"

That's what my sister informed me on the telephone before we arrived. Yes, that had me sitting up and taking notice!

She led me into the sitting room and there it was on the wall, she proudly pointed at it and announced my 'Printer Drawer'

Initially I was taken aback, not sure what I was expecting but this was quite a surprise.

My sister explained she had some small pill boxes she wanted to display, but wasn't sure how and after searching on the internet for ideas, found that people were buying old printer drawers and using the little compartments to display small items.

It grabbed my interest immediately and I found my curiousity aroused looking at all the little trinkets she had displayed on there.

Years ago, the different letterpress letters would be placed in the small compartments for typesetting. These drawers have stayed in remarkably good condition over the years, they were beautifully made. Although they are drawers and were used horizontally, they work perfectly upright hung on a wall.

Searching on the internet later myself I found that people did indeed use them to collect all kinds of things!

I had to have one......

A Printer Drawer purchased

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My Printer Drawer

I started my search on the internet and found printer drawers were indeed very popular and there are quite a few websites that sell them.

However, they varied in condition and I decided I would prefer to actually see the drawer before I purchased it, also taking postage into consideration that bumped the price up and I do like to get a bargain wherever I can! I decided to scour the antique shops and flea markets.

I found one in an antique shop, bigger than I had innitally intended but I liked the price £30.00 and bought it.

Of course, after fitting a couple of small wall brackets the drawer is ready to go, but I decided to put 'my mark' on it so to speak!

I removed the metal facing and handle and sanded it smooth and then stained it. It took a couple of coats and was rather time consuming getting into all the little corners, but I felt it was worthwhile.

You can display your drawers horizontally or vertically which ever suits your chosen position best.

Finding Collectables for your Printer Drawer

Now for the fun bit!

If like me you are working to a budget, you may want to give the antique shops a miss, they can be a little pricey. Understandably so, they have their outgoings and they know what they are selling.

Believe me, you are more likely to get a bargain from a flea market, or boot sale and it's far more satisfying to pay just a few pence for something.

I have bought things that I haven't understood what they are, but they just seem a little different, perhaps heavier than they should be or perhaps there is a hole there for something?

The following two photos are a good example.

Pencil Sharpener and Bottle Opener

Play Me Stove Pencil Sharpener
Play Me Stove Pencil Sharpener | Source
Gravity Operated White Label Scotch Bottle Opener
Gravity Operated White Label Scotch Bottle Opener | Source
Gravity Operated White Label Scotch Bottle Opener
Gravity Operated White Label Scotch Bottle Opener | Source

The Printer Drawer is an investment

I paid just a few pence for the Play Me stove pencil sharpener and Black & White gravity bottle opener.

And what fun it is to return home with the goods, do the research on the internet and find that they are collectables and worth pounds not pence - so quite a profit and investment.

A Few of my Purchased Collectable Bargains

Turedo cocktal skewers with enamelled handles
Turedo cocktal skewers with enamelled handles | Source
Small handbag that opens
Small handbag that opens | Source
Key Brooch
Key Brooch | Source
Small brass items including a miners lamp
Small brass items including a miners lamp | Source

Memories

Initially I thought it a good idea to display items I have tucked away in drawers, mostly of sentimental value, but previously I had nowhere to display them.

We have displayed my dancing medals, my husband's football medal and his Grandad's WW1 army cap badge, my Granny's brooch and ring. How lovely it is to see them displayed there, they all hold precious memories to us.

There are lots of compartments to fill, over 100 in total. Printer drawers come in all sizes and you can get them much smaller.


The Collecting Begins

Unusual Thimble
Unusual Thimble | Source
Murano Glass and other small items - the key in the foreground gives an idea of size.
Murano Glass and other small items - the key in the foreground gives an idea of size. | Source
Just a few of the thimbles
Just a few of the thimbles | Source
Laurel & Hardy thimble
Laurel & Hardy thimble | Source

A New Hobby

If you are looking for a new hobby or interest, I would recommend buying a printer drawer.

Collecting is exciting and rewarding and soon becomes addictive fun!

There are thousands of small collectable items suitable for a printer drawer out there, it's great fun finding something that little bit special.

I love cleaning my newly purchased items and seeing them shine!

Researching on the internet for what to buy and also reserching what you have bought, you may be, like me pleasantly surprised.

Happy collecting!

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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

I am going to come back later and have a good read. For now I want to say 'Welcome Back"


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Mike, it's great to see you!

I am hoping I might be over my writers block and It feels so good to be back.

Best wishes Lesley


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Just Ask Susan 2 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Oh I so want a printer drawer. I'll be on the hunt for one right away. What a great way to display all those little trinkets. Nice to see you back!


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Susan, it's lovely to see you - I hope all is well with you.

It's good to be back.

Hope you find a printer drawer!


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

My youngest has one of these. There are tiny figurines in it. What a nice article that will add hours of entertainment as each printer drawer takes on its own personality.


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purl3agony 2 years ago from USA

I love the look of printers drawers, and your's is quite large. What a lucky find! I love all the little items you've collected to display in your drawer/rack.

I have a similar item - it's actually a segmented box that held large glass slides. I got it at a museum I used to work at. The cubby holes are all the same size and large enough to hold a tea cup or small vase. I haven't filled mine yet but can't wait to start looking for special items. Great hub!


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Natashalh 2 years ago from Hawaii

What cool things! Man, I do not need one of these because I already enjoy collecting random stuff far too much. =p


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

What an interesting hobby. I have no more room for anything! but I really like yours. Good to see you back writing. Thank you...


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi again Mike

Yes, the printer drawer is an ideal way to display small items.

I have seen some where people have inserted small hooks in the little compartments and displayed necklaces and earrings.

A great idea, but I would need more jewellery for certain!

Take care Mike, best wishes Lesley


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Stephanie Henkel 2 years ago from USA

I love miniatures and your printer drawer looks like the perfect place to display them! What fun! I enjoyed seeing your collection of thimbles and the other interesting items you found to fill the little cubby holes. Now I'll be checking out the flea markets to see if I can find a reasonably priced printer drawer for myself.


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi purl3agony, yes initially I thought I would never fill all the compartments, but they are filling up nicely!

I keep replacing items with new finds too, so it's constantly changing.

Thank you for your comments they are much appreciated,

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Natashalh

Yes once you start collecting it becomes quite addictive, I am already thinking about where I might put a second drawer!

Many thanks for your comments.

Enjoy your day, best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Ruby, how nice to see you - I hope all is well with you.

It feels good to be back here at hubpages and seeing all my old friends again, thank you for dropping by.

Take care, Lesley


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hello Stephanie, I hope you manage to find a printer drawer, yes they are ideal to display minatures - Happy collecting, have fun!

Thank you so much for dropping by, your visit is much appreciated.

Have a great day, best wishes Lesley


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Hi Leslie,

You have been missed and I'm so happy to see you.

My writing studio has a 'crazy collection' of shadow boxes I have collected along the way...mostly at flea markets...and, yes, one of my favorites is a printer drawer (got on vacation at Tilghman Island for $15)

I have little treasures from life's journey, including pins and small angels from both Mom and my Mom-in-law...your collection is lovely and thank you for sharing with us.

Love and hugs, Maria


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Movie Master 2 years ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi Maria, it's been a long time but it's good to be back, thank you so much for visiting.

I hope all is well with you, I'll drop by later.

Have a wonderful day, best wishes Lesley


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teaches12345 2 years ago

I love your collectibles. I have a few thimbles my mom gave me years ago. I treasure them dearly. Thanks for the lovely thoughts.


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tirelesstraveler 2 years ago from California

Now you've got me thinking. I have lots to exhibit:)


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bdegiulio 2 years ago from Massachusetts

Hi Lesley, what a joy to see you back here. I hope all is well. And what a great hub to return with. I now want a printer drawer. Welcome back.


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Movie Master 23 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi teaches, thank you so much for visiting, I have only just found your comment! My collection has almost doubled already!

I hope all is well with you.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 23 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi tirelesstraveler, it's addictive and it's fun!

Thanks for reading, your comments are much appreciated.

Best wishes Lesley


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Movie Master 23 months ago from United Kingdom Author

Hi bdeguilio

Thank you so much for your lovely comments, They mean a lot to me.

I hope all is well with you.

Best wishes Lesley

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