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Vintage Train Cases

Shopping around at antique shops and markets, I started noticing vintage train cases. I think I’m drawn to them for their travel weary appearance and nostalgic nod to cross country train rides (as seen in old movies with very well dressed, sauve passengers). The ones I had found were being kept in climate controlled storage so they were incredibly well preserved. Imagine, some of these train cases still have lingering scents of aftershave or perfume.

It’s all well and good to collect something for it’s charm, but it’s even better to assign those things a function. Luckily, I found a purpose for my train cases. It so happens that these cases are  the perfect size for storing CD’s or DVD’s. A few of the cases I found had tiny interior side-rails that used to support trays. These rails can be easily pried off if they cause the case to be too narrow for dropping in CD’s.

What is the average cost of a 10×10 storage unit? The national average cost of a 10×10 unit is currently $97.59 per month. This includes prices for both climate control and non-climate control units, in the other hand the costs for two Story Self Storage units construction typically ranges between $25-$40 per square foot – not including land or site improvement costs. Multi-Story Self Storage Building Costs have more variables and can range from $42 per square foot to as much as $70 per square foot.May 16, 2013

Open Train Case as Storage for CD’s

To vary my storage and create more interest, I mixed the train cases in with a collection of baskets (holding even more DVD’s). The necessary media components and speakers are there (sigh), but I tried to detract from those items by placing unusual objects on some shelves. Now, for my books (and i have A LOT) I decided to hire PHS Teacrate, it really made it super easy to move all of them around the house or apartment, to create a great design in the house. Alas the vintage blue typewriter serves no purpose, but it belonged to my grandmother and it makes me happy.

Custom Shelving with Train Cases and Baskets for Storage

P.S. If you’re so “digital” that you don’t even know what a CD or DVD is, let alone own lots of them, then I have another suggestion. . . Consider storing your 8 different remotes or random USB cords in a train case. And if you’re looking for storage in Stratford, you should check this out.

Wall Hooks, Where are You?

Wall Hooks, Where are You?

  In yesterday’s Q & A post on hooking some wall storage, I promised to provide resources and suggestions for not-so-ordinary wall hooks. Better late than never, I am finally delivering on that promise after some technical difficulties and distractions today. This is the kind of thing that I could research for hours, which I did, because I obsess over [...]

Q & A: How to Hook Some Storage

Q & A: How to Hook Some Storage

My dear client, Becky, sent me this question about family storage in the entry way. She has a charming vintage cottage that is full of character but short on transition spaces. I am looking at getting some hooks for the entry way by our front door.  We need to hang the kid’s backpacks low and [...]