(image via bluebirdheaven)Have you heard of a California job box? I hadn't, although there was one hanging in the kitchen of the house where I grew up. I learned from my dad that its original use as compartmentalized wooden tray was to store all the little metal letter stamps used in a printing press.
My mom used to have one filled with miniatures, which are basically tiny little dollhouse accessories, but it made its way into the attic years ago. She recently took it back out and is now using hers to store all manner of thread.
Kimberly Canale suggests using one to display placecards at an event and has a DIY on her blog.
Etsy seller BlueBirdHeaven creates beautiful jewelry displays out of them.
I love these inventive ways of repurposing... find your own California job box on ebay.