Little Joe, The Repurposed Stamp Collector

Little Joe started out as a sweet vintage boxed set of finger paints that I picked up at the flea market on Sunday for $2. Not only is the box darling, get a load of those little paint pots with the sweet green lids and Little Joe’s little face.
I took out the paint rocks (hardened finger paints from, what- the 50s?), soaked the little pots to clean ’em up, and packed them full of colorful vintage postage stamps I’ll eventually use for collage.
I printed out some little vintage-style labels in green to match and labeled each jar by color of stamps.
Don’t you just love matching things in a row? Maybe it’s just me.
I’ll use the colorful empty box to store the hundreds of unsorted stamps I don’t have the patience to go through.
By the way, speaking of cool labeled things in a row, check out what JSIM reader, Megan, did with THESE free digital download labels!

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15 Responses to Little Joe, The Repurposed Stamp Collector

  1. #1 - Mel says:

    Great way to store and be stylish!
    Love it!

  2. #2 - Gail says:

    O.K.,
    Those are just flippin' adorable!!! Aren't you too clever!

  3. #3 - Nadine says:

    Very cute…I love using vintage items to hold my treasures!

    ~Nadine

  4. #4 - La Table De Nana says:

    I love those vintage packages,,loved Colorforms as a child:)and my paper dolls~

  5. #5 - Judy says:

    That was a real great find for $2. Love the little containers!

  6. #6 - marysworkshop says:

    Love the "Little Joe's" all in a row! I love how you see the potential in everything, Cathe.

  7. #7 - Jenn Klee says:

    These are just awesome!

  8. #8 - Karen says:

    Very cute! What did you do with the box? That was cute, too! Karen

  9. #9 - nomadcraftsetc says:

    I collect stamps too and never thought about doing it this way. Great idea! :)

  10. #10 - sea-blue-sky & abstracts says:

    Yes, Cathe I do love matching things up together in a row I just never achieve it and so look to you!!!

  11. #11 - sea-blue-sky & abstracts says:

    Yes, Cathe I do love matching things up together in a row I just never achieve it and so look to you!!!

  12. #12 - laurie - magpie ethel says:

    This project has my name all over it. I am a complete sucker for any container with those adorable vintage graphics…and little Joe is a gem! Absolutely a great find and A+ on this project!

  13. #13 - the undomesticated wife says:

    How cool! The stamps remind me of my grandfather..he used to collect them for years and years. Cute little storage, too!

  14. #14 - Tracy @ comfortandluxury says:

    Very clever! omg… something ELSE I have to keep an eye out for at the flea market… little jars inside a little box…

  15. #15 - Kristine says:

    I love vintage everything! Do you know where I can get hold of some vintage stamps?