Today's Nifty Notion is a little item I received in a monthly quilting subscription box a few months ago. The It's So Emma's Mini Stash 'n Store.
To be honest this is one of those things I would never buy since I tend to lean toward being cheap, practical and more of re-purpose kind of gal. So it was quickly tucked away in a drawer. Earlier this week while searching for another forgotten item I stumbled upon The Mini Stash 'n Store and thought it was time put this little gal to work. With quick grab of a few items for a photo shoot I was loving how well it held the notions.
Where will I use and what will it replace? Here's my current little container beside my sewing machine, it holds everything I need and there's room for more. This green container was a 50 cent thrift store find. Functional, cute and cheap that's how I roll.
Now I don't have to tell you that all these items are not going to fit in to the Mini Stash 'n Store. But lets give it a go anyway just for giggles.
To my surprise all but one item fit. There's even enough room left for a few more items.
The Stash 'n Store seemed a little top heavy so I pushed it a little farther back on the table so it would be supported by the basket.
Sigh....And then this happened when trying to remove the tweezers. Ugg...This isn't a good fit for the Stash 'n Store.
My next thought was " It can't fall on the floor if it's inside the basket". I've just the place that she might be of use. Below is a basket at the end of my cutting table. At the end of the basket is a coffee mug filled with a little bit of everything. Yes, there are multiples of several items and that is intentional. If I lose a pen or pencil while designing and taking notes, I just grab another until I clear off the table and expose the other or others.
I think I could make all of this fit in all the little holes of the Stash 'n Store but with each additional item it would over load it and make the items to hard to remove. It would also make it harder to put the item back in the Stash 'n Store. I would need to dramatically reduce the amount of items to make the Mini Stash 'n Store work in my basket. Well that's not going to happen. Anyway, I really love the yellow coffee mug. It's another thrift store find for about 50 cents.
Maybe a larger Stash store would better but honestly I think it would take up far more space than my yellow mug and not be as efficient, effective and convenient. Then I thought maybe this Stash 'n Store is more for looks, a display piece instead of being functional. It would be really cute in a more modern sewing room on a shelf with some cute little notions that are rarely used sticking out of it.
I suppose it could be nice to set on the end table when I'm doing hand sewing. It could hold a small pair of scissors, needles(maybe) and a small spool of thread(not likely). Nah, it's just not functional in my world. I like my little bowl with a lid that can be tossed in the end table drawer when not in use.
As I removed the items from the Stash 'n Store the darn thing came apart! Is this a design flaw or does it need to come apart for some unknown reason? Now that it's apart maybe a piece of lead in the bottom would help make it a little more stable. It's easier and cheaper to stick with my cute little thrift store finds. This little gal is going to a new home this week. Maybe my best quilting buddy, Bev, will find it more useful than I. If not she can pass it along to someone else.
At about $8 each it seems a little over priced to me since it doesn't really do much. But remember I'm cheap.
2. Ease of use
Yes it was easy to use. Just stick whatever will fit in it and hope you can get it out without picking up the whole thing.
No, I feel like this item made reaching for a tool more difficult.
It held the items well, almost to well. Some items came out fine and others would stick and I would need to use both hands to remove them from the Stash 'n Store.
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