Mine serves a different purpose, hung on a wall to display old and new little treasures, none of which have any real value apart from sentimental or whimsical. I parted with a good portion of its contents not long ago to help supply my daughter’s newly remodeled dollhouse, so it’s sparser than it once was. I view that as an opportunity to go hunting for replacements. Other petite mementos and perhaps some new miniatures will find a home there, and become part of a hodge-podge of odds and ends that only look right together when gathered there. Where else would a Smurf look like he belongs with your grandmother’s porcelain brooch?
If this intrigues you and you love miniatures like I do, you can pick up one of these printer’s boxes on eBay or in antique stores fairly inexpensively. They look lovely done in a sophisticated manner or a somewhat goofy one like mine. They’re as personal as what you fill them with. And if you stop by my house and take a close look and see something you like in it, tell me. I’ve been known to send these little items home with admirers. It brings a smile to someone’s face, and opens up a vacancy begging to be occupied by whatever strikes my fancy.