I've had this plastic pink-and-blue kaboodle for many many years. I believe my childhood friend Renee gave it to me some 15 years ago. Amazing how some things stick around you in life. At any rate, I had been thinking for some time that I've outgrown it, that it was a bit childish for someone who's almost (but not quite!) 30.
So off and on I've been looking for a replacement to hold my various little bottles and compacts of makeup that I don't wear, of little grooming tools and colors and adornments. I was kind of resigned to a life of faintly 'ethnic' looking rattan/bamboo/reed bins and boxes like the kind they sell at Target and Cost Plus. That is, until I wandered into Ross the other day.
Ross, you say? Yes, most of the time it is chock-full of dingy, poor quality crap. But every once in a while, it surprises you with a gem. And this day, I found my gem in this good-sized miniature set of apothecary drawers. Or maybe they look more like a library card catalog. At any rate I loved it instantly and knew it had to be mine, whatever the cost (which was not that much).
6 of the drawers are wooden with dainty metal handles and 3 of the drawers are some kind of antiqued base metal. I just love how square it is, and how it seems to fit almost everything perfectly, and how I can separate all my things with such exacting precision. I even got a little drawer denizen, the ceramic white elephant riding on top, to keep it company (also from Ross).
I've also included a picture of the old plastic kaboodle which will soon be making its way to the local Goodwill.