For some, there are items that just make our hearts beat a little faster and we feel a little happier to have these items around us – and this is how our collection begins!  The fun part is searching for and acquiring the items for our collections, but the challenge comes in how to display them.

While checking out at the grocery store the other day, the clerk mentioned to me that she collects vintage handkerchiefs but keeps them in a box because she doesn’t know how to display them.  This got my mind racing and….tada!  This week’s topic!

Beautiful Ways to Display & Organize Collections

A collection makes the biggest impact when it is grouped together, as opposed to spread throughout the home, because when grouped together:

  1. The individual pieces become more noticeable because they are not lost among other, unrelated items
  2. The pieces look organized and intentional

Find the Right Place

Before you can display your collection, though, the first step is to identify the right spot to showcase it.  You’ll need to take into account the type of collection you have so that you can find the right room to display it.  For example, a collection of vintage lunch boxes might work best in the kitchen.Lunchbox Collection
A glass collection could work well in the dining room.Milk glass collection
And a vintage mirror collection would work well in either a bedroom or bathroom.Vintage Mirror Collection
Once you know where to display your collection, you can move on to how to display it.

Ideas for Displaying Collections

As Art

You can turn your collections into a work of art simply by grouping the pieces together and hanging them directly on the wall.Teacut collection
Or, you can frame your pieces and hang them as a group. Spoon Collection
Either way, be sure to hang the items in a group that can grow so that you are not limited to a defined shape and can add to your collection over time.


On Shelves


Bookcases, dining hutches, cupboards, etc. all make for a great way to group items in a collection together and display them.

Just in case the grocery store clerk is reading this, here's a great way to display vintage handkerchiefs!  By Calsidyrose, via Flickr.
Just in case the grocery store clerk is reading this, here’s a great way to display vintage handkerchiefs! By Calsidyrose, via Flickr.


If your items have a lot of color variation, consider using a colored backdrop to help provide a unifying element (in this case, color).Teapot collection


In Displays

You can great vignettes, or displays, with your items around the home by clustering smaller groupings in one area.Seashell Collection

You can also add other, related items to your display for interest.Nature Collection




Ideas for Organizing

Once you know how you’ll display your collection, give some thought as to how you can organize it within the display, such as by color.  Glass collection by color

By size.  Rolling Pin Collection by Size

Or by shape.Seashell Collection by Shape


Collections can be so much fun and are a great way to let our personalities and our passions shine!  So don’t hide your favorite pieces away or leave them strewn about the house, gather them up and show them off!

Here are some of my other favorite pictures of collections.  Enjoy!


Basket Collection Camera Collection Camera Display in Frame Framed Handkerchief Collection Hat Collection Display Hat Collection Wall Art Hat Collection Vintage Clock CollectionToy Car collection









6 comments on “Beautiful Ways to Display & Organize Collections”

  1. I adore the idea of displaying the cups on the wall. I think I’m going to try that in my house. I liked several of your organizational ideas, as a matter of fact. Many thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  2. I really like the example where everything is ordered by size. If I were to arrange a wall of collectibles I would probably want to start with the bigger stuff and work my up the wall with the smaller collectibles. I’ll have to keep your tips in mind if I ever reorganize my house.

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