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    I love Altoid tins -

    They make the excellent containers for a mini-sewing kit, holding bobbins or pins -

    They are small enough to tuck in my purse and large enough to hold the basics for a hand sewing project - small scissors, needles, thread, thimble, pins - band-aids -

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    Me too! My husband also uses them for his fountain pen "stuff."

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    yep, the little mints container is what i use.

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    last year I found someone on etsy that covered them in clay, I bought 3 as gifts. very pretty
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    I love them to hold all kinds of things, but I hate the mints so only
    buy empty tins at yard sales whenever I can.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Quiltaddict View Post
    I love them to hold all kinds of things, but I hate the mints so only
    buy empty tins at yard sales whenever I can.
    me too! They burn my tongue. All flavors. Went to dermatologist before I figured out what the problem was. Tins good though.
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    That's funny! Because I was just thinking yesterday that I needed to hunt one or two down for a sewing kit to keep in the trailer (if it *ever* gets finished... I'm trying so hard to be patient!). I love them for their storage possibilities!

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    Tea bags fit perfectly in those tins! Better than being mushed at the bottom of a purse.
    "A woman is like a tea bag-you can't tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water." Eleanor Roosevelt

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    I use them to hold needles, used rotary blades, used and broken needles

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    I have started using the hard case glasses holders. They are perfect for holding all the necessaries for hand work as well as my crochet hook and a pair of nail clippers! I even got a case at a yard sale recently for just 50 cents!
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    I also have a few of the Whitman's chocolate sampler tins. They are about the same size, and are prettier than the Altoids! I'm not sure if they are still making them. Check the drug stores and Walmart.
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    Love the tins , but hate the mints getting to the tins.

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    One of my previous bosses "dipped" so he had all of these cute little tins. I asked him for them, so he gave me quite a few. I use them to separate my different types of straight pins (the ones that I have in small quantities) and write the content on the edge with a magic marker. They are so useful!

    I also use those flip up type gum containers for safety pins, etc.

    I love to "recycle" for my own use!

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    Friend of mine gets a lot of the tins. Her daughter just loves those mints. They upset my stomach. I have a couple so I just put the mints in a cute little candy dish I found at an estate sale and gave it to her.
    You can go to the craft store and buy sticky magnetic strips (business card size) and attach to the bottom of the tins. It'll keep the pins from flying when you open them.
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    They hold bobbins, too.
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    I just can't throw them away. Even the tiny ones are great for holding paperclips for EPP kits.

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    I bought 1 that size at a candy store a long time ago because it had a sewing motif on the lid. I keep extra needles, scissors, thread and the little leather dots to use as a thimble in mine. I put the magnetic business card in the top so I could put a used or broken needle under it. Then I could put it in my used needle/pin container at home.
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    Love the idea of the mint tins. I use the "gum" tins for my sewing and needle point supplies. I can even get a small 6" ruler and marking pens in that one. Too big for my purse, but just the right size for my little sewing tote.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    They make the excellent containers for a mini-sewing kit, holding bobbins or pins -

    They are small enough to tuck in my purse and large enough to hold the basics for a hand sewing project - small scissors, needles, thread, thimble, pins - band-aids -
    Have you seen the mini tins? I have only found them at Family Dollar. They are awesome as well.
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    If the manufacturer of Altoids knew all of the fantastic things that can be done with their tins they'd start charging more. So shhhhh don't tell. I have them all over the house doing many organizational things. love 'em.
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    I keep my altoid tins for straight pins too as well as my mini sewing kit when I hand sew my binding on while watching TV at night. Keep a pair of mini snips, bobbins of thread, needle and straight pins. Can close it when done for the night so Kitty doesn't play with it.
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    good idea!

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    I like the Godiva Pearls container. I buy the chocolate just to get the container. Altoids are too strong smelling for me but I like the tins after they have been aired out a long time.
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    And, there's that wonderful product at some quilting stores...Lavishea Lotion Bar. It comes in a little round tin (could put in used 45mm rotary blades (not sure it will fit 60mm yet). I've purchased 2 and they last a long time. The first scent was Lavender and I'm using Plumeria.........love them. My hands are always so dry....so this is in my sewing room then in my purse when we travel.......Plus the tins are CUTE!

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