Continuing the eBay trawl for purpose-built furniture, I came across some smaller pieces that hold drawers. This first box caught my eye because it's kind of like a Systainer for the Amish. I can't decide if it's furniture or a toolbox, but the idea of having drawers you can move over to your project holds a certain appeal.
I have a feeling this piece is a one-off, because the design is peculiarly inconsistent—while there's decorative trim around the top and bottom edges, the square cut-out for the handle is a bit too austere to match. The chunky handle does seem good and functional, but I'd prefer there were handles on the side instead, so that you could have three of these and stack them. But perhaps I'm just projecting modern tool storage principles on an object coming from a time when you only needed six small drawers (it's double-sided, see the mirror shot) to hold your stuff.
This next item might not be purpose-built for sewing at all; I thought it might be a jewelry box.
There is no mirror, but the green felt area seems like a place where you lay earrings out. The lock on the front is another giveaway, although maybe it's just to keep small children away from needles and scissors.
Regardless of what the object was originally for, it's depicted in the photos as being ideal for holding sewing notions and all the attendant tools of the trade.
The drawers are removeable, if absent a convenient carrying handle, so they can be individually toted over to your project area. But the interior means of applying order to separate spools is non-existent.
The next piece, my favorite out of this bunch, has a better system for organizing spools. At first glance it's just a simple-looking endtable or nightstand...
...but a suitcase-style top opens to reveal dedicated troughs for spools in what looks to be a plastic tray.
The inside of the lid features spring-clips to hold...something, I'm not sure what. Any experienced sewists have any idea? They seem to occupy too small a space to hold hand tools, and the regularity of their placement suggests they hold items of a uniform size.
Sewing Furniture, Part 1: Hideaway Desk
Sewing Furniture, Part 2: Fold-Out Baskets