Easy and interesting Hot Wheels shelves

I've been meaning to post this for a while, but Kinja mobile has been kicking my ass. I finally got a chance to sit down at my actual computer, so here you go. Sorry the potato pics are rather crap. One of these day's I'll take some better pictures of the collection to share.

I don't know how many 64th scale die-casts I have, but its a crap ton. Waaayyyy more than you'll see in these pictures. I'm not much into leaving cars in their cards, I have for some, but most are loose. As you all know, displaying them properly can be a really big pain in the butt. I'm too cheap to buy pre-made display shelves, and those always look annoyingly sterile to my anyways. I had a couple of these printing press drawers kicking around for years, and then one day it finally hit me. Turn them sideways and hang them on the wall, and you have an instant die-cast shelf! They even look cool enough that my wife let me hang them in our office, instead of relegating them to the basement.

Easy and interesting Hot Wheels shelves

You can usually pick these up for $15-20 a piece at junk shops and swap meets. Antique stores often have them as well, although they're usually asking $25-30 a piece. I picked up the small one for $10. It's slots are a little shorter, so all of my shortest diescast ended up in it. My small collection of HO scale (I think, I'm not a model train guy) cars fit nicely in there too. All of them have slots that are too small for any Hot Wheels, so I use those to display my old Micro Machines (I wish they still made those!). There are a couple of dividers in my shelves that are cracked in half, if you look closely, that's where my Micro Machines motorcycles are parked.

I get a lot of complements on these. Even people who aren't into cars at all like the way these look. Some of you OCD types may be bothered by the fact that several of the cars have their outside wheels hanging off, and so the car is resting on its chassis. This doesn't bother me, but if you like a more orderly display, then this might not be the solution for you.