I decided to fill it with some of the shells and sea ephemera that Nate and I have collected over the last few years. These wee items come from India, Cuba, the Caribbean, The Bay of Fundy, and Lake Erie, respectively. I've always had trouble displaying them since so many of the shells are finger-nail tiny. (I have a thing for things in miniature. Don't know why.)
Anyway, I think I've found a good solution. Here's the display case, filled with shells, currently in my bedroom. (You can see a bit of my "I heart NY" tee reflected in the shot. Oops!)
The painting is another thrifted find I picked up on my recent road trip to the East Coast.
The next time you go thrifting, keep your eyes peeled for one of these babies. They're a neat way to make small objects seem special. (Thanks for the inspiration, Jen!)