I got the original hinged one on Ebay for less than the current one, actually. You might want to check Ebay now, because you'll get better secondary prices while AG is still selling a version.
Anyway, I like it because it holds all my Josefina stuff (except the bigger furniture and the doll) and it makes the collection seem really...historical somehow. Like seeing everything in one place, in a big carved trunk, makes it seem like a real person's trunk someone found. It's kind of satisfying.