Because I’m addicted to shopping at flea markets and thrift stores, I’m constantly at risk of acquiring too much stuff. If it’s vintage and really cool looking, I’m compelled to rescue it. And because I’m afraid of showing up on an episode of “Hoarding:Buried Alive” one day, I have vowed to control myself by limiting my purchases to things I know I can either resell, will absolutely wear or can actually use for some practical purpose, thereby justifying my decision to drag home, yet again, another “interesting” find.
Of course, I also like the idea that I’m preserving a piece of history and instead of going to Bed, Bath and Beyond or Home Goods to buy some cheaply made imported storage container or what have you, I can make use of a really unique vintage object to suit the same purpose.
So in this post I wanted to show you some of the ways I re-purpose some of my favorite vintage finds.
This is one of my favorite ideas and also one of my all time favorite finds. Using vintage suitcases for storage. My set of 1960s faux leopard suitcases are not only a great place to store clothes I don’t wear that often, but it makes for a very attractive display in my bedroom. Oh yeah, and when I found that pair of vintage red velvet slippers I just knew that’s where they needed to live when I wasn’t wearing them!
VINTAGE VANITY TRAYS
I guess I love these because of the childhood memories. My Mom had one on top of her dresser. I used to think all the pretty cologne and perfume bottles sitting on top of the fancy tray was soooo glamorous! But I use mine to store my vintage brooch collection. They’re right out where they are easy for me to see and choose. I also have one on my bathroom vanity to keep a glass, toothbrush holders, soap dish, etc.
And since I’m on the subject of jewelry……
VINTAGE GUEST TOWEL HOLDERS
I had a heck of a time finding good ways to store my necklaces and bracelets. That is until I found this mid-century guest towel rack/holder thingie. It works perfectly for hanging them so they don’t get all tangled and it’s cute to boot.
VINTAGE SEWING CADDIES
So what if I already had a perfectly lovely hand crafted wooden jewelry box. It was overflowing. So when I spotted this adorable vintage wooden sewing caddie for about 5 bucks, I knew where my jewelry overflow was going to go.
So even if you can’t thread a needle, don’t pass up a cute vintage sewing caddy if you run across one. There are plenty of other things you can use it for.
VINTAGE MOSAIC TILE TRAYS
Seriously, I don’t know what it is about mid-century mosaic tile trays, they just appeal to me for some reason. I guess I like the colors and the patterns and they come in many shapes and sizes. The smaller ones I think actually were used as ashtrays. I do use larger ones as serving trays sometimes, but what I really love to use them for is a colorful base under candles.
And these show up in thrift stores quite often for a few dollars a piece.
VINTAGE DESSERT BOWLS
Mid-century stemmed sherbet or dessert bowls are great for holding candles. I thrifted these and round glass votive holders that sit perfectly inside!
If I had to put plants in every single mid-century planter I fell in love with, I’d be spending all week watering! Again, like the tile trays, there is something about the shapes, colors and patterns that attracts me to them. So I use them to make seasonal arrangements. Smaller ones I use on my desk to store pens, pencils, etc and larger, taller ones are great for storing kitchen utensils.
Do you ever reuse/recycle vintage objects? If so, share your ideas!