eCRATER.com Forum Index

SearchSearch
ProfileProfile
  Log in to check your private messagesLog in to check your private messages   
Log inLog in

New Uses or Repurposing Vintage Items
Goto page 1, 2  Next
 
Post new topic   Reply to topic    eCRATER.com Forum Index -> Lounge
View previous topic :: View next topic  
Author Message
momsretro



Posts: 796

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 9:35 pm    Post subject: New Uses or Repurposing Vintage Items Reply with quote

I'd like to start a few ideas floating around with my fellow vintage/collectible sellers for ways to reuse vintage items.
Sometimes it helps to post a use for the items you are listing..

I have three examples;

If you write down your passwords and have collected a lot of them, a nice vintage Address Book looks great and keeps you organized.

Train Cases and Small Suitcases can be decorative and also used for storage or stacked for use as unique side tables.

Advertising Tins from spices, teas, cookies, soaps, etc make nice storage for a desk and/or add a retro feel to kitchens.

Let's think out of the box (and help our customers find something fun in our stores). Please add your own ideas!
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



Posts: 9844

PostPosted: Fri Dec 09, 2011 11:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Turn old calendar tea towels into framed pictures or pillows. Personalize them by
adding glitter or embroidery to the date and month of someone's birth and give them as gifts.

Vintage tablecloths mostly get stained in the middle while most of the decor is in a deep panel around the border. Forget stain removal. Turn the rest into coordinates for the kitchen. You should be able to get a tea cozy, a couple of potholders, appliance covers, an apron and even some placemats and tea towels if the tablecloth is quite large.

If you work in an environment where collections for baby gifts are routine, pass a mid century nursery planter in the shape of a lamb, teddy, etc. to collect the money and present it to the mom to be.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
sandysgingham



Posts: 331

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 9:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, I think you're right.

It isn't really vintage. But I've found a whole new world with plain colored t-shirts and my handy heat-gun for sparklies!

I can't remember what you call it. someone help me.... lol
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



Posts: 9844

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Some scarves are worthy of a frame. I've never understood why such beautiful items were worn all bunched up around the neck or head. So if you have a beauty but don't want to wear it, frame it or if it is really large like over 30 inches square, use it as a table topper on a lamp or end table.

Nate Berkus recommends using them to cover dining chair or occasional chair seats. The kind that pop out. It would have to be a very heavy weight silk scarf or else a chair no one sits on for that to be very practical.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
cosmicray



Posts: 6979

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 6:11 pm    Post subject: Re: New Uses or Repurposing Vintage Items Reply with quote

momsretro wrote:
Train Cases and Small Suitcases can be decorative and also used for storage or stacked for use as unique side tables.

I use an old Samsonite train case to protect my stash of dark chocolate. Smile
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
Butteseedcompany



Posts: 24

PostPosted: Sun Dec 11, 2011 7:09 pm    Post subject: Re: New Uses or Repurposing Vintage Items Reply with quote

momsretro wrote:
I'd like to start a few ideas floating around with my fellow vintage/collectible sellers for ways to reuse vintage items.
Sometimes it helps to post a use for the items you are listing..

I have three examples;

If you write down your passwords and have collected a lot of them, a nice vintage Address Book looks great and keeps you organized.

Train Cases and Small Suitcases can be decorative and also used for storage or stacked for use as unique side tables.

Advertising Tins from spices, teas, cookies, soaps, etc make nice storage for a desk and/or add a retro feel to kitchens.

Let's think out of the box (and help our customers find something fun in our stores). Please add your own ideas!


Am I dead?
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



Posts: 9844

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:07 am    Post subject: Re: New Uses or Repurposing Vintage Items Reply with quote

Butteseedcompany wrote:
Am I dead?


Do you feel a pulse?
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
TyreeTrading



Posts: 1608

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Frame it and use it as a wall decoration

Old postcards, movie posters, broadway show bills, old music, colorful seed packets, stamps

For ages people have been using hardcover books as decorative objects - especially without the dust jacket.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
thelivesandlovesofmaggiethecat



Posts: 9844

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 2:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've seen old hardbacks or oversize books stacked and used as pedastals under glass tops to make coffee and end tables. I certainly have enough books but wonder about having to dismantle it all every few days to dust and vacuum.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
momsretro



Posts: 796

PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2011 5:24 pm    Post subject: Re: New Uses or Repurposing Vintage Items Reply with quote

cosmicray LOL! -- and they lock!

Butteseedcompany I meant thinking out of the box as in;
it's not an Address Book, it's an Analogue Password Organizer.

Maggie - I too wonder why more scarves and beautiful fabric isn't framed. Some really are works of art!
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
TyreeTrading



Posts: 1608

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

At the local flea market I have seen handkerchiefs framed as decorative items. And some vintage crochet pieces.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
StoneWyre



Posts: 417

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cutting the center pages out of a book to create a secret compartment is very popular. I can't bring myself to desecrate a book lilke that, however.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
theartsandlettersofmaggiethecat



Posts: 2097

PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2011 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

WellspringCreations wrote:
Cutting the center pages out of a book to create a secret compartment is very popular. I can't bring myself to desecrate a book lilke that, however.


There are a lot of books that deserve to be desecrated. Find one of those. A hardback novel that was sold in the millions has no resale value at all and many of them shouldn't have been written in the first place. Have at them.
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
momsretro



Posts: 796

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 12:43 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

theartsandlettersofmaggiethecat wrote:
WellspringCreations wrote:
Cutting the center pages out of a book to create a secret compartment is very popular. I can't bring myself to desecrate a book lilke that, however.


There are a lot of books that deserve to be desecrated. Find one of those. A hardback novel that was sold in the millions has no resale value at all and many of them shouldn't have been written in the first place. Have at them.


Maggie you make an excellent point. Like Wellspring I first thought of a priceless 1st edition or manuscript... or an artichoke cookbook! Smile
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
StoneWyre



Posts: 417

PostPosted: Wed Dec 14, 2011 4:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I get your point: (a) you're probably right about books which should never have been written and (b) who would grab one of those off the shelf to peruse? They'd be ESPECIALLY safe for valuables! Very Happy

Incidentally, these modified books apparently sell well..so if you have a scroll saw (or scissors, plus a lot of time and patience) and some glue....

I would, however, NEVER desecrate a book on artichokes, momsretro! hehehe
Back to top
View seller's profile Send private message Visit seller's eCRATER store
Display posts from previous:   
Post new topic   Reply to topic    eCRATER.com Forum Index -> Lounge
Goto page 1, 2  Next
Page 1 of 2

 
Jump to:  
You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot vote in polls in this forum