What’s Old can be New Again


Art is not a treasure in the past or an importation from another land, but part of the present life of all living and creating peoples. ~Franklin D. Roosevelt

My husband and I are always on the prowl for items that have creative re-uses and this weekend we hit the jackpot. Upon recommendations from friends and coworkers, we visited the ReSource Warehouse and Gallery in Hickory, NC. Not only did they have a showroom full of the artistic re-uses of old pianos, garden furniture, and farmhouse doors, but their warehouse was also packed with old film reels, movie projectors, craft books from the 50’s, and spools from old factories as shown below. I think we’ll turn them into candlestick holders.

Just one creative re-use for this item

There was also an array of old wine bottles which would’ve saved our friends and family members a lot of time and effort before our wedding to create vases like these. Although, I’m sure they didn’t mind the sacrifice.

Wine Bottle Vase, one of many used to line the "aisle" at our wedding

What are some of your favorite ways to re-use items? What’s the most creative re-use you’ve come up with recently? If you’re stuck for ideas, check out the ReSource Warehouse & Gallery Facebook page for other clever ideas for making what’s old, new again.

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2 thoughts on “What’s Old can be New Again

  1. Cathy Baker says:

    I LOVE these ideas, Allison! My favorite re-use item is the vintage blue Ball Mason jar. I use them for flower vases. When sitting in the path of sunlight, there’s nothing prettier than the contrast of the flowers against the robin egg blue.

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