I'm going to show you some nifty uses for some unique, but more commonly found vintage items.
Columbia Record Holder + Mail = His and Hers Mail Holder
I found this record holder at Goodwill for $1.99 and decided that it made a great "his and hers" mail organizer. It was way cheaper than purchasing one of those fancy mail holders at an antique or vintage store and it holds a ton of mail. You could also use it for craft paper storage or as a recipe file.
Vintage Ashtray Stand + Keys and Phone = Wallet Caddy
I found this ashtray on sale at an antique store. It was a little pricier than I expected, but it was too cool to pass up. I don't smoke and my husband doesn't smoke in the house, so I had to figure out what to do with it. I decided to keep it by the front door as a wallet caddy. It comes in handy when you're coming in the house with groceries.
Head Vase + Makeup Brushes = Brush Holder
I found this little skunk head vase for $10 at an antique store. It makes the perfect make up brush holder! I was especially excited because these guys sell for $25 + and I got this one for super cheap!
Jadeite and Custard Glass Refrigerator Boxes + Bulky Jewelry = Jewelry Boxes
These refrigerator boxes were used to store leftovers or food from the market. The Jadeite boxes are from the 1930s and the custard dishes are from the 40s or 50s. I love the look of these dishes and they're not SUPER easy to come by, so I snatch them up when I can find them at a reasonable price. I use them for bulkier jewelry (I have a ton of large earrings if you can't tell...). They're also great for storing craft supplies like spools of thread or pom poms. You can usually find the brightly colored Pyrex fridge boxes more easily!
Jello Molds + Bath Bombs = Bath Bomb and Soap Molds
This year, Christmas money it a little tight so I've been trying to come up with some fun crafty projects to make stuff (that doesn't suck) for Christmas presents. I was lucky enough to find some cheap Jello Molds at Salvation Army (25 or 50 cents a piece). I've been using them to make soaps, bath bombs, and solid lotions.
Vintage Photo Frame + Fancy Paper = Drink Tray
You can find frames like these at any thrift store. The only problem is they're usually missing the stands on the back. All you need is some fun paper, glue, and some tape to make a fun and unique drink tray. You can also find some smaller frames and use them as coasters.
The Mid-Century Modern Planter + Remotes = Snazzy Remote Holder
I found this planter at a vintage store for $10. It looks great on our danish modern coffee table, hides TV remotes, and the best part is that you never lose your remote in the couch!