Reuse Roundup: A Linkish Party!

30 Apr

Assuming I ever finish this post I’d love to tell you about a new feature I’m adding. You see, I’m having a bit of trouble making a goddamn grabbable badge. Code is really not my strong suit. Actually, few things are really my strong suit but I’m a big believer in not letting your craptasticness get in the way of going after your dreams. Fake it till you break it, that’s what I always say. Hopefully by the time you read this I have it all sorted out but Isobel’s play date is almost over so it’s looking less and less likely. My enthusiasm for my idea isn’t hampered by my lack of ability, so I’m going to share my ideas with you anyway, you lucky reader you.

A few times a month I’m going to feature a new and inventive use for thrifted or secondhand goods, and the best part is I’m inviting you to join me! I’m not sure if this qualifies as a link party or blog hop or a vintage orgy, but what I’m aiming to do is to invite everyone to show off their amazing vintage finds and the creative way you are incorporating it into your home. I want to focus on how we can find new uses, aside from their original purpose for secondhand items, and to make the case for looking to secondhand and vintage before purchasing something new.

By way of my first example I’m going to show you something that you might already be familiar with: my salt cellar.

┬áIt’s original purpose in life was to live on somebody’s shelf or dresser and to hold their rings and other trinkets and treasures. I don’t really have room for something like that in my life. My jewelry and trinkets are all pretty well contained, but I loved it and it was a dollar at an estate sale, so I brought it home and gave it a new life in my kitchen holding my salt. I use this ceramic box every day, and I also get to see it and enjoy it’s loveliness far more often now that it’s a salt cellar.

I’d love to see the secondhand items you are finding ways to use and enjoy in your homes. I’d love to gain inspiration and ideas from you as well as promote the secondhand way of life with you. You can participate whenever you like (not just on the days that I do) and all you need to do is post the button below and link it back to this post or any of the other Reuse Roundup posts. I know that many of you out there are vintage mavens and your homes must be stuffed with examples of inventive uses for secondhand items. Share the goods! I provided Reuse Roundup code for you on my sidebar (right above “subscribe by email”) but damned if I know whether or not it works. You can still participate by using this image and manually linking back to the blog.

If you do participate, please let us know in the comments with a link back to your blog so we can visit you and bask in your brilliance!

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7 Responses to “Reuse Roundup: A Linkish Party!”

  1. Meghan May 2, 2012 at 1:47 pm #

    I love seeing how folks use things for something different that I would never ever think of. Maybe one of the reasons that I look around that thrifty and design blogs. :)

    • Carrie Anne May 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm #

      Meghan! I’m so glad you commented so that I could find your awesome blog!

  2. Sarah May 2, 2012 at 6:05 pm #

    Here I am! Rock you like a hurricane.

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    • Carrie Anne May 3, 2012 at 8:06 am #

      My hurricane is duly rocked! You are so awesome!!

    • Carrie Anne May 11, 2012 at 6:37 am #

      CONSIDER ME SUFFICIENTLY ROCKED!

  3. ReaderRita May 8, 2012 at 12:38 pm #

    Lordy, that is a cool pattern! Makes me think of a “Viking Spring”. Plus, I’m sure the Vikings used plenty o’ salt.

    Now, I’m not trying go be all “Debbie Downer” on you, but one thing I’d mention is: when re-purposing non-food ceramics for food use, always do (at least) a lead test on them (tests available at the hardware store), because you don’t want to end up poisoning yourself or others!

    Some non-lead glazes are poisonous as well, so just be mindful. (cadmium, cobalt, selenium, etc.) Check out this link or search “poisonous pottery glaze”

    http://www.pottery-magic.com/pottery/glazes/toxic.htm

    Many poisons in glaze are cumulative, so they might not drop you right away, but they are still poison.

    That was my public service announcement for the day.

    • Carrie Anne May 11, 2012 at 6:35 am #

      I did not even consider that, Rita! Thank you so much. I’ll have to test this and find out!

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