Thought I'd share a few vintage items that I've conscripted for use in ways other than what were originally intended.
My sisters and I have a hard time passing up the china at thrift stores because growing up we learned that even if vintage bread plates and tea saucers are chipped, etched, or have those spider cracks old pottery sometimes get, they make the perfect base for potted indoor plants. They are a much cuter (and often cheaper) way to catch water than the terra cotta version.
Not too long ago, I was given a glass frog, which I rarely use for its original purpose of flower arrangement (who knew there were so many different types and that they had so many other purposes?), but recently I thought to use it on my desk at work as a unique pen holder. Much more interesting than the metal canister from Staples, anyway.