Fire Extinguisher Turned Flower Display

Fire Extinguisher Turned Flower Display

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Sarah Rae Smith
Jan 18, 2011

I've proclaimed my love of auctions around these parts in the past and after attending so many, one thing that always intrigues me are the abundance of certain things. For example, while attending university auctions, it's amazing to see the amount of fire extinguishers that can no longer be used because of city code. So when these recycled vases popped onto my radar, I was more than just a little excited!

It does my heart good to see someone making something out of items that no longer have any use. Fire extinguishers (though you've probably never thought about them before) are always at every auction I go to and while old ladies in polyester bid up dolls and angel statues, I'm always surveying the surplus dreaming up ways to repurpose it. Just check out this slideshow tour of a recent auction at the University of Lincoln to see what I mean.

Needless to say, when I came across these fire extinguisher vases over at Uncommon Goods from artisan Valentino Llegada, I was excited. You can pick up one of her handpainted "vases" for $68 and knowing what they're made of, you know they'll last a lifetime with proper care. Plus, they'd probably work pretty well to hit an intruder over the head with if you ever had a break in (is it normal to think of ways to repurpose repurposed items? No? Moving on!).

What goods to do you see in your line of work or everyday life that are always in abundance? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

(Image: Sarah Rae Trover, Uncommon Goods)

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