Are you the type of person who enjoys perusing thrift stores and barn sales for unique and shabby décor items from old timey times because you can't get enough of that vintage charm? What if I told you these finds don't only look beautiful, but many of them can serve simple purposes that might never have crossed your mind! From using an old library cart as a computer desk to turning a carpenter's wooden toolbox into door-side shoe storage, your thrifty treasures can be functional as well as beautiful. Take a look at these simple ideas to find out how.Shown above the jump, from left to right
1 A seen-better-days shipping crate easily transforms into a super-sized serving tray. Leave it out for rounding up stray dish and glassware, or use it occasionally for serving party food and drinks!
2 This old carpenter's toolbox makes a charming, door-side storage caddy for a place to kick off dirty shoes. A built-in divider is a great place for gloves and hats.
3 This tin bucket is a handy place to store magazines. Hanging it on the wall would keep them accessible, make a cute décor statement, and will keep your tables free from clutter.
4 A vintage Coca-Cola bottle crate makes a perfect storage caddy for organizing paint or other crafting supplies. Hang it on the wall to display your favorite collection of small items!
5 It’s a true sign that technology is advancing when an old library cart finds purpose as a computer desk and printer storage. It’s perfect for small spaces and would also make a lovely mini bar.
(Images: Katie Gard)