10 Vintage Housewares to Repurpose as Organizers

10 Vintage Housewares to Repurpose as Organizers

Sarah Coffey
Aug 11, 2010

After posting a few ways to decorate with flea market finds, we thought we'd follow up with a list of 10 more common vintage items that can be repurposed as sorters, storage pieces, and general household helpers. None of these ideas are rocket science, but it never hurts to have a reminder that old things can find new life, particularly when you use them in humble ways around the home.

  1. Use wire baskets as magazine holders, or hang a square one on the wall to make shelves.
  2. A vintage toolbox makes a good jewelry box, cord sorter, or a place to stash your TV remotes.
  3. A set of matching vintage canisters can store bathroom supplies, extra cords, or pens and pencils.
  4. Old tackle boxes can be repurposed for jewelry or craft storage.
  5. Use a 45 rack or dish stand to sort mail, or just find a vintage letter holder like the one shown above.
  6. Vintage ice cube trays are often sturdier and thicker than the plastic ones most people use now. Repurpose them to sort jewelry, change, or loose screws and nails.
  7. Old soap dishes were often designed to be mounted to the wall, which makes them great key-catches in a small entryway.
  8. Vintage metal trays can be hung on the wall and used as magnet boards.
  9. Use an accordion peg rack for jewelry storage or to hang laundry bags.
  10. A set of vintage glass jars can be great for dry goods or craft supply storage.

Vintage Wire Egg Basket, $28
Vintage Toolbox, $78
Vintage Set of 4 Kitchen Canisters, $18
20-Drawer Metal Storage Cabinet, $30
Vintage Mail Organizer, $14
Vintage Frigidaire Ice Cube Trays, $12
Antique Metal Soap Dish, $42
Dutch Metal Tray, $12
Vintage Accordion Peg Rack, $11
Ball Jars in Milk Jug Tote, $52

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