I Love To Repurpose Vintage Items


One of my very favorite things to do is to repurpose things.


Today I got out to walk around a few stores at Tulsa Hills. I went into Marshalls and strolled a bit. Then I headed into Michaels.

I normally don't go into Michaels much, because if I want to buy something, it's usually a long wait at the check out. 

I bought one thing. The scoop you see above. I'm sure it has a better name, but I'm coming up empty on what!


It was on the clearance aisle. It was $3. I knew what I wanted to do with it.

Thankfully there were three clerks checking out, so the wait wasn't very long. 

That was all I bought.


I was planning to drill a hole in the back of it, hang it on my kitchen wall vertically, and put the candle in it. 

But when I got home I realized I don't have any drill bits. Or if I do, I can't find them. So I did this instead.

I put some flat marbles underneath it to balance it in the curved bottom.


I think I showed you a photo of this the other day. This is just another angle. 

Graters are so much fun to play with. You can use them in many scenarios.


I'm blocking on what this vintage item is called too. Sometimes I have senior moments and cannot for the life of me summon up the name for something!

I put a vintage mason jar lid in the clamp and stuck a votive candle inside.

More and more I've begun to look at things from all angles. To think outside of the box and come up with a new way to use something.


27 comments

  1. Love the way you styled your scoop! I have a girlfriend who uses a scoop to hold the sweet and low when she has a gathering. So many fun ideas if you just think a little outside the box. :)

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  2. I have never seen a scoop like that at Michael's but would buy one too if they had it. It looks like the scoops we had for feed for farm animals when I was growing up. I cannot see the other vintage item very well but it looks like a meat grinder. Anyway, I like both!

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  3. I collect rolling pins! I'm not sure what I'll do with my collection, but you've given me some ideas, XOXO

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  4. You are so creative! And let's not discount the great price...wow! I'm like you; I love buying and using things for other than what they were intended. Enjoy your day, Brenda!

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  5. Brenda, I love the creative ways you use things. I love what you did with the food grinder. It looks exactly like the one my mother had. I don't know what happened to it after she passed, but seeing it sure brought back some memories. Thanks for posting it.

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  6. the item with the jar lid clamped in is a sausage grinder. my grandmother had one. you have it turned upside down but when used, meat was fed into the cone at the top, handle was turned and ground sausage was dispersed from an outlet on the side. the clamp was to hold it steady on the table. I am sure you realized that. :)

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  7. The item with the jar lid holding candle is an old sausage grinder. It is sitting on the upper portion where meat was to be fed into the grinder. The clamp held it steady while the crank was turned. Ground sausage was dispersed from an outlet on the side.

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  8. And this is one of many things you excel at!

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  9. That looks like a grain scoop except for the little round "feet".

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  10. I had a feed scoop and used it for the horse feed. Absolutely PERFECT with the horse picture. Love it.

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  11. I have turned the handle on the "sausage grinder" many times while making chow-chow. While visiting my Mamaw in the summer, this was something we always did. Oh what good memories of being in the kitchen with her grinding green tomatoes, onions, and jalapeno peppers. I was grown before I ever heard anyone refer to making sausage with it.

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  12. I love what you did with your vintage things. I think my grandmother had a meat grinder similar to yours. Sometimes it is good to just get out of the house and stroll around looking at things. I love doing that myself. Glad you had the outing. Don't worry about the senior moments--we all have those.

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  13. Super cute and creative, Brenda! I love that scoop, I would have grabbed it also for that price.

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  14. I love that idea for the canning lid in the clamp! I will be using your brilliant idea. I have old grain scoops that I screwed to the wall and put the faux timer candles in them. I have two on each side of a picture. Your site is also my favorite. Take care and have a wonderful weekend.

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  15. People also have used a large scoop like yours to scoop ice out of a stand-alone icemaker. Finding old things and repurposing them is FUN!

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  16. Yes, it's great w/the horse picture. I have one of those old grinders in the cupboard. I remember seeing my mom grind bologna, pickles, and onions for a meat spread! Back then it was delicious.

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  17. I have an old meat grinder just like that! I never would have thought of standing it upside down with the lid--great idea. We ground everything from meat, to eggs, to celery and pickles in that old grinder. Mmmm--think I'll go get mine out and make a meat spread. Yum!

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  18. I have my grandmother's grinder. I've used it for meat, vegetables, fruit, & nuts. Any thing you want in "crumbles." And clamped onto the kitchen table my grandkids liked to just turn the crank. You have such an amazing eye. Sandy

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  19. my mom ground left over roast beef and pickles together; then mixed in miracle whip to make sandwich spread for supper on Sunday night when there wasn't enough left to feed all of us. my daughter just took mine home for her husband to grind his wild game with. we used a scoop like yours to feed the cows corn and oat chop in the stanchions.

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  20. That scoop is just darling!! Now I want one!

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  21. I love what you did with the meat grinder..my Mother had one too...Love that big scoop too..those colorful flat glass pieces really brighten up things! See, I can't think of what they are called..lol..

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  22. You are so darn clever, Brenda! I love the scoop with candle. And the grinder with the can lid is pure genius! I sometimes think that I don't think "outside the box" very well at all. I love old things but don't often think of any way to repurpose them. But now I have you for inspiration! Great post!

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  23. That sure is outside the box thinking Brenda! Love what you did with it.

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  24. Hi Brenda,
    I guess smooth minds think alike? I just bought an old scoop at a sale. I went a little bit different way with mine, I punched a hole in the top and hung it on the wall for a plant. :) I love your idea too.

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  25. Ha, I love the upside down grinder/candlestick...too cute, since I have 4-5 of these, I could make a whole table setting of them. Grins, fun ideas, Sandi

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Brenda has been writing since grade school. She majored in professional writing/journalism in college, where she won awards for her feature writing. She loves to decorate, garden, enjoy nature, read and spend time with her Yorkies.

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