Even if you use them as is, you don't have to use yard sale and flea market finds for their intended purposes. While you shop, consider new ways to use what you find.
Old fire screen with ship motif
Photo © Leah French
I didn't follow my own advice when I recently spotted an old brass fire screen at a neighborhood yard sale.
I didn't need it for a fireplace, so I snapped a photo and kept shopping. Days later, I realized it would have made a perfect privacy screen for the litter box. The cats would have still had side access, and I wouldn't have to face their facilities head on each time I walk into the bathroom.
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