If you like to collect vintage items, you may find that some are great to display as is and others are more fun to re-purpose into another usable or decorative item.
I have also seen them used simply as towel holders, like this idea from Junk Camp, when they are hung upside down:
Or, here is another take on a jewelry hanger by Household 6 Diva:
I also like to collect those old wooden industrial bobbins. They are great for making candle holders or small vases like this one:
Another fun use for these bobbins is in making pedestals. I love this pedestal cake stand from Reclaimed Crafts:
They also make a great place to wind up and store your twine in a decorative way:
Vintage suitcases are something that I would like to start collecting. I have some ideas for storage that I would like to use some of these for. However, the best idea that I have seen using a vintage suitcase has to be the one from Camille Styles:
A cat bed is such a cute idea and it’s even perched up a little higher which cats love!
And, I just love this painted white suitcase turned table by Shabby, Chic and Charming:
They are great to display in creative ways. One popular way to do this is to place a few in a picture frame like this one by Centsational Girl:
I have also used one in this Valentine craft: