About a month ago I found a pile of vintage handkerchiefs at a garage sale. I think there are about 12 of them. They cost me a dollar.
I had no plans for them when I bought them, but I knew I would figure something out.
Their original role was out because, lover of all things vintage I may be, I am not a handkerchief kind of girl. I know it looks all cute when Meg Ryan gives one to Tom Hank's sister (or is it his aunt) in her book shop and waxes poetical about handkerchiefs.
But I have to be honest.
Those times when I really need to use a handkerchief, I have to blow my nose a lot.
And having a fabric square full of snot hanging around in my purse or pocket doesn't sound appealing to me in the least.
Which brings us back to the question: what to do with these handkerchiefs?
Turns out they make lovely napkins.
And they pair so nicely with my vintage silverware.
Don't you just love those star bursts?
This pattern is nearly identical to the silverware Aaron's Aunt Mimi had and that he has always loved. When I found a full set at an estate sale for $10, it was a happy, happy day.
Besides the white ones, there were a few other handkerchiefs as well. There were 3 of these little stripey guys. I wish there had been a few more so there would at least be a set for the 5 of us. But you can't complain too much about garage sale finds.
I especially like the blue one with the thin red and yellow stripes. Such a great color combo.
There was only one of these. I often using it when I am eating a meal alone at lunch like this. (sometimes I eat after the kids and read for 15 minutes. (Even stay at home moms are allowed a lunch break, right?)
So now I am on the lookout for vintage handkerchiefs. I like using them so much better than paper towels or paper napkins.
They feel better.
They look better.
It's a pretty easy upgrade.
And a pretty easy thing to re purpose.
No work required aside from a little bit of thinking.
And now I am wondering. What have you re purposed around your house?