Archive for How to use items found in the store!

Old Shutters

We have several sets of old shutters in the store, and I got to thinking (I know – that is dangerous). How can I creatively use a couple of them?

Yes, we all love them painted and shabby, but what else can we do with them? Here you go!

This would be adorable as a side table next to the bed or a little extra storage in the bathroom, or on the counter in the kitchen.

It would look so cute with plants, colorful vintage cooking utensils, or a couple of recipe books and a recipe box. The possibilities are limitless!


This adorable shelf would look great in the laundry room, entry way, or even the bedroom. Add a few old door knobs and you have a coat rack!


What a cute way to add storage in a small bathroom to store towels, toiletries, or just a plant or two!


Would love to see how you have re-purposed old shutters in your home!

Have an awesome day.

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Old Picture Frames

Several years ago I quit buying old picture frames because I could never sell them. I know that everyone has picture frames with family photos.

I just discovered a very clever way to use those old frames that I could never sell.



Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Decorating with Vintage Photos & Cameras

Customers often wonder what do you do with the vintage photos you find in the store. They are someone’s else’s relatives, why would I decorate with them.

Just think of all the history and stories that these photos could tell if they could talk!

Below are some great ideas and ways to decorate with vintage cameras and photos. So go ahead and pull out grandma’s old cameras and start showing them off!




Don’t forget that you are also re-purposing something that might have gone into the landfill.

Don’t forget to share you collections with us!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston


What to do with those Old Bottles

I have a small collection of different colors, sizes & styles of bottles at home. I just love the different shapes. We also have a WIDE range of bottles in the store! You can create a nice collection with out taking up a lot of space or spend a lot of money.

Over the last several years I have sold more bottles than I can count. What is it about old bottles? Well, there are so many different colors, styles, sizes & uses. I am going to share some ways to use some of these unique pieces of glass that we call bottles!

Many ladies have been using small bottles as flower vases on their wedding reception tables.



I love to a mixture of color and sizes on my shelves.


And others love to decorate and paint them.


More info on how to decorate and paint old bottles in on another day!

I am going to share ways to clean out the bottles. I personally love them just how they are dug out of the dirt!

Have an awesome day, and don’t forget to share pics of your old bottle collection.

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston












Cleaver Ways to use Old Windows

You walk into the store and see our assortment of old windows and you say “I love those windows, but what can I do with them?”

Below are just a few of the many and creative ways to use old windows!

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We have many sizes, some with several panes, some single pane, some with glass and some without glass. Something for everyone and every project!

Have an awesome day, and please share you creative window projects!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Old Barn Pulley

I have been asked from time to time, what would you do with that old pulley? And, yes we have some in the store!

There are a lot of creative ways you can use an old barn pulley ~ take a look at this awesome light!

This would work in a rustic kitchen, cabin bathroom or even as your beside you bed.


We would love to see how you use old barn pulley’s.

Have an awesome day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston

Seasoning, Restoring & Maintaining Cast Iron Pans



We have many cast iron fry pans, kettles, & tea pots in the store and I thought that I would share some information on how to maintain them. I absolutely love using cast iron skillets to cook with.



Did you know that there is also a facebook group for cast iron cooking. Great camping recipes also!

Have a great day!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston



Vintage Bedsprings

Have you seen vintage bedsprings around the shop and thought we were nuts? Why in the world would someone buy a bedspring?

There are soooo many creative ways to use bedsprings!

Looking for a primitive way to hold you recipe card or vintage pictures? Just add a small clip and you all set!



What an unusual way to serve snacks! This is such a cute idea for your primitive setting, and it doesn’t take up a lot of room.



And for the green thumbs! I LOVE this – I am going to create me a couple for the kitchen!


Have an awesome day, and don’t forget to share how you use vintage rusty bedsprings!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston


Old Suitcase Ideas

Love old suitcases? Not sure what to do with them when you get them? There are so many creative ideas to do with them, I am sharing just a few.

If you don’t have any suitcases to convert, don’t worry we have a nice selection of styles & colors in the store!

I have so many people looking for vintage medicine cabinets – isn’t this such an awesome idea, and great use of an old suitcase. You won’t see two alike.


This is such an adorable table, and DIY. Another idea – add small legs and a pillow inside and you have an awesome dog bed! Your pooch would be the talk of the neighborhood!


This table would look awesome in the entry way! and just think of the storage also you would have.


Have an awesome weekend, and don’t forget to share pics of your old suitcases!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston


Creative Ice Chest

I have been posting a lot of ideas for the garden using items found in the store. Today I though I would give you another idea for beautiful cane chairs missing the cane seat.

How is this for an ice chest for your next gathering? How cute is this? No mess, no fuss & best of all, easy clean up!


Have an awesome day, and please share pics of your unique ice chest!

Nancie, Haley d’Pug & Winston