Vintage Finds for Desk Accessories


Another fun way to use your fab vintage finds is to re-purpose them as desk accessories.


I have acquired these over the years at yard sales, thrift stores or auctions.



I found this sweet little cable car planter at a yard sale about 20 years ago. A sweet little old lady was minding her yard sale. I picked this up. It wasn't marked so I inquired about the price. She asked why I picked up that particular piece. I told her I had just recently visited San Francisco for the first time and while there, I had taken a ride on the Powell & Mason cable car and thought it was an incredible experience. She proceeds to tell me she picked this up in the 1940s while on her honeymoon. I asked why she had it in the yard sale. She said her husband had passed on the year before and she wanted to ensure it found a good home before she passed. She asked if I was interested in it. I said "Absolutely, what is your price?" She said she wanted to give it to me. I told her I must pay her for it. She insisted. She wanted someone to love it. And I do.

I have used it in various ways over the years. Now it sits on my desk holding note pads and pens.


I have a small (OK, big) obsession with maps. I am attracted to anything with a map on it. This was in a box at an auction several years ago. I snapped it up. It holds my cords to all my misc electronics. OK, I will confess, I have another one on my desk as well. It holds all my jump drives.


This AMAZING tape dispenser was procured at my local Goodwill store a couple of years ago. It was marked a whopping 99 cents. It was 50% off day!! Woot, woot, 49 cents for this baby! It is so heavy. I love it.




This is the newest addition to my desk. I don't know what its original purpose was (condiments maybe?), but I use it to lasso all those small items that seem to always be on my desk—paperclips, spring clips, spare change and delightful little odds and ends that I haven't decided what to do with.

If you find something you love but don't need it as its intended purpose, think about ways to upcycle!

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Whether my junk is from a garage sale, estate or farm auction, flea market or the side of the road, I love to find it, fix it, clean it, sell it or keep it. So come along the backroads of Indiana with Junk is My Life (me), let's find something vintage and do something cool with it! Formerly Junk Journal.