By Liz Stanley
Spotted: Vintage suitcases
Good For: Other than traveling in style, see below for new ideas for these vintage cargo.
Where: The Age Cage (2030 S. 900 East, Salt Lake City)
How Much: $15 – $50 apiece
Sidetable: Stack up a few for an eclectic sidetable topped with magazines and a lamp. Then use them to store last month’s magazines, family photos or DVDs.
Table base: If you’ve got suitcases with flat sides, stack them and place a piece of glass on top and voila! You’ve got a great coffee table or console for your entryway—just decorate with a vase and catch-all bowl. As for storage, keep them filled with items you don’t use regularly: old books for anchoring, grandma’s china, or holiday twinkle lights.
Wall display: Reinvent your train case as one for wall display. Use a screwdriver to separate the top and bottom of the suitcase and re-line the inside with a cool, bold fabric using a glue gun. Attach hanging hardware before placing it to the wall. These are fun for displaying framed photos, a single rose vase or trinkets from your latest overseas adventure.
Footstool: When you tire of your worn-out footstool, remove the legs and attach them to a colorful, round suitcase instead.
Tips: Be sure to clean the interior and exterior of each suitcase thoroughly. If the inside lining is ripped or torn, try tearing it out and lining with flannel or felt instead.