Vintage photographs are one of my favorite things to discover when browsing through antique stores. I like the faded sepia tones of days gone by and getting a glimpse at a time that I only know through movies and book illustrations.
Vintage photographs are also a great source for inspiration. As an artist you might be able to use a pose, just like the seated lady in the first photograph as a start off point for a figurative painting. Sometimes an old world design, like crosses can be used to embellish a new product like Jennifer did with her cookie pouches.
Old maps are another great source of inspiration. They can be easily incorporated in jewelry pieces. I used an old map in my painting of "Whispers Across the Steppe" . When you repurpose vintage images, the end results are quiet interesting.
If you are unable to go to antique stores you can also find old images at flea markets, in a relatives attic or basement. A great source for old images is also Etsy, you will be amazed how many Etsy sellers have downloadable vintage images for sale.
What is your favorite repurposed item? Where do you find your vintage images and what have you made with them?