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The chances are very good that you or a family member have an old suitcases in the attic, basement, or closet. The old hard-shell case has become the dinosaur of travel. Newer ones may be a little shabby (i.e., broken wheel or malfunctioning handle), thus not usable for flight trips. Most of the of the donation places are no longer accepting the old hard cases and do not want malfunctioning newer styles. Here's some ideas for reusing them.
The hard shell cases make a great keepsake box for your child. I used mine and put all the keepsake mementos of our son in it, I decorated the exterior with his name and collaged a few photos and scrapbook items on it!.Its a great way to store the baby items, photos, and easy to keep them dust free, water proof and convenient to pass down. The newer nylon suitcases can be used in a similar way, but also make great Christmas ornament and light storage. You can also use for seasonal clothing totes and blankets. Go Green! Please feel free to add your own ideas about this.
Instead of spending money on expensive storage bins just place your linens, seasonal clothing, photo albums, extra books, etc. in your luggage and slide under the bed. Even if it won't slide under your bed at least it won't be empty and taking up precious space when you are home.
Most of us rarely travel and even when we do we won't be home to look at the items removed and placed on the bed or floor ;-)
By Ann from Richland, WA
Inside a shabby chic suitcase on or under my coffee table I keep notepads, stationary, pens, scissors, stamps, etc. When I need to use these things while watching TV or on phone, everything is right there and I don't have to get up and go to my desk search for things. Plus the vintage suitcase is kind of cool!
I've been hunting mouse proof storage for my Christmas decorations and ornaments. This year I purchase several pieces of used hard-sided luggage at the local thrift store for a very low price. Sorry mice friends!
Pieces of old 70's hard-case plastic luggage make really good instrument cases for those instruments which come without them! I have my old Marxophone (a zither-like thing) in one.
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I just started a quilting class and thought that maybe I could convert a suitcase into a sewing machine bag. Any tips or ideas that could help?
By Terri from Pontiac, MI
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This is a tip regarding storage of items. When our luggage is no longer usable for travel (broken wheel, ripped pocket, etc., I turn the suitcase into a storage container for seasonal items, extra blankets and holiday linens. It keeps the items clean and ready for future use. Boxes can give off color damage, and plastic tears easily so this is a great way to store things. I use an airline luggage tag to identify what items are stored in each suitcase. Works for me!
By Kathleen from Fort Collins, CO
Using even your current "good" luggage for storage of off-season clothing is a good idea too. After all, suitcases take up the same amount of space whether they are empty or full. Why store empty suitcases and buy storage bins for clothes? (05/27/2009)
I keep damaged luggage in my basement to give away when needed. I once gave a very large suitcase with a missing wheel to a business associate visiting from India. He had purchased so many things in the U.S. that he needed an additional suitcase to take everything home. He was very surprised to get such a large suitcase that was not to be returned.
Several months later, a colleague said to me, "I have your suitcase!" He had just returned from a business trip to India where he had purchased so many things he needed an additional suitcase to take everything home. The suitcase that had traveled to India returned to the U.S. Perhaps that same suitcase is still traveling the world. (05/28/2009)
By The Aunt
Old suitcases aren't just for storing! I was getting ready to throw out this suitcase as it had a broken zipper. Then, my dog, Cookie discovered it and I ended up cutting the top off and there ya go! A new bed for my doggie! (05/29/2009)
By Lisa Austin
How do you use old trunks and suitcases?