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Clever uses for vintage ashtrays

Ki Nassauer is the editor-in-chief of Flea Market Style Magazine and an expert at turning other people's cast-offs into creative, cool stuff. With her daughter Taylor, they have the go-to web site for all things "junk."

Ki and Taylor say that some of the hottest collectibles you can find at a flea market are vintage ashtrays. As fewer Americans smoke cigarettes, ashtrays have become nearly obsolete.

"What's crazy about ashtrays, it's really an advertising era gone by. Every business had their name on an ashtray. You might find ashtrays for 25 cents. If they're really desirable, meaning from Las Vegas or some landmark, you can pay up to 10 dollars," says Nassauer

Once upon a time, even major health insurers like Blue Cross used ashtrays to advertise their services. There are so many uses for these vintage ashtrays.

Nassauer says, "My favorite is as coasters. I use them in my living room, actually for my drinks. If you get the flat ones you can actually stack them on a coffee table. Then, I use them on my desk for my paper clips or rubber bands and little office accessories. I also use them in the bathroom to put my soap. By my bedside for my earrings and my jewelry."

So the next time you're at a flea market, keep an eye out for vintage ashtrays and then take a little inspiration from Ki and Taylor because there are all kinds of cool, non-smoking ways to put an old ashtray to good use.

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