This elegant lacy shrug began it's life as a table topper. I rescued it from a thrift store. It was presumably discarded because it had a few snags and loops pulled. They didn't mar the pattern, however, and the extra loops gave me enough yarn to sew up the sleeve seams. It must have been fate.
This snazzy skirt started life as a window valance. It looks OK there on the window, but not near as good as it looks wrapped around a waist. Those crystal bead grapes especially, swing much more prettily on a set of hips than on a curtain rod.
charming skirt began as a charming tablecloth. Unlike the other two above, I didn't know immediately what to do with this one when I bought it. Then I picked it up by the center and saw how it flowed, and just like the valance, knew it would look much better on a moving person than a static table.