Reuse: To use again, or to use for a new purpose.
Repurpose: To reuse an item for another purpose than originally intended.

Reused Items

Example: Mason canning jars. They are used for the purpose of canning fruits, vegetables, jams etc... They are also used to hold flowers in when one cannot find a vase. Men and women alike will use them for storing buttons, flowers, or the odd assortment of nails and screws. Children will collect bugs or money in them. While they are not used for their original purpose...that is canning food, they are still used for some type of storage. What about when they are used for light storage? Now, you move into the territory of repurposing.


Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

These lights have beautiful vintage canning jar globes. I do not think Pottery Barn would advertise these as jars they have drilled a whole into in order to store wiring and light bulbs.

Example: Mason canning jars. These are used for another purpose. While you might say that they are storing light, the purpose of the jar is to act as a glass lampshade to shed light and protect the bulb.


Photo courtesy of the Cottage Chick at Denise in Bloom.

Reuse & Repurpose

Items in this section were completed by me.


These are photos and amounts for every item begin sold.

Photo courtesy of flickr.

A mason jar reused to store rocks with red ribbon twine as wedding decorations.