With a little applied design, thriftiness can be elegant. This Plate-U coffee table (designed by Veli-Matti Tolppi, a young member of the Finnish design incubator IMU Design) is made from vintage plates mounted on modern steel tubing. It combines homespun with machine age and eliminates the need for coasters ($1,800 at the Future Perfect, 115 N. 6th St., at Berry St., Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-599-6278).
Animal Friendly, Sorta
Designer Ashley Watson makes bags from vintage leather coats ($250 at Sodafine, 119 Grand St., nr. Berry St.; Williamsburg, Brooklyn; 718-230-3060).
When Sweaters Expire
Unattractive knitwear from earlier decades finds redemption as cuddly stuffed creatures ($12 to $36 at Gomi, 443 E. 6th St., nr. Ave. A; 212-970-0388).
Lounge on Leftovers
This sleek bench from Scrapile is made of unused wood collected from city workshops ($950 at Matter, 227 Fifth Ave., nr. President St., Park Slope, Brooklyn; 718-230-1150).
The Cycle of Pile
Buy this recycled fleece pullover, wear it, and when you’re done, Patagonia will take it back, to reincarnate it as another fleece ($80 at Patagonia, 101 Wooster St., nr. Spring St.; 212-343-1776).
A Peace Grenade
Relax in the light of Piet Houtenbos’s oil lamp made from a repurposed hand grenade ($40 to $60 at Bumble & Bumble, 415 W. 13th St., nr. Ninth Ave.; 917-606-5150).
For Future Rockers
Dress your tyke in one-of-a-kind clothing made from vintage concert tees and old hankies (Claude dress, $95 at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Ave., nr. 61st St.; 212-826-8900).
As Green As It Gets
Grow your blossoms in flowerpots made from discarded rubber tires ($14 to $38 at the Conran Shop, 407 E. 59th St., nr. First Ave.; 212-755-9079).
Before ‘I ♥ New York’
Show your allegiance with a Barking Irons ring fashioned from a silver nineteenth-century New York City souvenir spoon ($295 at Nave, 159 Mercer St., nr. Houston St.; 212-274-1255).
Vinylux Studios will press your old LPs into bowls ($50 at Uncommon Goods, 303 W. 10th St., nr. West St., second fl., 212-660-1400) or you can buy ready-made ones ($35 at Pylones, 69 Spring St., nr. Lafayette St.; 212-431-3244).
For a Fresh Face
Exfoliate with a “green peel,” the natural version of an acid peel based on a German herbal formula ($400 for two sessions at Julie Lindh at Vella Wellness, 134 W. 26th St., nr. Sixth Ave.; 212-924-8218).
Sleep in Your Jeans
If you can’t bear to part with your favorite dilapidated denim, Karen Hasher will make a quilt out of it ($595 at Karen Hasher Studio, 2440 Broadway, nr. 90th St., ste. 228; 646-216-8979).
For Wood Salvation
Carlton House Restorations can rejuvenate even the most severely limping, scraped, and stained table (restoration of existing surfaces, from $500; 40-09 21st St., nr. 40th Ave., fourth fl., Long Island City; 718-609-0762).