My daughter Shannon is big into repurposing. She has a blog http://thekirakollection.com/ ...you should visit it when you have a chance. She does some pretty cool stuff! It's always good to repurpose items, whether you're recycling specific items, or repurposing an article of clothing. When something has pretty much lived past it's intended purpose, perhaps you can bring it back to life by repurposing it!
For example, I took an old pair of jeans, and turned it into a cute bag simply by cutting off the legs, lining it with a piece of fabric, using the fabric from the legs as the handles, and voila you have a bag!
We do garage sales and craft fairs together...in fact, it's kind of our family "bonding" time for myself, my daughters and daughter-in-law. When we have garage sales, we're always going through our stuff looking for something to "repurpose"...you should too! You know what they say about "one person's trash is someone else's treasure"!
You can make things out of old jewelry, frames, containers, books, cds...the possibilities are endless! All it takes is a little bit of imagination. Need some ideas -- reach out! You Tube, the internet, books, friends, ME! But remember to have fun with it...I always tell my friends, crafting is supposed to be FUN!!!