Mid-Century Ashtrays

Hard to Kick the Habit

Yancey and I are thrifting for antiques one day and, having discussed how cool ashtrays potentially would be as a style element in a room, stumble upon a stylish green beauty that happened to match our vintage Naugahide rocking chair we thrifted from Goodwill for $30. SOLD!

Brought the ashtray home and put it inside the $5 Goodwill retro bookcase headboard we were using as a console, and SHA-ZAM! Instantly we are ashtray fans! By the way, ashtrays we’ve found are pretty inexpensive, in the $3-5 dollar range = affordable chic!

We found a second one in the attic, given to us by my Grandma – a disastrous mottled brown square with old coins glued onto the surface (that I loved as a kid). Added that to a styled tabletop and it quietly rocked! Now, we are one-ashtray-shy-of-being-a -collector. We are on the prowl for more…

Trouble is, what to do with them, functionally? Sure, these mid-century, mostly ceramic masterpieces do rock a table styling, but can they do anything? Before we take a stab at re-functioning ashtrays. Here are some cool pics!

Shine on! Braxton

Re-functioning your Kick-Ass Mid-Century Ashtray?
  • Coin tray
  • Jewelry tray
  • Candy dish
  • Paper weight
  • Key tray
  • Paperclip/thumbtack holder
  • Ink pen tray
  • Coaster
  • Flash drive holder
  • Candle holder
  • Pot or tray for small plant
  • Potpourri
  • Mid-Century long-haired troll holder
  • Your idea? Use your imagination.