I'm always finding cool baskets that would work really well as "purses" for various costuming events at the thrift store. Since I already have...er...three? I like buying the ones I find now and giving them away as gifts. For the secret santa this year, I gave the one above away. Here's what it originally looked like.
Ummm...yeah. The basket itself was fine. Cute handle, deep enough for a bunch of stuff like keys, cell phones, and emergency sewing kits, but the lid.... I wanted to repaint it into something more historically appropriate. I also wanted it to work somewhat with multiple eras since someone would be using it, hopefully, for everything from the Renn Faire to Victorian. I bought some basic paint for 50 cents and just covered over the horrible snowman. I made sure that the entire lid was thickly painted. I then free painted the little fan in white once the black paint dried. It's not the best painting by far but you can tell it's a fan and it's a vast improvement over the snowman, I think.
The original basket was only $1.90. So, for under $3, I managed to make a fairly useful gift. Of course, I put a brooch and a necklace in it too. :-)