The Yellow Ashtray was my Mother's. In the 50's and 60's there were a lot of Social Smokers, if not habitual ones! The Hollywood Movies of that era made it a sort of glamorous habit to acquire. Neither my Mother nor my Father smoked, but being the gracious Southern Hosts that they were, many ashtrays were placed strategically all over the house to make sure their guests felt right at home!
I loved The Yellow Ashtray, so when Mom was thinking about letting it go, I grabbed it! Now that she is gone, I use it to hold various calligraphic utensils as I work. And I think of her.
The other item is a superfluous Toothbrush Holder that no longer had a place to live in any of my bathrooms. And my grown kids, who have kids of their own, and houses of their own, don't always want my castoffs! So, once again, I try to figure out how it can be used. It is perfect to hold the brushes/pens I am currently using! And any drips falling down the stems of these tools are caught at the bottom, safe and sound from my desktop! Kind of like an ashtray that would catch the ashes before they hit Momma's Fine Furniture!