The up cycle is all the rage these days. The DIY pallet project has became something remarkable. I have seen people build almost anything out of pallets. In a fallen world you will find that re using everything will be crucial. When resources are sparse you will need to get the most out of everything. Our throw away society will be rocked by the idea that the valve of cheap and cheaply made goods has been shut off.
I feel like the garden could be a place where you could get one more use out of items in your home. I recently has a tree some crashing through a greenhouse on my property and rather than trash the whole thing I used the piece to rebuild a trellis that can now be utilized in my garden. Its possible.