Who doesn't love to dig through the drawers at a vintage shop? Here where I live, shopkeepers fill old dresser drawers with handkerchiefs that are monogrammed, embroidered, lace-edged, plain, or printed with a floral pattern. And they are all for sell!
The ideas are endless on where to use handkerchiefs when it comes to decorating. Personally, I have used them on purses, dresses, dolls, pillows, frames, and cards. They also make a nice lightweight valance. One could also use them as wrapping paper, for sachets, fabric for a lampshade, doilies, ties for the hair, and wraps for herbs.
As a young girl I always remember my mother using handkerchiefs in her yo-yo quilts. And at Christmas, she would make teacher's gifts fancily-wrapped with hankies, ribbon, candy canes, and a special note. My mother also gives me a rose hankie every year in my birthday card.
When I'm out and about at local thrift stores I always pick up a floral hankie. From time to time, if the deal is good, you may even find me selling several here on eBay. I hope in some way I have inspired you to use your own collection of hankies in various projects or to preserve them as they are and put them in frames.