Well, better late than never. Upcycling, when done well (in an intuitive, not a "worthy" way) can create some really stylish pieces. I'm not really one for trinkets or displayed ornaments (unless it's actually art, I favour function over form - less dusting). So I'm a big fan of making something that's beautiful but redundant into something useful. Like these stunning (and, erm, everywhere) old tennis racquets-turned-mirrors.
Less attractive, but still interesting alternate home uses for racquets:
And a few other sporty transformations that caught my eye: