Seeing beyond what's there:
It looked like a very big coaster, padded and stitched. It was velvet, faded in parts, very old. I knew I could use it in some way. I threw it in my basket. That's how it works with me when I'm shopping at mantofev's fleamarket, possible the best one online. When it arrived, I took it apart, discarded the padding, and ended up with a nice piece of old, crushed, faded velvet. Lovely.
It didn't take long to put it to good use. I've been wanting to make flowers (with old, crushed, faded velvet), and so I did. I stitched a little fabric tag to finish it off, and a pin on the back.
Do not break your shin on a stool that is not in your way.-- Irish proverb