Anyway, yesterday there was a post entitled "Remix Everything" and I realized that this is EXACTLY what I do in my games. You probably do too. We OSRians have been remixing for some time now.
Here are a few pics to illustrate how I "Remix" all the time.
A - plastic toy from Dexter's Laboratory -- think it came in a Happy Meal. Perfect for Mad Scientists/Mage's lab
B - Gronckles dragon from How to Train your Dragon
C - Heroscape Mini (Marro warrior of some kind) See Hydrospawn
D - V.V. Argost from "Secret Saturdays" has been glued to plastic disk, is now Uuthak the Obscure in my CotMA game
E - Bathalian mini from Reaper (this is the "normal" thing you'd use) :)
F - Star Wars mech/droid mini. I've used this as a deadly construct along the lines of Matt Finch's Amphorons of Yothri
G - Strange Japanese die from dice game. Repurposed as dragon headed altar.
H - Rubbery mice from Walmart at Halloween. They are about $1 per dozen.
J - Wooden egg from Michaels, now the Regen-O-Pod
K - Jenga blocks -- good for EVERYTHING
Below is a picture of just SOME of the books that I frequently pull off my shelves for use during my games. There are many, many, many more, but I ran out of floor.
Michael's Dungeon Alphabet, JG Verbosh, Moldvay Basic, Cook/Marsh Expert, DMG 1st Ed., OSRIC, -C's Tricks, Jeff's Miscellaneum of Cinder, Al's Beyond the BTBG Compendium 2009, Matt's Quick Primer on Old School Gaming, Philotomy's Musings, Hill Canton's Compendium, S&W Whitebox, One Million Magic Items, Al's BTBG Compendium 2010, Tome of the Spider Mage (Thanks to Gavin at The City of Iron), Chgowiz's S&W Reference Sheets, Jeff's Ye Olde Book of Spells, JD's Dungeoneer Cache tables, LOTFP, Random Fantasy Adventure Generator, Matt's Pars Fortuna, S&W Quickstart, The Wilderness Alphabet (by me), Roger's Varlets and Vermin, and Matt's City Encounters.
If you aren't pulling stuff from about thirty-seven different books, you probably aren't trying hard enough. :)