Wednesday, March 05, 2008

The one where...

I am pretty sure this will be the post that will either make you say that I am completely, totally insane, or that I am occassionally clever. LOL And I won't be offended if you choose insane.
When I saw this sitting under a table at the flea market this weekend I only noticed the perfect green paint and the screen on the front. I assumed it was some sort of pie safe, and when the man said it was $5, I ponied up the cash without even looking at the thing twice. And then he told me it was an old bird cage.

Oy. What on earth had I done? What about the visions of filling it with my tablecloths so I can see some of them? (Other than the one on the kitchen table, they are all currently in drawers, unlike the quilts and aprons, which I can see and admire every day).
It only got worse when I got it home and saw the filthy god awful mess it was inside. You wouldn't even know there was glass on the right side in that first picture would you?

Ah well. It was sunny and I had nothing better to do, so I spent a good 2 hours cleaning and sanitizing the thing. We retacked the screen down, took the pieces of wood off the top and bottom where they had been desperately trying to keep the bird from chewing it's way out, switched out the handle and I brought it inside.
I moved this darn thing all over the house. Things always seem smaller at the flea market, don't they? I finally found the perfect spot for it in the kitchen, filled it up with tablecloths, and I have to tell you that I love it.

Is it weird? Well, maybe only if you know it was a bird cage...

You can't get stories like that at Wal-mart you know. :-)
And because I like to keep track of these things, this was the scene at our house yesterday. So much for that basking in the sun thing.
But snow angels are fun too!

37 comments:

  1. Things don't always have to be what they were: We can make a new life out of anything. It is a beautiful linen holder.

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  2. It is lovely! The color is perfect. And if I can keep chickens in my basement, you can keep tablecloths in your bird cage :)

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  3. No, I love it! What a good idea. :)

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  4. My vote is for clever. It looks fantastic!!

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  5. How fabulous it looks all cleaned up and with your cloths inside.
    Cute Snow Angel
    Alison

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  6. Oh man I love that thing. I would have totally scooped it up at a yard sale or where have you. My first guess was that it was a pie safe too. I think the elbow grease was well worth it.

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  7. I'm going with pretty clever. Great job refurbishing a great vintage item!

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  8. Yes! I always misjudge stuff at the flea market and get it home only to scratch my head, thinking 'what the Sam Hill". Oh and BTW, Guess what... Tag! Your it! (I didn't start this, just following the rules!) Here’s the rules:
    1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
    2. Share 7 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
    3. Tag 7 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well as links to their blogs.
    4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

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  9. claire12:30 PM

    ahh how I miss St. Louis snow storms! though now that we live in CA I can appreciate the value of visiting the snow and not having to live with it.

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  10. WOW nice find . Love the way it looks with all of the goodies in it .

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  11. Ok, I'm going with terribly clever! Very, very cool, Miss Sarah!

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  12. Katie Trott1:45 PM

    I think it makes the treasure even better, the worse the wear is, and how much or how little work it needs to get it all just right. The inside is a pretty color too! A great find!

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  13. OH, I'd have to say you were BRILLIANT to bring that home!! Bravo, Sarah!

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  14. Oh I'm with Jen, that is quite the find!!! Just adorable!

    I'm so glad I don't live where it snows like that in March!!!! I don't think I'd mind if it did that around Christmastime but March? Naaaah. It is pretty to look at though.

    Molly

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  15. I like it! Wish I had one! : )

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  16. Fabulous!! I don't know if I love it more or all of the vintage tablecloths peaking out from inside. Love it!

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  17. I love it, and I'm not sure I would have seen its potential! Good for you!

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  18. Looks great. Glad you found a space where you can enjoy your tablecloths. I have mine draped over the back of every chair and the sofa. DH doesn't like it, but I love having them around.

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  19. How funny is that.... LOL!!!
    What a great job you've done of fixing it up. I would be none the wiser if I hadn't of known it looks gorgeous. ;)

    Jodie

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  20. I think it's fabulous and the fact that it is a bird cage only adds to the wonderfulness of it!

    We had snow yeterday, 70's today and a forecast of 6" of snow tommorrow. Ridiculous!

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  21. I'm going with "insanely clever" :) Seriously, I love it! The color is just perfect and I would have bought it too! A steal, and well worth the yucky scrubbing you had to do. Fabulous!

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  22. Absolutely insanely clever! That is such a wonderful find and love the tablecloths tucked inside...perfect :-)! Great to find your blog.

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  23. Oh you Crafty Wench. ;) I love it! And I love it more because it was a birdcage. I'm getting on a plane and we are going to the flea market. See you in a few hours. ;)

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  24. WOW what a great use for it, loving the snow angel...

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  25. Not weird at all. I love it! I happen to have an old wooden toolbox from the 1930's that I use in my bedroom as a coffee table and as my "gift closet". When we lived in Wyoming I had an old camp cookbox from a wagon that I used in my craft room to hold my fabric. It was wonderful and I wish I had never gotten rid of it.

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  26. Much better use for it, too. It looks much too small for a poor bird. Love the colour!

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  27. Oh too funny! I think you are clever & I also think it is even better because it has a great story behind it :)

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  28. I think it looks lovely with all your tablecloths in it. so I guess I vote for clever. ;)

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  29. I don't think it started life as a bird cage, I think someone turned it into a bird cage!

    And I think you turned it into something quite lovely :)

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  30. Well, apparently I spoke too soon about the snow. We are due some tonight and in the morning. Just in time to foil my thrift shop plans. Drat. We Texans(east and south) do not have the first clue how to drive in snow so I'd rather stay home and stay safe.*G*

    Molly

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  31. So much nicer with tablecloths than birds!

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  32. I love it!! I would sooo do the same!
    Why should our collections be tucked away? They should be out for all to see, especially for us to see!
    Great find! SOOO charming!

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  33. Oh wow, it's gorgeous now! I would love to be able to look at my tablecloths that way, never mind that they are sitting in a pile on my kitchen table right now. And I adore that style glass handle too.

    But you know, clever and insane aren't mutually exclusive. I think a liitle bit of both is sometimes good, lol.

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  34. you are officially quite clever. And what a "green" project! I love it.

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  35. That is actually very cute. You have a wonderful eye for these things.

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  36. Now You've done it! I'll be looking for birdcages now. That is such a cute idea. I would never have guessed it was a birdcage.

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  37. I'd never guess it was a bird cage. I love what you've done with it! It's so pretty.

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