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25 October, 2009

A New Thrifting Find...but...What Is It?

IMG_8324 I want to show you my latest thrifting find. Isn’t it wonderfully old and chippy? It looks like it has been in grandma’s attic or out in the barn waiting to be discovered. I found it while antiquing with some fellow Georgia bloggers. (Click here to read CC Catherine's blog!) But I think I need a little help deciding exactly what it is. A candelabra is the obvious first choice, isn’t it? But…


page2 …Baby Kitty and I checked it out from stem to stern and there is no sign of any candle wax whatsoever!


IMG_8309 And the little cups have indentions that are so small that not much more than a birthday candle could fit! Any ideas? Hmmm… an antique egg holder?


IMG_8274 Whatever it is, it got my little wheels turning. How about using it to hold some baby pumpkins for Halloween? It came with its own spider webs already!! lol


straight1 I just quickly jazzed it up with what I had on hand. It makes a cute Fall decoration, doesn’t it?


straight Now I’m thinking…add some pretty glass balls at Christmas, colored eggs at Easter, some round candles or some fruit between holidays. I usually grab the spray paint, but I am leaning toward leaving this one as is. Tell me what you think…because I think I am in love!!!! lol


met mon Thanks so much for stopping by! I am excited to be joining two Monday parties today! Please be sure to head on over to visit our gracious hostesses and find out who else will be playing along!

First, I am joining Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday! Please be sure to drop by to be treated to one of her beautiful mosaics and to find a list of this week’s participants!

Then, I will be participating in Metamorphosis Monday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! You will want to pay her a visit to see what she is up to and to find more wonderful decorating re-dos!

See you next time! A la prochaine!

79 comments:

  1. Youppi (sp?)...je suis la première! Que tu es douée! J'aime chaque décoration! Tu sais, à "l'arbre du dollar" il y a des ornements très jolis pour $1. Peut-être nous pouvons en acheter demain. Je pense que ton achat est "un truc"! Voilà! mdr...Linda

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  2. Debbie I just love this, and I would definitely leave it as is. Have no idea what it was originally for, candles was my first guess also. It makes an adorable fall centerpiece. But I LOVE it with the B & W ribbon next to those sunflowers. What a fantastic find! Hugs, Kat

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  3. Hi Debbie, what a gorgeous treasure you found!!, I love all the arrangements you made with it, all of them are so lovely!!!
    Cariños
    Maria Cecilia

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  4. Oh Debbie, don't paint it - it's PERFECT as is! I LOVE both of your ideas...with pumpkins AND black & white combo. Hard to choose a favorite. I see Baby Kitty is up his his usual shennanigans

    The roof, OMG, we have to talk about that!

    Thanks for visiting and have a great Sunday ~ Bonnie

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  5. I love it, Debbie! So many decorating possibilities for the different seasons!

    Hugs,
    Carol

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  6. Debbie... well, it certainly looks like something I'd pick up on a junkin' trip! I was thinking maybe it held those glass votives with the stem? but they're about candle width... I like the idea of of vintage glass Christmas balls... and the two ideas you've shared are perfect... I know you'll put it to good use, whatever it is!

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  7. Hi Debbie! OH, I love your new thingy! I think it is a candlelabra and the tiny little holes are to hold those little glass hurricanes that hold votives! Oh, you've been playing with it and it looks lovely with the pumpkins and the candles! Love, love, love it!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  8. What ever it is Debbie I love it...I also would use it to display things ...how cute this would be at spring time with Bird nest and eggs in in...Hope all is well on your side of the mountain my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  9. Hi Debbie...well,girl...I'm not sure what it is but I sure do like it! :-) It's so versatile...so many neat things you can do with it. You know, someone once gave me some beeswax candles, and they were a really odd size. I think they would have fit in those holes. Ummm, maybe it was designed to hold those. Love the way it looks with the pumpkins! Beautiful!

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  10. I'm in love, also. All of your ideas are great. Sally

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  11. Well - whatever it is, you've brought it to life in a wonderful way! Can't wait to see how you use it again and again through the seasons.

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  12. Oh my! Whatever it is, I love it! I think you have been so creative with all of the possibilities AND don't paint it ~ it's perfect as it is.

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  13. Don't know what it is, but I LOVE it! :D Jewel

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  14. Debbie,
    You are just the most cleverest! I love it the way it is and how you have so beautifully displayed it, love the check ribbon~ Hugs, Cindy

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  15. oh girl you did good finding this one!!! I love it..and what you did with it makes it even more fantastic!

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  16. Hi Dear Friend - its so good to have a few minutes to sit here and visit with everyone. I have missed you. I love your find. Not a clue as to what it is - but its a keeper. Imagine all the possibilities!!!! It could even be a teacup/saucer holder. I think you will have lots of fun with this piece, but for now love, love the mini pumpkin arrangement. I want one of those "whatchamacallits" too. :-D

    I promise to stop in the neighborhood soon.

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  17. Whatever it is I love what you did with it. And I love your little helper!

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  18. What an interesting find, I would have swore it was for candles too. Looks absolutely gorgeous turned into Fall decor. And just stunning with the White. Whatever it is you have found a versatile piece!
    Have a great week!
    *hugs*deb

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  19. What a great find, the possibilities are endless! I love what you've come up with, it looks great with everything you've imagined for it! Whatever it is, it's a conversation piece :)

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  20. Well you did a great job turning the "What is it?" TO something great. I totally was picturing mini pumpkins... and then as i scrolled down.. there you had them all placed perfectly even with a bow. Love the candles and gingham bow as wel. So cute!

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  21. You will have a lot of fun with this---lots of possibilities!

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  22. Deb, another great find by you. Only you could have come up with this perfect use for whatever it is. I love the pumpkins they look great and you know me and black and white checks, hmmmm, maybe with some white pumpkins. Can't wait to see itfor Christmas.You always have such a vision! Hugs Kathysue

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  23. Hi Debbie, at first glance I thought it was a candelabra! But with your creative mind working, I think the transformation into a candelabra is just lovely. Very lucky to find the rounded candles to fit!

    A thrift find indeed! And baby kitty is so sweet!

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  24. In am really impressed with what you have made of it--both the pumpkin stand with leaves and the black and white arrangement are fabulous looking! Great find for you!

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  25. Love it! What a great imagination you have!!!

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  26. What a great find. You know if I see anything close to this I am going to have to buy it after seeing how great you made it look with those pumpkins! You should be able to have fun decorating with it all year round!

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  27. Love the punkin holder and I love your kitty !
    Kammy

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  28. I don't know what it is, but I ♥ it!

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  29. Well done on changing up that thrifty find. I really like both looks!!

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  30. OOOOh, this Is a good one! Looks like it might have had more to it, like glass huricanes, maybe. But it's much better without them. This is many possibilities just waiting to happen. Good for you!!!! Very inspiring.
    Yvonne @ StoneGable

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  31. Whatever it is, you and your creative genius have made it look fabulous. Love the pumpkins in it, and I love the round candles with the pretty b/w checked ribbon. You are so right about the Christmas balls and Easter eggs. (I wonder if it was originally a hanging chandellier that held those little candle light bulbs, and when it quit working somebody took the wiring out??). laurie

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  32. You are so creative, Debbie. I would have never thought of using it for anything else other than candles. All your creations are so pretty...Christine

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  33. Debbie, it is wonderful. I love it every way that you've shown in. What a fabulous piece. I think it's perfect. I think all the pumpkins are a great fall decoration. Just too cute. Hugs, Marty

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  34. I love it, would wide short pilar candles fit in it, I mean just fit inside the lip... just a thought Just love the piece and think the round balls look great also...

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  35. Very pretty Debbie. I love what you did with the pumpkins. And seeing the by black & white photo, you can do almost anything with it.

    Can't wait to see it all done up for Christmas.

    Have a great week!

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  36. So pretty. I bet there are a dozen things you can use it for! I am loving the pumpkins on it. Great score!

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  37. Debbie, I love it! I'm almost sure it is a candlelabra. Don't know why the holes are so small.

    I love what you've done with it. It is just the perfect piece for decorating... love the pumpkins AND the cute white egg candles with the black check bows. Neat! I can see it being a lot of fun at Christmas, too.

    Have missed seeing you...

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  38. Hi Debbie.What a gorgeous candleholder you found. Yes , my idea. LOl .Your mosaic looks great.
    Have a nice Monday.
    PS I have a new photoblog. Maybe you want to have a look?
    Riet

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  39. Hi Debbie!

    What an awesome find! I love it just the way it is. And the colored glass balls or beautiful Christmas bulbs would be stunning during the holidays!

    have a wonderful day!

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  40. What a wonderful treasure you've uncovered, Debbie!! Oh the possibilities.....you've only scratched the surface, I'm sure.
    I bet we see this in many different vignettes in your future.
    Great find!!

    ♥ Rettabug

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  41. What a great versatile item, I love all your ideas. Well done, best wishes, Jackie in UK.

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  42. Now there is one multi-purpose piece to be proud of. Looks great and I'm sure you'll think of a hundred more ways to dress it up!

    When visiting my post, be sure to click on the "Follow" button if you like what you see. This way we can share one anothers creativity!

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  43. It looks great in all your applications, Debbie!

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  44. Very interesting piece, I can't imagine what it was either, but love what you've done with it.

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  45. Hello Debbie. Such a a great find. I love candelabra. Its gorgeous with white candles and checkered ribbon. and on Christmas with red and gold
    Wonderful. Thanks for sharing.

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  46. Hi Girlfriend...

    Oooh...what a fabulous treasure find...I love it! You won't believe this but I found one very similar recently as we were going through some of my late father-in-law's things down in the basement! Mine isn't as tall as yours and doesn't have as many arms but I nabbed it and brought it home...was wondering what to do with it!!! Wow...great ideas! I love the baby pumpkins and the white ball candles are gorgeous with it too! By the way...fabulous vignettes that you created using this great treasure find...so beautiful, Debbie!!! Love the idea of displaying pretty Christmas balls on it...that will be really pretty!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari
    PS...thanks so much for stopping by and taking a peek at my French Country Autumn...sure enjoyed your sweet note, my friend!

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  47. I love it decorated each way, but I'm so into black and white now, that is my fave. Would love to know it's original purpose.

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  48. Whatever it was, I like it the ways you are using it now! It will look great dressed up for all the holidays.
    :-) Sue

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  49. What a fun piece! You have some wonderful ideas on how to use it! I love it!
    -Angela

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  50. What an interesting piece. I love your idea of changing it with the seasons/holidays.

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  51. I love what you have done with it so far! Great find.
    Besides what you thought of..I see it holding wonderful CUPCAKES, Chocolate dipped apples, wrapped popcorn balls for Christmas with ribbon scrolling through it...
    I KNOW you will find many uses for it!
    Muy bien! No French here...:)

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  52. Oh I just love it. Love the pumpkins and the white candles too it looked great.
    Can't wait to see it with Christmas ornaments.
    What a really cool find. Wouldn't it be neat to find out what it really was for? I love your repurposing anyway.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Have a Blessed Week,
    Sherry

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  53. You are a genius! Beautiful! So creative!

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  54. What a unique and awesome piece! LOVE what you did with it, and hope you post all the transformations you make with it. Lucky duck :o)

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  55. You are just too creative...What a wonderful job you did with this "thing".....I can't decide which one I like best but i'm leaning towards the one with the black and white...that looks great...

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  56. Lucky girl! What a great find. Love that brown ribbon you paired with it, but all photos are great. Can't wait to see what you come up w/ for Christmas!

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  57. I bet the little holes are for the glass votive holders that have the little knob on the bottom. They were used for sconces I think. Maybey someone put it together to make a candleabra that wouldn't drip all over their best tablecloth! LOL!

    But I love all the creative ways you've displayed it!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  58. First thing I thought of was that it would be cute with little pumpkins on it! I don't know what it is, but it's cute!

    Manuela

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  59. I had to come back for another look at baby kitty eyeing that candelabra. He is such a cutie and never ceases to make me smile.

    Hope you are well and finding all sorts of shiny objects for your nest.

    XO,

    Sheila

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  60. Well...you certainly made that wonderful old time piece look fantastic. I am wondering if the candles should be those long very slender ones. You don't see them often, except in magazines...but the are very slender and tall. However...what you have done with it is wonderful!!!

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  61. Oh, I love what you've done with it! And I love baby kitty, too. :)

    Thanks so much for sharing your lovely images at MM. :)

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  62. Debbie, you KNOW that was meant for me! I saw it FIRST !!! What a fun find.... love it! I think it's to hold apples all around it and a pineapple in the center..who knows, I love it with pumpkins and then you go and do it up with black and white and I love it that way too!

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  63. Debbie...

    Vous êtes inestimable. J'aime votre slogan. Merci pour le rire, Ms. Pomme de Terre! ;-)

    XO,

    Isabella

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  64. It's wonderful, what a great find! I think it was a light fixture missing the globes.

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  65. it's a candelabra...I had two of them on my cake table when I got married in 1974!!!..the little holes hold tall skinny tapers..I think my Mom bought the candelabra's @ a Hallmark store..they were &.. still are avocado green!!..I used pale pink tapers & arranged fresh daisies & babies breath around the 'arms'!!...I still can find the skinny tapers @ a Hallmark store..LOVE what you've done with it!!..thanks for inspiring!!..Lacy

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  66. This is too cool! My mom had one in white & would use votive cups for her candles. That's probably what the little indentations are for. I like it in black better - think I'll paint her white one black! Love the pumpkins on it & ornaments would be the bomb! ☺♥☺ diane

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  67. Made me smile this posting and yes I would leave as is...I think it will look wonderful with whatever you do with it.

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  68. Wow I would have snatched this up no doubt! I love it. It looks beautiful all gussied up.

    Hey I am having my first giveaway...12 berry wreath napkin rings in either red or white...come on by and take a peek at all the fun things you can do with them.

    Karin

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    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  70. Hey Debbie , this is so funny ! I got the same item at a yard sale about 2 weeks ago ! Mine is creme colored . It was calling my name so I snatched it right up ! I love it !
    Love what you did to yours. And I got some great ideals for mine from your friends here ! Hope you don't mind if I use some of their ideals.
    There is a pic of mine on my blog, go look. I just paid a dollar for mine, LOL !

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  71. I thought of the round candles as soon as I saw it! I love the mini pumpkins on it..I think you're onto something..it will be fun to see how you decorate it for all the occasions coming up...

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  72. whatever it is,you have made it into something so very special.i love it.especially in the black and white....anniepoo

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  73. What a great piece. I love it with the pumpkins and love all your ideas on ways to use it! Great find.

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  74. I have one just like yours! Only mine is a maize color with white peaking through. I found it at a garage sale several years ago for $3. I usually have votives with candles sitting in each "cup," but I've also had it full of pumpkins and gourds just like you did with yours. It's been to weddings, school functions, and, of course, in various rooms through Casa St. Michael. I know you'll enjoy yours as much as I do mine!

    Grins!
    Pamm

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  75. That may have been mine years ago! I bought one just like it, except that it was painted white at the time, at the Fitz and Floyd Outlet that was once in Dallas. I never did use it as a candle holder - or use it at all for that matter, but did decide to paint it black...then I still never used it. Eventually I sent it off to Goodwill.

    At any rate - whether it was mine or not - they were available in the 90's in Dallas at Fitz and Floyd.

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  76. I know it's tempting to put the question out there to see what others can tell you about it, but my gosh, you could've just done the post with what YOU came up with, because I love what you did with this ummmm..."item." :) The only problem you're going to have it resisting the temptation of using it over and over and over! Love it! ~Zuni

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie