I love repurposing items ~ especially when there's "No Assembly Required." Recently, I posted an idea reusing an old rake head as a wine glass holder. Read more about it here. To my delight and surprise, the feedback has been overwhelming. I think the interest, in part, stems from the fact it was repurposed from something quite common and ordinary. The rake idea requires little effort to transform it from it's original identity.
Funny how you can see an item over and over again and one day look at it in a completely different light. Such was the case with this vintage "Standard" rubber stamp holder (say that real fast ten times). I lucked upon it during my recent trip to Round Top for a mere $10.
I've had my eye on one of these for a long time, likely because I remember my dad having one on the desk in his office when I was a little girl. I always admired it ~ it reminded me of a mini whimsical carousel. I would play with it and pretend the stamps were little horses, gracefully taking their riders for a spin. Practically, I had been looking for one because I had several stamps that I wanted to display.
I wasn't needing another wine glass holder, but just last evening, I glanced at this simple utilitarian object and saw it as one. The best part about it is there's "No Assembly Required!"
All I had to do was plop in the stemware. I'm in love with this idea! I hope you find it as charming as I do. :)
The stamp holders aren't quite as common an item as the rakes, however, they can still be spotted lurking around antique stores and flea markets and are also easily found on Ebay and Etsy.
Hoping today is a happy fall Friday for you!
P.S. Thank you to the wonderful ladies from the Coppell Alumnae Panhellinic Association. I enjoyed being with you last night and enjoyed sharing about design, holiday inspiration and Tattered Style. Thanks for bearing with me and my nervous jitters. It looks like we may be planning a girl's trip to Canton soon. Can't wait!!!