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The Pillar

Sunday, May 05, 2013

I neglected to tell y'all that we went with Bobby and Gilda to an auction of postmodern 1950s and 1960s artsy stuff in Sarasota a few weeks ago.

We found a lot of things to bid on, like a four-foot tall papier mache cat with a bowtie and a goofy grin; a collection of 1960s sepia proof sheets of more than 200 nude sketches suitable for framing and papering a room with, which offended Bobby's West Virginia sensibilities but fascinated Gilda, Bill, and me; a folk-art alligator table; and a giant, hanging Swatch watch--all just the sort of stuff you'd want for your Florida house. All of it sold for far too much money. It's alarming to recall that we would have spent $225 for those nude sketches, if someone else hadn't gotten caught up in the bidding frenzy and spent $230.

Instead of all that, we came home with what can best be described as a PILLAR. It's a 6-foot-tall, greenish stone column carved like a palm tree trunk. I don't know. It just caught my eye. No one else seemed to badly want the thing, so we got it for $35--the next-to-cheapest item at the entire sale. Somehow we wrestled it into the back of Bobby and Gilda's Navigator, got it home, and found a place to erect it in our entryway.

Now, a bare pillar standing in front of your house looks just too, um, phallic and silly, so I was challenged to figure out exactly what to do with it. Bobby rather unhelpfully suggested that we put a revolving, solar-powered disco ball atop it. So it stood there naked for a week or two.

Then, one night when we were over at Bobby and Gilda's for hillbilly food, Gilda presented me with a small potted morning glory. It just fit in the top of the pillar, where it's making itself at home, curling tendrils all over the place.

Next, Gilda suggested stringing little white lights around the pillar, which Bill did just the other day.

Somehow, it all works. Between the festooned phallic symbol and our solar lanterns in the ground, the front of the house looks delightful, and the pillar looks like it was supposed to be here all the time.

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
NOTFATCAT 5/9/2013 6:36PM

    How about a pot with a hanging plant in it to nest in the top?
It's a neat piece that I would have been attracted to as well.

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    My first thought was LIGHTS!!!! I love it. Its a big and sparkling scratch post for sock nibbler.

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TINKERBELL200 5/8/2013 7:14PM

    How beautiful! I love the detail in it. I have something similar that my neighbors brought me from Columbia for watching their house. It has sunflowers carved in it but is not this large. She said to put tall dried flowers in it. Someday I might! Love, love, love your idea! It looks awesome and a good price! Nice addition to the entry.

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_LINDA 5/6/2013 11:01PM

    What a find! For sure the flowers and lights pick it up! Absolutely love morning glories, they will look awesome when they are mature and draped down your pillar! Great decorating!

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RWETHAIRYET 5/5/2013 9:19PM

    I like the pillar. I love morning glories. for 35 dollars I think you got a steal!
I however would have been drooling over the paper mache cat with a bowtie...a feline with no need for a litter box is just what I need in this house!

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VEENAS1 5/5/2013 8:55PM

    Nice picture. You did great!

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CHOCOHIPPO 5/5/2013 7:44PM

    Looks good!!!!! Great phallic symbol with folliage and lights. LOL.

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    I like the pillar! It was perfect as it but would look great with some vegetation cascading off of it.

When we were driving home the other day I saw a rummage sale and felt the old pull but managed to ignore it. I knew if I mentioned it to hubby he would tell me we needed nothing and he would be right but I also know he would be tempted to stop too. It is fun to rifle through second hand treasures. I am waist deep in goodies of every kind and am more than ready to get rid of stuff. If only I were in your situation and could add to my collection rather than subtract. My new rule is nothing comes in unless something goes out. All things related to acquisitions like this are fun and addictive.

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CARTOONB 5/5/2013 6:24PM

    I love it!!

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SCOOTER4263 5/5/2013 3:57PM

    The pillar is fabulous - even before your improvements! I love auctions, yard sales, estate sales, junk yards, large-item trash night - you name it, if it's designed for scavengers, I'll love it. That's precisely why I never go to them.

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SUNNYWBL 5/5/2013 3:55PM

    Totally emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing your FIND, and ingenuity !!!

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JOYINKY 5/5/2013 2:17PM

    It's all fun! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 5/5/2013 1:11PM

    I like the pillar Suz!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 5/5/2013 12:51PM

    I think it was a great purchase even before your creative additions.

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MNNICE 5/5/2013 11:58AM

    I like the pillar!

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GINIEMIE 5/5/2013 11:37AM

    Need a full front picture to get a clear view of your description my friend. But it sounds like you found a use for your little investment. I'll stand with Bobby on the nude images. Didn't see them, wouldn't bid on them and admit to being a bit of a prude. I don't know where I got that. Glad you had an enjoyable day.
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BETHGILLIGAN 5/5/2013 11:20AM

    What a great buy!!! Much better than nude sketches!!! It does look great in front of your house. Very creative!!! Just don't understand why no one else wanted it!!!

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