This girl, interrupted, was idling through a Pier 1 store today (for those of you blissfully ignorant, it's an "imports" store, with mostly brown furniture and stinky candles). Not as much fun as it used to be, when you could buy trashy earrings and jaunty sashes and carved giraffes.
I was hurrying back out the door (the whole store reeks of candle), where I had to pass through ground zero, with all those vanilla waxy towers, bottles of liquid incense (why?), smelly tea lights... when I noticed an incongruous shelf of little glass dishes.
So pretty. So tiny, almost exactly the same size as in this photo.
Wouldn't that make a nice salt cellar, I said to Cranky. He said, or a dish for olive pits.
In fact, they were candleholders for tea lights.
I bought four. Cost me two bucks. If they had been sold as salt cellars, I probably would have had to pay $12.
It reminded me of the time I bought a bag of gas-station dipstick wiping rags at Costco. Y'know, those pinkish squares of loosely woven cotton that your serviceman stuffs in his pocket after checking your oil. No engine oil for me. I bought those rags to use as napkins at a chili party. If any of them got seriously stained, I could just chuck them.
But after all these years, I still have most of the pink rags, and have never used them as anything other than napkins. Oh, yeah, and they were cheap, too.
What clever, inexpensive substitutes have you sneaked into your kitchen and repurposed as dining hardware? I'm particularly interested in table settings, but I'm happy to hear iterations on the bean can for bacon drippings, and like that. (Me, I like a label-off bean can on the table, holding sad flowers — heartbreaking. The doily underneath it is a lace glove, of course.)