Thursday, March 26, 2009

Silly Contest

So, the other day I found the answer to a nagging question revolving around the above mysterious thrifty find. For those of you that know me, you may recall being asked if YOU had any guesses. No one knew. I even googled things. Things like 'stainless steel traffic cone'. Strangely, even google didn't have a good answer for that one. Honestly, I probably spent a couple of hours of my life trying to figure out what on earth this thing was. I gave up the quest after my friend John said he thought it was the display item for fresh flowers. The sort of thing like at Costco or Sams. This actually sounded plausible, so I decided to give up the quest and drill a bunch of tiny holes into it so I could use it as my mod xmas tree earring display at the Cherrywood Art Fair.

Okay, now for the contest part. Free pair of earrings (your choice) from my ETSY shop (www.christineterrell.etsy.com) to the first person who correctly identifies the above conical object. This is what I knew about it:

1. I got it at the thrift store (of course).

2. It's stainless steel. (Not aluminum like I first thought. After breaking off the fourth drill bit, I started thinking something was up.)

3. Only the bottom portion of the cone is open. The top is closed, so--big hint here--it's not some sort of funnel.

4. It's about 18 inches tall, 10 inch opening on the bottom and the top is about 2.5 inches across.

Here are some [slightly] better pictures:



That's it. That's all I knew. Start sending in those guesses. Leave a comment here or mail to christine AT adaptivereuser.com.

The contest runs until someone sends in the correct response, or I decide I just can't wait any longer to reveal to my loyal reader(s) the astounding answer.

16 comments:

danielle said...

from the angle of the last picture, it resembles the metal thing under a stove burner...i don't know what they are called. but i don't think i've ever seen one that goes that deep.

Carol B said...

I think it's a funky champagne bottle holder - the kind that sits on a stand, you fill it partly with ice, and add a champagne bottle. I hope I'm right!

Samantha @ Nepenthe's Bathtime said...

An AIG executive's personal traffic cone? :)

SoRo said...
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SoRo said...

I am pretty sure its a flower holder for a flower store. You know the ones they have at HEB, Target, Wal-mart? They put water and flowers in there. Just a guess, but im pretty sure!

Like this: http://www.floral-supply.com/flower-displays-ribbon-racks/flower-display/pegboard-slatboard-flower-display-vases/

Beth H said...

i have no idea. at first i thought it was for piping icing - until i realized how big it is! : ) maybe it's for piping on a humongous cake?

Roy & Cheri said...

It is a Croquebouche. It is a stainless steel cone base for assembling a cream puff ball pyramid.

Did I get it?

Anonymous said...

I think that it's a stainless steel dunce cap to protect naughty children from flying pencils.

Dot Connector said...

One half of an industrial, mid-century bra for a mother who breastfed 12 children.

Sally Jo said...

Looks like a mute for a french horn or a trombone - without the piece on the wide end. Maybe it's a mute for a euphonium.

Anonymous said...

Is it a piece from an airplane?

Anonymous said...

candy tumbler?
Emily Barrett

Anne said...

a flower vase they use in a church or cemetery?

Robbenfitz said...

It IS soooo totally a pastry cone for assembly of cream puff balls into a croquembouche pyramid. A Croquembouche Pastry Cone to be exact. If it's exact measurements are 11-7/8'' x 19-5/8''H then it's like $150 bucks! But, of course, I would never pay that so I never got one. I was looking all over for one like that in Feb. for a Moulin Rouge party! Don't tell me you found this at evil-will?!

PDXRain said...

What about a cone for a car headlight?

tina lewis said...

It looks like it could be a candle mold...