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Friday Finds Under Fifty: The Vase the Music Edition

I love vases. Fill them with flowers and you can enjoy the delights of the garden indoors. Sit them empty on your shelves and windowsills, and you can enjoy the artistry of the human hand. Fill them with something unexpected – say, for instance, a cheerful bouquet of pinwheels or a clutch of exotic feathers – and you can amuse anyone who happens to see them.

To get the best out of a vase, though, you need a particularly nice one. The good news is that this needn’t break your bank – not even the piggy one!

Don’t believe me? How about a few examples.

The first one comes from Bellacor. One look at the pretty stripes and charming shape made me want to gaze at it in perpetuity.

Henna Ceramic Vase So very pretty. It stands some 18″ high, so it will look quite impressive on its own. This is a good thing because it’s designed to be used with only dry displays. Remember those feathers I was talking about? This would be a wonderful place for them.

This is also a case of a tremendous bang for your buck. The retail price is a $80.00, which is quite a nice price for something that will look so handsome in your home. But why pay retail when you can get a deal? Bellacor usually carries it for a thrifty $68.00, but right now – if you hurry – you can get it for the basement bargain price of just $28.00!


Take a Stand

If you need more than a smile for your umbrella, then you’re going to need something to keep that umbrella in over the next few months. Why not make it something attractive?

Cherry Blossom Design Umbrella Stand This 17″ tall, 8″ diameter procelain umbrella stand by Asian Design Ceramics will hold umbrellas and walking sticks with ease while adding a cheery bit of color to the room. The hand painted cherry blossom design on an ivory crackle-finish will fit easily into a wide variety of color schemes, too.

Even if you don’t use it to store umbrellas, it makes a pretty accent piece that your friends are sure to admire.

Best of all, Amazon has it at a great sale price. The list price for this lovely piece was $209.95, but right now Amazon has it at the bargain price of $79.33! That’s 62% off the original price, and not one iota off the original beauty.