What a Bargain

7.15.2010

I have been trying to collect some vintage wine bottles wrapped in wicker or demijohns as they are called for a while. The prices can be quite high and not really what I want to pay. I have found a couple of reasonably priced ones at the flea market, but those are few and far between. I decided to look on ebay to see if they had any listed and there were quite a few at all different prices. I found this huge one that the seller said was found in an old barn. The starting bid was $19.



This thing is really big! The seller said it was around four gallons. He didn't try to clean it because the wicker
is very fragile in some spots.


The top shows the most grime and discoloration from being in the elements for so long. The photo doesn't show how gray and grimey it actually is. Inside the glass is rather nasty, too.


I just left it alone for a few days and then decided to make it look better.


So I got my stain out and a brush and just started brushing it on. I have seen some being sold that are stained like this, too.  The towel I am using is a very old beach towel and it is past it's prime. I actually got these towels before my kids were born. Sure have been good ones. I purchased  two of them back in the seventies for $12 each and my husband's sisters thought that was terribly expensive, but hey they lasted over thirty years so I think I got my money's worth out of them. Now it is a drop cloth. The other one I use when I give
Bailey a bath.


You can see how fragile the bottom of the wicker is.


Here it is all stained and pretty. I wiped the crud out of the top of the glass with just a wet paper towel.


The handles are in perfect condition.


For now it sits in the corner of my kitchen until I get another one and can move them to the top
of my bookcase in the great room.





My cat Rusty decided to get in the photo and this really shows how large this is.


Now the good news is nobody bid against me for it so it was $19 plus $13 for shipping. Still a lot cheaper
than some I have seen in the stores and on ebay.


Linking to:
My Romantic Home for show and tell Friday
The Shabby Nest  for frugal Friday
Chic on a Shoestring for flaunt it Friday
Southern Hospitality for thrifty treasures Monday
Between Naps on the Porch for metamorphosis Monday
Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase.

Thanks so much for all the nice comments y'all leave.

Y'all come back now,

KIM

Post edit: I have a Giveaway that just started today 7-18 for Lisa Leonard jewelry!!
Don't miss out!!

56 comments:

  1. What a good deal! It's so nice and big! It really does look so much better now that you stained it a darker color.

    Manuela

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  2. Love it Kim and you found the perfect spot for it!!

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  3. Oh I love it. It really is just wonderful. What a great find, and the price is really good. I love it all stained and cleaned up. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

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  4. That is so neat! I'm glad that you found a great deal and I would have never guessed it that big until I saw your kitty next to it.

    -Rene

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  5. Wow, what a great find at a great price!

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  6. You did good for it is big but the price is not! The stain worked out well. ♦olive

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  7. Beautiful transformation!!! Your cat Rusty looks a lot like my cat Rocky!

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  8. Kim,
    It's huge!

    The stain makes the wicker look so much richer. Great buy. Here I thought I was so cool buying a small bottle with wicker for $1 this morning at Goodwill and you come up with this monster of a bottle. I love it!

    Lisa

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  9. I love it! You did a great job fixing it up! I guess that is why I can't find any good ones here...you are buying them all;)!

    Have a wonderful evening!
    Cathy

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  10. You have a CAT! I just thought Bailey was queen. Great deal on the bottle and smart idea with the stain.

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  11. I have not seen one of these before, looks great with the gel stain on it, just beautiful! :D

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  12. Honestly, you have a knack for finding things and seeing their potential - and then for bringing that potential out. Well done!

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  13. Looks great, Kim and a great price! Love the kitty, Rusty. What a beautiful cat.

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  14. I love the new bottle! Rusty is pretty cute too!

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  15. Love it so much better in the darker color!

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  16. I love it, Kim! The new stain color is perfect! I'll send you my little tea basket to re-stain ;) Actually, I think you are right..it does have a shine on it, so I don't think it will stain either! I can't wait for you to get your collection together! Nancy

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  17. Kim,
    You did good! What a great idea to stain the wicker! Looks awesome!
    Wendy

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  18. Nice rehab! :) Looks much better. I had one (much smaller) years ago. Don't remember what I did with it. I have gotten rid of so much over the years - many things I wished I had kept. Rusty is so cute.

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  19. OH My! That is a very large glass and wicker jug! :) Thanks for educating us on the official name of these! Now, I will know what to google! Nice job on the stained finish, it looks wonderful! Precious kitty too! She is gorgeous!

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  20. Wow, what a great buy, Kim! It's a beauty and looks even better after you gave it your magic touch!...Christine

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  21. That is lovely--SO much better with the stain!
    I didn't know that these jugs actually had a name other than vintage wicker jug! ;)
    So, thanks for enlightening me!
    You cat is beautiful!!!
    Hugs,
    ~me

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  22. Kim, You got a great deal on the bottle! Ones this large normally sell for $150.00 and up. This shape is also unusual so that could raise the value. I just bought a wicker bottle that is the smallest I have ever seen. I just had to have it because it is so unique. Great find!
    Hugs, Sherry

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  23. Kim, I am amazed at that price! What a fantastic deal! It's beautiful all cleaned up and stained. I love it. laurie

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  24. Great job, Kim! It looks so much better with the stain. Totally renewed!

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  25. This is neat...I've never seen one of these before. I agree...it really looks great stained.
    Sharlotte

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  26. Kim, what a great size vase! Looks really nice all stained. Good price you got, too. Love Rusty! He's a looker!

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  27. Nice bargain! Love the size of it!

    Katherine

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  28. Kim, I didn't realize you had a cat. Looks like a sweet kitty! Love the wicker jug! I saw one over the weekend when I was in a small antique store near Albany, Ga. It was only $25. Wish I had gotten it now. If you don't mind sharing I would like to know the wall color you used in your kitchen and breakfast room. I'm thinking of painting mine, and I really like yours.
    Thanks so much!

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  29. I love it kim! Wow! that's was huge cat!

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  30. Kim, you always find the coolest things! I love what you did with it!

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  31. Jill, the wall color is Benjamin Moore rosemary sprig. Thanks for asking.

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  32. Wow! I was going to say...it would make a great lamp...but I guess it's a little too big for that. I love it after you stained it and cleaned it up.

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  33. What a great piece and one I covet at Linderhof!

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  34. Wow Kim, what a deal! And I love the new stain color! Rusty is pretty darn cute too!

    Kat :)

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  35. Yeah, I really love these and I never see them at all where I am. Ebay is a good idea.Especially at that price. Turned out great looking--Jacqueline

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  36. Wow, that really is big! Looks awesome with the staining!

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  37. That is lovely. What an awesome find and I love your kitty!

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  38. Love it! Looks beautiful!! Love the size of it!

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  39. Don't you love it when you find something you want and then get it for a good price? Staining it was a great idea. I did not realize how big it was until you put it in the corner (Rusty helped too). It is really cool

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  40. Great demi-john...sure dresses that little corner up...you did good, Kim!

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  41. That is huge! Great price, I think. The stain really brought it back to life!

    I had to laugh about the towels! In our camper, we are using the towels that I bought new when I got my first apartment. That was...26 years ago! A little tattered but they work well!

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  42. The wicker on the piece looks GREAT stained...WELL DONE!I bet it will look nice on top or your bookcases.

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  43. I think it looks better(older) with the stain. You are such a visionary, great job!!

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  44. What a great job!!
    She is a true beauty now!!

    Fantastic!!

    Debbie

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  45. I just discovered you blog recently and am truly enjoying going through your posts. I love the wicker bargain you found on ebay. I haven't tried ebay yet, but will.

    I've just started up a network for all of us "decorating divas" and hope you will pop on by.

    Have a wonderful day!

    Janet
    WomensDecoratingNetwork.com

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  46. I'm not familiar with these, but I like it. Your clean-up really made a difference and I can imagine it with one slightly smaller or different shaped sitting on top of a bookcase. Plus, the search is such fun!

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  47. You`ve done a great job!
    And now it looks so much more expensive,too!
    Can`t wait to see it grouped with the others!

    DEBBIE MOSS

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  48. I love it. Has me thinking the huge blue bottle I picked up at our church sale was originally in one of those baskets.

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  49. Great save Kim! I have shopped for these before...140.00 was the lowest I've seen! Great deal!

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  50. Really pretty piece, Kim! I love how you darkened it too. Those old bottles are so neat.

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  51. What a neat looking piece! Love what you did by darkening the color.

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  52. Fantastic transformation!

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  53. I love it!! And it looks awesome stained!!! Now you have me wanting to look on ebay!!! :)
    Kristi

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  54. Kim what an amazing find! I love it. The stain is simply gorgeous and I really like the darker wicker. Looks fantastic...I want one =) Thanks so much for joining The Sunday Showcase - I greatly apprecite it! Hope you have a great week! ~ Stephanie Lynn

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  55. Kim I knew I had seen a post you had done where I saw a cat. Rusty looks so much like Mr Chestnut! Chestnut is fat though. Ha! I'm suprised you never told us about him before. He's gorgeous! :)

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