Friday, April 29, 2005

Eat Yer Heart Out, Architectural Digest!

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Annie asked about the coffin in my living room. The picture is not that great, but you get the idea. I bought this at a garage sale last year. An elderly couple was getting rid of years of accumulated stuff and decided this had to go. Their son built it and left it in their garage, where it sat for several years. They couldn't really remember why he built it.

The wife was overjoyed to sell it. Especially since her husband had told her no one in their right mind would want to buy a coffin at a garage sale. She grinned when she said that. She realized he might still be right.

Jackson and I loaded it up and took it home. I laid it down and used it as a plant stand in my living room jungle. But I tended to bang my shin into it, so I stood it up in the corner, more out of the way.

You can't tell it in this photo, but it blends pretty well with the bookcase next to it. In fact, most people who just drop by for a few minutes don't even notice it. Or if they do, they are afraid to say anything. This past Christmas I swore there had to be a better way to store the tree than what I was using - an old bicycle box in the closet. I tried the coffin, and sure enough, the it worked great.

Sometimes, you just have to think outside the box. (Saw that coming, didn't you?)


the reverend mommy said...

I love it!

Captainwow said...

I bet you got a Killer Deal.

Have you SEEN the price of coffins lately? I mean, really!

And I'm curious. Where does SpookyRach come from, now that we're asking questions. Are you Spooky?

SpookyRach said...

Killer Deal! HAAAA ha ha ha!

I can't really remember where SpookyRach comes from specifically. I love spooky things. I love cemeteries, ghost stories, weird places and things and occassionally people.

I am not an angst-ridden goth. But I did get married on Halloween.

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

~grins~ you were just born in the wrong place and wrong time to be goth or you would be.

annie said...

Good grief, all kind of thoughts are swirling in my brain...

No, I did not see the "think outside the box" thing coming, and "killer deal", that was good, captainwow!

As for the deal, maybe you should have down-played your interest, the husband might have paid you to take the thing off his hands!

Wonder why the son built the coffin? How heavy is that sucker? Is it lined inside?

I love your jungle of plants too!
I guess the green thumb makes up for not having your right mind!

Thanks for posting the picture. This is just too funny!

SpookyRach said...

The coffin is just heavy and bulky enough to require two people to lift it into a truck. I can move it around the house on my own. (Much to Jackson's long suffering consternation, I might add.)

Its about 3/4 lined with red velvet, a la Count Dracula, I guess. The builder must've run out of fabric. There was also a dinky little pillow with a plain white cover in it. In case you need a nap, maybe.

Quotidian Grace said...

Thanks, Spooky. We've all been DYING to see it. The ultimate in pre-need planning?

reverendmother said...

This is hilarious on so many levels. I'm speechless.