Owl Umbrella Stand

April 3, 2008

I usually don’t share things I win on eBay here but this just makes me so happy that I must show you my winning item! But first a little story time. Okay, so I’ve been wanting to find a new umbrella stand since my current vintage one ended up becoming the storage bin for my rolls of wrapping paper. After seeing this fish in Domino magazine this month, I was inspired to get out there and start hunting for the perfect umbrella stand.

Owl Umbrella StandOwl from Burke Decor, $96

Also considering that we’re in the month of April, “April showers bring May flowers”, it’s the perfect season to find a replacement. I don’t have a thing for fish as a design motif so I decided against the one in Domino. I can’t imagine spending nearly $300 on something I’m not bonkers over. I thought of the many DIY solutions, how I could make my own by decoupaging a tall glass vase, etc. but I really wanted something ceramic and white and my heart was dead set on some kind of creature. Just not a fish. I thought about what my perfect stand would look like and I kept envisioning an owl. A glossy white owl with a mid century vibe. So I searched and searched and came up with this one from Burke decor for $96 (free shipping). But it’s a reproduction piece and I reallllly wannnntted vintage. Yes, whining exactly like that.

Owl Umbrella Stand My mid century vintage owl from eBay.

Meet my new friend Oscar. Maybe I’m nuts but I confess my illness — I name many of the creature objects that live in my home. Perhaps I miss having pets. Maybe I need to invest in a solid rocker, Velcro my remote control to the side of my television, and start highlighting episodes of Murder She Wrote in the TV Guide while I’m at it. But really, I’m not a crazy old lady. I just like to name stuff.

Oscar is my latest find, a vintage owl umbrella stand, white, and glossy ceramic circa mid century. He’s so handsome. If I ever decide to host a swanky soiree, I’ll add a black bow tie around his neck for the occasion. Perhaps once I tire of him holding umbrellas, he’ll become a vase for displaying pink quince although something tells me he’s too manly for flower holding and won’t go for that . eBay I love you today. Thank you for making this crazy shopper happy and for confirming that you can truly find anything on eBay.

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(images from burke and ebay)


  • Reply Jude April 3, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    A great find. Congrats on shopping victoriously!

  • Reply LINDSAY April 3, 2008 at 4:14 pm

    Oooo! That so makes me want to go ebaying! Everytime I get stuck in some sort of trance though, clicking, adding things in my watchlist, most of which I can’t even afford. But it is soooo fun much!

  • Reply Rachel April 3, 2008 at 5:06 pm

    That’s fabulous!

  • Reply Sarah April 3, 2008 at 5:58 pm

    I love Oscar!

  • Reply pink gardenia April 3, 2008 at 6:00 pm

    Great find! BTW – I have a chair named Oscar!

  • Reply Jennifer April 3, 2008 at 6:06 pm

    I seriously *just* got that same owl umbrella stand and it looks amazing in my entryway! Congrats!!!

  • Reply Anonymous April 3, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Holly – I owe you a HUGE thank you! Burke Decor is a site I was not familiar with until you mentioned it. I started browsing the site and found the Diva Ostrich Console by iBride. I have been longing for this table for over the past year. I originally found this table at Graham and Green in the UK, but they won’t ship to the US. Bummer! Thanks to you, I can now have the table for our Victorian home we are slowly working on. I think it will be fab!! Brandie – bsouthall71@yahoo.com

  • Reply Shelli April 3, 2008 at 7:48 pm

    ooo oscar is soo great! congrats on your amazing find! xo

  • Reply my little apartment April 3, 2008 at 7:53 pm

    LOVE your eBay score! i think it looks much better than the repro.

  • Reply Anonymous April 3, 2008 at 8:03 pm

    I’m seeing a trend here. There’s a similar white Parrot in the Pottery Barn summer catalog but it’s not an umbrella stand.

  • Reply Erin Tyner April 3, 2008 at 8:06 pm

    Oscar is an incredible find!
    (I name my houseplants so no judgment from me :)

  • Reply Jane April 3, 2008 at 8:09 pm

    “I name many of the creature objects that live in my home.”

    I name my houseplants, if it’s any consolation.

  • Reply Jane April 3, 2008 at 8:10 pm

    If it’s any consolation, I name my houseplants, so calling an umbrella owl “Oscar” is not too out there.

  • Reply Tricia April 3, 2008 at 9:52 pm

    I’m sure everyone wants to know…how much?

  • Reply Melissa & Emmitt April 3, 2008 at 10:28 pm

    Hi Holly!
    Great find! Oh! I love your owl, Oscar, and how you found him! Finding something like that just totally makes my day for like months! :) Now I get to be excited for you. Thank you for sharing Oscar and how you found him.
    Too Fun!

  • Reply phoenix April 3, 2008 at 11:34 pm

    I must admit that ebay is not the first place I would think to go hunting for home decor but Oscar has inspired me…what a great find!

  • Reply Making it Lovely April 3, 2008 at 11:42 pm

    I LOVE it!

    How funny? I bid on a white owl on ebay recently too! Mine’s a cookie jar. :)

  • Reply Melissa April 4, 2008 at 12:16 am

    Perfect! What a fantastic find! I love him!

  • Reply Anonymous April 4, 2008 at 3:35 am

    Could these somehow be made in to lamps?

  • Reply theysaywordscanbleed April 4, 2008 at 4:53 am

    That’s a great find!

    Silverdale florist

  • Reply kathrynsky April 4, 2008 at 7:50 am

    ui, great!!!

  • Reply Anonymous April 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I saw that fish and he inspired me too. Love the owl.

  • Reply Anonymous April 5, 2008 at 2:55 am

    oh i am so jealous, i watched that auction for days hoping it wouldn’t go up too high and then missed the end of it! way to go me haha anyways that thing is freaking fabulous, i hope you enjoy it tons! =)

  • Reply lizzyl April 5, 2008 at 4:36 am

    an amazing find! i like it even better than the new one!

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