Did you know that your ceramic umbrella stand may have been made over a hundred years ago? Obviously if it says made in China at the bottom it wasn’t but if you bought it at an auction or were given it by a relative it might well be.
Ceramic pottery has been found on many excavation sites around the world. The word is Greek and is usually interpreted to mean pottery. When you buy items described as ceramics they can either be mass produced in factory kilns or hand crafted. The latter will be more expensive as it is a one off piece.
If you go on holiday to Greece and other European destinations you can often pick up a very unusual ceramic stand. There are regular markets where you can find great bargains particularly if you are willing to haggle. Just remember to convert the price back into dollars or you may find that the item isn’t so much of a bargain. You also have to think about packing it in your luggage.
People will often buy a usual ceramic umbrella stand to create a focal point in a room. It is a lot easier to change some accessories than it is to redecorate. If you have a very plain hallway decorated in white or cream you can immediately brighten it up by adding one of these stands. You don’t have to use them for storing umbrellas. Some people will use them as a flower vase as well.
They can be stored behind glass cabinets if they are valuable items. If they are true heirlooms don’t forget to add them to your household insurance policy. If you haven’t inherited a stand and want one for your home, you can find a cheap ceramic umbrella stand online at shops like Amazon.com if budget is a constraining factor.