The peculiar pot was displayed on top of an old industrial television cart all summer into the autumn at my favorite thrift store. When I first spotted it, I picked it up and asked one of the store owners, “What is this thing?” He had no clue. I shrugged my shoulders, put the thing back to where I found it, then continued browsing the store.
Each week the avocado green thing remained on the teevee cart. Each week I pondered it. The item looked vaguely familiar. I guessed it was some sort of floral container because of its Haeger Potteries sticker on the inside. I just couldn’t understand why it looked like a turban and how it is supposed to stand up.
This week, the container was still on the teevee shelf. This time, the price had been slashed to 50-cents. So once again I picked it up. Suddenly, I noticed that four decorative elements are ram heads. An aha moment happened. The green thing had to be a hanging planter from the golden age of macramé! As I plunked down some pocket change to pay for it, I asked the clerk to tell the store owner what the mystery pot is.
At home, I brought out a vintage yarn macramé hanger and tried it out on the pot. Yahtzee! A perfect fit. Next, I cleaned up the container, placed it back in the macramé hanger and suspended it from the ceiling in the den. Because it was hanging, I was able to create a retro arrangement that was period correct for the pot.
The mystery macramé hanging planter hangs to the right of my home shrine, adding an enhanced note of calm for meditation.