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Last year, I spotted these pretty glass bird feeders at HomeGoods.

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Unfortunately, I found only a handful and bought the ones I liked, thinking I’d go back and find more. That didn’t happened because the store never received any more of the feeders. Trust me, I checked and called around. Not only are these gorgeous, but they’re well-made and impossible to find elsewhere. Almost a year later, the feeders, which see a lot of bird action, are still in pristine condition.

This year, I started checking HomeGoods as soon as the weather warmed up, hoping I’d get lucky and find more of the feeders.

The chance of a hummingbird landing on my finger seemed a better bet since I kept coming up empty — until about a week or so ago. I finally spotted one. Yes, you read that correctly – a lone feeder – hidden among the plastic wheatgrass and guarded by a ceramic Siamese. It was the only one in the store, but it was a beauty, and priced at only $14.99.

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I wasn’t sure where I was going to hang the feeder, so it sat in my kitchen for a few days. The shimmery mercury glass and pewter-like accents fit right in with the grays, white and steel of the kitchen. So much so that I sort of hated to send it on its way to a life of bird seed and droppings.

On the other hand, a bird feeder, no matter how handsome, looks rather silly perched on a kitchen counter. And that’s when it hit me.

I’m a pincher, not a shaker, when it comes to salt. I keep little covered containers of salt around and pinch when I cook. I even pinch at the table.

And, so, I took the bird feeder apart and scrubbed it with soap and hot water, dried it well, then repurposed it so that it could live in my kitchen without looking out of place.

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It’s a perfect container for salt. And you’re not sticking your fingers into the whole dish, so people who worry about that can rest easy. You know who you are.

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So, what do you think? Crazy idea or clever repurposing?

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