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Good, Better, Best: Not Your Average Umbrella Stand

Unless you're a character in The Notebook, or Rupert Holmes, most of you don't like getting caught in the rain. And personally, what I find worse, is bringing that soggy drip into my house. I wouldn't mind it though, if I were the proud owner of one of these fly umbrella stands. Better yet, this Stand Umbrella ($60) has three little feet that allow it to stand on its own, so it doesn't even require a stand!

Good: This Aki Umbrella Stand ($150), designed by former jazz drummer
Rodolfo Bonetto, is simple, minimalist, and comes in a handful of iridescent and solid colors. It's a sharp alternative to the bulky umbrella stands we see in foyers across the country. That is, if your guests can recognize what it is when they arrive wet.

To see two other picks for not-your-average umbrella stands,

Better: Eva Schildt's Umbrella Stand ($155) has a lifelike faux sea sponge holding its light blue metal frame and is ready to soak up any itinerant drips. It's also easy on the eyes.

Best: Sebastian Bergne's Rain Bowl ($180) is a little industrial looking and may not be as pretty as the others. But, it has the compact form of the Aki stand and like Schildt's stand, its aluminum dish collects rainwater as it runs off the umbrella. So, it takes up minimal space, and there'll be no sopping up the surrounding floor.

plasticapple plasticapple 9 years
LOVE that stand umbrella! What a great idea!
emalove emalove 9 years
I so need an umbrella stand!
Rachel419 Rachel419 9 years
I love the Stand Umbrella!
Knight-Who-Says-Ni Knight-Who-Says-Ni 9 years
I like that last one.
UrbanBohemian UrbanBohemian 9 years
These are always nice on a rainy day to have a place to tuck away a soggy umbrella. I love the 'Better' pick!
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
The sponge one, ick.
fragiletearz fragiletearz 9 years
The better one is pretty awesome!
sscindc sscindc 9 years
Hrmmm. I think you might be thinking of Rupert Holms...not Jimmy Buffet.
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
I like the better one! Too cute :D
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