My Favorite Mystery Gadget

This thrifted find turns out to be one of my favorites....

It holds hot dishes.

It can hold almost any shape dish because it stretches...

I love that it adds industrial style to my white dishes.

So far I've found 2. 

One has a bakelite handle and the other does not, it is probably missing. 

I have these mystery gadgets stacked with my dishes in the hutch for easy access because I use them all the time.

They are not only great for hot dishes but cold as well.

It carries the dish to the table with style.

 If anyone knows what this is called, I'd love to know.

I will be keeping my eye out for more!


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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife of 28 years, the mother of 4 daughters, and the grandmother of 4 grandsons. I am a DIY Blogger and a part time PreK teacher.


  1. well, how cool is that! I've never seen anything like it, so of course I have no idea what it's called.
    My favorite find was a .99 cent hamburger press. Old and steel of some sort. LOVE it!

  2. Hi Susan, I have 3 or 4 of these expandable accordian casserole carriers that I ordered from some mail order catalog several years ago. I recently used one to take a dish to pass at a church function and it was the envy of all the ladies in the kitchen. Everyone wanted to know where they could get one. They are perfect for any size dish, so convenient. I've seen them for sale more recently on Etsy. Hugs,

    1. Found it here Betty Jean... it's the same one I have with the handles!

  3. A mystery to me! How handy they would be to carry a hot dish though! I love your cabinet. It houses all of your treasures with such beauty!

  4. Very cool! I've never seen anything like that before. I bet it is quite handy and used alot. Great find!

  5. HEY... I've seen those and wondered about them. Figured I need the specific dish to fit it, glad to know any one will work. Maybe I can snag one or two next time I hit the thrift stores.


  6. That is just the coolest thing, and takes no space in the pantry! Never seen one before.


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