Going Once, Going Twice...

Last week Dan and I took the kids to browse through a really cool antique store in town, and we found everything one could need for redecorating a home. For example:

I can only wonder, what was the original  purpose of this piece?  In what context is this ever a good idea?  That is not a hypothetical question, I really want to know.

Okay, family.  You know what you're getting for Christmas!