I’ve been going past this fish store for years without realizing that a couple of the lamps in the window are made from the stretched and dried skins of puffer fish. They’re stretched, dried, and I think distorted, because puffer fish tend to be rather boxy an these are elongated vertically. The other lamps in the window are plastic fish on a string like Christmas lights.
It’s not an elephant-foot wastebasket but in the same spirit. Let’s just take everything we can get our hands on and use it in every way we can think of.