It’s not every day you find a set of fake carrots suspended from the kitchen ceiling, but that’s just another day of house hunting in 2021.
Ami S. had just about given up on her quest to buy a house. But when she walked into a Key West-style cottage in St. Petersburg, Florida, the restaurant worker and yoga instructor knew she was finally home.
“This was our last house that we were going to look at,” Ami told our friends at Apartment Therapy. “We had our 15 minutes in there walking around and looking at all the tchotchkes and things, and I was in the bedroom and my agent was like, ‘Huh you don’t see that every day’.”
Ami went out to the kitchen to see what her agent was referring to, only to discover a set of carrots hanging directly from the ceiling.
“I cocked my head to the right and said ‘Huh, I’m kind of in love with this house,’” Ami told AT, mentioning its additional unique features like a tiki hut, guard dinosaur, and lobster trap sitting on the roof. “Everything that this guy had in his house was a combination of me and my boyfriend. And it was like the first time I’ve looked at a house and said ‘Well, I don’t hate it.’”
Upon closer examination, Ami discovered the carrots were made from a styrofoam-type material, and were suspended from the ceiling. She posted her story on the Facebook group “Weird (and Wonderful) Secondhand Finds That Just Need to Be Shared,” and has since racked up over 20,000 likes and 1,200 comments from followers of the group who love the kitschy carrots.
“Long time member, first time poster,” wrote Ami on May 22. “We’re buying our first house today. And we’re buying it because of these babies. Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to my ceiling carrots.”
Curious about the origin of the vegetable decor, Ami asked the home’s seller where they came from. He explained he got the carrots over 20 years ago.
“He got them at a yard sale in D.C. Apparently this little old woman put together and painted these styrofoam carrots and she was so upset because no one would buy her carrots,” Ami explained. “The seller offered to buy them off her and she was so happy she just gave them to him, and he’s had them ever since.”
Ami was so enchanted by the carrots that during the sale process, she signed an amended document that made sure she got to keep the carrots right where she found them.
“I think I can safely say that I am likely the only person in the world who negotiated ceiling carrots into her first home purchase,” said Ami, who is currently in the process of packing up for the move to her new home. “I’m blown away that people like my ceiling carrots as much as I like them.”