And then today, while browsing the amazingly wonderful shop on Etsy, Rolling Hills Vintage (one of my top favs), I found a very similar food mill/colander for sale:
Rolling Hills Vintage is selling this for $24 with $13.50 shipping.
So then I thought: how many more are there on Etsy? I did a search and found another from Vintage DooDads that's selling for $32 with $14 shipping (wooden pestle included in the price):
I added Vintage Doo Dads to my circle and kept on looking, finding one from Cabin Windows, another favorite Etsy shop and already in my circle, that's selling for $24 with $8 shipping:
And then I found another from Alpine Girl for $20 with $12 shipping:
I added Alpine Girl to my circle and moved on to find this one from Vintage Ten:
It's priced at $15.50 with $10 shipping. I added Vintage Ten to my circle and moved on to find another from Vintage Sports and More for $17.50 with $6.00 shipping:
By the way, Vintage Sports and More is run by a guy (yes!) and he's only in 2 circles, so I added him to my circle (hey ladies, let's give him some love on Etsy!) and headed off to find...
not another food mill/colander/ricer/strainer, but a "Vintage Letterpress Printers Block for a Chinois with Stand" by Preserve Cottage (added this seller, Pamela, to my circle as well, although she hasn't used circles yet--hey Pamela, if you read this, why not join us--it's fun and then you get to see the things we favorite, etc.).
So as it turns out, Pamela has solved the mystery of what exactly to call these colander/strainer/ricers--"chinois"!
And putting "chinois" into Google search I came up with what a brand new, shiny stainless steel chinois looks like:
This one is made by Norpro and sells, with the wooden pestle, for $35--it's available from a variety of online vendors such as Amazon and Chefs Catalog, to name only a few.
The new chinois is very nice for actually straining/ricing, etc., but if you're going to repurpose something, it's definitely got to be vintage. Not only are the vintage examples we've looked at less expensive, they--more importantly--LOOK so cool with a plant, as shown in Design Sponge.
I say: Viva la Vintage!