A post to share your thrifted goodies, whether you plan to keep them, sell them or give them, share them here first!
I need lamps, the sun is starting to go down at regular time, around 8:30 ish or so and it’s darn near dark by 9:00 pm. I guess it’s only fair, we spend half of our year fairly well lit up with natural light so I guess I can’t complain TOO much about needing lamps September through April. I guess I should clarify also that I have lamps, it’s shades that I lack and need desperately.
I bought two gorgeous vintage lamps and both of their shades were of the vile variety. Old, dusty, greasy and stained and also broken. The lamps are fairly grimy but with a bit of tlc they’ll be a gorgeous as ever. It’s shades I need and it’s shades that will make or break these lamps. Thrift stores, the common sense approach to looking for shades for old lamps, has lamp shades that look similar to the ones these came with, old, dusty, greasy and stained and also broken. I’ve perused the box stores hoping beyond hope I’d find something anything worth a hoot. That was a joke, not only was their stock made for this exact season of this exact year of this exact decade and therefore subject to being “out of fashion” in exactly 2.3 seconds they were all crap. Crap made, crap materials, crap style, I can’t blame them though, the public wants what the public wants, and they don’t want mid mod lamp shades for 2014 lamps. But I do so off I go to the lighting gallery, my wallet is already panicking at the thought of that bill, but I guess the perfect shade will be worth right?
Enough throwing hate (and shade!) at box stores and their less than awesome goods for sale, let’s look at the lamps!
This is the first one that I’ll be buying a shade for because it’s in perfect condition. We might still rewire it to make sure everything is up to date and not old as sin inside. Other than that and a good scrubbing, it’s ready to roll.
No it’s not wood just faux wood grain on pottery.
This is the second lamp
and it was damaged when the guy holding the sale left it outside in the wind and then was confused as to why I wouldn’t pay full price just because it needed a ‘little repair work’. I was confused as to why he wanted full price for something he was going to throw out at the end of the day because it didn’t sell. Yep, he had no plans for donating his sale leftovers, he planned to dump them all, I think when I told him a few stores would come and pick up his leftovers he realized it might be an easier route to go. I HOPE so! Anyway this lamp needs to be completely taken apart and put back together so it stops moving about and looking broken, I think I’ll start that today after I scrub up the other one.
And wish me luck because I’m going to haul the big brown lamp off to the lamp store for some help in picking out a shade. I will pay full price for the perfect and I will not complain. I PROMISE!