A couple months ago, I realized that 1) I hate my living room; and more specifically, 2) I need new lamps. My sideboard had one sad, skinny candlestick lamp that I purchased years ago at Tar-jay. I still think it's pretty in a very brushed-steel, deco revival kind of way, but it wasn't right for the space.
Here's my lame attempt to balance out its tall gawkiness last Christmas with some glittery trees:
See? Not a terrible lamp, but not quite doing it. I started thinking that I wanted my new (ideally vintage) lamps to be smallish; I wanted a pair, to balance out the horizontal length of the sideboard, and I wanted something kind of traditional to serve as a counterpoint to the mid-century modern lines of the piece. Ginger jar lamps are a perennial favorite of mine, so I started to keep my eyes peeled for a pretty set that might work. Weeks went by. Nothing caught my eye.
One night, as I lay in bed pondering my ugly living room (everyone does that, right?), I had a [no pun intended] lightbulb moment. I actually got out of bed and ventured to the basement, despite the risk of spiders, nocturnal creepy crawlies and bogiemen, and looked through the stash of lamps I keep in a far corner. Lamps that I've picked up for mere dollars on my vintage hunting trips, many of which need some cosmetic work or rewiring, but some of which I just haven't yet had the time to photograph and list. And there they were: two perfect, smallish ivory ginger jar lamps with wooden Asian-style bases.
I was simultaneously thrilled to find them and horrified that I hadn't thought, all along, to check out the lamps I'd already purchased. Am I turning into a weirdo hoarder who can't keep track of what she buys? Actually, I think the issue is that I try very hard to focus on my shop when I'm thrifting, to the point that sometimes I forget I can actually keep and use what I buy! It was kind of a revelation. Or I was just really tired....I'm not sure.
In any case, I brought them upstairs and set them up the next night. I'm quite pleased with how they look!
I may paint the wooden bases a glossy black eventually (thoughts?) but for now, I really like them. Please ignore the messy jumble of books and junk on the credenza. Here's a shot of them illuminated:
I think they add a little polish to the room.
The lamps themselves cost 3.99 each, and I got them on half price day, so they were $4 total! Shades are always a challenge. These were actually from a cheap-o set of Walmart lamps that I bought just for the shades. They're a tad undersized for the lamps, but for about $10 a shade, I'll live with them.
Morals I'm drawing from this experience:
Don't become a weirdo hoarder. Look through my stash occasionally to revisit what I've purchased.
- In my zeal to find great inventory for my shop, don't forget what drew me to thrifting in the first place: the ability to furnish my home with great vintage pieces for a fraction of the cost of retail.
- Discount store lamps with built-in shades are often a great, cost-effective alternative to pricey custom shades. You can always sell or donate the cheap lamps.
- The gray in my living room is hideous and I need to repaint ASAP. (But that's another post! :)
I hope you've all enjoyed some successful thrifting forays over the last week. Linking up here to find out:
Thrift Share Monday at Apron Thrift Girl
Thrifty Treasures at Southern Hospitality
Flea Market Finds at Her Libraray Adventures
Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at Coastal Charm
Share Your Thrift Haul at Simple Design