3.23.2011

the "three S's" of thrifting for lamps


My favorite piece to search out while thifting is a lamp.
I spotted this lovely brass piece at New2You.  That's the same place I found these favorite lamps for a steal!  The design is fantastic and all it needed was a new shade.  
In the cart.

When I saw this large beauty with the super tall shade I thought it would make 
a great pair with the first lamp.  
You don't always need to match your lamps.
That can get bo-ring.  These were perfect for each other!
In the cart.

As I was at the cash register, negotiating a lower price for the pair, I noticed this large, hammered brass, perfect condition lamp. 
 They were asking $24 which I had already paid for the pair.  
They let me swap the pair for this one and I was thrilled!  
I took it right to our storage unit because there is no sense in bringing it home to pack it again.
Yes, that's me lying on the ground, trying to get a picture!

I looooove the scalloped edge. I even liked the shade.
 The lamp was in perfect condition and $24 was a steal!

Look for the "three S's" of thrifting for lamps:
1) Shape.  Try to ignore the initial appearance of the lamp.  If it's the right shape it can always be rescued with spray paint.
2)  Size.  There tend to be plenty of skimpy lamps out there but the last thing you need is a too-small lamp for your home.  If you are one of the people that has a tiny lamp on your side table in the living room, take it away today.  Imagine where your lamp(s) will live and if they're proportional to the space.
3)  Shade.  The brown shade on the first lamp looked horrible.  But Target sells fabulous shades for cheap.  Don't be blinded by the ugliness of the shade if the rest of the lamp is gorgeous.  

Do you have luck thrifting for lamps?
What do you think of my latest find?  Crazy or cool?

24 comments:

  1. I am SUCH a huge sucker for a thrifted lamp, and love the ones you found, especially the last one. What a great shape. The best thrift score I ever made was a really awesome and semi-new $245 Restoration Hardware lamp (yes, I checked the website!) for only $12. I love it and didn't even need to change the lampshade on it.

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  2. I really love your lamp find. I am gathering with some girlfriends and we are going thrift store shoppping in a couple weeks. I can't wait...and now you have opened my eyes to lamp possibilities. I haven't really thought of giving a cool lamp a chance that had a less-than-awesome shade. Now I will look at the lamp itself and not the shade. Thanks, Abby!!

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  3. Love your new lamp, and can't wait to see it in your new place! I'm such a furniture addict, that I oftentimes forget to look for lamps too. I need to stop forgetting.

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  4. Abby, these are great looking lamps. My favorite is the second one. I am a thrift lamp hog, with a sizable collection for my shop and my home. It's rare to find a thrift store lamp with a decent shade - I've had good luck finding shades at Ross and Tuesday morning.

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  5. Great lamps! You are making me want to go thrifting. I wanted to thank you for reading about my project on Modern Jane and for leaving a comment yesterday. As a new blogger, I sooo appreciate that!

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  6. seriously abby??? i was in new2you last night and i bought the 2nd one you have pictured!!! ha! how ca-razy is that?!?! looooved the scale of the 1st lamp...that one was still there too. great find girl! take care-

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  7. I have a lighting obsession and am always hunting for them. The one you ended up with is fabulous and thanks for sharing your tips- totally agree with all of them!

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  8. Lovely lamp and thanks for the great tips!!

    http://luckysparkle.blogspot.com
    ♥Anya

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  9. Those are all fabulous! But I love love the last one! It's perfection!

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  10. I adore a great find and lamps are one of the least expensive ways to freshen up a space. Also, I just found your blog and I'm following now! You have a great eye. Really looking forward to what you do with your new house. M.
    www.interiordesignmusings.blogspot.com

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  11. I love it too!!! And I love you got on the ground to get the best pic! The things we do for good blog photos!

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  12. Isn't it amazing what excellent finds you can find at thrift shops! Your first rule is sooo true about ignoring the initial appearance and imagining the possibilities!

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  13. I must admit... I have had no luck thirsting lamps. Maybe someday!

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  14. Good finds! I can't wait to see what you do with them!

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  15. I love thrifting for lamps! Spray paint can cover up a multitude of "ugly". :)

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  16. My favorite lamp is a big ginger jar hammered brass number I picked up at Salvation Army for 9 bucks. For 4 years it has been in my family room, and I'm about to put a new black shade on it, as soon as I find one the right size! Nice score!

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  17. I just found you over at Anne Marie's blog and so glad I did! Great blog.

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  18. These are great tips! And I agree...I love the look of different lamps...very eclectic!

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  19. Great finds!! I'm thinking of giving some old lamps at home a fab makeover...they're still in great condition, just a little dated. Nothing some paint and a new shade can't fix :)

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  20. Those are all great lamps!!! I love brass bases right now. And I'm loving your blog...I've spent the last 20 minutes hopping all over it! I found you on Megan's blog...she is my blogger BFF, so i figured I'd be crazy for you too! Indeed I am!

    Can't wait to follow along as you swank up this new home!!

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  21. I'm a sucker for a brass lamp. Unfortunately every single one I've run into has been in bad shape.

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Abby Manchesky Interiors is a boutique design firm based in Grand Rapids, MI. Combining the new traditional, vintage and a dash of the unexpected is her ideal. Contact Abby Manchesky Interiors for more information on available interior design services for clients near and far. abbyminteriors@gmail.com | 616.719.9400

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