One place where you can really get a big bang for your buck is by picking up lamps with potential at yard sales or Goodwill. I have found some real goodies this way, and have added another lovely lady to my home. If you can get past much of the raw ugliness and look at the shape, you're in business.
A good example is my fun pink office lamp that I scored at Goodwill and blogged about here.
Then there was this handsome devil that ended up in my son's room. He started out brassy, but you'd never know by how he looks now. You can read about his transformation here.
I picked up this new lovely at Goodwill also, and I did pay more than I would have liked - about $15. This Goodwill store seems to think they're an antique dealer or something, because 1) their stuff is overpriced in general and 2) they have A LOT of inventory as a result.
I didn't buy it the first time I went in, but I found myself thinking, "I should have bought that lamp", so I picked it up the next time I was in the area. It was still there
Here is how she began:
Another brassy babe, but I loved the trophy shape and the loop detail on the sides. And with a little spray paint and a new shade, this is what you get:
Lamps can be crazy expensive, so why not look past the ugly and give a lamp a chance? Are you a lamp lover too?
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