Sunday, November 14, 2010

The $5 Lamp

I don't know about you, but nothing excites me more than finding a great bargain. It's like a grown-up treasure hunt. Such was the case a few days ago when I hit a local Goodwill shop trying to kill some time before picking up my daughter. I spotted it almost immediately. There, in the corner of the store, on the very top shelf, it sat. A very large ceramic Asian-inspired lamp. While it looked a rather garish yellow under the fluorescent lights of the store, I knew it was a gem. As a moth to the flame, I went straight for it. I plucked it off the shelf and started searching for the price. $4.99! Sold! I cradled it like a baby next to me as my son looked at some rather unfortunate cast-off toys.
Just as I hoped when I got it home, it's more of an acid-green/chartreuse color than a true yellow. I love it. 
I think it looks great in my living room/family room. I'm a sucker for color, if you couldn't tell. Now, I just need to find the perfect shade (this is just the shade that was on the smaller lamp that used to occupy that spot; it's too small and not the right color, plus I need a taller harp). 

Here are some options from Shades of Light . . . 
Black Paper Drum Shade
White Cylinder Shade

Black Bell Shade with Gold Lining
Linen Drum Shade
Black Lizagator Paper Shade
Of course, the lamp shade will end up costing almost ten times the cost of the lamp, but oh well. So, what do you think? A black shade or white? Drum, cylinder or bell? Too many options. I need help!

8 comments:

Loretta Fontaine (APPLESandRUBIES) said...

Like the simple black paper drum shade for it!

What a great find!

Loretta

Susan said...

I agree! I think it will make a much more striking statement.

jandjhome said...

I love the yellow. I would definitely go with the black shade. I just fixed up a Goodwill lamp and used a black shade. I love how it looks. Here's the post so you can get an idea.
http://jandjhome.blogspot.com/2010/11/thrift-store-lamp.html

Kim said...

I was right there with you explaining what it felt like to spy your gem. I LOVE that feeling. That excitement. :)

I like either of the black drum shades.

Matt said...

I like the black bell one. P.S. the new blog design is really cool...

Julie Holloway said...

love the lamp---but love your new blog more. Looks so good! great font & color choices!

bluehydrangea said...

Great find and I love the new look of your blog!!!

Melissa Crochet said...

Love the black drum but would be interested in seeing the one with gold inside.