Monday, October 5, 2009

My Craigslist find

I've been sharing some Craigslist finds lately and I thought I'd show you one I snapped up myself. I wasn't really in the market for new lamps, but when I saw a pair of "tropical" lamps in mint condition going for $15 on Craigslist, I had to get them. I had seen the exact lamps on Caitlin Creer's blog a few weeks ago and couldn't believe the price I was getting.

The price was probably in light of the grime that as caked on the lamps. The owner must have been a heavy smoker or just unable to clean. Every crevice of the lamp had dirty in it.

The electrical cords were also coated in something. I think it was tar because it was kind of stinky. Gross!

After half an hour, one lamp was clean. Check out the difference:

Another half hour after that, the lamps were clean. They are considerably larger than I expected. The pineapples are a little larger than real pineapples are.

Now I need to decide on shade colors and shapes. The original shades were in such bad shape that I put them right out by the dumpster. I doubt anyone will take them because they're discolored and worn.

I took the shades off some other lamps just to see how the colors looked. I don't think the shapes or sizes work...this is just to test the colors. I'm not sure if I'll go dark or light...maybe light since the neck of the lamp is wood.

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  1. Hi there!

    So sorry I am late stopping by from SITS Saturday Sharefest!

    Fantastic Blog! I wish I had your creative vision and eye for a bargain!

    The lamps look great.

    LBM xxxx

  2. i'm thinking the black shade...
    although i'm always partial to black lamp shades! i bet the folks at the shade shop could help!!

  3. Those really are a great find. I wonder if you could find something in between the black and white but to the darker end?

  4. What about painting the base? I like the darker shade. Classy

  5. What a great find- I love craigslist!

  6. I would do a BLACK shade but the style of the white one - a great combination. The cylindrical one does not do the lamp justice.
    The Shade Shop

  7. Stopping in from Sits!

    I LOVE those lamps--and I lOVE craigslist!

    Great find!

  8. Way to score! I'm wondering if you could find a neutral that would complement the wood tone in the lamp. I also wonder how a modern rectangular shade (I got one in white at Target) would look?

  9. I would do a black or dark brown shade (shade shop has them) but in the shape below or a classic drum shape (very tall to add drama!)

    thank you jonathan adler:)

    not really a fan of the white shade - too old ladyish for a young gal like you!


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