Our new home is in desperate need of lighting in a couple of rooms, the master bedroom and my work room. Absolutely no overhead lighting in either room…nada, zilch. So this past weekend I did a little thrift store shopping in search of lighting and discovered my two local Goodwill stores. And, I have to say I was in love with both of them almost immediately. I know love is a strong word to use in reference to a thrift store, but it’s true for a couple of reasons. First, they offer 50% discounts on certain color tags. Yippee! For some of you this may be old news, but the GW stores in Austin do not offer any discounts. Ever. Second, the prices were reasonable…like thrift store prices, not retail. Austin GW stores priced items waaay too high and when you add that to the lack of any type of discount it really wasn’t worth the effort. But, not anymore.
My new goodies. I found the two great drum lamp shades at my first stop. Brand new with the plastic still on them, originally available from Target. No love for the ugly brown pattern on the burlap, but I have plans to cover that with some fabric paint. A project that can be tackled indoors, so no excuses not to get on it.
The two lamp bases were found at the second stop and I’m really happy with both of them. The trick was finding bases large enough to handle those lamp shades and both of these fit the bill. I plan to spray paint the candlestick base (maybe ORB), but haven’t completely decided on what to do with the other one. I don’t love the finish around the bottom, but the body is actually this cool crackled glass finish. Have to put my thinking cap on before tackling that one…
I like that the bases aren’t identical and can’t wait to see what they look like with some updating. And, most importantly, they already provide much needed light in our master bedroom. Total price tag for both lamps (including shades) … $25. Sweet.