Sunday, January 4, 2009

Light the Lamp

During a recent visit to a thrift store, which had been squeezed between other family errands, one of my teenage sons said, "Look, Mom," and pointed to a high shelf. He had spotted a pair of lamps with figurines that looked just like the people in the toile patterns I love. The man was missing a hand, but the woman appeared intact down to the tiny, sculpted roses in her apron.
At first glance, I thought the lamb's leg was broken, but it was just tucked under. The figurine and base certainly needed some cleaning, but the price was so right!
I spent about an hour cleaning the lamp with a damp terry dish towel and Q-tips. (Some old things have a patina, but others are just plain dirty!) It cleaned up beautifully--no permanent stains, just a lot of dust. I found a silky shade for $7.99 at Tuesday Morning, and for safety's sake, I will probably rewire it. I've heard it's a pretty simple DIY project with a kit from the hardware store, so I may even try it myself this time instead of asking my husband to to it.
In hockey, when you "light the lamp" it means you scored. For those of you who don't have a family of hockey players like I do, the phrase comes from the red light behind the net that is lit up when a goal is scored. I think I should be able to borrow that phrase for this vintage score, don't you?


Marilyn said...

I definitely think you 'lit the lamp' on this! Pretty, pretty lamp...and how sweet that your son spotted it for you:)
Happy New Year to you, Carla!

Lesley said...

What a find!!! I definitely have to put the thrift store on my list of places to that like Goodwill perhaps?


Karen from A`Musements said...

I scrolled down from the most recent post and saw this and about fell out of my chair! HOW WONDERFUL IS THAT LAMP?!!! You really DID score, didn't you? And your talent with putting it all together is evident... I love it... I want it.... do you need my address? ;-)

Gretchen said...

A wonderful find indeed!
What station in MN does your son work? I live in Minnesota on the northwest side of Minneapolis.

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