Sunday, October 18, 2009

You Light Up My Life!

 

      The main reason that you seldom see pictures of the inside of my home is because I am in dire need of better lighting. Let’s just say that it is a cave and leave it at that.

     What this means to you, my dear thrifty minded readers, is that I am always on the look out for lamps of any kind. This week we found a pair of lamps that so reminded Art & I of our trip to Chicago that we found ourselves hugging them to our bodies as we wandered through Goodwill.

  $20 for two lamps that reminded us of the skyscrapers on our trip. They are really heavy, tall and just need some lamp shades. (Anyone have a good source?)

     Our next stop after Goodwill was the local library. Three or four times a year, they have a used book sale and I go a bit nuts. The last hour of the sale, you can get a paper grocery bag full of books for 50 cents.  If you read a lot, need some books to decorate with, or would like to expand your crafting/decorating book selection, this is the place for you. (I urge you to contact your library to see if and when they have sales)

     I came home with 5 bags of books. Yeah, I read a lot, but not all of it was for reading. I picked up these three because they were not only classics, but were pretty display books too.

     Next stop was Restore, where someone had bought the wrong size knobs for a desk. I am not going to say who, let’s just say that it wasn’t me;)

     We had a whopping $6.50 credit and I grabbed some paint and this cute little wall shelf. $5, maybe more than I would have paid at a garage sale, but it goes to a great cause, Habitat for Humanity.

     I am linking up to the very first “I’m a Flea Marketeer Party” at Flea Market Style, so make sure you go by there and see all of the great style makers!

 

23 comments:

SophiesMark said...

lol, I really do live in a cave. Well, at least my room is a cave, and everyone tells me so. My room is the part of the house that is built into the hill. 1 tiny window at ground level on the west side of the house obstructed by the rest of the hill :(

Oh, and I have that book.

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

fabulous finds - love the book tip - the books you found were so cute!

Great!

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Gwen! Love those lamps! And we had the Little Women companion to your book when I was growing up. Hmmm...wonder what happened to it?! Happy week...Debbie

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

You got some wonderful items! I'm waiting for a library sale to come up. Oh, I do have my old copy of Little Women - love it. Linda

Restyled Home said...

Wow! Now that really was a great haul! I wish we had some of those stores near me. I love getting a great bargain!

Thanks for joining the party!
Linda
http://fleamarketstylemag.blogspot.com

Claudia said...

Great finds - I used to have that copy of Little Women - but my sister seems to have taken it! The lamps are fabulous.

My Shabby Roses said...

I love thrifting at Goodwill too!
What a fun event at your library. I would go nuts also!

Judy@StrawCottage said...

I have found great lampshades at Ross, if there's one near you check it out. It's so hard to get 2 matching (shape,size) shades at the thrifts.

I also linked with a lamp post! (pun)

Judy@StrawCottage said...

...and the photo of your Murphy Grace reminded my of a neighbors art.
http://www.muttbutt.com/artwork/dogpaintings.html

Struggler said...

Great finds - the book sale is brilliant but the lamps are probably the show stealers in your collection. I never really know where to look for shades; Lowes often seem to have plenty and Target has its moments too. Since you're a lamp-lover I'm sure you know all about taking it with you to ensure the shade is the right size...

Gypsy Brocante said...

Love those books ... great for a vignette!!
Thanks for sharing your treasure!

xo
Jill

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Lovely brass lamps! Sometimes Home Depot puts shades on sale and they are reasonable then.

The bag o'books is a deal!

Lara Harris said...

Love your finds, but 'you had me at Black Lab'!!What a beautiful pup!!:)

Shelbie said...

Those lamps will be cute. You'll have to post an after pic once they're done. That is a way cute little shelf! good find!

Michelle Rayburn said...

I love those lamps. And the patina finish is so cool just as it is.

Michelle
Trash to Treasure Decorating

Miss Mustard Seed said...

Wonderful finds! I love old books, too, and that shelf is adorable. I just became a follower and I hope you come and check out my blog as well.

Anne~fiona and twig said...

Great junk! Don't you just LOVE the re-store? It's my fave place to treasure hunt.
So nice to meet you!
Anne

Wendy said...

What neat lamps! I need a new shade, too, for my glass lamp. I cant seem to find anything I think would work. I love the old books.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Oh wow what a great deal on the books! We are huge book lovers here.

Jocelyn
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com/

Embellished Bayou said...

Great finds, I especially love the lamps. Good luck finding shades, I often find that sometimes they can get more expensive than the lamps themselves! Walmart has some nice ones for around $10-15.

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Great finds, girl! I am spending my day visiting blogs. No post for me today(maybe later), but Thrifty Thursday will be up this evening. Come see me, and thansk for being such a sweet friend and commenter. I appreciate that!

marmielu said...

Congrats on the lamps! I hate even thinking of how much lamps cost retail. I, too, am on the hunt for lampshades. Good luck.
We have a big library sale in our area, but I've never do the last day bag deal. Happy reading!
Mary Lou

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

where ya been friend?

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