Sunday, June 14, 2009

My Best Thrifting Find. EVER!

This week I’d like to join in the Thrifty Treasure’s party hosted by Rhoda at Southern Hospitality.  If you love  great bargain stories, you absolutely must go by and visit Rhoda and all the other bloggers who are showing off their wonderful thrifting finds.

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Many of you very lucky ladies are experts at finding lots of fabulous treasures at the thrift stores, garage sales and flea markets on a regular basis. 
Me…not so much.
One day, however, while browsing in my local Goodwill store, I spotted a little vintage lamp high up on a shelf.  It was covered in many layers of dust,  dirt and grime, as if it had been stored in someone’s attic or garage  for a long time before being donated.  It didn’t have a shade and some of the pink ceramic roses on it were chipped,  or missing altogether. 

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Price:  $4.00
I picked it up…and put it down…picked it up… and put it down.  I continued to walk around the store looking at other items but I kept coming back to look at this little lamp again and again. 
Ultimately, I left the store without buying it.
Why? Because I didn’t really know where I was going to put it.
All the way home, a little voice in my head kept saying, “Turn around and go back to get that lamp!” 
Did I listen?
No. 
Why?  Because I didn’t really know where I was going to put it!!!
Huh?  What the heck is wrong with me that I had to think twice about spending $4.00?!  Do you do that too?  Probably not.
For the rest of the day, I kept thinking about that little lamp.
The next morning I woke up with that lamp STILL on my mind so I jumped in the car and prayed all the way to Goodwill that somebody else hadn’t already snatched it up…somebody with a lot more sense than me!
For once, Lady Luck smiled down on me because the lamp was sitting right where I had left it.  But I guess waiting one more day paid off because I also spotted a brand new shade that I hadn’t seen the day before.  It not only  fit this lamp perfectly but someone had applied pink rose trim around the edge!
It was meant to be.
Lamp shade price:  $3.00.
So, for a whopping $7.00, I got a cute vintage lamp with a whole lot of personality. 
Oh, and all those pre-purchase worries about where I was going to put it…
I had absolutely NO PROBLEM finding a place for it in my cottage style living room.
Yep, my best thrifting find.  EVER!

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23 comments:

CHER said...

wow-- That is a beautiful lamp!! Congrats on the great find!!!

ellen b said...

Oh man I've done that many times! I'm so glad the lamp was still there and that there was a shade to go so well with it!!

Mary said...

I love the lamp, thankfully it was still there..how could you have passed it up? The ladies on Pink Saturday would love this!

~~Carol~~ said...

You broke the number one rule of thrifting: It you like it, grab it, right away! I'm sure we all have horror stories about the one that got away! I'm so happy for you that it was still there, and you found a shade to match. What a beauty!

Shelia said...

I love your new lamp! It's so romantic looking! And just more than a bargain!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;0

Forever Vintage said...

I do that all the time..drives my kids crazy!! I'm glad you went back for the lamp...its very pretty and worth the $7.

Jadehollow said...

Shari.. it's beautiful! What a great deal and find.

marty39 said...

It's just gorgeous. I'm so glad you went back and got it. What a thrill to find the shade too. It looks perfect on your table. Don't you just love it when you find something that you really, really enjoy. Hugs, Marty

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Absolutey stunning lamp! If you hadn't waited, you would not have found the perfect lampshade for it! Bravo!

Enjoy

Tina

The Tattered Cottage said...

Your new lamp is beautiful!
Toni

Kammy said...

Wow Shari, what a find ! Can't believe you got it and the lampshade too ! Looks great on your table.
Hugs ~ Kammy

Kathi said...

This lamp IS the best find ever!!
Good for you! The shade is perfect too! I'm happy for you!
It is absolutely beautiful!

Patricia said...

What a beautiful lamp
I always say if it is still there when you go back, it was meant to be!

Sonia ~ Vintage Rose Designs said...

LOL, I wouldn't have given it much thought for a small item but a lamp I would think I'd want to know I have a place for it. But your lamp is really pretty. It is a great find...
Hugs
Sonia

foxxy said...

it was meant to be! It looks perfect together. I also stress over wether to buy something or not. Space is mainly the reason not the price. I'm glad you bought the lamp. It looks great in your home.

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

Usually waiting doesn't pay off, but for you the Thrity-gods were smiling and you did very well. Congrats. Happy Thrifty Monday.

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

A match made in heaven! Doesn't that look great. so glad you went back & got it. I have done that a few times & lucked out & it was still there too. I try to think things out while I'm standing there now...just where can I put this?!

~Caro~ said...

So so cute!!!!

Sandra said...

Omgosh! I love the lamp! It has roses! I just found your blog and had to comment on the lamp. :) That is sooo pretty!
Blessings,
Sandra

The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

I absolutely have made myself nuts over trying to decide to spent less that your four dollars! Lots of times it's okay to leave something behind, it just fades from your mind. But when you feel that passion you have to go for it.

Debbie said...

What a pretty lamp, love it. Debbie

Miss G said...

It looks just like your blog. I'm glad you went back and it was still there. I really like your header shot too by the way. Kelly

Sandra~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Don't you know you buy it first then you decide what your going to do with it. I had some regrets going back and it end up being taken. This lamp is incredibly beautiful. I'm loving your blog so much!