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.
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?
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.
I have been married to my high school sweetheart for 44 years. We have one beautiful and precious daughter, age 35.
After more than 37 years in the workforce, I was fortunate enough to be able to quit my job in 2007 and stay home. As a natural born homebody and "nester," this opportunity to be a full-time homemaker has brought me immeasurable contentment and happiness. I thoroughly enjoy spending each and every day in the cozy comfort of "My Cottage of Bliss."
About the "House in Hooterville": In October 2009, we bought a 30 acre horse farm in a small country town approximately 45 miles from the city where I have lived my whole life. Join me, a city girl through and through, as I try to simultaneously adapt to country life in "Hooterville" and redecorate the 1978 brick ranch-style house on the property into My (new) Cottage of Bliss.