Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Thrift Poll: What do you think?

I’ll admit that one of my weaknesses is lamps. Lamps, lamps, lamps. If left unchecked, I’d have a million lamps. I buy new lamps, thrift store lamps, I’ve supplied DIYed garage sale lamps to the EMV siblings. Lamps. So you can understand my excitement when I spotted this lamp sitting on the shelf of my local thrift store for a mere $8.



I find it retro-beautiful. It stands just 14" high. The saddled-up red clay pottery camel is standing under a palm tree. The chartreuse lampshade is fibreglass, in perfect condition, and has a black and gold scribble design with vinyl lashing. There’s no maker’s mark but I think it has a bit of age since the plug is not polarized. I grabbed it and ran it over to Mr. EMV, who was face first in a bin of old vinyl records.

“Look,” I exclaimed, “it’s so bad, it’s good!”

“Well,” Mr. EMV dead-panned, “you’ve got that half right.”

What!? Is it bad, not good? Is it kitsch, not cool? One man’s Jackson Pollack is another man’s poker playing dogs. What’s your opinion?

7 comments:

  1. No, that lamp is pretty awesome actually. :) I like lamps too, but I prefer making them. However, if I saw that in a store, I think I would have snagged it too. :)

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    1. My three sisters have agreed with Mr EMV. So much for family loyalty!

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  2. Great find. But I have to admit, my favorite part is the shade. It's hard to find one in mint condition like that. Score!

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  3. It's perfection ;D The shade is more awesome than the base but the whole thing is gloriously kitsch. It needs to be in a man cave where you perch with a pipe in your mouth and fez on your head and read classic leather-bound literature from its light.

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  4. I love it! I agree with Van, you must read under it with fez + cigar

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    1. Definitely going to look into a fez

      Now my mother has weighed in......on the side of Mr EMV. I fear I may have been adopted.

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  5. I think every lamp has a place. Personally, I'd put a yellow velvet shade with red pom-pons. Really kitsch it up.

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