This post is a quickie, with a handy tip to those of us who like to thrift and antique:
Re-wire your lamps if you need to! It’s cheaper than you may think.
The story behind the tip…
Once upon a time, when moving apartments, we found a hidden room behind our apartment wall (yes really, hidden room). In it, there was a cool lamp base that, upon Googling, seemed to be from the 1930’s.
It clearly had long ago been stripped of all electric components. Fearing that getting it re-wired would be expensive, it sat around in our attic for two years, doing nothing.
Finally, earlier this year I got my butt in gear and dragged it to a local lighting store to find that (surprise surprise), putting all the lighting components back into this base would only run us about $70! Considering they had absolutely nothing to work with and had to build it up from nothing, this seemed to me to be a much better price than I had originally thought it would run.
Now, we have a beautiful antique lamp in the corner of our living room, and I no longer fear the lighting people. Next time I see a thrifty lighting buy that needs some work, I’m snapping it up!