Re-Wire All The Things!

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.

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I think this actually counts as some sort of weapon

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The base has some lovely floral detailing on it. Not bad for “FREE.”

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!

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I went online to purchase a real mica shade for it (mica was all the rage in Craftsman homes). The shade cost more than the electrical work on the lamp!

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