Laid to rest will be my two bedside lamps. Purchased in 1998, for 50 cents each at a garage sale. Originally country blue, in 2000 they were spray painted black. They have performed their duties without fanfare for 12 years and through 8 moves. Several more expensive lamps have failed during that time period, but these two kept on going. Style not withstanding, it's just been in this most recent move that they have started to show their age with flaking paint. Because they are still in working order, interment will take place at the local Goodwill.
I can't say that I'm sorry to see them go. They have been a functional, but rather ugly, fixture in my bedroom for so long that I really don't even see them anymore. Actually, that sort of describes my bedroom as a whole. Neglected, messy, nothing pretty about it.
But all that is about to change! We are starting on our bedroom makeover! This will happen in several steps over the summer, and I will definitely keep you apprised.
My original plan was to find lamps at a thrift store and remake them to my liking; I looked a few times but didn't find anything great. While I'm sure that something would have turned up had I waited, I decided, based on the less than 5 cent per year cost of the above lamps, that I could splurge a little.
I did some searching online and found the Crystal Ball Table Lamp at JC Penney.
The original price is $160 (!) but it was on sale for $59.99. However, when I tried to put 2 in my cart, it said it wasn't currently available online. I called the store and they had them in stock, but the sale price in the store was $89.99. The saleslady told me to print off the internet page and they would honor it.
In addition, I had this printable coupon for $10 off $50 (good til July 10). I printed off 2 coupons, and we headed to the store. The cashier honored the internet price and rang the lamps through separately, allowing me to use a coupon on each one, without even batting an eye. Excellent customer service!
So, I got the lamps for $49.99 each, which I thought was a pretty good deal. They are infinitely more lovely than what I've had up until now. And that is just a little glimpse into the bedroom makeover. Stay tuned!