Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Coastal Charm is having a Nifty Thrifty Tuesday blog party to which I'm linking.

I adore many of the things in my home that I've thrifted, some of which I've already shared with y'all, but I have plenty I can draw on for this party and many more to come.
This lamp was actually found by my dear friend Margie--we met in the ninth grade a hundred years ago--and she has a great eye for thrifting. (That's the Hub's workshop you see out the back door.) The lamp needs a new shade but I've not decided what style I should get.
Here's a better view of the detail on the middle part of the lamp. Gotta love the dolphins. It's made of spelter and was painted gold when Margie found it. I stripped off as much paint as I could without totally destroying the patina.
And a close-up of the bottom section. (I apologize for the pictures. Yesterday was a dreary day in Central Texas.)

The next lamp I found at a thrift store in Oak Cliff, a suburb of Dallas, almost twenty years ago. The brass was practically black when I bought it. I cleaned it until I was blue in the face, but it's darkened quite a bit since then.
Actually, it's part of my office redo. I've already changed out the lampshade and like the new one much better. (Forgive the plug in the corner of the shot--I thought I'd cropped that out, but don't feel like going back now and fixing it!)
The detail on the lamp: the bottom part has a raised chrysanthemum design. (I had to move the tassel out of the way to show the design. Now it looks all cattywampus.
For my final thrift show and tell: I bought this chair around 30 years ago when a builder moved his  model homes and sold off the furniture. I think I paid $25 for it, and it's served me well over the years. (As a design note: those drapes are full-size matelasse bedspreads I clipped to a curtain rod, which is actually a 2" wooden closet pole my builder left behind when my house was finished. I'll take pictures of that one sunny day in the future.)

And that's all for this first Nifty Thrifty day. Why not check in with Linda over at Coastal Charm to see all the other nifty thrifty posts.


Judi said...

The lamp is so detailed and ornate ~ very nice. I love your curtains too :) Judi

marmielu said...

Wow! You've got some good stuff here! And..what a great idea with the drapes.
Mary Lou

Rettabug said...

You are definitely a "Nifty Thrifter"...these bargains are wonderful! ♥ the 1st lamp the mostest!

Linda said...

Love you thrifty lamp collection...thanks for sharing them at my first NIFTY THRIFTY TUESDAYS PARTY! Be sure to sign up for my CASH GIVEAWAY:)


alice said...

Great lamp BUT I love the curtains!
smiles, alice

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

I am a lamp person... and I love the design of these beautiful lamps! What great finds. What a great idea to use matelasse bedspreads for window coverings. Have a grand day.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love your lamps. They are gorgeous. What great finds. I love that chair too. Isn't it wonderful to find such great treasures. Hugs, Marty

TexNan said...

Thanks to all of you for your nice comments. I'm off to visit each of your sites--I'm sure I've already been but I haven't commented. Shame on me!

Condo Blues said...

Nice finds. I did the same comforter as drapes in my living room when I first moved in.