In some ways similar to “dumpster diving” for me, I have been engaging in “storage shopping.” I possess a treasure trove of goodies that I have been holding in storage (to my husband’s dismay) for years in anticipation of building a weekend house. It is fun to unearth things I have collected and forgotten about. Over the course of this build I will I share some of these treasures with you in their “before” and then eventually “after” state.
This week’s find was a copper post lamp from the Far Hills VNA Tag Sale, held twice annually on the polo fields of Far Hills, NJ. Shoppers come from throughout the northeast each spring and fall to sift through the finds that have been donated to the Visiting Nurses Association during the previous six months. In many ways it is a smaller scale Round Top, Texas or Brimfield, Massachusetts overflowing with items wacky and wonderful that have come from the attics and estates of this historically-rich part of the country and state.
I visited Baker Lamps yesterday and Katie and I devised a plan to rehab the light and make it into a lamp. Someone had already started this process, adding a card and plug before I snagged the fixture for $20 a few years ago. I plan to leave most of the patina and try to straighten out the handle at the top of the lamp which has gotten a little cattywampus in storage. The wiring looks a little sketch so I asked Katie to rewire with a new socket and “age appropriate” fabric-covered cloth cord. She will also stabilize the piece by putting it on a pedestal. I will replace all the glass with a wavy or pebbled glass and then use a Edison Bulb to both modernize and age the piece simultaneously.
Check back to see how our refurbished lamp turns out . . .