day #7: task lamps & breaking the rules {31 days of thrifting}

Today’s thrifting find as seen in the living room reveal:


I was going to feature just the task lamp, but then I realized I had at least two other thrifted things you could see in the picture, so I couldn’t resist labeling them for you too!

Anyway, I was thrilled when I found this oil-rubbed bronze task lamp for $7 at Goodwill! The shade’s welding was broken, which is the reason I imagine the original owner gave it away. I can set the shade on the lamp just right and it doesn’t move, so I haven’t even tried to repair it yet- that’s good enough for me!

It's very heavy and very high quality, so I was convinced it was from Pottery Barn until I found a picture of it exactly on Google images.

It looks like it’s from Robert Abbey:


And it’s *gasp* $306 right now! That’s even higher than PB prices! Wow.

I’m even more excited about it now!

thrifting tip #5:
when you find an item you really want, grab it as soon as you possibly can.

This probably breaks all the rules of frugality, but when it comes to thrifting you can’t afford to waste a minute. If you decide you don’t want it after all, you can always put it back. But if you walk away, chances are by the time you come back around to get it, it’ll be gone. Quick hands are the name of the game here!

Okay, so I have a little thrifting confession: I might be guilty of being a bit overzealous in the grabbing department…there was this one time I pretty much hovered over this little old Hispanic lady who was admiring a vintage pan I wanted.

They’d just rolled a new cart of items out from the back, and there were three other women standing around this one little cart with us, so I didn’t take my eyes off of her and I nearly grabbed the pan right out of her hand as she went to set it down!

{hey, I waited ‘til she was done with it, that’s what counts right?! ha!}

She looked up at me and smiled. She probably thought I was a little crazy for snatching up such a nasty looking $2 pan! {It was a Magnalite pan by the way- they are magical pans- they never burn or stick, and they’re extremely rare!} I wanted to get it for my dad.  And I did get it, by golly! :P

Ok, so now it’s your turn to ‘fess up! :D

Did you ever walk away from a good deal and regret it?

Or have you waited for someone to put something down so you could snatch it up? I know you die-hard thrifters out there know what I’m talking about! ;)

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  1. Yes, I didn't get the Mr. Coffee iced tea pitcher that went with mine when I saw it and went back a few days later and of course it was gone, arghhh!!

  2. I found an antique buffet. It was beautiful and needed no repairs. It was marked $ could have easily gone for much more. I walked away from it and came back 3 days later to purchase. It was GONE! I have regreted it to this day and that was 14 years ago. If I find an antique w a good price I don't pass it buy.

  3. I'm glad you found another one! That's exciting! And you can always resell the desk for what you paid for it, so no money lost, just invested! :D

  4. I agree with you- you can! Thank you! :D

  5. Oh, I know that feeling! Maybe you'll find one like it that's perfect!

  6. Sorry girlie! I figured out I had the wrong label in my button code. It should be working if you don't mind copying and pasting from the box again? thanks so much!!

  7. WOW!!! That's amazing!! I'm squealing with you! Great job!

  8. Wow, what a steal on that lamp!
    I just started my 31 days today: :)
    Also, when I click your ad on my sidebar, it takes me to your blog but not the 31 days page. Any suggestions on how to fix it?

  9. YES! I always think about this certain couch...totally adorable and vintage-this was about 10 years ago when I was a college sophomore and I took the train up to see my parents. I got off at the station and some guy was selling furniture and such...very flea market-like. (LOVE THAT!) My mom encouraged me to get it, but I wavered. needless to say, someone else got it and it still makes me sad :(

  10. Great advice! I always grab everything I like then I go through everthing later and put back what I don't want. I firmly believe if you are patient, you can find anything you want second hand! Your house is too cute, by the way!

  11. yes! and i sooo paid for it. i found the exact desk i'd been looking for for oh about 6 months, so long that i had actually changed the plans of my craft room. so i found it at GW it was $25 needed a tonof work but was the exact image. but since i had changed my plan i thot there wouldnt be room and decided to walk away from it. well guess what? ur right i changed my mind back and decided to go get it, seriously it was less than two days. well at our GW's that equates to 2 yrs, it was gone. i did find another one just like it on our neighborhood yard sales online, but it was $95 and needed about the same amount of work. yes i did get it and pay almost 4 x's what GW wanted for theirs but i wasn't taking a chance on loosing that one. and plus i figured it's still less than a particle board cheap desk nowadays!

  12. I'm loving all of your thrifting posts! I don't go as much as I'd like because I have two littles that I have to take with me and its not worth the effort a lot of times, but I can't wait until they're old enough to enjoy going with me!

  13. I confess, I'm a grabber. I can always put it back if by the end of the shopping trip if I have to much in my cart ( lol really?) or I just dont "feel" the need for the item.
    I saw an awesome dining room set with 8 caned chairs (2 captains), two leaf extensions, a buffet to match, and thick pads for both table and buffet at the thrift shop. It was marked down 3x's till it was only $200. SOLID wood (no veneer) and HEAVY but in near perfect condition. Took dear hubby back to the thrift shop to see if he approved (that was not a purchase to make without consulting him) and he really liked it too. Yeah!
    Later to my immense happiness, I found out the name, Henredon, was a high end piece. Yes, I bought a VERY expensive dining room set for $200. Squeal!!!!

  14. I was at a Home Goods store and found a table that I wanted, but had to go to the front for a basket. By the time I got back there, this lady had it in her basket. So I grabbed another table I had my eye on instead. But I couldn't resist mentioning I was coming back for it and we struck up a conversation over various other stores in the area that we shop at that had items which were very similar. LOL

  15. Me too- I will be excited for my girls to go with me! they will love it {or so i hope!}


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