Sunday, August 21, 2011

Yard sale treasures: Pineapple lamps, a vintage fan and other steals

Sometimes you walk away from a yard sale empty-handed, and other times you hit the jackpot.  My latest yard sale stop netted me my favorite finds ever!  And to think I almost passed it by, assuming they couldn't possibly have anything I'd want!

The purchase of the day is a pair of 1940s-era brass pineapple lamps.


The pair was priced at only $10.  The seller mentioned he could get more for them at a scrap yard, so I scooped them up before he changed his mind about selling them!  I have never seen anything like them, so I did a little research online and found some almost-identical lamps posted on eBay for $90-$100 each.  Those were just individuals, so I assume a matching pair would bring a higher value.  I couldn't find any other info online.  Anybody have personal knowledge about these lamps?  The Mr. and I are so curious!

My next steal is a vintage table fan in robin's egg blue.


It wasn't priced, so I asked the seller what he wants for it, and he said $2.  Serious?  I picked it up immediately and was checking out the cord, which looked a bit sketchy.  Before I could even make a move, the seller said since it would need to be rewired, he'd knock down the price to only $1.  Um ... it was a steal at $2, so I think I'll take it for $1.

Ironically, The Mr. and I were researching fans just like this a few months ago.  I had told him I really wanted a chandelier over our bed rather than our ceiling fan, but we agreed we still need to be able to move air around in the room.  Since he's into vintage things and since I love the color turquoise, we had thought a vintage fan might be a good option.  They're pretty easy to find on ebay, and I even spotted one in a local antique store, but the price was never right and we basically forgot about it until now.  I'll have to find out what it would take (and cost) to get it rewired and then decide if it would even work for us.  My guess is that they're rather loud.  Anyone know about the sound or the rewiring costs?

A very unassuming item that caught my eye is this clear glass jug.  It was dirty and bug-filled, but at only 25 cents, it's a bargain.


My last treasure, which may or may not really be worth much, is an arc floor lamp with marble base.  The shade is hideous in my opinion, but that would be easily changed.  The marble base is super-heavy.  It has been chipped at one corner but I think it's still pretty neat.  The price?  Just $5.


Lesson learned:  Never pass up a yard sale.  You might assume you'll find the best stuff at nicer, newer houses, but in fact they often have just useless junk.  (Unless you're shopping for kid-stuff, and then they're usually your best option.)  Yard sales hosted by people over the age of 70, especially if the house is old and it looks like the people have lived there a long time, often have the best finds because the items tend to be better quality that have stood the test of time.  They may need some cleaning or refurbing, but if you keep an open mind, you can discover like I did today!

What do you think about my finds?  Trash or treasure?  If you have additional info about any of them, please let me know!

Hollie

10 comments:

  1. Definitely treasure...all of it! I need to hit a few more sales before they disappear this fall/winter.

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  2. Those lamps are AMAZING! Definitely treasures there, lucky lady xx

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  3. Wow, holy lighting scores! Wow, wow, wow. LOVE those pineapples and can't believe your good luck at finding an arc lamp for $5. Did I say wow?

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  4. Well done! Treasures NO DOUBT. We have 2 vintage fans at home (we were lucky enough to find matching fans in different places.) and they both work well but we have them more as decoration as they CHEW through power and our electricity is VERY expensive. :( I agree with you on the light shade but the rest of the lamp is perfect. I'm a new follower and I love your title............. so me! :)

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  5. Great finds! I am super jealous of your vintage fan. I have been on the lookout for one since we decided to have a chandelier instead of a ceiling fan too!

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  6. ihave vin emerson fan 4 sale in ny

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  7. I just acquired a pair of those pineapple lamps from my mother. She got them from her mother as well. I have always assumed they were probably something that my grandmother purchased shortly after my grandparents married which would place them in the late 1940s.

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  8. I just acquired a pair of those pineapple lamps from my mother. She got them from her mother as well. I have always assumed they were probably something that my grandmother purchased shortly after my grandparents married which would place them in the late 1940s.

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    1. Neat! I still haven't found a specific use for mine. I've been going back and forth whether to paint them or keep them as-is. Since there's not a spot they work well in for me right now, I might sell mine to use the money for something else I want!

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