I have a soft spot in my heart for vintage lighting. If I see a unique fixture at a thrift store or antique store, you can bet that it’s coming home with me – whether I have an immediate use for it or not. I’m just a few lamps short of an episode of Hoarders.
On a recent trip to my favorite local antique store, I came across an amazing lamp in a booth that was going out of business. The lamp was sadly sitting on the floor all alone, sporting a price of just $10. It was far too cool to pass up, and it quickly found a home on my daughter’s nightstand.
The switch felt a little lose, so my husband wanted to replace the socket. When he opened up the lamp, he found a little surprise inside – a night light bulb!
What I thought was just an interesting metal piece at the bottom of the lamp was really a place for a night light to shine through. I didn’t realize it when I bought it, because the night light bulb was burned out. How cool is that?
This lamp got me thinking about other cool features that you might find “hidden” in a vintage lamp. Did you know that many of them have built in ashtrays and cigarette holders? I don’t smoke, but I think it’s cool that this was a lamp feature. Check out this one that my friend Marian found in her grandparents attic.
Many kitchen tables in the 1960s had retractable pull down light fixtures over them. Need more light at the table? Reach up and pull the light towards you. The extra cord is stored in the little pill shaped capsule. Via Etsy.
And how about a lamp/clock combo? If you had a small desk or table, this was the perfect space saving solution. I’ve seen them in aqua, red and yellow. And as an added surprise, the little button on the phone receiver is a cigarette lighter. Via Etsy.
One of the things I love so much about vintage lamps is the shapes and colors that they came in. And now with the added bonus of secret unique features? I’m afraid my vintage lamp hoarding is going to go to the next level.
Do you have a vintage lamp with a unique feature? Tell us about it in the comments! I’d love to hear all about it.