Finding Just the Right Vintage Lamp for Your Home Decor
When you are decorating your home in a vintage style, it is important to find the right accessories to finish off your vintage look. One of the most important accessories is the vintage lamp that accentuates your vintage furniture, and pulls the entire feel of the room together. You also want to have a vintage lamp that will literally shed light upon the room, so that it is practical as a source of light for reading or other activities.
Luckily, vintage lamps can be found both singly and in pairs in excellent condition online. Ebay is an excellent source for vintage lamps, and in doing my research, I have found numerous types of vintage lamps on Ebay that I have outlined in this article. In this article, I am going to focus on table lamps.
Depending on where your vintage table lamps will go in your house, will also depend if you are looking for one single vintage lamp or a pair of vintage table lamps.
A Pair of Vintage Table Lamps
Although a single vintage table lamp makes a statement, a pair of matching vintage table lamps doubles the statement and balances out the room. A pair of lamps looks good in a living room or den, or in a bedroom.
Vintage lamps can really add a lot of style to a room whether it is through color like this pair pictured to the right, or they way they evoke the era that they are from.
Because they do not take up too much space in the room, lamps can put a punch of style into your decor without overwhelming the room. I do not think that I would like this orange color on my walls, but in this pair of vintage table lamps (above), it is really hot.
Vintage Glass Table Lamp
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Vintage Tiffany Table Lamp
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Vintage Pair of Table Lamps
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Factors to Consider When Shopping for Vintage Table Lamps
Before you get serious about shopping for vintage table lamps, it is necessary to narrow down your criteria of what you are looking for. Here are the main factors to consider:
- Height and width of the lamp including the lamp shade
- Decade or style movement you want
- Special lampshade like a Tiffany lamp
- How many lamps do you need?
- How much do you want to spend
- What condition are you willing to take
- Can you repair faulty wiring if necessary
- How important is color?
- How much light does the lamp need to provide?
You may need to rewire a lamp to get the amount of light you want, because many bedside lamps were only wired for smaller bulbs.
Vintage Crystal Table Lamp
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Vintage Brass Table Lamp
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Vintage Quoizel Table Lamp
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Materials and Condition of Vintage Table Lamps
When shopping for vintage lamps, you will need to decide what materials you want the lamp to be made out of, and what condition you are willing to accept. Most lamps in a typical home do not get too much wear and tear, if anything the lamp shade may be the most damaged. If you want the vintage lamp to be truly authentic with all the original parts, you will have to look carefully for the condition notes on each lamp for sale.
Sellers on Ebay are usually very specific about any vintage lamps they are selling, but if you have a question, you can contact them directly to ask them.
Vintage table lamps have been made in just about every material imaginable–brass, glass, metal, wood, stone–so narrow down the material that you are looking for before you search to make your search easier. You can also search by decade, year, and designer if you have a specific designer in mind.
Vintage Art Deco Table Lamp
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Vintage Eames Table Lamps
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Vintage Figurine Table Lamp
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Prices on Vintage Table Lamps Vary Widely
It is important to have a fixed budget in your mind when you are shopping for vintage table lamps. Lamp prices can range from a few dollars to thousands of dollars for the right pair of vintage table lamps. The rarer they are, and the better the condition they are in, the more expensive the lamps will be.
If you are buying from a vintage reseller or antique dealer, chances are you will pay more for their legwork in finding the right lamps for you. You will save the most money searching for the vintage lamps yourself and buying directly from the owner whenever possible. Auctions on antique and vintage lamps can also drive the price up.
Research the era and style you are looking for to understand better what prices to expect, so that you know whether the lamp prices are fair or not. Remember that sometimes you can make a counteroffer, or negotiate for the antique or vintage lamps.
Vintage Milk Glass Table Lamp
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Adding Vintage Lamps to Your Collection
Creating an authentic vintage style to your home is almost like putting together a puzzle when you do not know what the pieces will be. You have to search for the right piece to fit. This is exactly what searching for a vintage table lamp for your vintage room is like. You need to find the perfect vintage lamp or lamps to fit your vintage decor. When you do find your perfect vintage lamp, you will know it. Then you can begin to bid on the lamp.
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