NOT In My Home {Vintage} Arco Lamp

The One that Got Away.

On Saturday evening I went to an estate sale here in Orlando after perusing some online photos of the merchandise. ¬†In the photos I saw something I desperately wanted for the shop (or for my own home). ¬†It is one of those classic mid-century designs that you rarely find at flea markets or estate sales…the arco floor lamp.

This lamp was designed by the Castiglioni brothers in 1962 and is the epitome of retro modern style, which can often be spotted in design magazines. ¬†The lamp is still in production by reputable companies like Design Within Reach, but at very lofty prices! ¬†There are many knock-off versions of the lamp as well, many do not have a marble base or the “arch” is not quite as elegant and bowed as the original. ¬†The one at the auction had a brass finish and was not an exact match to this original design, but a beautiful lamp nonetheless. ¬†It did have a marble base but the base was not as tall as the one shown above. ¬†These knock-offs still fetch between $300-$500 or more.

So, here’s the thing about Estate Sales. ¬†It’s good practice to determine what you intend to bid on before the auction begins and you have to establish your price “limit.” ¬†Otherwise, you can get caught up in the excitement of bidding and pay too much for an item. ¬†It’s also a MUST to arrive at the auction in plenty of time to inspect the items up close during the “preview” hours. ¬†Items are sold AS IS so you want to know exactly what you’re paying for. Okay, so the sad reality is that I did NOT win the bid. ¬†I had to stop bidding after it surpassed the amount I was willing to pay for it. ¬†I’m pretty sure the buyers wanted it for their own home because it was the only item they were bidding on. ¬†They were obviously on a mission, like me. ¬†So, I’m pretty sure it went to a good home, one that appreciates a good vintage mid-century find…but I’ll admit that I’m still a little heartbroken.

There will always be more estate sales…and more treasures in the future.

But darn it, I wanted that lamp! ūüėČ

 

Halloween Mayhem

It is Full-Blown Halloween Mayhem at my household! ¬†Yesterday we picked up some fine pumpkins at the Eola Farmer’s Market. ¬†I can’t wait to carve them, but I want them to last at least until the 31st. ¬†So, I’m resisting the temptation to cut those babies open. ¬†Luckily I spied some battery operated lanterns that put off an eery glow in the darkness. ¬†This is enough SPOOK to hold me over until carving time.

Happy Haunting!

October.

It is just October. ¬†I have to keep reminding myself. ¬†This weekend I got pretty excited about the holiday season that’s fast approaching. ¬†Not only were Whitney and I shopping for vintage holiday finds for our winter collection, but the air was CRISP! and COOL! ¬†In contrast to the wall of heat and humidity that usually greets me as I’m stepping outside in the morning, this week I’ve shivered (ever so slightly) as I opened the door. ¬†And I love it. ¬†That means boots, and sweaters, and scarves! ¬†Yes, yes, and yes!!

Listen, I’m not the only one getting ahead of myself. ¬†IKEA already has December in sight. ¬†I breezed through¬†I went to IKEA and tried desperately not to look at EVERYTHING. ¬†And I did a pretty good job until the very end before the checkout lines. ¬†They had all of their new Christmas/Hanukkah decorations in a grande display of twinkling lights, modern stockings and sparkling ornaments. ¬†I got REALLY excited! ¬†But it’s only October! ¬†Darn you, IKEA.

I will enjoy October and not think about Christmas.  I will enjoy October and not think about Christmas.  I will enjoy October and not think about Christmas.  I will enjoy October and not think about Christmas.  I will enjoy October and not think about Christmas!

November and December will be here soon enough.

And in honor of October, a spooky Tuesday’s Treasury,¬†“Not Your Candy Corn Halloween”.

What?  Did you think I passed up those twinkling lights?

Tuesday’s Treasury: “Sunny September”

Time to tinker with treasuries!

(Glass Pendant Lamp that I’ve been drooling over lately…)

I’ve mentioned my fascination with Etsy treasuries here before.¬† I could go cross-eyed perusing all the loveliness that exists out there!¬† It’s such a great way for people to share their finds, and share the LOVE.

So, I thought I’d give it a try.

You can view “Sunny September” here.