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February 9, 2010

Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Sara’s Vintage Lights!

Gooooooooorgeous lights, Sara!  I am dying!  Especially over those little jumprope girls!

OK, I’ll admit it, I am a total SUCKER for any kind of vintage light! It is really bad though, because I go to all these Estate Sales and Goodwill etc., and I find all these super cute lights I cannot pass up. I think Mike is going through a little light/lamp overload. He said he may try to send me to a Vintage Lamps Anonymous – if he can find one. “Hi, my name is Sara……….  😉

So, on with the show kids!

These first two pictures are of some lights I found at Goodwill. The first pic shows a 1960s ? (please correct me if I am wrong) Bathroom Light Bar. This was made by Progress Lighting, all the old stickers are still on the back! And, it was made in the USA!!! I thought it was really cool because of the funky lines running through it.

This next pic is not really a light, but a ceiling light cover. I thought these were SOOOOO cute, I could not believe someone had given them away to Goodwill. You can see there are little girls jumping rope and bows all over the shades. I am guessing these are from the 1950s or early 1960s. The shades are a really thick glass (much thicker than the glass shades available now at Home Depot, or the like) and they are a bit larger too.

I have not quite decided what to do with these items yet – keep them, sell them???  Hmmmmmm, decisions……decisions!

Up next is an old Pull Down I picked up at an Estate Sale. I was SO in love with this light, but I was also being stubborn that day and did not want to pay the $30 asking price. So, I waited until half-price day, and I got it for $15. It has a walnut plate for the wall to cover the mounting bracket, and a little walnut wedge on the bottom. There was a “Made In USA” “Union Made” sticker on this but nothing else that would indicate the manufacturer. I poked around a little on the web and found this light was probably made by E.J.S. Lighting Corporation, in the mid to late 1950s. It retailed for approx. $20 back then.

This light still has the original glass shade.

And the cool pin-hole light effect on the top.

One word of caution about vintage lights. Mike had to totally re-wire this entire light. See how the wires are REALLY brittle. We are pretty sure it was from super hot light bulbs crisping up those little ole’ wires. Anyway, Mike is an Electrical Engineer, so if he can’t re-wire a light – well that would be pretty sad wouldn’t it! I would DEFINITELY NOT recommend re-wiring your own vintage light unless you are super knowledgeable about wiring and the such (this light had a ton of really intricate parts inside that housing). He did a bang up job, and now the light works fantastically – without the threat of burning the house down! 🙂

At the same Estate Sale I also bought this Kitchen Pull Down. I could not leave it behind since I was already buying the other Pull Down, and they said they were remodeling the entire house after the sale. I could just envision them throwing it into a trash heap, and – well, I just could not let that happen! No, I am not planning on having this light installed above our fireplace :), we have not installed this light into our kitchen yet…. Here you see it just hanging on a hook in our ceiling. This light still has all of it’s original stickers too, and this light is a MOE light!

This light also still has the original light shade.

OK y’all stay tuned next time for more vintage lights!

P.S. Happy (early) Valentine’s Day everyone! Even if you cannot spend the day with someone special, we love everyone around here at ‘No Pattern Required’, so here is a “big wet smooch” going out to all of ya!

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9 Responses to Tuesday’s Retro Guest – Sara’s Vintage Lights!

  1. sablemable Reply

    February 9, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I adore these lights, too! I have 3 pull-down lights, plus one of those that attaches to the wall.

    Thank God our men can rewire, LOL!

    Great post, Saraaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!

  2. Annie B. Reply

    February 9, 2010 at 10:10 am

    AH!! Those pull-downs! Fabulous! Nothing better than vintage lighting, to me. I’m a lampaholic, I confess. The pinhole lighting effect is wonderfully dramatic; all the little “stars”!!
    Great post, Sara! Thanks a million.

  3. Sara in AZ Reply

    February 9, 2010 at 11:57 am

    Thanks Sable! I do not know what I would do if Mike could not rewire stuff for me. You need to do a post on all your lights too!

    Annie B. – Thank you so much for the comment and compliment. I totally love that pin-hole effect too – that is my favorite part of that light. I guess we can both go to the Vintage Lamps Anonymous together! 😉

  4. Barbara Reply

    February 9, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    Sara, I will buy the pull down ceiling lamp from you if Mike will rewire it for me!! Just shoot me an email.

  5. Paulette Reply

    February 9, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Love the lights, Sara. We had a pull down over the dining room table growing up and that thing was the bomb! I forgot all about it until seeing your post. The pinhole pull down is my favorite!

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  7. Vintage Lamps Reply

    March 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm

    Love love the little girls jumping rope shades, they are adorable!

    Must be handy to have an electrical engineer at hand:)

    Great post!

  8. Vicki Reply

    April 22, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I have a vintage pull down lamp, but need a new shade. I think this one was called “Sophisticates.” Can anyone give me a good website to look for replacement shades for the pull down kitchen lights from the 50’s-60’s??

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