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June 25, 2012

Thrifting and Antiquing Finds – Two Vintage Radios And A Tiger Lamp

By RetroRuth


We have pretty much been hitting the mid-century jackpot around here lately, which is great after about six solid months of not finding anything we were really interested in buying!  For  a while, Tom and I were squabbling over everything out there. If he liked something, I didn’t. If I tried to talk him into what I thought was a sweet score, he wanted nothing to do with it. But finally (finally!) our nothing-streak broke, and we found a few things that we both agreed were far too awesome to be left behind.


A new radio for the living room, which was picked up at this estate sale for $8. We were both pretty excited about this one.


We also found this really awesome blue clock radio at Americana in Bay City.  As you can see, I was so excited about it I wouldn’t even let Tom finish taking the tag off before I snapped a picture of it.

Classy, huh?


It looks like it is actually an alarm clock, but the color matches out kitchen cabinets so perfectly that it is going to live in the kitchen, next to the carafe collection!

Hmmm…let’s see. There was something else I wanted to show you, something so awesome that we both decided we couldn’t live without it.


Oh, that’s right:


It’s a tiger lamp!!

Or is it a lion?

Either way, totally awesome. We found this one for $25 in a little antique place this past weekend. Tom spotted it amid a booth full of Victorian furniture. Not that there is anything wrong with Victorian furniture, but since I don’t really care for it I had completely skipped over the booth. I was looking at a row of cookie jars  a little farther down, when I looked up to see Tom waving his hand at me like crazy. I rushed over and the first thing I saw was the two-tiered shade.  I was pretty much instantly sold.

The cat on the bottom just made it a double score.



Not sure yet where we are going to put this baby, so for now it is hanging out on the laundry room counter with our other mid-century misfits, waiting for inspiration.

And now…I’m off to cut the rest of the tag off of that radio.  Hope you had a great weekend!

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15 Responses to Thrifting and Antiquing Finds – Two Vintage Radios And A Tiger Lamp

  1. Desirae Reply

    June 25, 2012 at 9:44 am

    Nice finds!

  2. Eartha Kitsch Reply

    June 25, 2012 at 11:12 am

    You are killing me! That’s some GREAT stuff!

  3. Sara In AZ Reply

    June 25, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    That lamp is super FAB, and I love both radios…esp. the blue one!!!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      June 25, 2012 at 3:53 pm

      Thanks, Sara! The radios are really awesome, aren’t they? I died a little when we found the blue one right after we found the other one.

  4. Laura Reply

    June 25, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    The lamp! Perfect! Great price too! Isn’t Bay City awesome? I used to shop there all the time when I still lived in Michigan.

    • RetroRuth Reply

      June 25, 2012 at 3:55 pm

      Thanks, Laura!! I know, isn’t Bay City the best?!?! That is where we scored our sputnik light as well!

  5. Vickie Reply

    June 25, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Oh lordamercy! Those are some fannnntastic finds! I’m pea-green with envy for sure! That lamp is outstanding but that shade is KILLER! Got me to drooling! Adore both radio’s. Dontcha just LOVE a great score – or two or three :- ) I think I need a trip to Bay City!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      June 26, 2012 at 12:07 pm

      Thanks, Vickie!! I think EVERYONE needs a trip to Bay City! It is just full of so many great finds and most at really good prices.

      Glad you like the finds!

  6. Andrea Reply

    June 26, 2012 at 12:00 am

    That blue radio is utterly adorable! I am absolutely loving the tiger lamp as well!

  7. Jen Reply

    June 29, 2012 at 1:56 pm

    Any idea what brand the little blue radio is? I am obsessed with it now!

    • RetroRuth Reply

      June 29, 2012 at 2:13 pm

      Hi Jen! It is a GE alarm clock radio. If you find another one, send me a pic!

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