September 12, 2013Vintage Find – Retro Asian Pagoda Swag Light
By Sara In AZ
OK, I admit it……I DO have a weakness for wacky old lights and lamps!
We were recently at a half antique/half junk shop when I spotted this old light on top of a heaping pile of teetering miscellaneous stuff.
I walked over to it because I thought it looked pretty cool and wondered what the asking price was. “$75” was on the tag and my jaw kinda dropped right to the floor. I mean it was cool…..but $75 cool…..naaaaahhhhh.
I was curious if it had any kind of manufacturing marks or stickers, even though I had decided not to buy it, so I went to pick the light up and turn it over and what do I see on the bottom you ask……no, not a manufacturing label……..not ‘Union Made’ label……..I see a pink $5 garage sale tag. Mmmmmmmmm -Hmmmmmmmmmm, riiiiiiiggggghhhhht. I was peeved to say the least.
Now I knew how much they had paid for the light and that irritated me even more than the $75 price tag. Armed with this new knowledge, and the fact that we knew the light had been there for a while, we felt compelled to make an offer. We told them that we had seen the $5 tag on the bottom and would they take $30 for it…..they said $40 and we finally settled on a price of $35.
The dealers were very kind about everything and we could tell they felt badly about forgetting to pull that garage sale tag off. I guess it all worked out in the end!
The light has intricate Asian scenes embossed in the bands around the top.
Here is a close up of one of the bands.
A picture from the bottom, I will definitely be using a lower wattage bulb when we use this light!
I think this is a pretty cool and unique swag light!
We don’t have it hanging yet, but once we find our dream house I definitely want to use this light!
So, has this ever happened to anyone else……have you ever found another, cheaper, sales tag on an item you were interested in buying? How did it work out for you?