It’s already time for another Best of Etsy post! This month, I searched high & low for vintage table lamps. After sharing my plaster lamp DIY last week (which came from Etsy), I received many link requests and ideas for fixtures that could be plastered. Etsy is honestly a gold mine for vintage lighting. If I’m looking for a unique lamp, Etsy is the first resource I’ll check. This post will require some imagination though. I find many people have trouble envisioning vintage lighting in their space- especially from Etsy. Many vendors don’t style their pieces, they’re not photographed well, and some components have to be updated to modernize the fixture (for aesthetic and functional purposes). I know that seems like a less than favorable shopping experience, but I’m here to tell you- you can score some incredible pieces at great price points if you’re willing to dig… just like you would in a normal thrift store. Ready to see what I found? Click through for a GIANT roundup of vintage table lamps…
There are lots of hidden gems and “project lamps” in this mix. Like I mentioned in the intro, be open minded and try to envision how these could be tweaked to fit your personal aesthetic (plaster the base, spray paint, swap the shade, polish, etc).
Shop my finds by clicking directly on each vintage lamp below!
If you’re specifically looking for a lamp to plaster, I’d choose one of the following: #1, #5, #9 (that one definitely needs paint or plaster), #10, #17, #24, or #25. Interested to know my top contenders from the roundup? The following lamps feel really special and have me excited: #6, #7, #9 would be a perfect project lamp, #11, #14, #15 reminds me of my own vintage brass lamps, #18, #20, and #23.
I also wanted to share a few vintage light fixture purchasing tips with you…
Tips for Buying Vintage Lamps
- Remember that shades can easily be replaced. If a lamp shade is damaged, but the base seems to be in good condition, don’t let that stop you from purchasing a cool fixture! Shades are relatively inexpensive compared to the fixture itself.
- Don’t be afraid to purchase European fixtures. When buying a fixture that comes with a European or non US plug, remember it can still function for you. Get a converter plug or a light kit to switch the cord and plug altogether. Both are inexpensive and easy! Puck lights are another cord free option.
- Ask for additional details or images. Just like antique or thrift shopping in person, sometimes it’s difficult to know if you’ve found something amazing. Don’t be afraid to ask the seller to send additional details or photos to determine if the fixture is worth the price they’re asking. If it’s not already listed, I always request the following: exact size & dimensions, material (what is it made of), and are there any markings or brand names on the fixture.
After compiling this post, I realized I have a bunch of vintage lighting… more than I thought! I still have vintage lamps in my prop closet just waiting to be used. I love that many fixtures seen throughout our home are original and unique. I feel like they add so much personality!
Want to see more Best or Etsy roundups? I’ll link some past posts below… I’ve done a LOT of Etsy shopping over the years. It’s an awesome way to support small businesses, makers, and artists.
- Fruit Still Life Paintings
- Charcoal Line Drawings
- Side Tables
- Equestrian Art
- Coffee Mugs
- Light Fixtures
- Burl Wood Furniture & Decor
- Designer Throw Pillows
- Vintage Dog Portraits
- Dining Chairs
- Round Wall Mirrors
- Vintage Plates
- Cabinetry Hardware
- Turkish Towels
- Cutting & Serving Boards
- Live Plants
- Woven Baskets
- Lumbar Pillows
- Door Knockers
Let me know if you have any vintage lighting questions in the comment section below! Have a great day, everyone.