Right beside one of my favorite Salvation Army stores is a flea market.
Now I have to say that I don’t actually go to flea markets too often because, honestly, the prices are often a little too steep for this thrifty girl.
But this one day John and I had some time so we decided to wander.
After meandering by and through many of the booth areas I thought it was going to be just another day of not finding anything special, and I was ok with that.
Not every treasure hunt ends with treasure. Every thrifter knows this right?
But sometimes… every once in awhile… a treasure comes along that’s meant just for you.
And you’re willing to pay real money for it. Real money!
Now for me to shell out real money it has to be an extra special treasure.
Something that I’ve never seen before, and might not see again, like my settee and ottomon set that I thrifted a few years ago that I also paid real money for.
What I first saw in the distance was this beautifully shaped lampshade, sticking up behind some tables holding boxes filled with all kinds of odds and ends.
The lamp is strangely short, only about 57 inches tall to the top of the lamp shade, which is why it was barely peeking up over all the other stuff..
But what she lacks in height she definitely makes up for in personality.
And then I saw the roses…. the beautiful pink, blue, and yellow roses.
Well I could hardly believe it, and it was love at first sight.
The vendor found it in a barn and it showed. It was pretty filthy, especially around, under, and in the roses. The vendor said he had actually cleaned it up some. Wowza, I can only imagine what this poor lamp must have looked like.
The lamp was priced at $150.00. Much much more than I had ever paid for any lamp in my entire life.
Normally I would seriously have to think about shelling out that kind of money. And even though I knew she was coming home with me no matter what I played it very cool… while I was happy dancing inside.
But the guy didn’t want to haggle at all, and I always respect that.
But you can’t blame a girl for trying. 🙂
I guess she was worth every penny of that price to both of us.
So once that was clear I paid what he wanted because I needed this lovely bone china roses lamp and its beautiful light in my life, and she clearly needed me too.
I rode home in the back seat of the car with her to make sure she made the trip without any damage.
And she did! 🙂
I’m calling her my Cinderella lamp.
All she needed was a little bit of Fairy Godmother magic, which I was happy to provide, to make her natural beauty shine. In her case some simple cleaning magic.
How to Clean a Bone China Roses Lamp
This cleaning magic started with my blow dryer, on the cool setting, to blow away any loose nastiness
Then I grabbed a few cheap and already used crafting paint brushes.
If you ever clean a lamp like this, or even some of those bone china decorative items that I see sometimes, be sure not to use good brushes because the bristles tend to be all wonky by the time you’re done.
And with a very lightly dampened brush I carefully brushed all the bone china roses and leaves… around, inside, and under in every way possible.
Then I used a dry brush, a couple actually because they kept getting dirty and I had to clean them between use, to clean up what the damp brush loosened up.
The heavy metal base and lamp sections needed a thorough cleaning too.
Here you can see the rather nasty before of one of the bone china roses sections.
Who on earth was keeping her in a barn?
And here’s the after.
It was about two hours of tedious work, but so worth it.
Isn’t she beautiful?
The one thing that really excited me about her is that she’s totally chip free. I checked her out thoroughly before buying her.
That was absolutely amazing to me because she’s probably somewhere between 50 to 73 years old.
And how long had she been in that barn? Yikes! I shudder to think about it.
I’m happy to say that Century Industries in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, which was founded in 1945, is still in business today… and still specializes in decorative lighting.
Vintage Bone China Roses Lamp
Here you can see my bone china roses lamp with a recent project, my decoupaged roses vintage drawer knobs.
She goes amazingly well with my vintage metal roses mirror that I shared a few months ago. It’s on the other side of the bedroom above my triple dresser, and I still can’t believe I found it for just $6.
So I guess I can put some of the money that I saved on the mirror towards my bone china roses lamp. Yes, that sounds like a good plan to me. 🙂
Today’s treasure might have hurt this Fairy Godmother’s wallet a bit, but my Cinderella lamp makes my heart sooo happy.
Sometimes you’re lucky enough to find something that lights up your life every single day, and brings a smile to your face.
And that’s really what this thrifting thing is really all about, saving on things every day so you can splurge when that extra special treasure comes along.
So have you splurged on a treasure lately?
Thanks so much for reading, and until next time…
keep on keepin’ on!