I have been restoring vintage lights since I was a teenager in the mid-1970s. An Interstate highway was being rammed through the city where I lived, and I ran (steps ahead of the bulldozers, and with my shag haircut flying) from one incredible building to another, and from one incredible house to another, and salvaged everything I could.
My poor, bewildered parents. Their garage was soon chock-a-block with what I thought were treasures beyond compare. But which they thought was just useless flotsam. I did though once overhear my mom say: “Well, at least he’s not out doing drugs.”
However, when all their boring lights were systematically replaced with the most stunning lights they had ever seen – and all for free, rewired, and restored – they soon had second thoughts about the flotsam. (I paid for new parts by mowing lawns!)
Fast forward many decades.
One day I realized I had a pile of old lights rusting away in my basement. I hauled a few out, restored them (bringing back many old memories), and listed them on eBay.
At the time I had no idea, not a clue, that I had just radically changed my life.
Within months my life was unrecognizable, and I was working full time restoring vintage lighting and selling the fixtures across America.
My new e-commerce website is now online. Whoee! Please feel free to shop and purchase here:
My blog post are below.
My online vintage lighting store. Recently, I found a vintage light in an antique store. I gasped when I saw it. It was sitting on the floor, kinda falling apart, but was obviously incredible. Placing it in my car, I realized that the large bottom plate was damaged: This was a job for…Continue Reading
My online vintage lighting store. I purchased the fixture online, and gasped at its scale when it arrived. It is HUGE! Also, it was obvious that the shade had been repainted several times. Poorly. So, I blithely stripped off the non-original paint expecting to find some brightly colored enameled finish as is common to…Continue Reading
My online vintage lighting store. For many, many years, I had a set of 1920s lights stuck in storage, by Lincoln. The set needed a ton or work, and I was worried that I would not be able to restore the highly distinctive polychrome finish. But now? Squee! …Continue Reading
My online vintage lighting store. A while back, I arrived at the Cross House to discover a small box sitting on the porch. What, I wondered, was inside? As I don’t use the house as my mail address, finding any delivery is, in itself, unusual. But, I do enjoy a surprise. Bringing the box in,…Continue Reading
My online vintage lighting store. In an antique store, the owner really wanted me to buy a fixture. It originally had a large center glass shade, and three smaller glass shades hanging down. But the smaller shades were missing. The center shade had a dazzling wheel-cut starburst pattern and I explained that trying to find…Continue Reading
My online vintage lighting store. The overpainting had covered over tiny holes for crystals! I had to drill the paint out, and wholly refinish the fixture. All new sockets and wiring as well. Then, with immense pleasure, I hung many crystals on the chandelier, switched the electricity on, and…SQUEE!!!!!!!! My…Continue Reading