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:

The Old Above

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Thinking About Jean Harlow

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A Zounding Beauty!

  My online vintage lighting store.               I am uncertain how old the fixture is. Circa-1915? It would have originally been used in a commercial setting like a bank. Today, it would be a knockout in a kitchen.     My online vintage lighting store.    

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A Miracle Light

  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…

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Before. After.

  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…

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Before. After.

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Before. After.

  My online vintage lighting store.                                         This 1920s chandelier is one of the most unusual I have ever restored. And, let me tell ya’, the process was a bitch! I cursed. Cursed! Often! Scaring kitties in the…

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“Pompeian” fixtures by Lincoln!

  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!            …

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