It's a Small (MCM) World After All

I thought I'd share our Craigslist story about a great lamp we bought -- and a cool discovery we made when we met the sellers.

Last Spring we had been trying to find a suitable lamp for one of our bedrooms, which had no built in lighting. I found this "Mid Century Modern Wall Mounted Hanging Light" on Craigslist and decided to go take a look.

The sellers, Ken and Katie, had a ton of MCM Danish teak furniture and some cool accessories. We piled into the car, not quite sure from the pictures whether we'd like the lamp or not.

We talked with them for a while about the state of mid-century modern in Sacramento, where they had found their items, etc. One of the ways they find a lot of MCM items at a reasonable price is attending estate sales. I asked if they had attended any sales in our Eichler neighborhood and discovered they had been to our house the previous Fall -- and had bought the curtains from one of our bedrooms. I instantly recalled walking up to our Eichler for the first time and seeing Ken and Katie walking out with those curtains!

We had the lamp rewired, added an on/off switch to the cord, and it looks as if it always has lived in our home.

If you're looking for vintage goodies and don't have time to scour yard, garage, and estate sales, I recommend checking out Craigslist. Craigslist has posted some recommended safety precautions -- check 'em out. See also Leah's story and recommendations on her blog. Fortunately, we've had some great experiences and have met some nice people along the way.