Monday, June 11, 2012

Mercury Glass Lamps

I seem to be obsessed with a few things right now, mercury glass being one of them.  I recently bought two different pillar candle sets in mercury glass, and I just love them.  Mercury glass is so elegant looking.  It's lustrous, reflective qualities give a really rich look and feel.  I personally think you should incorporate a touch of it in every room.  It fits with so many decor styles!  Check out these beautiful mercury glass lamps from Pottery Barn.  And, yes, I have been drooling over these for awhile now, but I just couldn't bring myself to pay $209-$269 per lamp.

Antique Mercury Glass Table & Bedside Lamps

How about these

  Alternate View

Well these are ONLY $80-$96, but that's just for the base, you would have to buy the shade separately.

Well, just before Christmas '11, I happened to be in my local T.J. Maxx store (which is one of my most favorite places to shop for home decor items), and I spied these beauties

I love the lines of the base, and the mercury glass, oh that beautiful mercury glass!  The price tag for the lamp and shade was $39, and they had a pair.  I "needed" new lamps for my bedside tables in my bedroom, and I just knew the mercury glass would look stunning, BUT I thought $39 was a little high.  Ultimately, it would be $78 + tax for the pair.  I admit, I'm cheap.  I decided to wait it out and see if they would get snatched up, or clearanced at some point done the road (hoping they would be clearanced at some point down the road).  I'm always trying to work on being more patient, so what better way to test myself!  My philosophy with stuff like this is, if those lamps are meant to be mine, they will still be there when I go back, and better yet, they will be marked down!!!

So, every couple of weeks I stopped by T.J. Maxx to check on those lamps, of course, and they were still there.  The price tag hadn't changed so I just kept, periodically, stopping by.  Well, it was sometime in February, my daughter and I had to run into T.J. Maxx for something else, and of course I had to check on the lamps to see if there were still there, or if they had been marked down.  Low and behold, both lamps were still there, and they had been marked down to $29/piece.  I wasn't about to let that deal pass me by, so my daughter and I each got a cart and loaded the lamps into them.  For $60.90 I got both lamps.  I was soooo excited.  I'm thinking I might wrap the shades in burlap, another thing I'm obsessed with right now, to give my bedroom a bit of texture, and to change the look of the lamps, just a bit.  Actually , if you refer to the pics of the mercury glass lamps from pottery barn, you'll see they have burlap shades.  I'll let you know if and when I get around to doing that project.  I'll post pics of the lamps on my bedside tables, once I'm done with all the renovations in my bedroom.


  1. Amazing lamp!
    I have recently created a blog myself with my brother, and we plan to write a blogpost about the mercury glass lamp ourselves.
    Is there any chance we may use your pictures in our blogpost? You will be credited (and isn't it cool to be mentioned on another blog?

    Best regards, Frederik

    1. By all means Frederick, feel free to use my pictures. It is very cool to be mentioned on another blog! Best of luck blogging!