It has come time to choose lighting. I’ve been looking and looking and looking and looking for years. There are so many fabulous pieces available, how can I possibly select only a few? I’ve always wanted to go to the Blue Whale. For the last five years I’ve been dying to visit the Kenro Lighting showroom at the Pacific Design Center in Hollywood, revel in the high density heat from the gleaming modern fixtures and be dazzled but I could never justify taking an afternoon off work to do so. I managed to squeeze a few hours away from the office, excited to hit the show room only to discover that it had CLOSED “due to the economy”. What a disappointment!
I bought a vintage 60’s light at retro store Swank in Palm Springs last year and Lewis almost had a coronary when I made the purchase but I had to have it. Ok, the boutique owner had it in her house for years in the mid-west and she probably picked it up for a pittance at a garage sale and I paid retail price but what did it matter, I loved it! She found it, she had it and she even gave me a discount so that Lewis didn’t pass out cold onto the shop floor.
SOME DISCOUNT!! There is a retail price and then there is a retail price on stuff that has been picked up at estate auctions, garage sales, etc. They are obviously “one of kind pieces” because “they just don’t make them anymore” so that the store owner with a shop catering to a shopping cliental of decorators and funky art collectors can mark them up 500%. This light brand new in the mid-to-late 60’s was around $20, probably sold at a garage sale in the 80’s for $25, thrown in the trash and picked up by some lady that put it up for sale for $300. WTF. No more shopping trips to Palm Springs. I can still find that stuff as well as shag carpet, velvet Jesus, Elvis and MLK pictures at work in South Central.