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Monday, February 22, 2010

The Next Big Thing-We are in Trouble Now :)

A few months ago I found this book

I absolutely love it and I've talked about it before. One of the projects that inspired me, from the book, were the use of old trouble lights in the decor.

These images from the Recycled Home Book

So I began to keep my eye out for old metal trouble lights at garage sales. They are not the easiest thing to find, but they are out there. I was able to put a few lamps together and I love them.

Then I saw these on the Anthropology web page

The Anthropolgy versions run around $150.

Seems we have a new trend

A quick search on google brings up these images from various blogs.

I love these old cages, they come in a variety of interesting shapes. If you are like me you might remember your Dad working on the car engine on a hot Summer evening, with one of these hanging from the propped up hood.

As with most things, Trouble lights are now made from mostly plastic, and these beautiful metal ones are a thing of the past.

Keep your eyes open and you might just find one of these treasures during the coming garage sale season. If you do, scoop it up, I have a feeling they are the next hot thing.

This is another of mine


Attic Rat said...

I have two of those. I'll be looking for the perfect lamps to apply them to. Thanks for sharing!

Happy hunting,

trash talk said...

I just saw where Patina Green had these at the Serendipty Market at LaurieAnna's!

alice said...

Girl you are on the cutting edge! Thanks for the post and pic's!!
smiles, alice

Linda said...

These look great- I love the industrial edge!

Six in One Hand said...

My pawpaw (is that strictly a Texas term?) has one of these...I wonder if he will notice it missing?

ProudNana said...

So in Tucson it is always yard sale season :D

Debra said...

I have 10 of these, one is very old and has springs on it as well as the wire-very cool, and I got all of them for a buck a piece!
(each one is different-they make a nice grouping on a shelf)

Stacey @ The Blessed Nest said...

I have collected several of these old work light cages for years, snapping them up for $1 apiece. I never thought about making them functional (&cool!) again, I've just had them hold flowerpots and made them into decorative "birdcages". I love all of your lamps you made, that's so great!!

Prior said...

LOVE these, dang only trouble lights I have are the plastic orange ones.

Necel said...

What a cute idea!


Primitiques 'n Poetry said...

How fun! Yours look great! ~Mindy

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Great job on your lights! Love em. I've been searching for these cages for a while. They are going for pretty high prices on gals definitely look elsewhere!

So, I'll just keep searching and searching....surely I'll find one soon!

Tamarah said...

Hi Margo....!

Just wanted to pop in & let you know my FMS magazine reached me safe & sound this morning & OH how I LOVE it....!!!

THANK YOU so much for taking the time to do this for me....YOU ROCK...!!!

Cheers & THANKS from Australia,
Tamarah :o)

Jill said...

I love them Margo! I've seen them "around" too and have been wanting to get one made. I'm impressed always at how fast you get at your projects!

Becky@Beyond The Picket Fence said...

Thanks so much Margo for linking these up--I so love them. Is it wrong that rust makes my mouth water?

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