I LOVE oil lamps! I often find it funny what people choose to get rid of. Sometimes I wonder "why" a certain item would be discarded. :) Beautiful lamps and such a bargain too! :)
In our area a great score like that is not likely to happen. There are so many people here who live without electricity that event the little kids know how to use an oil lamp. But on the up side, it's really easy to find oil lamps and lamp oils in the stores because so many people actually need it. We have at least a half a dozen here and actually need to use them at least one time per winter because of the bad power company.
I have them here in OR, but originally from FL....We call them "Hurricane Lamps".... for obvious reasons :)marci357
We have lanterns and we use them all the time, not because we are off grid but because we enjoy them :o) Hey I'd like to share something we found, it's called "Klean Heat", it's a kerosen alternative. It burns with little to no smoke and no smell and is far cheaper than lamp oil and burns more efficiently as well. We bought ours through Home Depot and it was $18 a gallon. We pick up all of our candles(pillar and taper) at secondhand stores, often they are in bundles of 5-10 for as little as a $1.
One of my favorite things to do is window shop for old tools. You'd be amazed how cheap and useful they can be found, not to mention the fun in trying to figure out the ones you find but have no clue what they are for.
Never thought of looking for oil lamps in thrift shops... I have a few hurricane lamps in the event of an emergency along with a few bottles of oil... Great idea. Thanks.
These lamps can burn kerosene. Lets get it over with now and warn newbies out there NOT to try white gas, gasoline, and other high-combustibles in these.Where I came from these pretty glass ones were just 'Parlor Lamps'. Then there were sturdy versions usually made of brass for yard lamps. Hurricane lamps were the enclosed ones that had a door you could open to let the light out, or close to keep the wind from them. Usually pierced with little holes all over.You can buy new wicks at Hobby Lobby. I stock a whole box full.
Lovely lamps! I recently found some on clearance at Family Dollar for $2 a piece. I picked up the last 6 they had.
I have several that I have got from the thrift store and 2 very nice ones that I got from the flea market for $5. I try to keep a store of lamp oil and am glad you reminded me because I know I need more before winter.
I love oil lamps and I have gotten all of mine from thrift stores and yard sales, but I have noticed the last few times I have seen them at any of the thrift stores here in southern Indiana, they have them marked really high. Like all of mine I have not paid more that $2.00 to $3.00 for well now the same ones are $10.00 - $20.00 and for cheap ones too that I can go to True Value and buy new for $6.99!! Thrift stores are getting so ridiculous in their pricing on things anymore.
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