Friday, December 16, 2011
Oh Sweet Thrift Store Lighted Globe Scorage! Status: About As Sexy As A Model Of The Earth Can Be.
Having taken the day of today proved VERY fruitful! I had to go to the (True Value!) hardware store to (finally) get a lock set with a key for the garage door since we've never had one. While I was out I of course had to do some rare weekday thrift scavenging!
Is it not beautiful and sublime? After I had finished up at the hardware store I dropped by the
Salv. Army near the house. I didn't find anything there that I needed to bring home. That just
would not stand. I figured it had been a while since I had been my "traps" in St. Charles so that
was where I was heading next.
I always seem to find great furniture at the St. Chuck Salv. Army so they were first on my list.
I did find some stuff there...that I'll post about later. The Goodwill was last on my list as time
was catching up with me. I had to meet a craigslist buyer back at home at 6:30 so the Goodwill
run had to be quick.
Oh how it paid off though. Can you believe this was ONLY $3? It did have a busted plug but
that was easily fixed. There is a bit of peeling near the bottom of the globe too. Nothing too
bad, and for realz...it's all about the base. There was a very similar globe at the Ivey Selkirk
Modernism auction that I attended recently but it was not a lighted globe. It sold for $50.
I almost bid on that globe at the Ivey Selkirk. Sticking to my (cheap bastard) guns has paid
off once again! I have been building a rather considerable collection of lighted globes. This is
obviously the crown jewel of the collection...thus far. I have been eyeing some pre 1960 lighted
examples at the antique malls but again...these have not been cheap. Much more than that lucite
base variant at the Ivey Selkirk auction. Much more than I am prepared to spend on a globe at
Oh, and you might have noticed this globe in the background of the pics in yesterday's post.
I've had this a while but I'm not sure I ever featured it. It's a pretty groovy lighted globe in it's
own right. Notice that it lacks the standard "frame" that stretches from the south to the north
pole. It's all inside the globe.
There is a mechanism inside the globe that focuses a small point of light (near the "D" in
Denmark on the second pic above) from the bulb onto the globe that will illuminate the longitude
and latitude that is shown on the dials at the base of the globe. How freakin' cool is that? It's
like GPS. Plus that parchment color seems less common. I like less common. So these two will
be keepes along with the black and chrome one. I'll need to start thinning the herd of the rest
of them. Who needs like half a dozen (or more!) lighted globes?