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Sunday, 27 January 2013

Light My World

The weather has been Arctic-like lately and not conducive at all towards outdoor meanderings.  For some reason though, it occurred to me that there might be people who, like me, are in the throes of New Year's resolutions and are madly decluttering and getting rid of  unwanted things.  And with the freezing temperatures, I reckoned there would be less likelihood of competing with vintage obsessed shoppers who, like me, are looking for the find of the decade.  So out into the cold I went.  And I was so glad I did.  Because I found something that rendered me speechless.  What is it? A mint in the box, never used, tags still attached, vintage light up hanging globe!  Yes, I know!


Really, it was like seeing a mythical creature like a unicorn come clip clopping down the street.  All you can do is stare with your eyes popping out of your head at least 2 inches and your jaw hitting your knees.  I am thinking I will keep the tags on it forever.  Kidding.  Not really.  I am thinking of gauging holes in the wall so that I can hang it up, turn it on and stare at it in a hypnotic trance.  Kidding.  Not really.  I am thinking of keeping it in the box, placing everything on a red velvet pillow and then displaying it in a clear glass box the way the Prince did with Cinderella's glass slipper.  Kidding.  Not really.  Here is a shot of the box.


At the time, I had exactly enough money on me to buy it.  The money was supposed to have been allocated towards important necessary things like groceries and toilet paper.  It was a fair amount of money for a thrifted item and, even though I knew deep down inside that this baby was coming home with me, I did think for a decent amount of time about whether I should indeed buy it.  And all I could think was, "I will eat beans and rice for the next month, I don't care.  I will use wadded up newspaper, I don't care."


Oftentimes, I come across the most fabulous things like amazing furniture but have to pass them by because of lack of space or funds.  And I dream of how wonderful it would be to be given carte blanche on someone else's home and fill it with fabulous treasures.  But lack of space or no, this globe was coming home with me.  When I did bring it home, Monsieur said that I should take it to an antique store and try to sell it.  I just nodded my head.
  

It comes with lovely brass wall fittings and would look fantastic in a child's room or a den or study. Or in a corner somewhere in my direct line of sight.  Sigh.  Funnily enough, I don't collect globes as they are obviously large and round and take up space in a home where space is at a premium.  But a light up mint globe?  I think I can make room for that.  Have you ever come across something that defied common sense which you just had to have?  Please let me know I'm not alone!

I'm linking up with Sir Thrift A Lot, Coastal Charm, Ivy and Elephants, Apron Thrift Girl,  Remnant PDX, Knick of Time, A Living Space and Thrifty Groove.

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

That is one *amazing* globe. I've never seen one like it! Well worth a month's worth of wadded-up newspaper!

Amy
[actsofsalvage.com]

Meg said...

LOVE IT, LOVE IT......speaking as a globe collector !!!!!Lucky you!

Marium said...

What a lucky find! It's beautiful. I know what you mean about making room for the impractical. I found a 4 foot tall vintage chalkboard Globe at a garage sale once and it takes up a big chunk of my dining room. But I love it!

jeanetteann said...

How different,I wonder if someone just adapted it from an ordinary office globe. I am amazed at what people come up with. I think it looks wonderful when lit up.
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Marty said...

That is really gorgeous! I'm glad you bought it...I would have done the exact same thing! I really sympathize with being short on space. Our house is tiny, so all the beautiful furniture and such never goes home with me. But I do find other things ;) In fact, just a few weeks ago I bought something that really defies common sense! I bought a huge, nearly 8-foot-tall theater set design piece (for lack of a better name, lol....) It is of a man and woman in a hot air balloon, and the whole things lights up. It's from the 1960's. Rather crazy, but I had to have it! I'll be posting it on my blog soon ;)

Mid Mod Mom said...

What a lovely find! I'm glad it went home with you!

Heather@Tatter and Fray said...

Oh my goodness, what a treasure! I agree...I'd probably have to keep the tags on forever. ;)

Remnant said...

Wow, I'm left amazed! What a treasure of a piece!!! It would definitely be a piece that the mister and I would keep too. It would be perfect in any room of our house! ;)

Donna Wilkes said...

Cram globes are like the Rolls Royce's of the globe world. I have seen one of these when I taught and it was a treasured item! Great score no matter the sacrifice.

ThrifterSisters said...

What an incredible find! I didn't even know that hanging light up globes existed. I would love to find one in a thrift store myself but it looks like you probably got the once in a lifetime opportunity!

Thanks for sharing,

Erica

feathermar said...

Of course you aren't alone! I buy things all the time I shouldn't. But they are all truly magical things!

Miss Kitty said...

What a find! It is beautiful all lit up...thanks for sharing it with us.

Marigene said...

Cute post...great find. It looks so cool lit up.

beckyp said...

That is awesome. A few years ago I found the table top version of that globe. I should have kept it but I sold it on ebay for $80 I had only paid $5 for it

Ivy and Elephants said...

That is awesome! You made the find of the century. I am completely green here! Thanks so much for sharing it with us.
Hugs,
Patti

Diann said...

What a cool and fun find! I can't believe you found that with the tags still on. Wonderful! Thank you for sharing at TTF.

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