World's Best Thrift Store Find: Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Lamp

July 24, 2017

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp
Most of you are familiar with my Thrill of the Hunt series where I love to share my latest thrifty finds. I usually share a little bit of this and a little bit of that. But sometimes a find is so awesome that I deem it worthy of its own post. And this is one of those times. 

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

I'm easily distracted by shiny things, so it's no surprise that a silver mercury glass vase caught my eye recently at my favorite local Goodwill store. This sucker was HUGE. I was a bit perplexed, however, since it was in the lamps section. 

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

Duh. That's because it WAS a lamp! At first glance I really thought it was a vase or some kind of hurricane lamp (for candles).  But the cord and bulb socket were a dead giveaway:) 

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

I absolutely loved the detail on this piece. And my love of mercury glass goes way back, including my successful attempt at DIY mercury glass a few years ago.

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

The $2.99 price tag sealed the deal, but I really must have been out of it that day because it wasn't until I got home that I noticed this:



Yes, it says Pottery Barn! That's when I did my little happy dance and was so excited I even got the attention of my kids (which isn't easy in a house full of teens, if you know what I'm saying). They thought I was nuts, but they at least acknowledged that I had snagged a great deal. 

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp from a thrift store

From what I can tell Pottery Barn no longer sells this item, but when they did it was $124.95. Crazy, of course. I found a used one on eBay for $49.99 and another one on some knock-off website for $69.00 (but it was sold out). So in thrifting parlance, "I done good!" 

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

Here it is turned on. While my photography skills leave much to be desired, rest assured that the lamp looks gorgeous all lit up in person. I'd love to use it as a night light of sorts in our foyer, but we don't have any electrical outlets in our foyer! What were they thinking when they designed this house? Just know that if there's any chance I can hide an extension cord, then it will have found its new home. Otherwise it's in the living room for the time being.

Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

I love how my DIY Farmhouse Wood Bead Garland looks draped over it right now. What do you think? I also love the base of it. You can't tell very clearly from the pictures, but the base has a faux vintage patina effect going on and I'm loving that about it, too!


Pottery Barn mercury glass lamp

So, you may have noticed the two vintage-inspire tobacco baskets I've used as part of the vignette....never thought I'd be able to say that I HAVE tobacco baskets, so I'm pretty thrilled about it. Soon I'll be sharing with you just how I was able to purchase them for a really reasonable price. So stay tuned for that! (And the same goes for those mini faux olive buckets, too!)

And even if you're not impressed by the Pottery Barn label, you gotta admit that I got a good deal on a beautiful mercury glass lamp! 


Well, that's it until next time, friends!

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World's Best Thrift Store Find: 
Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Lamp.
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mary scott said...

Your title is 100% correct. I would have danced all the way home had I find that mercury glass!

My thrift store addiction said...

Wow! Great find and I love how you styled it!

Tuula @ Thrifty Rebel Vintage said...

Great find Kathleen! I love mercury glass anything, and that lamp is lovely.

VintageSouthernPicks Florence S said...

Your lucky day! Wow, that was an incredible find! I'm a fan of mercury glass, but don't see it much around here. Love your baskets too.

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