HOUSE: Newburgh + Scavenging

The scavenger returns.


I just won this old Persian kilim on eBay for $3. $3! I love deals like that. I’m not sure where it’s going to go yet, but I have taken note of the fact that it is precisely as long as a Queen-size bed is wide.

AJ floor lamp

DEAL OF THE YEAR, and it’s only March. This Arne Jacobsen lamp has been on my (long) list of things I long for but can’t actually imagine owning because they are crazily expensive, and over the weekend I found one at the DWR Annex for $99. Seriously. It needs to be rewired, which should be a fairly simple project, but come on, $99? That’s tough to beat.

Wait, it’s Sunday night already? Hmm. Actually, it’s technically Monday already, and setting the clocks ahead has made me feel all out of sorts. (Okay, it might also be the pot of coffee Evan made for me at 9PM.) I’m watching American Graffiti and putting off going downstairs to the Basement of Doom to get the laundry out of the dryer.

(Speaking of American Graffiti, I’ve always thought it’s kind of weird that such a nostalgic, era-specific film was made about a night only 11 years before the movie was made—1962/1973. I mean, can you imagine someone making an era-specific movie now about a night in 1998?)

Anyway, in 9 hours (or less) the plumbers WILL be here, and by this time tomorrow night, we’ll have a working toilet, sink, and shower. OR ELSE.

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  • Reply Sarah March 9, 2009 at 12:08 am

    Holy cats! That lamp! Ok, that settles it, I have to make a trip to the Annex some day very soon. Congrats, that’s an amazing score!

  • Reply stephanie March 9, 2009 at 12:14 am

    that rug and LAMP!!!! LAMP!!! wow i’m jealous. you are a lucky lucky girl! Deal of the year is right! congrats! (so jealous!)

  • Reply Benita March 9, 2009 at 2:05 am

    That’s the lamp I need for Willes room!!! What a lucky find!

  • Reply Elisabeth March 9, 2009 at 4:17 am

    Oh, lucky you that persian kilim is gorgeous. Love the lamp too.

  • Reply read me... March 9, 2009 at 4:57 am

    Indeed, an exceptionally great deal on the AJ lamp. Lucky, lucky you.

  • Reply kellyt March 9, 2009 at 6:27 am

    Can’t wait to see the finished bathroom!

  • Reply Jane Flanagan March 9, 2009 at 6:49 am

    Wow – I’m so jealous of that lamp score! Well done!

  • Reply belinda March 9, 2009 at 7:35 am

    hooray for plumbers!. it certainly looks a lot different outside than it did last monday ;).

  • Reply kat March 9, 2009 at 8:54 am

    “I mean, can you imagine someone making an era-specific movie now about a night in 1998?”

    I can imagine Douglas Coupland writing a novel about it. 🙂

  • Reply nina March 9, 2009 at 8:59 am

    Oh Anna, how do you find all those great deals! That lamp will go so well with the rest of your interior… Yay for bargains!

  • Reply laura March 9, 2009 at 10:06 am

    wow, i’ve been hunting for that lamp on ebay for ages, but getting an almost new one for that price!!! such a great find

  • Reply heather March 9, 2009 at 10:14 am

    Nice scores! I really love that lamp too! It looks great in that room.

  • Reply Averill March 9, 2009 at 10:26 am

    God I wish we had a DWR Annex in/near Houston. Amazing finds.

    Re: American Graffiti (great movie, btw) — I think we’ll start to see a lot more movies about the mid-late 90s in the next few years. After all, it’ll give us the opportunity to remember the “good old days” when the biggest news item was something as inconsequential as our President having an affair. Oh how I miss those pre-tech bubble burst, pre-Enron days, pre-9/11, pre-economic meltdown days.

  • Reply Karrey March 9, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I really love the contrast of that rug against the white floors. Really.

    We have been having torrential rains here in the Midwest, and had some water seepage on the floor in our Basement of Doom over the weekend. Ugh. We really need to move “fixing yard drainage” to the top of our priority list once warmer days are more common.

  • Reply Christina @ Pardon My Vintage March 9, 2009 at 11:35 am

    Wow, excellent finds (as always)! Any rewiring tips? I’m actually trying to tackle a three-way dimmer lamp right now …

  • Reply Meghan March 9, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    I hope everything is going smoothly with the plumbers . . . can’t wait to see the finished product! I just bought a condo and I’m using your house as my inspiration. Love everything about it!

  • Reply Barb F (Australia) March 9, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    Good luck with the plumbers!

    And I am green with envy over the AJ lamp….

  • Reply Alexis March 9, 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Indeed. Good scavenging. You clearly are a woman of great patience and fortitude. Those are some well deserved scores. I keep stalking your blog hoping for more photos of the new bathroom. Fingers crossed for a successful plumb…

  • Reply kim March 9, 2009 at 7:38 pm

    dude, that lamp.

  • Reply edwina March 9, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    What can i say , the lamp , has to be the score of the century ! WANT IT !!

  • Reply Cassie March 9, 2009 at 7:58 pm

    I am so jealous of your lamp score! Lucky!

  • Reply March 9, 2009 at 8:08 pm

    nice finds. i love that lamp.

  • Reply Thessa March 9, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I’m reserving my place in the first row for tomorrow…

    I *WANT* that lamp. : )

  • Reply katherine March 9, 2009 at 11:17 pm

    I love the rug score. More importantly, I kind of want to make an era-specific film about one night in 1998… with songs by Cornershop, Ben Folds Five, Third Eye Blind and Marcy Playground. I can see it already…..

  • Reply coral March 10, 2009 at 11:47 am

    I think Averill is on to something with the pre- 9/11 nostalgia, as the marking of time of sorts to the loss of innocence. The time span between American Graffiti was similar, with a presidential assassination and the vietnam war. Lucas would have been in his late twenties, so it be a nostalgia of innocent teenage years – so much potential, so little responsibility, so unaware of what the future holds.
    I would take a movie from the mid-nineties, my own teenage years, right about now. The soundtrack would be a blast, and Alicia Silverstone could star.
    Also, that lamp. I love.

  • Reply Heather March 10, 2009 at 9:32 pm

    One summer in 1994: “The Wackness” (2008).

    Perfect for stirring up NYC nostalgia. And a kickin’ soundtrack. That’s right, I said kickin’. Did I take you back?

  • Reply kristin March 11, 2009 at 3:10 pm

    please please post pics of your bathroom with the fixtures in- I am absolutely dying to see it!

  • Reply sadie March 12, 2009 at 7:51 am

    You must come to Petaluma for the American Graffiti festival every May. Last year I made my mann Dann take a photo of me with Milner.

  • Reply D R E W March 12, 2009 at 10:33 am

    the time change always makes me feel crazy, too! it takes me a week to get back to normal.

    just found your blog and really enjoying it!

  • Reply Sue March 13, 2009 at 6:19 pm

    Anna, I was wondering if you we’re happy with the rug, I’m considering purchasing one. Did it smell like smoke? Your style is such an inspiration to me, as now I must have that lamp!!! My fiance’ says “no more furniture!” A lamp really isn’t furniture, is it??? And I’ve got my eyes on some bertoia chairs, probably wont be able to get those past him though!

  • Reply Libby April 12, 2009 at 10:47 pm

    I am blown away at the great finds you seem to have!

  • Reply Aleksandra July 24, 2016 at 3:50 pm

    This Arne Jakobsen lamp! Couple of years ago I found a white tabletop version, all original Poulsen-made for 11€. It’s something like 15$! It was in our local Estonian version of Goodwill store, where people bring junk they consider not worth selling. Probably 90% of it is Soviet-made, so how did this lamp ended up there is totally beyond my comprehension! Definitely my best thrift-store find ever!

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