A Pile of Glass Lamp Shades

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There is never a shortage of glass lamp shades at my local Habitat for Humanity. The next best place to find glass shades are estate sales and auctions. I’m not a fan of too many thrift stores in my area for various reasons but, Habitat for Humanity is my best friend. They’ve had most anything I’ve ever needed.

Cellular shades?? Check

Pitcher plant in front of a cellular shade - Retell Seller

Rain barrel? Check

A rain barrel I purchased from Habitat for Humanity - Retell Seller

Can crusher? Check. No amount of trying will make a can crusher pretty.

A can crusher purchased from Habitat for Humanity - Retell Seller

Canning jars? Checkity Check Check Check

Miscellaneous canning jars - Retell Seller

I’ve said it before the messier the thrift store, estate sale, or auction, the better. That is until you get to the glass section. It can be terrifying. I have to say though, I’ve never seen anything quite like this. Usually it’s just 2 or 3 in a pile. This is an accident waiting to happen. These are some huge plastic tubs.

Fragile glass lamp shades stuffed in a tote. - Retell Seller

I tried so hard to get to the bottom of the totes and by that I mean I just stared at them for hours not touching a thing.

Fragile glass lamp shades stuffed in a tote. - Retell Seller
Fragile glass lamp shades stuffed in a tote. - Retell Seller

I did skim a few off the top but, luckily there were a good handful sitting on shelves. I lit up, pun absolutely intended, when I saw these Abigail Adams glass shades. I’ve sold a handful of these shades in my store before.

Each one I’ve found has been practically pristine outside of the typical little chipping around the fitter’s edge. I’d written about these gorgeous globes in this exact pattern before. They sold in no time.

Abigail Quoizel glass lamp shades & some frosted chimneys - Retell Seller

Enough of me rambling about my love of glass lamp shades. I might have a problem. Here’s just a few I found that day…


Abigail Adams Lamp Shade

  • A Quoizel Abigail Adams hurricane styled lamp shade.

Measurements are approximates only:

  • 6″ tall
  • 6 3/4″ fitter
  • Weighs 1 lb. 7 oz.

IMPERFECTIONS:

  • There are minor chips all around the fitter’s edge.
  • Light scratching, color loss, and paint? droplets
Abigail Adams Quoizel Glass Shade for sale - Retell Seller

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White Glass Flying Saucer Shade

 

  • A vintage white glass ceiling fixture lamp shade.
  • It is wider at the base and tapers down to a band then tapering more to a point

Measurements are approximates only:

  • 9 3/4″ fitter
  • 5 1/2″ tall
  • Weighs 1 lb. 5 oz.

IMPERFECTIONS:

  • Minor staining and will need to be cleaned.
  • A spot of white color loss
White Glass Flying Saucer Shade for sale - Retell Seller

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Swirled Glass Oil Lamp Shade

  • A large white hurricane glass oil lamp shade
  • It has a swirled design
  • There’s a seam around the neck and down 4 sides

Measurements are approximates only:

  • The fitter size measures closer to 9 13/16″ (10″)
  • 6 3/4″ tall
  • 3 3/4″ top width opening
  • Weighs almost 4 lbs.

IMPERFECTIONS:

  • There is some white paint loss toward the top
  • Some staining
  • It’s a bit dull in color
Swirled Glass Oil Lamp Shade  for sale - Retell Seller

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Ceiling Fan Replacement Shade

  • A ceiling fan replacement shade
  • I’m guessing from the 1980s. A great decade
  • It has brown, yellow, orange, and blue florals
  • There are 3 sections of the same design around the edge.

Measurements are approximates only:

  • 6 1/2″ tall
  • 8″ at widest
  • 4″ fitter (calipers measure at 3.8 inches)
  • Weighs approx. 10 oz.

IMPERFECTIONS:

  • There is staining especially around the fitter
  • There may be some color loss in the flowers
Ceiling Fan Replacement Shade for sale - Retell Seller

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 I've said it before the messier the thrift store, estate sale, or auction, the better. That is until you get to the glass section. It can be terrifying. I have to say though, I've never seen anything quite like this. -  Retell Seller

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