Mercury Lamp Score

by Chris on March 7, 2012

I went shopping at Hobby Lobby the other day and made a beeline for the clearance section. I spied something with my little eye. mercury lamp

Hmmm…that shouldn’t be clearanced out right now. (That’s me thinking to myself.) Then I noticed the writing on the tag. $120 for a lamp at Hobby Lobby? Huh?

burlap lampshade

And then I saw this tag underneath it. I quickly looked around for the hidden camera. Someone must have been trying to catch my reaction for giggles. There was nothing, so I put it in my cart—still bewildered. Would they really mark it down that much for a finial? 

Hobby Lobby Sale

  I decided to employ my little one to demonstrate my “quick fix”. Here’s her story–

“I wonder how I can make this lamp work? If my mom’s taught me anything, it’s that I can DIY this.”


“Ah ha! This finial (that cost $2.39 at Lowes) will be the perfect fix!”


“Come here, you mangy lamp shade. You and I are gonna have words.”


“Well would ya looky ther? It worked!  I’m pretty sure my mom is a genius, and she’s taught me everything I know.”


A $120 lamp. A $2.39 finial. For $26.39. Boo to the Yah.

hobby lobby lamp

Thank you, Hobby Lobby.

mercury lamp



Beth Anne March 7, 2012 at 11:23 pm

Awesome, I wish I could find deals like that. I love the lamp!

Margaret March 7, 2012 at 11:31 pm

Simply divine!!!!! Adorable photos, and this lamp is probably “the bargain find” of 2012!

Susan March 7, 2012 at 11:45 pm

You’ve got an eagle eye…and best of all, your daughter is learning too. :)

Anna @ Take the Side Street March 7, 2012 at 11:49 pm

Scoooooore! Good to see the young’un inherited the problem-solving-bargain-hunting genes ;)

latoya @ the scott's crib March 8, 2012 at 12:31 am

Omgee, what a major major score! Great catch!

Tonya@mycozylittlefarmhouse March 8, 2012 at 12:35 am

Woot woot! Awesome score!

Elaine March 8, 2012 at 12:54 am

Great buy, Chris! Your daughter is growing up so fast and she’s adorable.

Mandy@Cre8ive Motives March 8, 2012 at 1:30 am

Gotta love bargains! And your daughter is so adorable. Thanks for sharing


Claudine March 8, 2012 at 2:03 am

BEAUTIFUL!!!! It looks great by your horse!!! I laughed out loud with the horse post, by the way!
It feels great to find a good deal!

Laura at Top This Top That March 8, 2012 at 5:43 am

lucky you!!!! laura

Trish @ Uncommon March 8, 2012 at 7:34 am

Score is right! What a beautiful lamp! Your daughter is just precious, too!

Mandy March 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

SO rad! I love to catch a deal like that…it almost makes me feel guilty!
Pics of your daughter…too funny!
Say hi to Maximus for me! :)

Judy March 8, 2012 at 7:52 am

Hubby bought me a pair of those lamps for our bedroom for my birthday back in September…they were 1/2 off each ($100 for 2) which I still thought was a great price considering they look so much like the PB ones…… you really got a deal/steal.

You will love them!

becca @ March 8, 2012 at 8:51 am

they should make shopping an olympic sport. you just brought home the gold, well silver, mercury actually…you rock. enjoy your pretty lamp and your little actress.

Kim {ShopKim on Etsy} March 8, 2012 at 9:21 am

Excellent score! It’s a fantastic lamp.

Jenny March 8, 2012 at 9:23 am

Wow, great find!!!

Felicia Woodward March 8, 2012 at 10:59 am

I am so jealous – what a great f ind!! LOVE IT!

Brittny Hemphill March 8, 2012 at 11:15 am

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!! Your daughter is awesome!!! And her “frustrated” face is perfection. : )

laxsupermom March 8, 2012 at 3:06 pm

Love the new lamp! What a terrific find! And your daughter belongs in front of the camera – what a doll! Thanks for sharing.

rhiannon March 8, 2012 at 3:52 pm

SWEET!!! Score!

holly March 8, 2012 at 5:02 pm

Is jealousy a bad thing if I admit it freely? Well if it’s wrong then I don’t want to be right. Love your find!!

Stephanie March 8, 2012 at 6:12 pm

What the what?! I adore that lamp (and all things mercury glass). What a find!!

Kristy March 8, 2012 at 6:25 pm

Oh H E double hockey sticks to the YEAH!!! TOE TAL SCORE!

And your daughter is AWESOME! SO cute!! ;)

Michelle March 8, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Wonderful! Don’t you just love it when that happens! I have a fun Mercury glass lamp story from a few months ago…if you have time look it up. A COTTAGE REVIVAL. Michelle

audra March 8, 2012 at 10:03 pm

I have the same lamp! Love it :)

Kim Porter March 9, 2012 at 8:26 am

Score! This post made me lol, too funny. I wish we had a Hobby Lobby :(

Kim @

Kristi March 9, 2012 at 10:02 am

Great lamp and a great find. I love, love, love the pictures!!!

Sarah@budgetfriendlydecorating March 9, 2012 at 11:59 am

I am so jealous of your great deal..just shows what a little ingenuity can do!

Stephanie@cre8tive March 10, 2012 at 11:52 am

Wow! Now that was a SCORE! It is such a great transitional lamp that you can use anywhere! Lucky girl :)

Shaunna March 10, 2012 at 10:03 pm

LOVE it. So love you too.

Melinda March 12, 2012 at 12:07 pm

What a great find! You were thinking–Hobby Lobby wasn’t!
I’m behind on commenting–here I am.


Nina March 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Wow-I adore Hobby Lobby, but I have yet to find anything this awesome at such a low low price-good for you. It looks great on your table, beautiful daughter & such faces she makes! =o)

Thank You & Many Blessings

Nina March 26, 2012 at 10:34 pm

Wow-I adore Hobby Lobby, but I have yet to find anything this awesome at such a low low price-good for you. It looks great on your table, beautiful daughter & such adorable faces she makes! =o)

Thank You & Many Blessings

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