Wednesday, April 6, 2011

1950's Retro Style Atomic Lamp Shade



This is the third time I've seen this lamp come up for auction. Lamp shade, in this case.

And for the first time, the seller was honest and said it looked like "a 1980's re-pop of a 1950's style" which I am 99% sure is correct.

Still, I considered getting it, IF the price was reasonable.

Well, it's sold for $102 US. More than I was willing to pay, and gee, what a bidding war at the last few minutes! 40 bids!! People, learn about paying one big price and sniping!! lol...


Happy Wednesday to all my blog friends.



What do you think? Are 1950's, mid-century or vintage reproductions OK?

Yes or no?
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29 comments:

  1. I think it depends on the buyer really. I wear alot of vintage clothing but will go for repro vintage wear if the item I want is out of my price range. The things I DO hate are really poorly made modern repro items. Tacky and cheap are just that...tacky and cheap.

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  2. So true!

    Well, I might get me a Predicta TV one of these days, and looking at a new, reproduction starburst clock, but things like the Crosley radio repros are junk according to the reviews, so I'd make sure it was a GOOD repro, and advantageous to owning an original (the TV will work longer than an original, a battery run clock is better over a noisy plug in sometimes).

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  3. Well made repros are good in my book. I like the shade but I wouldnt pay that much for it. People are nuts but at least the seller was honest and they knew what they were paying for.

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  4. I think sometimes people just get caught up in the "I'm going to have it!!!" thrill.

    Bids of $1 - $2 were being thrown back and fourth the last three minutes. It was crazy!!

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  5. Repro's should be no-no's...in many aspects of life, originals are *usually* the best.

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  6. I agree, I think repro is totally ok, as long as it's nice! But with that said, I prefer an original:) Also agree with Atomic Mama above. Seems like people get all carried away on the bidding sometimes, have seen a few examples.. But know with myself it can be dangerous though:) Hahah

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  7. I agree with Pixie - I'll buy it if it's still good quality, but sometimes it's just so wrong that it ruins the original even! Taints it somehow! I'm not sure about the lampshade. I liked it at first glance, but something about it isn't right. Keep looking and you'll find something more original for that price, I'm sure! Emma

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  8. Since Miz Barbara felt comfortable enough to call some of my lamps "deep ugly" I'm going to say that I personally do not care AT ALL for this lampshade. However, beauty is indeed in the eye of the beholder and apparently several people thought it was beautiful enough to shoot up the bidding.

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  9. Yeah, the first time I saw this for auction, someone asked the seller if they were SURE it was "1950's", because it didn't look right (it's TOO 1950's to be 1950's lol). The seller brushed off the question, claimed they didn't know, but repros are not usually my thang, and the colors are not one's I can use.

    Then again, if this sold for $20, I would have snagged it lol... $100? Nope, not for a repro.

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  10. That is so cute! But yeah I don't know if I could have paid that much for it. But so cute!

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  11. I agree, it's almost TOO atomic to be 50s...as if it's a bit too perfect. I think repros are occasionally ok...not very often though. Lamp shades are a particularly tough thing get originals of, as they never last as long as the bases. they sort of lend themselves to reproduction, in that sense.

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  12. I have seen wonderful repro lampshades....but this is NOT one of them :-) I agree that it looks TOO 50's to probably REALLY be 50's. I have been tempted to order repro shades, but so far, I have enough vintage shades (some very marginal) for all the vintage lamps I can display at one time....I have LOTS of lamps, but there is not enough room in the house to use all of them at one time (rotation is the answer). I have some friends who ordered custom repro sahdes from Deadly Night Shades, and they do look very real.

    Some repro are OK...other times, I think it needs to be the real thing. For example...I love old movie posters and would dearly love to have some of the great classics like Gone With the Wind. However, since I do not have a sugar daddy (despite my best efforts to hunt one down) I could only afford repro posters for that kind of movie. So I go for graphically appealing posters of lesser films, but at least they are the REAL thing that once graced a movie theater years ago. I don't have a poster of Olivia de Havilland in Gone with the Wind, but I do have a really lovely one of her in Government Girl :-)

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  13. As for the price of this shade on Ebay....every seller's dream is two idiots bidding against each other in the last minutes of an auction :-)

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  14. I think there's a place in this world for good repros. I want a Saarinen Womb Chair, but there's no way on earth a retired teacher like me can afford an $3000-5000 original in pristine condition. However, I can afford a quality repro...and then hope that someday I can find a bargain on an original. After I did research for my posts on originals, knockoffs, repros and reissues, I came away with a new attitude.

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  15. I really like the design of this and the colors. I have an old repro style dial phone in cream it fits into my house so things like that i am happy with. But the others for more real vintage is best its the history and the charm. Have a lovely thursday ;-) dee x

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  16. oh I think repro is find if it's good. I have a repro shade made by one of those fabs companies that do them for one of my vintage lamps, thing is the shades are easy to find in the US, but most ebay sellers won't ship them to the UK OR they want $60 to do so, I certainly can't afford $60 for shipping for a lampshade!

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  17. Meant to say, I like this shade but it's just a little too over the top, I guess in the right setting it would be ok.

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  18. great blog! great inspiration!

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  19. I think the patterns of the shade are too incongruous, either pattern on its own would look great, maybe next to a plain colour, but together they look a bit odd.

    I think repro is fine, as long as the person selling it is honest about the fact it's not vintage. Having something original is always preferable, but it's always good to have repro there to fill in for things that are out of your price range, too precious for everyday use, or in the case of clothing where something was not made in your size in the 50s.

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  20. I think repros are fine as long as sellers are honest and buyers are aware of it. Sometimes, the real thing is SO scarce or SO expensive that a repro is the only way to have a look that you love. I can't believe that went for $102 -- for one that's not really mid-century. It looks so 'stylized' that I think it has to be an 80s re-do. It would have been fun to have, though!

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  21. I love 50s stuff! Repro's are ok as long as it's labeled as such. I personally would rather wait 20 years for an original to cross my path than to just pick up something easy.

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  22. Repos are good to fill in or to use as an accent but can't imagine paying that price for one. Yowsers! (It is great, though)

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  23. I would sooooo buy those shades if I could afford it! Shades are the hardest thing to find!

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  24. Wow..that shade looks like a Harlem nightmare. I hope you didn't get it, especially for what they were asking for it. Some repro shades come out nice, but that looks like whoever made it was trying too hard to make it look 50's.

    Here...try this place. I haven't had them make shades for me, but they have made the fiberglass material for me that goes around the lampshade frames. I put it together myself. They have a very wide selection of colors, styles and patterns that are pretty true to the original 50's versions, except the startburst patterns. They need to work on making their stars look more authentic.

    http://www.moonshineshades.com/

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  25. Those new reproductions are more expensive than 99% of the original vintage shades you can buy on eBay, so I'll stick to vintage. There's something about vintage that is simply better...

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  26. Your blog is so much fun! I think if people are upfront that an item is vintage inspired that is okay. I am so excited to be following your blog! The 50's are my favorite time period for sure!

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  27. I definitely think it's way too over-the-top 50's to actually be a 50's lamp. The style almost fits too...but not quite. I think the base gives it away.

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  28. I have a repo purse that I found in a consignment store a couple of years ago. It reminds me of something my grandmother had in her closet (maybe not the scandalous red color...). I'll have to snap a pic of it and post it on my blog sometime. I know it's not vintage but it has that look, that feel of vintage. I'm okay with that. It's well made and it was fun to find it at the consignment store.

    But like most everybody else who has replied, repos need to be good to be okay to wear. Something quality, some put together well. It can't be junk.

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