I had an accident with my 60s-formula white squiggle. I bumped the globe over while the lamp was hot, clouding it badly. Then I had another accident: I tried filtering it through multiple towels and didn't realize, until after I'd washed out the towels and refilled the globe, that they retained liquid. Now my best globe is cloudy AND missing two inches of liquid. I'm pretty down in the dumps on this one. The first was due to my own stupidity at the moment (I put the globe aside on the floor, then knocked it over when I stood up) and the latter is, well, also due to my own stupidity at the moment (what, towels absorb and hold liquid? Who knew? )
My budget is rising again. First priority, ship a lamp I've owed to another collector for way too long (you know who you are, sorry about the wait!)
Second priority... I just ruined one of my best lamps. No, a white squiggle isn't too unusual, but completely functional 1966 formula IS - I could run that thing (per the instructions) for days at a time, and it wouldn't overheat!
I haven't added anything unusual to the collection in a few years... The thrift stores here get a whole lotta nothin'. Yesterday, I visited all my old junk shop haunts, and they're all either closed, or barren of lava. I found one lamp - a 1987 red/yellow Century, in a very beat-up 1960s (purple/pink/white) box, for the astounding price of only eighty five bucks! What a deal! Uh huh... So, does anyone have anything unusual they'd be willing to part with?
I'm still looking for my first "Elegant". I have the Glitterlite version... Planter or Vase, brass base, silver base or flocked base, planter need not have orig. flowers, just as long as it has functional lava in a nice color. ("Nice" being relative - many would not call color 10, red lava/green mist, "nice", though I would)
Would also love to find a functional Continental (steel oval) or Mystique (steel square) lava (I have the square glitter)
Possibly... Fog Rider, might you sell that oval red/violet lava with the odd checkered design in the metal?
Lamps I'm after but could not afford right now: Night Lite (clown Consort) or a Regency (larger Consort with metal or wood cap)
Basically, I'm just peeved that I destroyed a lamp through my own sheer stupidity and, coupled with the fact that local lava hunting has been bad for well over a year, I'd like to add something to the collection without fighting off bidders on eBay. I don't have much of anything I'd trade, i.e. doubles (a plain Lantern in red/yellow, with lava crusts in the air space - I can't get the cap off to clean it; a later-style Enchantress Planter with orig. flowers, cream lava but liquid faded to clear)
Sorry for the long, long post.
(Lamps pictured below are old photos off eBay. I do NOT own these lamps)