So It’s Come To This

Last week while the kids were with Papa and Gramma baking and decorating Christmas cookies, I was out and about running some errands. I made a stop at the thrift store, which is something I used to absolutely dread.

I have long disliked garage sales, thrift stores, etc. I can’t pinpoint exactly why, but mostly they overwhelmed me, stressed me out, and I sometimes walked away feeling like I needed to immediately wash my hands or take a full-on shower. Rifling through other people’s things stresses me out.

Interestingly enough, however, after we moved here and I went to the thrift store with my family for the first time, I loved it. LOVED it.

Maybe it’s the setup of the store, maybe it’s the new surroundings, maybe it’s because I’m 40 now and I just don’t care as much anymore. Whatever it is, I found quite a few treasures that first outing.

This outing in particular, however, I walked out of the store after purchasing only a single item, but it has to be my most favorite thing ever.

I’m always on the lookout for cast iron cookware, bean pots, mason jars, and oil lamps. Those are the things I always hope to score while out and about. This trip landed me none of those things, but I did find this candle lantern, and I am completely in love.

As soon as I got it home that evening, I set it on the table, put one of my beeswax candles inside, and lit it so I could see how lovely of a treasure I had found. It did not disappoint. I was so enamored, I took the picture that graces this blog post.

My candles fit perfectly in the stand and it puts off quite a bit of light, even though the candle is taller than the globe portion at the moment. The bottom of the base is stamped with something about Vermont, and you can only see the last part of the company name.

After the initial burn, I cleaned the glass to remove the water spots, and we use it as a special evening treat to add ambiance to our dinner meals or to let the kids feel like they live in pioneer times as they try to color or craft by candlelight.

I favor it over an oil lamp, because all you need to do is switch out candles when the time comes. There’s no oil refilling, wick winding, or other oil lamp care. It’s as easy to use as it is charming, and that thrills me!

I was so tickled to have found it, and I only wish there would have been a whole set of them to grab up and take home with me.

Yet more unpredictable outcomes of 2020: I’m in love with a candle lantern to the point I just wrote an entire post about it, and after decades of detesting it, I now really look forward to thrifting.

So it’s come to this.

Who knew?

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