Fifty cents a lamp! I always feel like Slobodkina's peddler when I take my box full of lamps to a local resale shop. (Though they usually sell well, and for far more than fifty cents!)
Sometimes I find more great lamps than I have tables. For this house, I was looking for bedside table lamps. Lauri Ward, in Use What You Have Decorating, strongly recommends pairs as a way of bringing balance to a room. This can be taken too far. I don't like matching lamps in a bedroom full of matching furniture.
When you use so many secondhand items, though, pairs work to unite all those disparate elements. I found the two elegant lamps in the middle (above) at Dollar General, of all places! We agreed--they were too sophisticated for a room with a fish over the bed. I took them back.
Where could I find another pair, cheap? I had two $3 bamboo lamps earmarked for my son's room, but...they worked just as well for ours! His room, with its painted tables, could use the wood-turned lamp above. I love it when a plan comes together : )