You really want to shop online lamp and lamp shade stores when looking to add to your home furnishings. Yes, department stores carry these products also, as well as discount retailers. However, the markup is high and the selection is not as great as online lamp and lamp shade stores. Online shops can offer products from all over the world, so their inventory is much larger and often because of the large quantities they sell, can offer discount prices on lamps and lamp shades. There are also sites for handmade lamps and lamp shades.
Handmade lamps and lamp shades are a good way to add a little personality to any room. They also ensure that you probably won't go into someone's house and see the exact same lamp. Luckily, there are many handmade online lamps and lamp shade stores available out there. Many are small companies with a handful of employees. Some stores are run by artists who exclusively design lamps and lampshades. Some even offer made-to-order lamps and lamp shades. Of course, the price of handmade lamps and lamp shades is usually higher than mass-produced lamps, but can you really put a price on originality? I don't think so!
Who couldn't use an antique lamp or lamp shade? I could! Who has the time to spend required to find a good one? Not me! Thank God for the internet! Antique lamp and lamp shade online sites are readily available. You can find some really cheap deals on antique lamps and shades if you put a little effort into it! I have found wonderful lamps ranging anywhere in price from $50 to over $1000 depending on the age of the piece. It's a good idea to buy shipping insurance if the price is over $75 or so.