Vintage Antique Lighting

Cambridge, Massachusetts | 884 Sales


Vintage Antique Lighting

Cambridge, Massachusetts 884 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars (206)

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Note from shop owner We are on vacation the shop will reopen JUNE 1ST 2019

Note from shop owner

Last updated on Jan 4, 2019

We are on vacation the shop will reopen JUNE 1ST 2019


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City Lights Antique Lighting what's so hard about that?

After graduating high school in 1967 I promptly began looking for a job that would lead to a career. I tired architectural drafting, house painting, model making, and sang in a blues band. But the job that proved to have the most lasting effect was unloading household donations from trucks at Morgan Memorials. No, I did not become a furniture mover. It was being around all that cool old stuff that inspired me. I bought things from the Goodwill store amassing an apartment filled with wonderful junk. In time I had to thin the herd and would up-market it selling at antique shows. Even though this proved lucrative, it was too much fun for me to consider as a career. So I kept looking for a “real job” trying on for size all the aforementioned skills while haunting flea markets on Sunday and filling my apartment with even more jetsam of the industrial age.

Around 1973 I was selling at the Cyclorama Antique show in Boston and had on display a few floor lamps. Everyone would ask, “Do they work?” I said they do not but they are easy to rewire. It was then I discovered how many people are afraid of electricity. Succumbing to the market demands, I later rewired them. At the next show I proudly declared that they all worked and promptly they all sold. From then on buying and rewiring lighting became the focus of my antique selling. In 1975, I rented a shop, filled it with thirty odd working lamps, and named the shop City Lights. By 2013 when I closed the store City Lights bulged with over 500 lamps, sconces, and chandeliers. Today I continue to restore and sell vintage lighting on line.

What I like about light and lighting are the various effects it creates and the emotional states it invokes. Reflected light to back light, focused to diffused, overhead, side and the Halloween eerie up from the bottom, light and its carnival of effects fascinates me.

Well if you clicked "read more" and got this far you are a devoted reader and I thank you. If you would like to read more please check out my blog Tall Tales from the Antiques Trail" Here is the link

Shop policies

Last updated on January 4, 2019
Thanks for looking at my policies. If you have any questions regarding these feel free to contact me.

Accepted payment methods

Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns and exchanges
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
I don't accept cancellations
But please contact me if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If you are unhappy with the item, you may return it within one week of receipt. Please contact me as soon as possible that an item is being returned. As soon as we receive the item, we will send a refund. Buyer pays the return shipping. Please pack carefully and insure.
We accept Pay Pal only. You do not need a Pay Pal account to pay in Pay Pal. In Pay Pal you can use any credit card as well as an Echeck. I cannot take credit cards over the phone. I do not accept money orders or personal checks without prior approval.

If you are from Massachusetts you will be billed the 6.25% sales tax
I ship most items via FedEx. For one pound packages or shipments within
Massachusetts I use USPS Priority.

Shipping to Alaska and Hawaii there is an additional charge typically $15 to $30

International shipments I send USPS international priority.

I try to get things out ASAP but I cannot guarantee shipment any sooner than within five days of payment. You may request a faster shipping method there will be an additional charge.

International Shipments: I ship to Canada, UK, Europe, Asia, and Australia. If I have not, indicated shipping cost in the listing, contact me.

Combined shipping: I combine shipping when possible. However, not all multiple purchases can be combined for a discount. I cannot calculate combined shipping in advance of actually packing the shipment. If I overcharge shipping by a large amount I will refund the difference.
Additional policies and FAQs
You can be pick up any item at a Fun Antiques 2226 Mass Ave Cambridge Ma 02140. You must call ahead 617 547 1490 to arrange local pickup. Items you plan to pick up must be purchased and paid for on Etsy in advance of pickup.