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August 30, 2014 12:00 AM

A new lamp needs just the right shade

The other day I was lamp-shopping at one of my favorite bargain stores when I spotted a pair of antique-bronze-finished metal-based lamps. A quick flip of the price tag proved they were a score — only $29.99 each — especially because they were dead-ringers for ones I had seen days before in a fancy decorator showroom. The problem was their shades. Poorly constructed with a lumpy trim tacked around the top and bottom edges, the shades cheapened the bases the same way poor quality shoes do an expensive outfit.

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