Breaking news — You read it here in the blogosphere FIRST! As mid century, vintage and retro style continues to boom in popularity, there are more and more sources of all-new product reproductions. But many of us still love and prefer our “authentic vintage.” The team at Barn Light Electric wants to be able to serve both markets. So in addition to their reproduction lighting, today they launched a new website dedicated to selling authentic vintage lighting from the 20th century – cleaned up and rewired, of course. Stephanie, who is my contact at the company, explains:
Part of how we originally started Barn Light Electric was based around these lights. Our owners (Bryan and Donna) were always coming across old lights at flea markets or sales and Bryan liked restoring them as a hobby.
Bryan saw early on that these type of lights had the potential to be popular, so he sought out a manufacturer and began producing reproductions of these vintage styles (and more) – hence Barn Light Electric Company!
Once Barn Light Electric was launched and took off, everyone became more and more busy and we didn’t have much time (or space) to devote to the vintage ones until recently when we moved into our new office. We’ve always had a TON of old porcelain warehouse shades around the office – in fact, they were our inspiration to start producing our line of new porcelain lights too! It was a big group effort but we couldn’t be more pleased on how it came out! We’ll be adding new vintage items all the time so the stock will always be changing and growing.
We hope that Vintage Barn Lighting will grow to become everyone’s trusted source for these beautiful vintage pieces – they have the ability to fit into so many styles of homes. They come from all across the country and each seems to carry it’s own bit of our early 20th century history. We have a blog started as well called VintageBarnLight.com – we update it weekly with bits of history, fun photos and new items. We’ll be able to write about more styles now that we have all of the cool gas station lights, milk glass and glass shade pendants too, so stay tuned!
Let me know if you have any more questions, I’d be happy to answer them!
Thank you, Stephanie. The light are lovely — thanks to Bryan, Donna and the Barn Light Electric team for seeing the beauty an dkeeping these all from going to a landfill.
Disclosure: Barn Light Electric is currently an advertiser. This story is not part of the deal, though. I saw BLE’s tweet and jumped all over it — My goal: To be FIRST in the vintage/retro/space!