Over on the Buy/Sell Forum, Russ and Paula have posted a bunch of new-old-stock (NOS) vintage exterior post lights for sale. They rescued them from a lumber surplus store in Minnesota that had been in business for more than 50 years. The building was sold, and the new owner wanted all the stuff inside gone. Russ, his wife Paula, and her sister Gina rolled up their sleeves and dove into “a room that probably has not seen people in 30+ years.” Their hard work is your good luck, if you’re looking for a vintage exterior light to go on a three-inch pole. Instant, authentic — and well-priced — curb appeal.
Here some more of the story, from Russ:
These post lights all fit a 3″ post like you would have in your front yard. We have a few wall-mounted exterior lights as well.
Most of all the post lights we have are made by either Progress or Starlight and all are still in their original boxes and never used. We did take these lights out to inspect and test them. Some boxes are not in shippable condition, but we assure you these are all original and not reproductions.
Prices do vary on these lights, so if you are interested please tell us which picture number [as listed in Forum listing] you are looking at in order from top to bottom and we will get back to you. We have shipped lights all over the country with no problems, and we do pack them well .
The story on how we got all of our original vintage lights and other stuff, maybe Pam remembers it from talking with Paula and Gina. We had a lumber surplus store in town that was in business for over 50 years, and the owner bought everything under the sun, but hated to get rid of much at all…
Anyway god rest his soul he passed away, and the family sold the business. Well, the new owner only wanted the building and what didnt sell was getting thrown away. We being the way we are could not let all of these beautiful fixtures become scrap metal, so stepped into a room that probably has not seen people in 30+ years and started going through boxes.
Many hours and dollars later, our garage is full, but we did what we could to save as much as possible. This was a joint effort by my wife her sister and me, and although we could not save it all, we got most of the vintage merchandise.
My wife doesn’t like not being able to get her car in the garage, but would rather see these nearly lost forever lights saved .
Thank you, Russ, Paula and Gina. These are beauties… you get snaps for your entrepreneurial hard work… and I wish I had these available when we added our exterior post light — although I do like my matched set of colonial-style exterior lights from Hanover.
Readers: Consult with a professional before you install vintage lighting. Even if it’s New Old Stock, I believe they will recommend to rewire to be safe.
How to get these? Click here to go over the the Forum to contact Russ. Pricing (listed on the Forum) is from $49.99 to $99.99 plus shipping. There is actually even More from Russ, Paula & Gina’s haul, listed on the Forum. To get to these items, click on their name (in green on the Forum listing) then onto their “other posts.” To participate in the Forum, you will have to register.