We have had a modern standard lamp on loan from my parents for several years now, but we recently decided to splash out on something a bit more traditional and in keeping with our living room. Now when I say "splash out" that's probably a bit of an exaggeration if the truth be told. Honestly I did step over thresholds of shops I haven't been to in years in a bid to find something to my taste. I did....as ever the cheapest one I liked started at £700 and would have been too big for the space available. I always did have expensive taste and I really did try to buy something new. However, old habits die hard and I "failed" spectacularly at the first hurdle....except to my eyes I didn't. Instead I bought according to my own beliefs from the wonderful second hand market...helped a charity which supports local concerns with both the purchase of the stand and lamp, recycled and did not create a hole for a new one to be created. I am delighted and amazed at how ingrained this behaviour has become.
In the end we plumped for something very plain as I already have many unusual treasures in the room. Oh yes and did we spend £700....no of course not....£10.50 all in. Result!