Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Poll: Cowboy Boot Lamp

Those of you who have been reading my blog from the start may recall a couple of my first posts expressing my frustration with local craft fairs. You may also recall my conclusion that the only way I would be successful in my rural market would be by making lamps out of stinky old cowboy boots. I will gladly admit that even I considered this conclusion to be an over dramatization...I mean who HONESTLY would REALLY have an old boot with a light sticking out of it?????? HONESTLY????

Having pushed these things out of my mind, believing in all sincerity that nobody would really go so far as to own something like this, I was completely sideswiped to run across this sad sad piece of lighting in person:

Of course, after regaining composure from the initial shock of this sighting, I whipped out my ever-present camera to document the event.

I realize that I should probably be more objective as this post is officially a poll. Please don't let my strong opinion and personal taste dissuade you from leaving your own remarks. Even though I have ranted about this I really do want to hear what you have to say.

Please share your opinion of this piece by leaving a comment below.


kateisfun said...

I can't believe it's $79. I find this particular lamp to be fairly offensive. In all fairness, I could imagine that there _might_ exist the possibility that a lamp with a cowboy boot on the base could be tastefully done, although it would need to be more of a modern/chic vibe and not a spin back to John Wayne and the 70s. And, context is everything, so there would need to be some mad interior decorating SKILZ to pull it along with all the other components of the room/barn.

MichelleC said...

Since I am not very partial to "theme" lamps in this manner (not the shades - the base) I really don't care for the boot lamp. I knew they were around and have seen them, but it had been awhile. And I don't feel like we are as "western" as everyone thinks we should be. My family has been in the area since 1915 and NONE of them were the least bit cowboy style. So do away with the boot lamps I say!!!

Anonymous said...

I think it looks great. I will talk to Jon tomorrow and we will pitch in to purchase the lamp. It will look great on Jon's desk, specially if he plays the "Big Train" song. Perfect. Thanks Annie!

Unknown said...

omg. lol... I just found your blog (you commented on mine) and I'm following you.

I totally get what you are saying and I think it's awful. It sort of falls under the category of 'just can you can doesnt mean you should'

Maybe someone could use it but ... shiver....


Alissa said...

I could dig it, with a different shade. A boot of that caliber needs something way jazzier than the plain jane shade it has right now.

And I agree with Kate, it would have to be in the right room.