We got a great reader tip from Alana about a spot our friends had just pointed out during Pilsen's Second Friday art walk. Coooper Used Hotel Furniture sounds like a scavenger adventure according to Alana's recent visit:
When I lived in Pilsen there was a hotel supply store that I never went into. Yesterday I (held my breath, it smells funky in there) wandered in and poked around. There's a lot to pick through, but with very little imagination you can really cook up some good stuff!
There's a room full of good-quality lamp shades ranging from $2-$15. Lots of those sqatty drum shades that compliment vintage lamps so well brand new and stacked up in a back room...
I found 2 fugly brass sconces that I took home and spray painted a light sky blue to put in my window seat where they'll be surrounded with soft green silk pillows. They're heavy duty and they were cheap at $10 a pop. There's still a huge box of them just to the left when you walk in the door. They come with plugs so you don't have to hard-wire them if you're not so inclined. Great for apartment dwellers!
Tons of HUGE mirrors with frames for $20-$30. The frames are generic gold-leaf but again, could really take on some personality with a little creativity. And since all of these pieces are meant to withstand heavy duty use, they're super sturdy. Plus they're cheap enough that if your creativity doesn't quite go as planned, you don't feel bad tossing it and moving on.
She also sent us a link to a bit of history behind this place; check it out here (video and all).
(Re-published from a post dated 5/21/07)