What started out as a small after-dinner hobby (building unique lamps made from antiques), their enjoyable little pastime became something much bigger for Allen and Edna Danielsen. In just a few short years, Lamps from the Attic was on the road, driving their tent stakes into art show clay from Pennsylvania to Maine to Michigan and down to Florida. Their process has always been quite simple. From the LFTA homestead workshop, located in Mount Joy, PA, Edna polishes each antique piece with (often much needed) TLC, while Allen builds and wires all lighting fixtures by hand. Every single project eventually comes together to create the ensemble: lamps repurposed from antiques - infused with intriguing design, painstaking care, and lots of know-how. But it’s not just a well-honed workflow that puts illuminated timepieces into living rooms nationwide… Years ago, the duo discovered that they had a passion for rust and the warm glow of a gorgeous Edison bulb. However, both Danielsens would agree that when they watch shoppers make a chance connection with that perfect lamp, the glow of fond memories and pure nostalgia can feel, somehow, even warmer than the heat from an olde tyme incandescent globe. It’s why Allen and Edna believe that stories are given meaning by the people who lived them; hence, our motto: “Every lamp has a story.”
We walk miles of isles in antique stores everywhere we travel. Living in Lancaster, Pa, there are many antique stores for us to search for our lamp theme pieces, but, if we never searched anywhere else, then all we would have would be Kodak Brownie cameras and John Deere parts in our lamps. So, when we do an art show in Maryland, Maine, Ohio, Virginia, Florida, Georgia or Michigan, we hit every antique store we can find on our way home searching for unique and unusual items that will make your head explode. Our goal is to build lamps that people connect to on a sentimental level.
We take pictures of all our lamps. Suprisingly after 9 years we have made 3500 lamps all one of a kind. Some are similar but the antiques are used differently making them all one of a kind.