I don't remember it being fashionable or sensible or even common to recycle in the late 60's, but my mother was good at it. Of course I was appalled at times - especially when she brought something home from the "dump"! I would beg her to keep it a secret and never reveal where she found some of her treasures. This was a lamp that she bought at a church auction in 1969.
She had my father pull out his hack saw to cut of the top and she pulled out all the wiring, After a bit of black spray paint, she adhered a small metal plate onto the top to hold a candle:
Even though I remember being somewhat embarassed by her thriftiness, I always liked this candlestick. And now that it is mine, I love it even more. Ironically, I have turned into my mother!!
She called it being "clever", I called it being "cheap", and now it's called being "environmentally conscious".
Just a little story about a woman who was ahead of her time to share with the following parties: Thrifty Thursday at Tales from Bloggeritaville and Transformation Thursday at The Shabby Chic Cottage.