Lamps are expensive—forget paying full retail when you want to freshen up your décor! Hit the thrift store instead. If you can find a lamp that’s about the size you want for under $10, you should scoop it up, even if you don’t love it. Because here’s how to love it: Paint the shade a bold stripe, spray the base in of-the-moment copper, and suddenly it’s transformed into the fabulous lamp you almost spent $100 on at the store. Well aren’t you smart?