I really enjoy browsing the thrift stores for preparedness supplies. I’m usually there looking for something else specifically, but it never hurts to browse the “miscellaneous” section or the camping/outdoor gear or look for canning jars or candles. Sometimes I don’t find anything, but sometimes I do. The last couple of times I’ve gone, I’ve found oil lamps. Oil lamps that have never had oil in them. They are super clean and the wicks are dry as a bone. And for $2.00 each, how can you pass that up?
The funny thing about these oil lamps is that every one of them has the top of the wick burned like someone tried to light it and it didn’t work so they gave it to the thrift store.
Just so you know, if you’ve got an oil lamp, it needs oil in the oil reservoir (usually the bottom of the lamp) to burn. The wick will not make a flame all by itself. So now I know you all won’t be taking your oil lamps to the thrift store, just get oil for them and they’ll work fine. Lamp oil is great, but in an emergency any oil will burn in it. Even rancid cooking oil from your storage room (although it probably won’t smell too nice). Great for when the power is out. You get lots more light from these oil lamps than you do from candles. And besides, they look nice around the house, so you won’t have to pack them up somewhere in a box–just use them for decoration until you need to use them for light.
Gotta love the thrift stores.