I found this cute little Noguchi-style, table lamp at a garage sale for $2 but when I got it home I realized it was missing one of its little ball feet. Now what?
Whenever I’m faced with an impossible fix like this, there’s only one place I go, Toronto’s Active Surplus (347 Queen Street West, upstairs). I’ve always wanted to blog about this secret gem and my would-be Noguchi — actually vintage IKEA — gave me a perfect opportunity.
Active is one of those head-scratching, retail mysteries. How does a store that sells bits and bobs worth 25¢ and 50¢ each make the rent on one of the city’s priciest retail strips? I’m just glad they do ’cause Active is a godsend when you’re searching for that impossible little part. Clips, balls, rings, caps, plugs, dowels, wood blocks, plastic tubing, acrylic off-cuts, Active is like the world’s biggest junk box, fish around and with a bit of luck you’ll find what you need to MacGyver your project.
Active provided a few options for my lamp but the best by far were these little rubber feet, pre-drilled and priced at just 25¢ each. The shape’s a bit odd but I sort of like them and they look like they were made for the lamp. When all else fails, get Active.