Meet our Vendor: Red Cord Lamp
Say hello to new vendor, Red Cord Lamp. These look awesome! We can’t wait to see in person.
Who are you and what do you do?
My names is John Lembo and I’m a Custom Lamp maker……..by night. By day or for 40+ hours a week I am Licensed Mental health Counselor who does family therapy with youth who are chronically involved with the Justice System.
What do you love most about craft show vending?
I am very new to the craft show world, UCU will only be my second craft show since I started Red Cord Lamp Co. in October of 2016. But what I already love is the people! Instagram and Facebook has been a great resource to connect with other makers, artist, designers, and of course customers. But I long to be in the “here and now” with people. I love sharing stories, triumphs, struggles, and inspirations with other makers and artist. I love connecting with people who really love and appreciate the hard work that makers and artist put into their craft. I’m a talker and love meeting new people! So please come by and see me at UCU.
How did you get started in your business?
It was about 3-4 years ago when I went to a “big box store” to buy a lamp and was very disappointed at their basic, boring, and expensive selection. So I started to thinking to myself (and out loud to anyone who would
listen) that I could make a high quality, interesting, one of kind lamp for a comparable price as the big box stores. So about six months ago, after complaining (for literally years) about the boringness of big box stores lamp and after much encouragement from my partner in life Allison, I started researching ideas, pricing materials, and collecting vintage and antique items that I thought would make great, one of kind lamps! I would then create an Instagram account called @jawneylamps now @redcordlampco and sold two lamps in the first two hours of posting pics to my feed. About a month later I was asked by Hilary Harris a local Seattle Photographer (@hilaryharrislovesyou) to join the first ever three Sunday market at The Tractor Tavern called
“The Tractor Taverns Handmade Arcade” This gave me the motivation and the due date to get some lamps made. I went into this market super nervous and skeptical of the possibility of selling any lamps. But it went Great!! I sold almost 20 lamps, made some great new friends, and really fell in love with the craft show world.
Red Cord lamp Co has been a pleasant surprise in my life. Its been fun, therapeutic, and inspiring! It’s been a good way for me to take care of myself after long days of supporting people who are often in some of the most hopeless times in their lives. I have been amazed at how making lamps has brought hope and life to myself and to those who I have the honor working with at my Mental Health job.
Is this a full-time business for you?
For 40+ hours of the week I work as Mental Health Therapist doing a family based Therapy called Multisystemic Therapy where I work with youth who are chronically involved in the Justice System. However, there is not a day that goes by that I am not working on lamp or searching for the next great vintage item I can turn into a lamp.
What do your customers love most about your product(s)?
I often hear from customers that they love the Red Cloth Cord I pair with all my lamps. They love how it contrast the often dark and less colorful vintage and antique items I commonly use. I’ve also been told many times by customers that they love the quality, uniqueness and creativity behind each piece. I often hear, “How did you even think of that!” or “How did you learn to do that!”
Be sure to follow us on Instagram for your chance to win Vintage Bell and Howell 8mm movie camera with a single classic Edison buld on top, built in dimmer switch, and paired with my signiture Red Cloth Cord