A HUSTLER quit his job to pursue his passion for creating vintage lighting and now earns up to £15,000 a month.
Ionut ‘John’ Scarlat makes the lamps from old objects such as cameras, sewing machines, telephones and musical instruments.
Ionut, from Bradford, West Yorkshire, told YorkshireLive: “It’s my passion and I love doing it. I use all my free time to create them.
“I loved playing with and building rockets when I was a kid. When I grew up I started seeing a lot of vintage cameras for sale on Facebook and eBay marketplace. So I decided to use to create lamps.”
Ionut started in 2015. He left his job when his business was doing well, but had to find another job when it suffered during the pandemic.
He was selling about 20 lamps a month in February, but was selling as many as 50 at the height of his business.
It received top reviews from the online company Etsy.
A customer who purchased a lamp made from an old trumpet wrote, “This is without a doubt the best lamp I have received today. I’m in love !
“Packaged so well that it survived some rather rough handling in transit. A wonderful use of an old instrument. Thank you very much!”
Another customer who bought a Kodak camera light said, “There were so many cool lights that it was hard to choose. This light was a perfect gift for a movie lover.
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“John was helpful with a US cord plug conversion, responded immediately and shipped so quickly in such a well packaged package that I chose to present the box as is, with a red ribbon, for Christmas. “
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