Pizza Hut is the first place Heather Anne Campbell has ever seen or played the game street fighter. It’s just one of the reasons the chain is so revered by the comedian, writer, and video game podcast host Let yourself play. Raised in Chicago, her family was a Lou Malnatis family, but every now and then Campbell was able to return to the cottage.
“On special occasions – usually when there was a toy tie I really, really wanted – my parents would take me to Pizza Hut,” Campbell tells me. “It felt special because it wasn’t everyday. As a child, the lamp was something ‘unattainable’ for me.”
The lamp in question was the Tiffany-style stained glass pizza hat lamp, an artifact that has become iconic Days of Pizza Hut over as well as the now largely extinct hut-shaped structures in which the restaurants used to reside. It’s one that Campbell has been looking for throughout her adulthood, and as she shared on Twitter this week, she’s finally hit the jackpot.
“Well I’ve always wanted a Pizza Hut lamp,” she tweeted Sunday. “The problem is that when they show up on eBay, they cost thousands of dollars. I had to think outside the box with this pizza.”
As of this post, a quick search for a Tiffany-style Pizza Hut stained glass lamp comes up empty (although you can get one Tiffany style single Coca-Cola mug for a cool $22.50), which makes the task seem even harder. But in full detective mode, Campbell spotted the Chinese lampshade manufacturer’s warehouse where she found it Hundreds of shades at a fraction of the cost—$99 per lampshade as long as you purchase at least 50 lamps.
Instead of buying in bulk, Campbell opened a manufacturing contract and asked to ship two samples at a manufacturing cost of $99 each. A month later, the lamps she has wanted for so long are here installed and illuminated in your office.
Seems to be a lot of trouble for a piece of restaurant that Campbell as their fourth-Favorite fast food joint behind burger specials In-N-Out, The Win-Dow and Five Guys. Although she admits She has ordered many more Pizza Hut since purchasing the lamp and relived the joy of her youth.
“My favorite order is pan pepperoni,” says Campbell. “That’s it, simple and basic.”