Step 2: go to a hardware store and buy a lamp cord and possibly a connector socket--see the old porcelain one on the right and the new set on the left...the new one came with a pull on/off switch because i dont know how to connect the original on/off knob
Step 3: unscrew the old wiring, probably with a long flat head, and pull the wiring out the bottom
Step 4: insert new wiring, which is a little tricky on this tall lamp, and put the exposed ends under the two screws on the bottom of the new socket, and screw down tight
Step 5: put in lightbulb, plug in, and turn on lamp.
its not rocket science, or even anything beyond late 19th century science, but hopefully this will inspire you to go out and find an old lamp to give a new life to, rather than buying some crap from China at Target...oh damn, i bought the lamp shade at Target...well..its hard to find used lamp shades in good condition and it was my first time to set foot in a Target in over a year!!! living in a city is full of evil temptations. im going to walk to the grocery store now and buy some ice cream for lunch.