The reason it was discarded was because the threads were worn in between the top & bottom section and would no longer stand up straight. We thought it was too nice of a lamp to toss into a pile at the scrap yard so we decided to try to repair it.
With a little Sugru, we now have a usable (& straight) standing floor lamp.
Step 1: Filling in the Worn Threads
Put the two pieces together and twist them a bit to make sure they seat together well and the 2 pieces are aligned properly.
Wipe off any excess Sugru that may squeeze out.
Step 2: Glowing Results
Thanks to the wonderful staff at Instructables, for sending me the Sugru, the only cost will be a new glass shade for it... if we don't find one in the trash that is. ;)