Sunday, September 20, 2009

my $5 find

who: me!
what: 1968 gold chandelier with dirty crystals
when: june2009
where: summer block garage sale in decatur, illinois
why: the seller just wanted it out of her garage!
how much: originally asked $10 but bargain-jen chimed in with "will you take $5?" it's a deal!

i left this yard sale feeling like i had just stolen from this lady. has she heard of ebay or craigslist? out here in california, this chandelier would have been $200-plus in a beachfront shabby chic store. but why am i complaining? i removed all of the crystals, gave them a good windex and water bath; i packed them and brought them back on the plane with me. the frame of the lamp, i spray painted black, and then shipped it to california. when we returned, some touch up paint, two sets of little hands to help me hang the now sparkling crystals, and i now have my rescued treasure.

i hung it outside in the canopy on our patio - i eventually plan to hot glue candle tealights where the lightbulbs used to be so that we can enjoy the candlelight in the evenings. love those garage sales!


  1. That is beautiful!! I love it! What a great find. I never go to garage sales b/c I don't have the patience to look through everything on most days, but you've inspired me to get out there and beat those driveway pavements!

  2. I love it! What a steal!!! I bet it will look even more awesome lit up.

  3. looks great-gotta love those bargains!

  4. So beautiful! Can't beat that price.

  5. Great find! I'm sure the girls loved helping you with this!


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