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!

6 comments:

  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!

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

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  3. looks great-gotta love those bargains!

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

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

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