Monday, June 22, 2009

My best garage sale find EVER…


I found the chandelier in the picture above at a garage sale this weekend. IT WAS ONLY $5.
It was wrapped in plastic (see picture below) and when I asked how much it was…the owner replied: If I don’t have to unwrap it…you can have it for $5. The crystals are worth more than that. I tried not to flip out. I responded SOLD. Handed over my $5 and put it in the car and hurried on to the next sale. It is missing a few crystals…but that was a risk I was willing to take for my $5 investment. Love that I don’t have to paint or rewire it. I bought a chandelier 3-4 years ago at a garage sale that was $30 and I still haven’t painted that one nor rewired it. This new find has inspired me to fix up the other one.
I immediately took off the wrapping when I got home and hung it on my front porch as there was an unused hook out there. Thought about keeping on the front or hanging it on the back porch…but the dust and dirt that ends up on those porches would mean cleaning it too often for my liking. Following pictures show it on the front porch.
Below is the light fixture that was in the house when I bought it seven years ago. I didn’t hate it but knew someday it would be replaced. It will be put in my July 11th garage sale. I personally think it would be great for a cottage or cabin in the woods.
My neighbor Larry was kind enough to come over and hang the chandelier. Now, before you tell me it is hung too high….I know. We are going to add some links and wire to lower it, but I couldn’t wait to show it off. I didn’t even clean it before we hung it and shot these photos. I have wanted a dimmer switch for the dining room forever…my neighbor was nice enough to put that in as well. Love that I can dim the lights on the chandelier.
I attempted to take a night time photo.

Please stop by Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures and Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday and see what others are sharing.

I truly think my $5 chandelier is my best garage sale find ever. So I am thinking of doing a best thrifty find ever day, where everyone would share their best ever thrifty find. I haven’t used Mr. Linky so if anyone has any tips for me let me know. I would select 10 of my favorites and feature them in one of my Thrifty Shopping articles on

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Thrifty Shopping Update
I haven’t been writing many Thrifty Shopping articles lately because I am finding the examiner’s software challenging…I have been doing more event postings than articles. However, I finally have a new article out…called Five Free Cell Phone Features.

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Marilyn said...

SCORE!! Love it and it looks lovely over your table.

My name is PJ. said...

You are the luckiest garage saler in the history of humankind! My envy never gets a chance to rest. I went to the Examiner, as I always do; I copied the article and forwarded it to everyone I know outside of blogland and then I linked to it in one of my daily posts because I didn't know any of that cell phone stuff...I can't be the only one, can I? Thanks for posting about the give away. You're a peach!

Kathy said...

Adore Your $5 buck chandelier!!! Love it!, Beats my $9 one all to pieces...Great find!Don't you just feel like your've found a million $$$$$$$$. xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

Kammy said...

Great buy ! I always post pics way too fast before I finish everything, cuz I am all excited !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Terri and Bob said...

That is totally fabulous and the best deal ever. Congrats to you!

C Maisy said...

$5.....that is awesome. It looks amazing. Wow...I still can't seem to get past the $5.
You go girl!!!

Adrienne said...

very pretty. great find!

Kathi said...

That chandelier is gorgeous! What a find! I love your dining room!
Especially the built in hutch!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...


g.suzie said...

Bingo, you hit the jackpot. . .Looks like a page from a magazine. . .Lucky you!

Bonnie said...

OMG! I love it! Your kitchen is gorgeous and the light fits in perfectly. Congratulations on the great find!

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

That score will keep you going back to those sales, won't it? Great find and white already. Wonderful.

Cindy said...

$5! I like it! That is SO IN!

Kathy said...

Your chandelier is simply divine! And, what a great price too. It looks fabulous in your dining room! Lucky, lucky you!! :)


Nichole said...

WOW! That is fabulous! I love it and it really makes the room. Great find!

Michelle said...

WHOA!! That not only is a great find but looks SOOOOO much better that the builder's special light fixture! Awesome!! Happy MM!

Traci said...

Great find! Congrats.

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

What an absolutely fabulous find! I love your beautiful chandelier!

Thanks for sharing!


TRICIA @boutellefamilyzoo said...

That, my friend may in fact be the greatest garage sale find ever! ou are a lucky girl! Love it!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Renee, that is a fabulous chandy for $5. You really scored on that one. I've found a bunch of light fixtures at yardsales too & replaced almost my entire house with them.

Nancy said...

I *heart* your chandelier! What a deal! I so wish I lived closer and could go to your garage sale. I bet you'd have the best stuff.


Brenda said...

How quaint your space is! I love the chandeliers. Add so much intimacy and coziness.

cottagechicgal said...

What an awesome find you lucky gal!! It looks beautiful over your table.

Susie Q said...


Forever Vintage said...

Don't you just love those kind of deals!!..lucky gal!

Cathy said...

Perfection!!! You are one lucky girl!!!

Happy Monday!!!

Kim said...

I'll bet you are still doing the "happy dance". Great find.

Debbie said...

Love the chandelier, but love the price even better. Debbie

Gwen said...

Gorgeous! We were just prices new ones because the stepdaughter wants one over her bed. (EEK!) Anyway, yours is just what we want. I am jealous!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Stunning!! I am so jealous!! :) You definitely found a fantastic deal on that beautiful chandy!

Lynn said...

Lucky you!
You can get replacement crystals, you know
I would have paid much much more for that beauty!

~Caro~ said...

It's gorgeous!!

Marie said...

Oh my - I'm so jealous of your fabulous chandelier! It looks great. And what a steal of a deal!


Jill said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Nice to hear from a fellow Minnesotan.

trash talk said...

Great find. I have a pair just like it only mine are blace. They are just so dressy!
BTW, I think I am in love with your neighbor...what a prince!

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