This never happens to me... But I posted Monday about my Craigslist brass chiavari chair score, and today I have another one to share! A lady was selling some things that belonged to her grandmother that didn't really fit with her decor. I spotted this pair of antique gold leaf and crystal sconces, and, assuming they were of the Italian gilt variety, asked her what she wanted for them. She said she thought they were outdated, so I quickly mumbled something about my taste being "old-fashioned" and handed her her asking price of $15 cash before I ran for the door. They did have these odd ceramic floral candles in them that yes, were very outdated. But the sconces themselves were fab, and they go for A LOT more on eBay, 1st Dibs, and in antique stores.
I didn't inspect them closely before I left her house (since I bolted before she could change her mind), but as soon as I got home, I found what I hoped to find. The "Made in Italy" sticker on the bottom of the sconce. I have found myself becoming increasingly more aware of where things are made, especially since everything these days seems to be made in China. I used to think it was silly to pay more for something made in Italy or France or even the USA, but now I have a different view.
I decided to hang them on my Albert Hadley-inspired living room wall, since one of my old sconces had broken.
I removed the ceramic floral candles and haven't added my own candles yet.
Excuse the dark photos, but I think they add a fun touch of glamour to the space!
I still have a few feelings of guilt for not telling the seller that what she had was worth a lot more than $15. Do you ever feel guilty about not disclosing to a Craigslist seller what they are selling?