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Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Another Craigslist Score!

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  She said she thought they were outdated, so I quickly mumbled something about my taste being "old-fashioned" and handed her her asking price of $15 cash before I ran for the door.  They did have these odd ceramic floral candles in them that yes, were very outdated.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? 

13 comments:

Haus and Home said...

Great find! You mean you didn't want to keep the candles in it? ;)
I am still hoping to find a Draper chest on Craigslist, I search using simple terms like black and gold chest.

Laurie said...

What a score! How did you search on craigslist?

Bethany said...

SCORE!

Bethany
http://powellbrower.blogspot.com/2011/12/dreaming-in-color.html

A Perfect Gray said...

i am crazy with jealousy.

Evie said...

maj score!

I love when I find something super awesome that the seller doesn't know the value of. I have def. done the "oh I like vintage/old things" mumble.

Vickie H. said...

I'm with A Perfect Gray!!! Lord, have MERCY!!! SO GORGEOUS!!!!! Now, about you purchasing those lottery tickets while your luck is running so HOT.......!!!!

Vickie H. said...

And you should consider selling those ceramic candlesticks....someone WILL purchase them and think they are THE DEAL!!!

Lacquered Life said...

Great deal! I bought a single italian sconce for my foyer last weekend for $160! and you got 2 for $15!

Karen of Fair Oaks said...

Such a great price! You scored the female equivalent of a 4 point buck. I just bought a single sconce at an estate sale for $68 - it has 3 arms with the candle lights and hanging crystals. A pair would have been nice but the single sconce over my twin size French bed looks pretty good.

Boo Hazard said...

Great find! Looks great in your house. And NO I never feel guilty for getting a great deal on CL - that's the fun of it!! - BOO

Meghan said...

What an awesome score! I love them. They are quite reminiscent of the types of sconces Barrie Benson has used....take a look here: http://www.barriebenson.com/projects/residential/homeis

....loving my lamps I bought from you as well! I'll send a picture of the room they are in soon: )

Anonymous said...

I am with you on preferring "made in Italy" (after a fantastic vacation there!!) or "made in USA" because I love my country.
Cashmeresuitcase.com is a new women's luxury travel accessory business started by a friend. Most goods are made in the good old USA.
And hell no, don't feel bad...Just revel in the deal. You'll be telling that story for years to come!

Kathleen said...

Sometimes I feel a little guilty if I get a major score on Craigs List. But I remind myself that nobody is making them sell at that price. And if they don't do any research my gain. I also do the "I like vintage" or "it reminds me of my grandma" mumble as I sprint for the door.

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