Monday, July 25, 2011

Chandelier Remorse?

If you read my last post you know that I found a fantastic chandelier at a thrift store.

I usually don't ever suffer from "buyer's remorse" but I started to wonder if I was crazy for getting it:

1} We are in Seattle for only the summer while my husband is doing an internship for grad school; we fit    everything we brought in our car, and we used every spare inch of available space, so I have to figure out how to get it back home
2} We are still renting a home at least for the next year until my husband graduates and we know where we are moving to...
3} This means that I don't even have a place I can hang it yet, which means it's going to be sitting in a box in our basement for at least the next year 
4} On top of all this, my husband came home from work and told me that I was a topic of discussion during his lunch break with a bunch of guys from the company.

[I went to the thrift store with 2 of my friends whose husbands go to the same school and are interning at the same company as my husband.]

Quick recap of lunchtime conversation:
 "Soooo, I heard your wife came home with a chandelier..."
Hubby's response, so matter-of-factly: "Yup!"
This caught everyone else's attention..."Wait, your wife bought a chandelier?!?"
Again, "Yup!"
"...And you're okay with that?!?"
Hubby: "Oh yeah."
"So you own a house back home that you're going to put it in?"
"Nope. We're still renting."
"So your wife bought a chandelier that you have to take back home with you and you don't even have a place to put it?!?"
"So...does it look cool? What does it look like?"
"I dunno, I haven't seen it yet." (he got home late)
"Wait, so your wife bought a chandelier and you didn't even ask to see it or care what it looks like?!?"
"Nope. I trust her."
Then he proceeded to tell them about this
 And told them he wasn't worried...and I would eventually do something cool with it.

I was laughing hysterically as he told me this story
He thought it was pretty funny also, and had a great time feeding the frenzy and getting the others all worked up.
I'm pretty sure his coworkers think I'm some sort of crazy...

Side note: How awesome is my husband? It totally doesn't even phase him when I come home with giant chandeliers...

So, I decided to do a little online research.
I set out to see if this chandelier was still available to purchase new.
I wanted to see how much it was, or at least ones similar.

I found it!
 {okay, google found it}

The EXACT same one!!!

Wanna know the price?
Here, let me show you:

That's right, the exact same chandelier I got for only $10 bucks is still selling for $464.20!
Say Whaaaaaaaaat?!?!!!!
I feel great about my purchase again!
{even if I can't use it right away...}

Have you ever felt "buyer's remorse"?


  1. Yes I've felt buyers remorse as well. I purchased 2 end tables from craigslist both of which are Thomasville. The pristine one for $50 is still available new in store for $700 or so and the drum table for $40 though basically pristine had a little damage to the finish on top. This table is still available in store fore $1000 plus. My home is ecclectic but these are so traditional I will probably put them in the basement for now.

  2. Nice find!

    Sounds like you have found a great guy. I think it’s great that you are exploring your passion. Keep it up! You never know where it may lead. This may be the beginning to your design business! If you collect too many things you could always sell them after you fix them up, in consignment store or on etsy… So many cool handmade items for sale there. Or, if you prefer to gift your items there are organizations out there that redo rooms for kids in need…that way you could just go crazy fixing things up! Keep creating you’re an inspiration!

    I too an into redoing thrift store finds! I've almost managed to furnish my entire house from garage sales and thrift store finds. I have been doing so for years but have just begun to start blogging about it at


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