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Sunday, February 6, 2011

My Fabulous Find

Some days I can walk into a thrift store and find absolutely nothing.  But.....a few weeks ago I stopped into the Habitat and saw several large light fixtures laying around and tucked into the corner was a gorgeous antique chandelier!  It had tarnished gold metal and beautiful original glass prisms, all 60 were there intact!!! 

I was hesitant to ask the price since it was not marked.  When the clerk told me it was $15 I quelled my excitement and rushed back to the chandy and scooped it up.  I knew I had something special! 




Once I got it home I decided I needed to spraypaint it white, so after cleaning it and taking all the prisms off I hung it outside and sprayed it.  I was so excited to spray it that I forgot to take a before picture!  So sorry!  After placing all the prisms back on the chandy it looks so amazing!  What do you think!  I begged my dear hubby to hang it in the livingroom for me.  I just love it and can't believe how much I paid for it!  I was in a local antique store the other day and saw a similiar chandy without the two upper tiers that I have on mine and it was almost $200!

I love having something old in my home and wondering about the stories it could tell of its previous owners.... How many dinners were eaten under its illumination, what kind of family chats took place under these gorgeous prisms, and did the owner enjoy its beauty as much as I do....

I absolutely love my new/old Chandelier and so happy that I waited patiently for years for the right chandy at the right price!  Take heart all of my fellow bargain hunters and thrift store junkies, you just never know what treasure awaits you on your next search!  That is definitely the thrill of the hunt!

25 comments:

Deb said...

It's so beautiful...I just love it! Wow...the $15 price tag is amazing...lucky girl! ~Deb~

NYCLQ said...

THAT is an incredible find!!! LOVE IT! And really like it sprayed in white. Good Job! THX for sharing over at Susan's BNOTP link party.

:D Lynda

Kirby said...

You make me want to go to a thrift store now and see what I can find, very cute!

♥ Miss Tea said...

wow!!! lucky you!!! i've been wanting a chandelier but most are pricey and you got it for $15!!! it looks so gorgeous!

Lana K. W. Austin said...

What a fabulous find! Part of my blog post this week is about a $3 chandy find at the GW in B-ham, so I totally relate!
It was an immense blessing to find mine. I so appreciate its character.
Yours is truly wonderful!
Hugs,
Lana
PS I teach at home, too!

Connie said...

Congratulations! You got an absolute treasure and you recognized its potential. You have great vision.

Karen said...

This is beautiful!! You did a super job of turning this "chandy" into a fabulous creation.
Have a wonderful day.
I'm your newest follower.
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Michelle said...

It's beautiful! It looks exactly like one I've been searching for to put in my sun room. I love it and I'm jealous!

KATHY said...

Wow, That is so beautiful! You hit the jackpot!

Kathy

Mary said...

Love it, what great find! Thank you for linking this to Masterpiece Monday! Have a great week, Mary :O)

thriftshopadventures said...

really a beautiful find!

Vintagesouthernlife said...

Great find!It is gorgeous! I just recently purchased one very similar and was pleased to get it for $99. You got a steal...lucky you.

Manuela@TPOH said...

Absolutely gorgeous - what a find! I have a similar one in my dining room and I've been debating about painting it white - really love how yours looks!

Manuela

Brambleberry Cottage said...

WOW...only $15.00? What a steal! It's lovely, and I'm sure you're so glad you "scooped it up"! ;)

Thanks for linking to the party. I hope you'll join me each week.

By the way, I just joined you as a follower.

Blessings,
Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage
http://thebrambleberrycottage.blogspot.com/

Mom_E said...

Lovely, Annette. It looks eerily similar to one we had at Cedar Lane- do you think it could be? Hmmm...it was gone before we sold the house to Mike & Yvonne. I hate to admit I never had the vision you did and sold it for $35 to a lady at Ebenezer Bap. If only I had thought to paint it white!!!

Great work, sweetie! Love you- S

Erin said...

That is indeed fabulous! Could that chandelier have been in any better shape? I don't think so! It looks absolutely beautiful in your house.

Take care,
Erin

jennifer said...

Omigosh it's WON-DER-FUL! You got such an awesome deal! It looks so pretty painted and hanging.

Sylvia said...

It's beautiful....you scored big time!

Sylvia

Terry said...

My dear, you got the deal of the day when you spotted that chandelier. I just sold one just like this painted white at my antique booth for $150!! So congrats and it looks great in your space. Hop on over to my blog and see if you would enjoy my giveaway pillow before it's too late.

Annette said...

Wow, what an incredbly beautiful find! I went thrifting this week and found nothing. I was so disappointed!

Tammy@Beatrice Banks said...

You are so blessed! That was one sweet deal! I love it! Just found your lovely blog via My Romantic Home. I'm your newest follower and would be delighted to have you follow me back!
Happy Valentine's Day!
Tammy

Verde Farm said...

Your header alone just drew me right into this beautiful blog. I love your style and what a bargain! So glad you found Verde Farm so I could find you. I have a little cottage I am decorating and I would love some ideas--so going to read some more :)
Hugs, Amy

Cindy Adkins said...

Oh my gosh, I am so excited for you!!! This is so amazing!! AND gorgeous!!!
Happy Valentine's Day!
XO

Cindy Adkins said...

P.S. I'm your newest follower--and fan! lol

Mikey said...

Lovely! This is similar to one I snagged at a yardsale for $10! I was going to paint it, but I found out it was gold plated with real gold, so I left it alone!

Mikey @ Shabby French Cottage


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