See me making my super-serious, be realllly still picture-taking face?
I first spotted this chandelier in my local HFH Restore several months ago. At the time it was priced at $125 and as much as I loved the finish, hand-pressed brass petals and near-perfect condition, I just couldn't justify the cost. So I passed on it.
Every few weeks I'd head back to look for other things but would eventually make my way over to the lighting area to say hello to my girl.
Eventually the price was reduced to $75 and I tried really hard to talk myself into buying that day. But again, I cheaped out and resigned myself to knowing that surely, someone else would snatch it up at that price. Curse my cheap ways for costing me another amazing piece of vintage goodness!!
Again and again I went back and the chandelier remained in the showroom at $75.
It had been a couple of months since my last visit so as soon as I arrived yesterday I made a beeline to lighting. It was still there and the price tag still read $75.00. The lighting guy, Ruben asked if he could help me with anything. Normally I'd give the standard "Just looking" response but not this time.
Instead I told him that I was just admiring the chandelier, how unique it was and had been trying to talk myself into buying it for months.
"We can drop that price down if you're interested in getting it today", he offered.
I very nearly said "Would you take $50?" but thankfully kept my big, fat mouth shut for once because Ruben said.......
"How about $35?"
Done deal Ruben. Done. Deal.
He took it up to the front while I poked around a little more, snapping up two 15-inch drum shades (brand new, still in the wrapper!) for 6 bucks a piece. I'm pretty sure I skipped around the store like a schoolgirl with a new lollipop.
As I was checking out the cashier says casually that "Oh yeah, today all lighting is 20% off" and I walk out of there with a $125 chandelier for $28.
It almost made me cry. Almost.
What did make me cry was when Ruben informed me that back when they first got the chandelier in, they also got a bunch of matching wall sconces. Ouch. Like a rusty ice pick through the heart.
I've been doing some online research and haven't found anything exactly like my chandelier. Although 1stDibs does have some pendants that are very close in style for $1800:
Rather than put the chandelier in the guest room, I think I'll install it in my office/studio so I can admire this vintage brass beauty and sing the praises of Ruben and that awesome cashier every day.
I'd love to know more about when and where my chandelier was made so if anyone has any ideas, I'm all ears.
P.S. I'd love to spend all of my time scouring vintage and secondhand shops for goodies like this.
P.P.S. You should really hire me to spend some time scouring vintage and secondhand shops for gorgeous goodies for YOU. Just a thought.