Whenever I do a day road trip I try to come home with at least one old light. Thus, when I restore the light and sell it through my e-commerce store, I can offset the cost of the day trip.
Like this past Friday. I went to Kansas City to pick up some custom-milled lumber for the Cross House. Stopping at numerous antique stores though I did not find any old lighting of interest.
Finally, I spotted an unprepossessing possibility. Well, I was now a bit desperate. The fixture was simple and looked like tarnished brass. Without enthusiasm I walked over and looked closer. Meh. But it did retain its original finial, chain, and ceiling canopy. So, that was good. At least. I calculated what I might be able to sell it for. Not much. But it would at least pay for the gas, lunch, and a bit of my time. Sigh. It was better than nothing I guess. And the price was good.
I pulled the chandelier off its hook and walked towards the cashier.
While walking I noticed something about the chandelier which got me quite excited. Then later I noticed something else which got me really excited.
In short, meh was transformed into wow!
After the chandelier was restored and hanging and lighted I sat back in my office chair rapt with a kinda awe.
My online vintage lighting store.
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