Karma In Action


My online vintage lighting store.


A few years ago I was scrolling through hundreds of vintage lights for sale on eBay.

One listing caught my eye, and I clicked on it.

WHAT was I looking at?

The fixture was totally dismantled. The seller had no idea if all the parts were there.

I stared at the numerous images. The fixture seemed, maybe, fabulous. Maybe.

But I hesitated.

Then I saw that an offer had been made on the fixture via the Best Offer option.


You see, the price, including shipping, was $40. I knew that, because of the large circular ring, the shipping would likely be about $30. So, all the parts would be but $10.

I stared at the long crystal strands included and these alone were worth a few hundred dollars. And even if the fixture was incomplete, surely what was pictured could, likely, be assembled into something, right?

My eyes looked again at the “offer made”. And I got mad. What cheapstake would offer less than what was already a steal? In reading the listing the seller stated that they just hoped to find a good home for the fixture. They were not trying to make any money.

They just wanted to find a good home for the poor dear.

And somebody thought: Hey! I’ll offer…less.

So, yea, I got mad.

And hit BUY IT NOW.

So now the poor dear was mine.

I bet the other guy thought: WTF?

The following week the large box arrived (shipping: $32.80) and I eagerly tore into it. Even though I was absurdly busy I was dying to know: What did this thing look like reassembled? And were all the parts there?

Amazingly, I had the fixture reassembled in about 30 minutes. It proved effortless to figure out how things went. And, to my utter astonishment, ALL the parts were in situ. Including every single crystal bead. I was gobsmacked.

And the best part? The most fabulous glorious and delicious soul-satisfying part? Well, I will let you know in just a moment.

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THIS is what I purchased for $40 including shipping. THIS is what I saved from a miserable miser.


Wow. Wow. WOW!


And the very best part?

The most fabulous glorious and delicious soul-satisfying part?

The fixture sold quickly. Like two weeks after I listed it.



And I sent a picture of the restored fixture to the seller, who was astonished and THRILLED that this beauty has been saved.

His efforts had been rewarded.

And so had mine.

I love karma in action.


My online vintage lighting store.




  1. Sandra Lee on January 1, 2018 at 10:54 pm

    Amazing story & incredible example of Karma in action!!

  2. Annette on January 1, 2018 at 10:56 pm

    Wow, what an incredible light fixture.

  3. Seth Hoffman on January 2, 2018 at 9:35 am

    Wow, that is an awesome fixture!

    I try to follow that philosophy with my dealings as well, especially for things on Craigslist. If someone has an item priced fairly, I generally don’t both trying to haggle it down lower. Then of course, you’ve got the people who think their old junk is priceless, and get offended when you make them a reasonable offer. All part of the experience, I guess, haha.

    • Ross on January 2, 2018 at 9:40 am


      I am fine with making an offer. Graciously.

      But when something is already absurdly low? I think that is just creepy.

      I also believe that the energy you put out…returns.

  4. Jarrett L. on January 2, 2018 at 12:06 pm

    I wish I knew how to do what you can! I’ve seen so many beautiful fixtures for sale for dirt cheap around Missouri. It’s a shame I can’t scoop them all up!

  5. Chad on January 8, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Why would you ever be surprised at the miser? When we had an estate sale at my grandfather’s house, we priced a set of like-new cloth placemats at 25 cents each. Someone walked out when my dad told her that he’d rather donate them to charity than accept her offer of 15 cents.

    • Ross on January 8, 2018 at 8:54 am

      I like your dad!

      • Chad on January 8, 2018 at 12:14 pm

        You’d get along very well with my parents!

  6. Niki on January 13, 2018 at 8:10 pm

    Awe so glad that beauty ended up with you!!

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