Monday, October 25, 2010

Best Find Ever

About four years ago,  I was dropping of a load of the kid's clothes at Goodwill.  As I was walking up to the drop off door, a man was coming across the parking lot.   I noticed him because - He was carrying a full glass chandelier - complete with all the prisms attached.  "Dang!"  If I'd only seen him two seconds earlier I would have begged (aka tackled ) him for it.  He reached the drop off door just before me. 
I couldn't help myself.  I said to him; "That is fabulous."

Just then, the Goodwill intake worker looks at the chandelier guy,
puts his hand up in a "stop" gesture and says; "No, we don't take those. We don't take hanging light fixtures."

The chandelier guy then looks over at me and says; " You want it?"  and hands it to me.  I really don't know what I said.  Something along the lines of "Um, Yes!" or "Dear God, Thank You!" or "Really?!"  Then his wife walks over and hands me a ziploc bag full of extra prisms.              
(I'm pretty sure this is where I lost all contact with my body.)
I asked where the chandelier had come from. 'Cuz I wanted the story of it and it was pretty dusty, full of drywall crumbs.  She said it had hung in their neighbors house for "like 30 years" and now they were remodeling and didn't have use for it (gasp!). They were bringing it to Goodwill for them.

I thanked them like a crazy person and floated to my minivan.  I may have yelped with joy once I was safely inside.
I took it home, took off the prisms and washed every bit of it, shined it up like new.  I added the shades.  Awesome. 

Seriously the best story ever.

** Since then, for cleaning:  Spray chandelier cleaner is available at any home store. Making sure the light is off.... Under it, I place a big flat bin (you could also use towels) - to catch the drips - and simply spray it clean, then give it a good wipedown.  It's not as cumbersome as it may seem.  The prism's shine right up. **


  1. WHAT............... I can't believe how that turned out-what a beautiful piece~!

  2. LOL! That's exactly how I felt!! HA!
    Glad you agree!
    xo Jeanne.

  3. That is a great chandelier story! I had to come over and read it (and see it!) after you commented about my chandelier story. That is so funny!

  4. Thanks Gina, glad you came! xox J.

  5. "Best ever find"...yep, I would think so! No doubt you did float back to your car. Talk about being at the right place at the right time!!! ;)

    Thanks for linking to my party. I look forward to having you join me each week.

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

    Liz @ the Brambleberry Cottage

  6. What a keeper! Can't say I've heard a better story in a long time!! Lucky you!


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