Craigslist to the rescue

First a bit of bloggy business: I decided to give y’all one more day to enter the Chris Tomlin giveaway.  If you’ve already entered once, you may get a second entry by blogging about the giveaway, or sharing the link on facebook or on twitter. Be sure to go back to the post and comment again to let me know where you shared it.  I’ll announce the winners Saturday.

Now on to my Craigslist story.  I’ve been thinking for awhile that our dining room light fixture was feeling exceedingly outdated.  We’ve had it since 1993 when we built the house. We have a much larger dining table now than we did back in ’93 when we had only three children.  The light’s size and its gleaming golden roundness neither suited the size of the table nor pleased me visually. But since the old one was still functioning, it was not really an essential purchase, and wandering through the lighting aisle at Home Depot always led me to the same two conclusions:

1.  I have very expensive taste in lighting– I inevitably fall in love with the priciest light in the place.

2.  We cannot currently afford my taste in lighting. Bah, humbug.

This week, on a whim, I checked out what Craigslist might have to offer.  I was delighted to discover a large, long light fixture that had a nice farmhouse look and a warm coppery color.  I decided to go check it out.  The light turned out to be more than three feet long, and was brand new.  At only $40, it looked like a bargain to me.

This morning John and I took turns on the ladder.  I took down the old light fixture, and he installed the new one.  We are more than pleased with the result.  The larger fixture fits the scale of our table much better.  We also mounted it lower that we did the old light, which gives a nice cozy glow over the table.

An additional bonus: the light has a swivel at the top of the upside-down U, just below the start of the chain.  That means when we have company over and turn the table out towards the living room, we can also swivel the light so that that long axis will still be parallel with the length of the table.  This is exactly the kind of home-fix I love:  moderate cost and big impact.  I guess I don’t have such expensive taste in lighting after all!

One final note: I am rather fond of my current table decor, all thrift store finds averaging $1-$2 each.  The candle and candlestick are my favorite bit.  The ‘candlestick’ is actually a vase, but because serendipity had landed the vase right next to a lovely chunky candle at Goodwill, I was able to see that the vase was just the right size to serve as a big beefy candlestick for that particular candle. I think it’s fun.


  1. Beautiful!

  2. I think you have the identical light to one of my neighbors! I wonder if hers pivots, too… that’s a neat feature! Looks great and I am with you on the candle and vase/candlestick – they’re a match made in heaven. Love it.

  3. I really love the candle and vase – creative and so pretty.

  4. crazy for that light fixture – very good update and what a bargain!

  5. LOVE this story! thanks for sharing!

  6. I love the new look! You two did a great job.

  7. Had to laugh when I saw the post as the ‘outdated’ light is MY current kitchen light! 🙂 It is not my fav, either, but we live in a parsonage so I don’t think it will be changing anytime soon. Glad you were blessed with one you love!

  8. so pretty!

  9. I love your new light. Isn’t it the the best when you find what you want for a fraction of retail? Right now we’re shopping for a light for our upstairs hallway, after a trip to Depot & lowes last night, and deciding that, like you, my taste in fixtures is more expensive than our budget, I came home empty handed. I know if I wait and keep looking, though, the perfect light will present itself at a better price. Your post was just what I needed to remind me to be patient. 🙂

  10. Lisa Beth W. says:

    Gorgeous light–what a nice little blessing! And I agree, the candle and the vase are lovely together.

    I hope to be rewarded similarly for patience and thriftiness in our search for a couch. 🙂