The best part about getting our home semi-finished is not getting stuck with “builder grade” finishes. We get to customize and DIY to maximize our budget and impact. We’re trolling Craigslist, Habitat for Humanity ReStores, local garage sales and classifieds, as well as retail outlets. Here are a few of our initial scores:
We snagged this amazing West Elm capiz shell chandelier for $25 at the Pottery Barn Outlet in San Marcos. The only catch is it doesn’t come with the actual light part. But since I plan to use it above my bathtub in the master bathroom, I’m just going to attach it over the waterproofed can light already there. Perfect! Oh, and did I mention that it retails for $129 online right now? Yeah. $104 dollars off baby.
While we were busy counting our lucky stars over the circular chandy, I eyed this grey stunner. It’s the West Elm Large Rectangle Hanging Capiz Pendant in Gray. Online retail? $299. What did we pay for it? THIRTY DOLLARS! I don’t know if they were having some kind of crazy clearance on capiz chandeliers or what, but I’m all for it! Again, it didn’t come with lights, but we can snag two $7 pendant kits from IKEA and have the hubs wire it up in no time. That’s still a $250 discount. Yes, please! You can bet your booty we’ll be stalking the PB Outlet for the next nine months or so until the house is done. They had over a dozen of each of these, as well as the larger one in white. Though I believe that one was $100. Still, a huge savings.
Next up, we broswed the Lowes clearance aisle on a whim, and found a gorgeous and LARGE chandelier for our entry way. Retail was $250, but when it rang up we were happily surprised to find it was only $50! We plan to spray it oil-rubbed bronze for a more rustic look.
Craigslist is chock full of great light fixtures too, and at amazing prices. We were waffling on whether to try and buy used appliances, but since we’ve had such horrible luck with ours already (our refrigerator died TWICE during its 6 month life, and our replacement makes an irritatingly loud buzzing noise when it cools) that we decided to buy them on Labor Day weekend to capitalize on the sales and maintenance plans. We still need some flush mount lights as well as vanity lights, so I’m keeping my eyes open. But since we’ve only spent $120 on lights that normally retail for over $675, I think we’re off to a good start!
Do you have any good sources for discounted housewares and building supplies? Where else should I be looking?