i am finally starting to feel a little vindicated since my "devastating ebay losses" post. i have a few more defeats, but for the most part, things are pretty peachy.
although i never did find another kohler memoirs faucet for under $150, i DID manage to snag a kohler purist faucet in brushed bronze for the powder room:
this is the same faucet that erika powell used in the coastal living showcase house, and i have been gaga over it since! (shown here with the cross handles)
these faucets usually retail for around $500, but i managed to get mine for $125! yee-haw!! (can i get some applause here? this is a BIG deal!)
i have gone back and forth on what to do in the upstairs main bathroom. at first, i wanted to do two hanging pendants....and then i thought i wanted three sconces. but then i spotted TWO restoration hardware triple wall lights on ebay for a starting bid of $90, and i knew i wanted to use them instead. (they are in a "satin brass" finish, and in a discontinued style called the "evans" collection. they also came with fabric shades.)
i received them in the mail a few days ago, and they are gorgeous!
i also won an auction for this jado faucet:
it sells for $350+ on other sites, and i bought it for $50. it will go in my sons bathroom upstairs.
i bought three of them...one will be used in the master, and the other two in the upstairs "girls" bathroom. i had my eye on a few other fixtures, but i just couldn't pass up the price on these. they remind me a lot of the kohler memoirs faucets, which i wanted for my master bathroom, but at 1/3 the price.
and, i got this quoizel laurie smith sconce for $25 (including shipping!) this same sconce is currently at shades of light for $139. i know... a STEAL. my arm is getting tired from patting myself on the back over this one.
i also got into a bidding war on this light fixture and WON!
it is the audrey flush mount fixture from circa lighting. i plan on using it in my powder room.
it wasn't "cheap", but i did get it for more than 60% off the regular retail price.
*as you can probably tell from what i have been purchasing, there will be a fair amount of warmer metal-toned light fixtures in the house---i.e. BRASS. there will also be some chrome fixtures and black ones. most of the plumbing fixtures (with the exception of the powder room) will be chrome. i know some people get worried about mixing metal tones, but i happen to love it.
another recent ebay purchase:
a vintage audobon buffalo lithograph for a local boys bathroom remodel that i am working on.
the image came from a book, and already has a seam down the middle. i am going to split it at the seam, and frame each half of the buffalo separately. i think it will have a nice balance of masculinity and whimsy that way.
do you shop on ebay?
have you ever purchased any lighting or faucets or other items for your home on ebay?
have any tips you want to share?