Saving Money on Light Fixtures

Saving Money on Light Fixtures

Recently, we needed a new chandelier for our dining room.  Being frugal, we didn’t want to pay full price for a new light fixture, so we decided to shop in a few thrift stores to see what we would find.

Some thrift stores handle items like light fixtures and some don’t.  I guess it depends on their policies.  There are also home improvement stores that sell used items at greatly reduced prices.

We got lucky and found a fixture for $6.99!  All the wires seemed to be good, and there were no obvious flaws or damage, so we decided to take a chance on it.  If you’ve never done anything like this before, there are videos on the internet.  Otherwise, have someone with experience show you how.  SAFETY FIRST!!!  Be sure to turn off the breaker!!!

We have replaced fixtures many times, so we turned off the breaker and set about changing the light.  If anyone was watching, I’m sure they were laughing.  I was trying to hold the light while David was working on the wires.  Our arms were getting tired and at one point, I moved a bit and accidentally hit David in the head with the light.  Anyway, it all went well and we have a nice, new chandelier!

Saving Money on Light Fixtures

BENEFITS:

  • Saving lots of money
  • Satisfaction of doing it yourself
  • Learning a valuable skill
  • Feeling empowered

I found a similar light fixture online for $110.00.  We spent $7.00 🙂

MONEY SAVED:  $103.00!!!

🙂

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Sewing and Crafting Items

Cheap Sewing and Crafting Supplies

If you enjoy making things yourself, you know the value of developing good sources for your materials.

Two words: THRIFT.  STORES.

While you may not find exactly what you’re looking for every time, you can certainly pick up items you know you’ll use at some point and develop a nice sized stash!

I’m always on the lookout for yarn, buttons, material and sewing notions.  My hubby looks for them, too! 🙂  Over time, I have amassed a very nice “inventory” of items that are ready to use for whatever project I may want to undertake.  From time to time, I divide my stash and share it with my daughter!

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Buttons and fun things

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Rickrack, bias tape, ribbons, lace, etc.

Sewing and Crafting Items

Threads

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Fabrics

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Embroidery floss

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Yarn

Sewing and Crafting Items

Yarn

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More yarn 😉

I probably have more than I can use, but darn it, I’m gonna try my best to work my way through it!

Looking at the photos above, my mind boggles at the amount of money I would have had to spend, buying these items new.  The truth is, I couldn’t have afforded it.

By buying a little at a time, in thrift stores, I have accumulated a nice variety of supplies that are on hand and ready to use, at a small fraction of the cost of new.

BENEFITS:

  • Low cost crafting supplies
  • Unique, vintage and hard to find supplies
  • Supplies for gifts at your fingertips
  • Enough extra to share

I have to give my best educated guess at the cost and savings, since this was an accumulation over time.  I didn’t take pictures of everything, but an estimate of my available supplies is around $900.00 and an estimate of my actual cost is around $250.00.

MONEY SAVED: $650.00!!

🙂