BHM Home and Estate Services Blog
Lighting is essential to every aspect of your home. Lighting can change the mood of a room just as it can change the perceived size of a room. It works together with your room color selections, room size, availability of natural light and furniture selection. It can accentuate the curves of a couch, the quilt you decided to hang on the wall, the exotic Turkish rug you got for a great deal at an estate sale.
Why should you buy lighting at an estate or moving sale - because it's cheaper sometimes up to 75% off of retail prices. I've sold some spectacular lighting at my sales. If these lights were purchased at a store my customers would have paid more than 3x what they paid at my sale. Another reason to buy from estate and moving sales is that you may find lighting that is 50+ years old so they are no longer sold in the stores nor found online. Some of these lights from the 1940's, 50's and 60's are truly spectacular and much sought after by collectors.
When buying lighting from an estate/moving sale be sure to check out the light carefully. Since it's pre-owned, make sure you take note on whether it is electrified, if the wiring is frayed, if crystals are missing, if the lamp shade is torn (check inside too), if a piece of the porcelain is broken. All of these things should be checked carefully and if you find anything wrong and you are willing to either live with the problem or you know someone to fix it offer a lower price than what the lamp is selling for. Asking for a discount is normal so don't be shy - the estate seller should be willing to negotiate. If seller is not willing to negotiate, because maybe it's the beginning of the sale, be sure to put in a formal bid. Most estate sellers will accept the highest bidder if they did not get their asking price. It's not insulting to us as we are hired to sell and sell everything!
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