I am kind of a virgin when it comes to shopping on-line. I pretty much have only ever bought books. Every time I have found something great that I wanted, by the time I get to the check-out and they add in the Canadian dollar exchange with the exorbitant shipping costs to get it across the border, well, it’s just not worth it anymore.
I love this light too (image via nest egg)
I am quite envious of all you Americans who have such easy shopping for you and your clients from the comfort of your PJs. Anyway, here is my first on-line purchase story (which I am embarrassed to tell you I should mention):
I have been looking for a chandelier for my dining room since we moved in 1 1/2 years ago in May. After going through all the possibilities and shopping the lighting stores in town off and on for all this time, I finally settled on a lantern chandelier and could not find one locally. One day I came across this dining room by Samantha Pynn.
I spent over an hour looking at lighting sites trying to find this lantern and then thought, “This is a needle in a haystack and I don’t have time for this.” So I posted the image on my Facebook Fan Page and within minutes, someone said, “It’s Robert Abby” (thank you so much!)
So I found the chandelier and miraculously, free shipping to Canada.
It came in three sizes and this one was 16″ wide. The smaller one was 10″ and that was too small and 16″ wide for a regular chandelier is not very big, right? But when you measure 16″ SQUARE, (which is what I should have done) that is a BIG chandelier. As I discovered when opened the very large box after it arrived. My face turned flaming red as I opened it, I was so embarrassed (Irene was with me).
So, as luck turns out, it was perfect for my entry (and replaced this hideous gold one) so it all ended well. Except I’m still at square one for my dining room chandelier.
Taken during the day (ignore the colour, entry not painted yet!)
Photo taken without natural light
Okay, so my entry hall is double story height and does not have art in it, and would look the best taken without the lights on, but I don’t have a skylight for much natural light. As for the 70s railing, I rent, so it’s staying.
So there is my first on-line shopping story, do you have any good ones to share?
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