About 6 months ago, I stumbled upon two outdoor sconce lanterns at my local thrift store (This n' That in the Grove) As soon as I picked them up off the shelf, I knew they were well made--they were very heavy. I purchased them for $30 each. When I took them home and googled the name forged inside--CIANI Emporio San Firenze --I discovered that they were made in Florence, Italy and sold 'To the Trade only". [ just as exciting as "price upon request"] Further investigation revealed the retail/trade price of $500.
The other day on Craig's List I see a listing for "two old lanterns". They looked just like the ones I found in the thrift store. So I dragged my husband up to Miami Beach to take a look. They are the exact same make and model! What are the chances? The seller said he removed the lanterns from a house he lived in 15 years ago in Sun Valley, Idaho. This time we paid $35 each.