6.14.2009

Mirror, Mirror Not on the Wall

Weeks ago while we were out yard saling we happened upon this beautiful looking mirror.
It was huge, and I was a bit nervous about what the asking price would be so I almost didn't ask.
But I did ask and the lady asked us what we wanted to pay for it.
Paul and I looked awkwardly at each other, not quite knowing what to say.
The lady piped up and said "Well, how about $5?"
SOLD!

LESSON: Always ask the price of something that catches your eye.

The detailing is beautiful.

Here is our dilemma - this mirror is about 25lbs and really large. We want to hang it on our dining room wall, but we aren't sure how to properly anchor it on! Any suggestions?
Thanks!


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16 comments:

ellen b said...

Hangers are rated and you could buy one that's rated for 40 lbs. Make sure find a stud to fasten the hanger to! Enjoy!

~~Carol~~ said...

Oh, I hate when things aren't marked at a sale. I always hate to ask the price, but you're right, because sometimes I've been pleasantly surprised. What a great mirror, and a great price! I agree with ellen b: definitely find the stud!!

Susan@The Cozy Chickadee said...

I found a huge square antique mirror at a yard sale, and I hung it with a pack I found at Walmart that had screws and those plastic anchor things that the screw goes into. It'll say on the package how much weight they will hold. Anchor it into a stud with those, and you'll be great! Super cool find!

Sarah said...

What you want is something called a Toggle Anchor (or Toggle Bolt). It goes into the wall straight then butterflies out to stabalize the screw...therefore it doesn't have to go into a stud. Going into a stud of course is recommended, but if you can't or it isn't in the right place, toggle bolts are great.
They sell them in cheaper brands, but I personally would get a quality brand because of the weight. One my SIL recommends is...
http://www.toggler.com/products/snaptoggle/overview.php

(my SIL is an interior designer and has to hang tv's on the wall often, so I personally would take her experience and advice as very accurate and good. She knows what she is talking about usually)

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

$5.00 for that mirror??? Can you say...Jackpot! I'd go with a sturdier hanger, check the maximum weight, then I'd mollybolt it to the wall, unless you luck out and the spot where you want to hand it has a stud.

Thanks for sharing!

Tina

Kathi said...

Great find for $5! Ask the helpful people at the hardware store what to use on your wall. If you can't find a stud then use a molly bolt. Easy peasy! Can't wait to see it up on the wall!

foxxy said...

I love to buy mirrors at yard sales. It's my favorite thing to buy. Well lamps too and chairs. I have a small mirror like that and it weighs a ton too. Great buy!

The Tattered Cottage said...

Great find, the mirror is beautiful. I hope you share pics once you have it hung on your wall.
Toni

Joan@anythinggoeshere said...

The lovely guys at your hardware store are world of knowledge. Use them!!!!! Happy Thrifty Monday.

Sue said...

I am an accessory decorator and am used to hanging mirrors and pictures. The first thing I would do would be to replace the chain with picture wire. When you hang the mirror, you only need to use 2- 25# picture hanging hooks spaced evenly. By hanging the picture wire on both of them, you gain stability.If you were to hang the mirror only by the hooks like many people do, you have to make sure your measurements are extremely accurate- and for an oval or round mirror, that could be tricky. If you would like any specifics, please e-mail me.

~Caro~ said...

holy moly!! That's such a great bargain!!! Love all the detailing on the frame!!

Whatever you do, make sure you hang it on a beam (buy one of those stud finder thingies!)

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

What a deal on that mirror for $5!! You scored really big.

Bethany said...

Lowes or Home Depot. I bought some hangers for our very large mirror. They have any and every type of hanger you would need there. The kind I bought didn't even need to be hung on a stud. And my mirror is 3x bigger than yours. :)

Bethany said...

Oh, ditto what Sarah said, many comments ago...

Kammy said...

I love that mirror - if you aren't sure how to hang it - I have a perfect place at my house - ya know
just to test it out....LOL ! Great advice on asking...so many people do not post prices and I sometimes they are the best deal garage sales. I bought 5 teapots this weekend for $2.00 cuz I set my own price...
Hugs ~ Kammy

Jeanie said...

One other tip: Take your digital camera with a picture of the size of the mirror AND the back of the mirror when you go to the hardware store. Sometimes it helps the staff to have a visual and it saves you a lot of explaining.

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