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Home Improvement Friday: Unique Accessories

You don't have to spend a bundle to have unique accessories for your home. Janet Davies shares some best buy secrets.

There are plenty of small mom-and-pop shops around Chicagoland that are even cheaper some big discount chains. We picked three secret stores tonight that are sure to give your home a look to make your neighbors jealous.

For the last 25 years L & W Lamps in Barrington has catered to the high end homeowner who's savvy with their wallet and decor. Expect to pay 20-40 percent less than retail. For example, an iron and crystal chandelier is only $299 or this funky frog lamp for $45.

Maybe you've got a family heirloom that needs a little work, L & W can probably make it look like new again.

"We do any type of soldering repair you need, we do welding," said L& W.

L & W also has many types of lampshades, silk ones range from $9.95 to $129.95 They also have a variety of bases and vases to build your own one of a kind, custom lamp.

"We can also custom make shades from scratch or take their existing shade and rework it."

If you live in an old home and want to restore it, head on over to Island Girl Salvage in Arlington Heights.

"I was always fascinated by old things and the historical significance of certain things," said Liz.

The island girls get most of their merchandise from North Shore homes facing the wrecking ball. Prices are about 50-75% less than most salvage and antiques shops. There are a variety of chandeliers running from $55 to $1700. Some other cool items include French doors for $200 a set.

"There's been a few people come in they're actually using them as headboards," said Liz.

You can also pick up stained glass windows, fans and antique advertising items. Unlike most dealers, the island girls will tell you the exact address of where they bought an item.

Our last stop was at 1730 Outlet in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood. You'll pay pennies on the dollar for unique accessories, like tapered candles at 50 cents a pair. Votives are $2.30 for a box of 12.

"Everything we have here is half price that you would pay in a store."

How about these ironstone mixing bowls? $15 for a set of three. $15 also gets you pretty purple fringed pillows. A real steal are the dish towels at $2. Why so cheap?

"We sell merchandise that our parent company is very heavy on."

We can't tell you the name of their parent company, but it's main business is selling decorative objects seen in house ware and department stores. Bonus! On weekends - spring through early fall-- all sale merchandise is sold at cost.

Featured stores:

710 Northwest Highway
Barrington, Illinois

74 S. Evergreen Avenue
Arlington Heights, Illinois

1730 W. Wrightwood
Chicago, Illinois


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