- Suit the kitchen
- Be period-appropriate
- Go with the shades we already bought and the 2 pendant fixtures I'm restoring for over the sink/counter
- Be brass and not all shiny and new!
- Of course, be impossibly inexpensive.
So we wrote them an email and asked about other ones, and shadeless ones - and they had just gotten in a vintage light, with newer wiring - exactly like we wanted. If we took it as is (no further restoration), it was going to be cheap! Sold. Which was a little dicey, because they didn't have a photo and I had to go with a verbal description. I think my email said, "OK, we'll take the gamble". Luck was a light fixture that day.
Sidebar: It's great to take a picture of a ceiling light, because you don't have to clean the rest of the kitchen!