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Wolfer's Lighting

1339 Main St
Waltham, MA 02451781-890-5995

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Yale Appliance & Lighting

296 Freeport St
Dorchester, MA 02122866-851-9193

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Wolfer's Lighting

103 North Beacon St
Allston, MA 02134617-254-0700

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Light'n Leisure/The Purple Buildings

120 Andover St
Danvers, MA 01923978-762-7510

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Design Lighting & Electric

350 Winthrop Ave Ste 7
North Andover, MA 01845978-794-1650

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A D Cola Lighting

86 Worcester St
Natick, MA 01760508-653-4118

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Hansen Electrical Supply

64 Waverly St
Framingham, MA 01702781-235-0303

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Newton Electrical Supply

44 Mechanic St
Newton, MA 02464617-527-2040

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Light'n Leisure

112 Main St
Kingston, MA 02364781-585-1313

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Lighting & Lamps

1235 Furnace Brook Pkwy
Quincy, MA 02169617-471-0200

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Lighting Showcase

560 Boston Tpke
Shrewsbury, MA 01545508-845-1722

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Neena's Lighting

380 Boylston St
Boston, MA 02116617-859-1700

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Westford Home Lighting

PO Box 187
Westford, MA 01886978-692-0607

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Acton Ace Hardware

210 Main St
Acton, MA 01720978-263-7754

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Appleton Antique Lighting

801 Boylston St
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467617-566-2322

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Chimera

327 A St
Boston, MA 02210617-542-3233

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Delande Lighting

22 New Derby St
Salem, MA 01970978-744-2609

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Dominion Electric Supply

14605 Lee Jackson Memorial Hwy
Chantilly, VA 20151703-631-8300

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Ferguson

400 Lynnway
Lynn, MA 01901781-592-1200

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Granite City Electric Supply

19 Quincy Ave
Quincy, MA 02169617-472-6500

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Most of us have made unwise furniture purchases that a bit of planning would have prevented. Before shopping, evaluate your budget, how you’ll use the furniture, how it fits in with your other furniture and tastes, and other considerations.

Start by asking the big questions. Carefully consider what you think you want, focusing on what you’d like to gain and possible options for obtaining it.

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A good piece of furniture deserves a second chance. But if you’re thinking of having a furniture piece reupholstered, first take a dispassionate look and decide whether it will last long enough to justify the cost of reupholstering.

You’ll want to do your shopping at stores where you can get good advice, good selection, quality installation services, and honest business practices—at reasonable prices.

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