EBay, it's not just for cleaning out the attic anymore. The online marketplace has become a catalog of ideas, and a source for purchasing items for home-remodeling projects, especially lighting. The company reported a record number of listings (432 million) in the first quarter of 2005. According to Eva Baran, a marketing specialist at Kaplow Communications, in a recent Survey.com/eBay study of 1,000 women remodelers, almost half said that staying within budget was the most difficult part of the home-remodeling process. To that end, the Internet and sites like eBay are becoming a tremendous resource for budget-minded consumers.

A review of the 'top 10 hot categories of lighting products listed on eBay since January 2005 reveals categories like bathroom, track, exterior path, and pendant lighting; light-bulbs; Tiffany, stained-glass lamps; and ceiling fans. Common search words include lighting, chandelier, lamps, Ikea, and Pottery Barn. The top 10 individual items sold in each of the last seven months range in price from $1,500 to over $14,000. Chandeliers seem to be the most regularly purchased lighting item, and in July 2005 alone, nine of the top 10 items sold were chandeliers. Whether for a professional design project, or one's own home improvement, eBay is a source to be considered. A|L