The fabric store where I bought my den drapes quoted me $760 for hardware (poles, finials, brackets and rings) for two double windows. I had a little sticker shock and decided to do some comparison shopping. After all, I still had trim to purchase and a tighter budget than that!
Home Depot actually had a really good selection, just not in a finish I desired. For $125 dollars ($635 in savings) I decided to paint them to my liking. I think the result will end up being very similar to the more expensive hardware (and it's 9' off the ground anyways!).
I highly recommend this paint -- I ended up using two colors to get the gold I desired.
Off to Charlottesville that afternoon to see some of my favorite friends and family!!