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  1. Katherine
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:05 am

    Disorganized hoarders unite, I say! And Happy New Year!

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  2. Pam C
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:06 am

    I’ve seen them made into way-cool sofa tables – you know, the ones that hide the back of your sofa when you’re lucky enough to have a room large enough that your sofa isn’t shoved up against the wall?

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  3. Beemie
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:07 am

    Fabulous find…I love Craigslist, but the size of my house does not…found you through Preppy Empty Nester …keep up the good work…going to read your other posts now.

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  4. Joy
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    You can use this magnificent piece in the dining room to store silverware, napkins, napkin rings, candles, candle holders … there is no end to it’s usefulness.

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    • Izabella
      January 1, 2017 @ 11:34 pm

      Yours was the best idea!!

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  5. Kate
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    Love your new jewelry box, although a tad too large?

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    • Yvonne
      January 6, 2015 @ 11:44 am

      Kate, what a great idea! Not too big for me! Since I “make” jewelry, emphasis on the quotation marks, (few and far between, but stunning [stretching to pat self on back] when I finally sit down and actually create), I could use every drawer for bead and finding storage!

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  6. Kathy
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    It’s so fun hearing from my kindred sisters out there in blog land. Good going!

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  7. Marilyn
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:09 am

    Wow, cool. I’m going over to craigslist right now. bye.

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  8. Drew
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    I hate AND love you at the same time for this excellent find. This is one large piece of furniture my wife would not mind in our home. All the other large furniture pieces I’ve drug in and out…those are another story.

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  9. Jenni Q
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    I say maybe a jewelry (or other accessory) center?

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  10. Dianne
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:12 am

    Congrats on a great find ! Happy New Year.

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  11. Linda S. Montgomery
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:14 am

    I’d put it in my sewing/craft room. PERFECT for every kind of notion & doodad you’ve got.

    It’s fabulous. I would have snatched this up too!

    P.S. Have you checked Pinterest for card catalog DIY’s God knows they’d have something.

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  12. Dianne A
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    It’s perfect for storing craft supplies (like glitter). Seeds and small bulbs. Spices and teas. Socks.

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  13. Rebeccah
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:15 am

    First. That is amazing. Second. It will indeed be revealed in its glory one day, of that we are all sure. Third. You can tell yourself (and your spouse) that is probably maybe possibly really is ash (which resembles oak in grain and hardness to some degree) if it makes you feel any better. 🙂

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  14. Marilyn
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    WOW! Great find, unlimited potential. Particularly like the modularness! 2 short sections, side by side + legs = make-up table (after all you have mirrors). You will find a use, O Lucky One!

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  15. Monica W
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    So sad that someone removed the legs off of the card catalog. The weirdness in the stacking is possible the loss of the sliding shelf. Did I mention that I’m a librarian?

    World’s largest advent calendar? Or pick your own adventure for Halloween treats? Great for address cards or recipe cards. Mine have become warrens for loose change, missing buttons, and old mixed tapes.

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  16. Lizzie
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    I work in a Library and have only run across a few card catalogs. they were all way over priced. But I often thought what I would do is take one to a cabinet maker and have them remove the front and make large drawers and put the front on exactly as it was to look like little drawers. Useable yet somewhat original. Good luck with the cabinet. It could be a work of art!

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    • Beverly
      January 6, 2015 @ 10:22 am

      I saw an example of this done on HGTV or DIY with a much smaller Catalog Cabinet, they made a chair that when scooted up matched the cabinet perfectly.

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  17. cat
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    I’d use it in a kitchen or craft area, it would be freakin’ awesome to file bits and bobbles, so probably the craft room. oh oh oh or for socks and small items of such. Nice find.

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  18. Beverly
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! I think it would be perfect for jewelry, scarves, belts, socks, etc. I would love to have this in my home, oh, wait – I don’t have any place to put it – I envy you, to have 55 drawers to put stuff into (as long as it is not too big) is fabulous. I have so much other furniture family inherited, that if I can find places for all of them in my 1500 sf house I will be doing just fine. Love your blog & look forward to it. Thanks for the pick me up…

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  19. Kate Sparks
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:19 am

    I’ve seen these redone to hold wine bottles. But if you’re into crafting/sewing… awesome storage.

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  20. Laurie Wanat
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:20 am

    I would have grabbed this thing so quickly you would’ve heard the sonic boom from Alaska! I LOVE things with little drawers. I have one that I got at an auction (Dutch Auction, in fact, and I spent a lot more than $50!) that I use both to store my rather large stash of yarn and also to hold the TV at the end of our bed. I have several smaller ones scattered around the house that hold all kinds of odds and ends, and several are stacked to make an end table.

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  21. Monica W
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    OoooooH – this could be start of your own beginning as Mrs. Basil E. Frankweileresque.

    Or am I the only one who wanted to grow up to be Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler?

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    • kristn
      January 6, 2015 @ 11:54 am

      No, I wanted to be the kids hiding in the museum. 🙂

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    • Susan
      January 6, 2015 @ 7:42 pm

      Wow. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler… I confess I took that book to church, hid it in a hymnal–thusly thereafter noted for unusual devoutness in a child so young.

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    • Jo
      December 31, 2016 @ 12:59 pm

      I also love the book “From the files of Mrs.. Basil E. Frankweller” !! My third graders did too as I read I thought to them ……..

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  22. Laura Kennedy
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    It’s a GIANT JEWELRY BOX! I would love it with my whole heart.

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  23. Helena Handbasket
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    OMG. Best. Junk. Drawer. EVER!!! Just imagine all the things you could lose in there!! Old screws, rubber bands, post-it notes, paperclips, twisties….the possibilities are endless!

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  24. gretchen
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Looks like Pauls new tool chest. It will hold all of his thingies!

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  25. Judy
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    Fantastic find! I have something similar that I got when my children were young to hold all the gloves, mittens, hats, scarves, etc. in our foyer. It worked great then, and it works great now.

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    • Cheryl
      January 8, 2015 @ 10:24 am

      Great find!!! Hey- I was wondering, did you go back to the auction and bid on any of the 1 million fancy frames they were selling?? What a bonanza! My husband and I met you and Paul there a few weeks ago. Also, random question, what is the room color in the photo above? We’ve been looking for a creamy yellow for quite some time.

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      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        January 10, 2015 @ 10:15 am

        Hey – I did end up going back, although not for the frames… I HAD to have this unusual enamel bin-thingy (that will probably just end up in a pile of clutter).

        The paint is eggnog by Behr – Home Depot. I looked at about 900,000 shades, so I can definitely endorse this one. We used it in every single room. (Although, I would tell you to get a sample first because it looks different depending on how much light/size of room.)

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  26. Maureen
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:30 am

    That looks like the PERFECT craft supply station for all of your other crafty wonders. Well the small ones anyway. Surely the hubs can’t argue being more organized with your projects!!

    And I’m terribly jealous. What a beautiful piece. You are brilliant.

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  27. Betsy @ Happily Ever After Etc.
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    I am so sad… The universe sent my card catalog to you!!! Grrrrr!!! I am so jealous, I have been looking for one of these for years and never found one big enough or cheap enough! I must keep looking!!!

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  28. Vivian
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:33 am

    Awesome-sauce! Time answers all questions – it was meant to be yours so it’s purpose will be revealed!

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  29. margi
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    Maybe it used to be Joan River’s. She was shown filing her jokes in one just this big. Love it.

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  30. Jessica
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    Well, if you put it in the kitchen it could store all kinds of wonderful kitcheny stuff, like recipe cards (it is a card catalog after all), coffee, spices, silverware, kitchen gadgets, small canned goods, napkin rings, measuring cups/spoons. The list is endless….Or it would work really great for craft/paint supplies. I wish I had one, my art room is a disaster. I’m looking forward to finding out what purpose you find for it!

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  31. Shirley
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    Haven’t you always wanted a cabinet of curiosities? That’s what I would use it for. Or, 55 junk drawers. With labels! Wish it were mine! Happy New Year!

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  32. Kaarina
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    You are a woman after my own heart 🙂

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  33. Helenora
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    Question – is this the kind of card catalog where the drawers have a huge slot in the bottom? So each drawer needs some sort of cardboard (or nicer replacement) insert?
    I ask these questions so that I can say “Oh, so it’s not THAT great.” Even though it is GORGEOUS and fabulous and just the perfect thing ever.

    – sighed the once (and hopefully future) librarian….

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  34. Sarah
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    My mother has a giant card catalog and I’ve been coveting it for years! She alphabetically labeled all of the drawers and store EVERYTHING in that beast. There’s a drawer for tape measures, glitter, glue, buttons, thread, scissors…everything! I. AM. SO. JEALOUS.

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  35. Tommye
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    I have two card catalogues (’60s era so not nearly as cool as these) that I picked up for $10 each at a school system auction. I use one for beading supplies, the other for fly-tying supplies and work surface for my husband.

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  36. Carrie
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:45 am

    LOVE IT!!!
    Wait a minute, can’t you use it to hold (because organize would be ludicrous) all your glitter, buttons, small shiny things…. there is tons of potential here. Stand on your head to see the view from a new perspective. 😉

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  37. wendy
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:45 am

    I bought myself a 60 drawer card catalog from Craig’s List a few years ago for my birthday (as part of my gift, my husband refinished it). It is 6 rows of 12 drawers across. I have heard it is good for wine storage, but I am not a wine drinker. A small portion is used to hold placemats and table runners (the fit pretty well, when rolled up). The rest is a parking garage for my son’s hot wheel collection (he’s 5….he thinks it is more awesome than maybe I do).

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  38. Barbara
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:46 am

    What a terrific find! Being an “art supply junkie”, I could fill every one of those drawers in a heartbeat!

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  39. Sandi
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    LOVE IT! Great find!!

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  40. Diane
    January 6, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    Ooooh, it looks so nice! I would put craft supplies in it. My quilling paper would be separated out by color and stickers and other add-ons would each have their own drawer – a masterpiece!

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