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  1. Kate
    January 7, 2015 @ 2:55 pm

    Ive wanted one of those my whole life! You have the best luck, I think I need to move… what a treasure, a million uses… enjoy!

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  2. Karmen M.
    January 7, 2015 @ 4:46 pm

    I say fill each and every drawer full to the brim with glitter of every shade and color. FIFTY SHADES OF GLITTER! The sparkly loving raccoon in you would be VERY happy!

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  3. Mila
    January 7, 2015 @ 8:28 pm

    So many drawers… You can fit like gazillion dwarfs into them!

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  4. Julie
    January 8, 2015 @ 4:50 am

    Yep. Totally woulda bought it, too.

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  5. Amy
    January 8, 2015 @ 9:26 am

    If you separated these again, and added cushions, would they work as cool window seat benches?

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  6. Doreen @ Altered-Artworks
    January 8, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

    OMG, love your treasured find and your funny post! I can so identify with your story. Recently, we were on vacation, and I came across a vintage sewing machine table, in good condition, for FREE! It was tough convincing my husband why I NEEDED to take it home even though we barely had room in the car for it. Now following you!

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  7. stina
    January 8, 2015 @ 10:20 pm

    Jesus, Mary, and Jerome…. look, I am all for moderation and clean, open rooms with minimal clutter and a few simple, stately pieces but I would give my right eye for that find!!! Admittedly, my right eye isn’t my favorite eye. But I never wanted to be an airline pilot anyway.

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  8. Gloria
    January 8, 2015 @ 10:30 pm

    I just discovered your lovely blog this week and it’s officially my new favorite. My husband and I also fell in love with an old house and bought it almost one year ago (all brick, 3 stories, built in 1895). Thankfully, it was rehabbed once already so it’s liveable, but it was a horrible job done with lots of cheap shortcuts so we’re going to fix it back to what it should be. Eventually. When expensive stuff stops breaking, the recently discovered raccoons get kicked out of the attic (the hole in the roof gets fixed), and the kids get a bit older. But it will be done. Your “after” pictures are gorgeous.

    Anyway, I was craigslist shopping tonight and found the wardrobe you need for your kitchen. It’s in St. Louis.
    http://stlouis.craigslist.org/atq/4799284047.html

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  9. Beth H
    January 9, 2015 @ 12:23 am

    You soooooo scored. I search “card catalogs” on CL everyday!! Took me years but I finally scored 2-15 drawer sets. I split them up. On one I did a custom made oak herringbone top and hairpin legs and sold it. For a lot. That one you have would make thousands!! (can i just please have the bottom fourth?!! pretty pleaseeeeeee) I have a metal one I’m working on now. And the other oak 15 drawer one is just sitting until I find the time. Anyhow,,,,yours is fab-gorgeous. That is the score of decade.

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  10. Jane
    January 9, 2015 @ 10:43 am

    You are so hysterical! I love your frankness and the way you are totally unapologetic for your nature. I just found you from Miss Mustard and have completely neglected the laundry, feeding my children and getting dressed while I read many more posts. Next, I’m going to add you to my blogroll. I will live vicariously through you and adore your ornate stuff with you.

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  11. Jessica F
    January 9, 2015 @ 1:45 pm

    Its a giant jewelry box that Paul must fill…

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  12. Sue at Blu
    January 9, 2015 @ 2:21 pm

    You are the QUEEN! What a find!

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  13. Sue P.
    January 9, 2015 @ 5:09 pm

    Mercy! I can’t believe what a SUPER BUY you got on that stunning card catalog! My husband and I paid over $400 for a probably 1960s vintage one at a school auction. You can read my blog posts here about how we’re using them and how we “unstacked” it and he made a new top for one of the sections. http://lasthomebeforeheaven.com/treasures-from-a-schoolhouse-auction/ and
    http://lasthomebeforeheaven.com/update-on-card-catalog-and-schoolhouse-maps/ .
    Sue

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  14. Kathy
    January 9, 2015 @ 5:56 pm

    I love it. My house is full but I would definetly find room for that treasure. And $50!

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  15. Gwen
    January 9, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

    You are awesome and very brave. What a great find. I have always loved any type of furniture with lots of small drawers, but the size of it would have scared me away. Please post any redo that you make of it. Lots a luck!

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  16. Lena
    January 10, 2015 @ 12:19 am

    that’s a fantastic find. i’d have beaten you to it if i were anywhere close.
    if you are a makeup addict, you will know right away where to put it and what to store in it. just sayin’.

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  17. Bill
    January 10, 2015 @ 11:47 pm

    Uh, why repurpose it? The raccoon really needs a library to go with the catalogue.

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  18. Chas
    January 11, 2015 @ 1:32 pm

    What a great find!

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  19. Teresa
    January 12, 2015 @ 1:22 am

    The Library catalog drawers are fabulous! I have a set, and love them! I kept the alphabetical card labels on the front of the drawers, and only things that match the letters can go in the drawers. For example, in the ‘a’ drawer are little wooden handcarved ‘A’frican animals in a cute box that my sister brought back from me from her safari; as well as goofy joke postcards I bought at a gift shop in ‘A’rkansas. Every once in awhile I pick up something specifically for the drawers, but surprisingly there are lots of odds and ends from my childhood and life to fill up the drawers. I’m vastly amused when I go through the drawers every once in awhile, and the drawers keep nieces and nephews entertained.

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    • Rosemary
      January 13, 2015 @ 2:26 pm

      Wow, I love that.

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  20. Sue from Oregon
    January 13, 2015 @ 1:22 am

    I love everything you share about yourself and your adventures! You are totally my subconscious speaking out loud.

    Regarding the card catalog… I love it! I picked up a metal one years ago for about the same price only it held tall cards for gas or electric customers, but the drawers *almost* hold standard file folders, placed sideways. I think it’s fab, but it was practically the end of my marriage. I always had to move it myself and the thing is about 6x5x1 with over 50 drawers.

    You are a lucky girl to have Paul, who loves you so much! Happy New Year! 🙂

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