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  1. Kiki
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    No my friend; it’s the other way around – WE are the ones to thank you for all those amusing, hilarious, wonderful, wise and witty but always OTT moments you offered us throughout the year(s). I still haven’t managed to read everything but I keep this for a day when I really, really should be bored and really need to be fully entertained – with a video or two thrown in!!!!
    Thank you SO MUCH from the very bottom of my generous Swiss heart, living a small life in a late Victorian pile nr Paris – thank you for the laughs, the hilarity, the fun, the sharing of your insanity & genius…. I send you a BIG hug and a kiss each for you, Paul and sweet Eliot

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  2. Gretels Treasures
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    You say the comments are the best part for you! Well your blog is a bright light to my day. Every time I see one pop up in my inbox, I greedily read it right away. My style and taste may differ from yours but I love and appreciate your style! Merry Christmas to you and your family, and all your followers

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  3. Kiki
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    …. I mean Elvis 🙂 …… sorry !
    PS: Maybe your Hero Husband isn’t called Paul either?! God, give me a brain….

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  4. Kate Sparks
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:37 am

    Those are amazing!!! I have only one that was at my mom’s. We didn’t clean it up, just used some spray on clear coat…

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  5. SilvanaJoanne
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    Your blog rocks and I thank you for your posts that make my day! Hope the kitchen is coming along…can’t wait to see it complete! Merry Christmas to you, Paul and Elvis <3

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  6. Elyse Mabie
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:45 am

    Thank you for posting these updates! I live vicariously through your GFT acquisitions and renovation madness. You make me want a giant house to redecorate and fill with antiques. Maybe one day that dream will happen, but not before I win the lottery… Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you, Paul and Elvis.

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    • Mah
      December 21, 2015 @ 11:05 am

      Victoria Elizabeth you are a sweetie. Merry Christmas.

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  7. Leslie
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:45 am

    These are GREAT! I’m so glad you won! I like to live vicariously through your purchases. 😀

    And your blog is MY treat! I love when you post new things. Happy Christmas!

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  8. Laura
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:51 am

    Merry Christmas to you all! You make me smile with your decorating adventures, and now I want to know more about that garland!

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  9. Lee
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:56 am

    Thanks for all the smiles and for writing what many of us feel but are too introverted to say….
    You are a hoot and I strive to be off the wall like you (can you come over and help persuade dear hubby to get rid of our living room sectional so I have more room in my ‘art studio’ for more stuff?!). Enjoy your family! ?

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  10. Lois Munn
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:58 am

    You make me laugh out loud, I love your blog. You should be writing books!

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  11. Julie Williams
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    I was so happy to see a post from you this morning! Your post can make any day better for me. Thanks for being you and sharing your wonderful zany humor ! Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

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  12. Sarah Jessica Farber
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:00 am

    I, too, tend toward bankruptcy! But it’s a cozy, well-appointed bankruptcy.

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  13. Christina in FL
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    GREAT urns! lol That didn’t come out right. 🙂 Anyway, Sumptuously Wonderful Holidays to you, Paul and Elvis.

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  14. Lori
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    Victoria ~ just a quick “thank you” for your awesome blog. Even when my day is not going the way I envisioned and everything is headed south in my world, when I open my email to see that you have a new blog post I smile. If it is possible to feel a connection with someone you’ve never actually met I feel one with you. (And with Elvis as we have a female cat named George who could be Elvis’s doppelgänger). So thank you, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and Paul. I raise a glass to the many awesome finds and designs discoveries coming in 2016. Can’t wait to read about them!

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  15. Toni
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:04 am

    Don’t paint the white chippy one….it’s perfect! I always can’t wait to read your blog because they are so entertaining. I think in your next life you should be a stand up comedian! Have a Merry Christmas and I look forward to 2016 and seeing your new kitchen come to completion!!!! I’m sure I’m not the only one. But then, you really should give that dear husband of yours a rest!

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  16. judy
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:05 am

    Double Ditto to all of your kind wishes and sending them all back to your Handsome Husband,Elegant Elvis and always Fabulous Victoria……..I rarely looked on line after finding few living humans having an interesting exchange about the things in Life that are critically important…….i.e. GFT also things that glow, glitter and shine with a patina of Age and former glory. until Hallelujah!!

    I discovered your lovely world of wit and worry and wonderful followers who give me hope for humanity and the future. Looking forward to 2016 and the addition of a wing to hold all of your new acquisitions of wonders. Can’t wait!

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  17. Jayne
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:15 am

    Victoria, I understand your adrenaline drive! You need a calm and collected pal to accompany you to these auctions. Your instincts are great and your imaginative repurposing knows no equal. But if you had a pal to pull you out of that adrenaline rush, you might be happier in the end with your purchases and might not question yourself!! . I know this, because I’ve had friends like that who were able to stop me from making crazy crazy bids and purchases. Sometimes it is merely a.. “really?” that would save me from myself! In the end, the hunt is what it is all about, and if you are having fun, that matters a lot.

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  18. savannah
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    We just got back from a wedding in New Orleans and, sweetpea, YOU would have loved all the GFT we saw in shops AND open houses! (The Husband, dearest man that he is, is considering the possibility of a house in NOLA!!) My girls (daughter and daughter-in-law) are now using GFT with total understanding and solidarity with you! Merry Christmas to you and yours! xoxox

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  19. Anna quackenbush
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    Another happy reader when I see you name in my email. This actually reminded me of an experience enjoyed with my son some 12? Years ago. We were driving to meet his grandmother in myrtle beach, sc and were in the wilds of eastern North Carolina when I happened to spot a sign advertising a life stock auction. We were running ahead of schedule so I said let’s stop and watch. David was about 11 at the time and always up for a new adventure. It was late in the fall and a rather chilly day. We went into the octagonal barn with rough wooden tiers of benches rising nearly to the rafters. The two of us climbed up to a spot and were talking about the sounds of the auctioneers rapid tat-a-tat calling and the animals be herded in an out of the space. I realized I was surprisingly warm and looked around for the source of that heat. A small herd of goats was brought out in at that moment and I heard the auctioneer ask for first bids. At that exact moment I discovered that a a huge kerosine heater was hanging from the coupula at the top of the barn. I grabbed David’s arm and pointed to the glowing heater……so it should be no surprise what happened next!! Yes, I did, I made the first bid on a small herd of goats! David was no longer in the mood for an adventure fearing what his father would do when we returned to our home with his grandmother and a small herd of goats. Fortunately, I was outbid…..unfortunately, I’ve never been able to get David to go with me to another acution!

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    • Amanda
      December 21, 2015 @ 11:32 am

      OMG, Anna, I so identify. Baby goats are my current obsession, and despite the fact that I live in a deed restricted community that would never allow them, I wouldn’t be able to resist that bid. And Victoria, as always, your blog posts lighten my day. If it sparkles, shines, is metallic or looks like it was dragged behind wild stallions through a medieval sandstorm, I simply must take it home. And anyone who asks me why should immediately be committed.

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      • Anna quackenbush
        December 21, 2015 @ 5:02 pm

        I can go to Columbia, sc anytime I need my goat fix! My sister-in-law keeps about 5 in a lovely area that ajoins her business. Her employees treat them like therapy animals. They are mini-goats and both cute and gentle…unlike some of the ones on the farm when I was young.

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  20. Tori
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:22 am

    LOVE these gorgeous urns! Perfect for a Christmas tree “stand”. I have an idea… Since you (and the rest of us, I’m sure) love the white, chippy one. Leave it, and sand blast the gray paint off the other one. Then, you can keep all that glorious character on the one, and maybe duplicate it on the other? A little white paint, some dirt, a few years outside, should do the trick! 😉
    Merry Christmas, VEB!

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    • Carri
      December 21, 2015 @ 11:42 am

      We all need little sandblasters for projects like this! Maybe you could ask for one for Christmas?

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  21. Sue J.
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    The urns are fabulous. (Fake moss?)
    Merry Christmas and Happy GFT-filled New Year.

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  22. Garden, Home and Party
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:30 am

    If I ever get to your neck of the woods, honestly, I want you to take me antique auction hopping. You find the best buys on the planet.
    Have a wonderful holiday with your family. Send me some of your mom’s pecan tartlets.
    xo,
    Karen

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  23. Diane Essary
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:39 am

    Oh my gawd! What a deal !!!!! Im jelous like you wouldnt believe. Ive seen urns like this go for thousands and i also dream of owning even 1 ….no idea where it would even go but just owning it would be fine with me .lol congrats on your amazing win and happy new year

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  24. Michelle Anthony
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:40 am

    Victoria – I am knew to your world and am so glad I made the decision to join your fan club! Yours is the only blog that I’ve ever subscribed to and I wanted to thank you for speaking our truth! Happy, happy Holidays to you and yours! Looking forward to an impossibly fabulous 2016!

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  25. Julian
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    SCORE!!!

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  26. Carrie
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    I check your blog every day hoping for some new fantastic, unreasonable but totally understandable, life changing GFT. Thank you for sharing your humor, your obsessions, your self reflection, your house plans, your husband, and your sweet cat with us. 🙂 Happy holidays to you too!!

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  27. Jayne Z
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    The best part of this blog (and all others) are the pictures of sweet Elvis! Don’t get me wrong, I thoroughly enjoy your blogs and your wonderful writing style and thought process, but Elvis just warms my heart and I’m so glad he is doing well! Happy holidays!

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  28. Annika
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:23 pm

    …where is this auction house, I have…a friend… who wants to steal GFTs………

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  29. Amber
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:27 pm

    Don’t you dare paint that white one black! I agree with you that it is perfect just as it is! I can totally see beautiful amaryllis growing in it, or you could do a moss covered topiary (it doesn’t sound like moss growing is all that hard – at least according to pinterest). Or you could get one of those gorgeous spiral topiaries that I have long coveted and want to put on each side of my front door in the fantasy world where my dream house resides. P.S. I love Elvis in a Santa hat and I hope you all have a wonderful, fun, lovely Christmas!!

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  30. Lesley B
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:30 pm

    You DO NOT want a matching pair of black urns! No Way No Way No way. Just throw some white paint over the other one and leave outside for a while. Matching urns are just not you Victoria – only boring women have matching black urns and you are never boring. I love hearing of your adventures, you make me smile. Love and blessings to you all for the holidays (hope Elvis is staying well ? xxx )

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  31. Kristin
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:33 pm

    Your use of language, love of GFT and Don Draper, and your glorious home give me great joy. Thank you for being so wonderfully you. You’re the coolest. Plus, I live right outside Philly as well, so I like to think I *kinda* know you because of our geographical proximity.

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  32. Katherine
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:40 pm

    Merry Christmas, VEB! Elvis looks adorable, and the urns are lovely. What a steal! 🙂 Thank you for bringing joy to all of us.

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  33. Nancy
    December 21, 2015 @ 12:42 pm

    Love your funny, interesting and always educational blog and look forward to reading it. Merry Christmas to you and your husband and Elvis.

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  34. anna mcfarland
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:02 pm

    Victoria, you are truly a gifted writer. You could give Erma Bombeck a run for her money. Thank you for sharing your love of GFT with us. Merry Christmas to you and Paul and Elvis.

    (You forgot Happy Festivus! Are you a Seinfeld fan?)

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  35. Rose
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    Love the tree in the urn! And so enjoy your posts. I don’t comment very often, but today really stuck to me.

    As a long-time auction attendee and wife of the auctioneer, I can completely understand the crazed need for beating someone from the thing you want.

    And I can tell you – theft comes in many ways at an auction. Once the auctioneer says SOLD, you’re responsible. They don’t have the staff, nor the memory of who bought what, so the guy who steals your stuff could be a regular auction goer. Nobody would question that he didn’t buy what you bought. Oh, and it happens when you’re there or not. Have had a few things stolen in my years and it’s happened while trying to get stuff to my car & was by myself.

    Big stuff isn’t usually an issue when loading your car…if it has drawers, take them out. If it has cushions, take them off, shelves, take them with you. But easily moved items are screaming, “Steal me! Steal me!” Oh and boxes…with the cool stuff and the crappy toilet seat…pun intended, they pick and choose, so be wary and wise. Pack it up and put it somewhere safe or ask someone to watch it for you if they’re just standing around bidding.

    Finding an auction house you like and become a regular and get to know folks. It’s a social thing besides an adrenaline rush! Once you get to know a few people and become friendly, they take care of one another. Get a seat, carry some Rubbermaid containers and something to wrap the precious goods and people watch your stuff.

    Thanks for the great posts and hope you have a lovely holiday!

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  36. Laurie
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:20 pm

    Victoria, your interactions with Paul so mirror how I relate to my husband! It just makes me laugh and feel like I am not as crazy as I seem. I live in a new Victorian filled with antique furniture that is “pretty, ornate and over the top”, but totally non-functional for my 6’3″ hubby who eats his knees if he attempts to sit on any of it, whose feet hit the footboard of any GFT bed I find, and whose practicality makes justifying any GFT a great challenge. He indulges me, just like your sweet Paul does even when it doesn’t make sense to him. Thank you for sharing your incredible wit, sense of humor about yourself and your fabulous design sense that I so relate. My Midnight likes to crawl inside my pump organ and then cry for help to get out…. I so relate to your Elvis adventures. Merry Christmas! I can’t wait for the fun to continue in the new year!

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  37. Dianne
    December 21, 2015 @ 1:52 pm

    Don’t you get it…all I want for Christmas is Paul!!! LOL
    Merry Christmas and thank you for many hours of pure laughter during the year. So looking forward to your kitchen final reveal.

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  38. Debbie W.
    December 21, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    Reading your blog ALWAYS makes my day. Thank you so much for being there to entertain all of us.

    I find myself going into antique stores or junk stores or Restore, and saying “I know Victoria would love this mirror/urn/huge sideboard/whatever GFT” . It cracks my husband up that I talk about you like we are great personal friends (which I feel like we are, never mind that I have never met you IRL).

    Happy ALL Holidays to you, Paul and Elvis

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  39. Suzanne Forbes
    December 21, 2015 @ 2:48 pm

    Hi Victoria! New reader/subscriber, long-time craigslist forager and fancy-house aspirant. I just moved into a huge Art Nouveau flat in Berlin and my (third!) husband’s patience with the endless craigslist, DIY and eBay overspending is saintlike, like your Paul’s. I am so comforted by the knowledge that you too are risking bankruptcy for the sake of a beautiful home 🙂 and your Elvis is a precious baby.
    -Suzanne

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  40. Kay
    December 21, 2015 @ 2:50 pm

    Agree that the urn looks perfect as is.

    You are wonderful, as is Paul, and dear Elvis is looking exceptionally adorable. I hope for more years of looking forward to your blog posts and cackling over your experiences and the way you record them. A very Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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