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  1. Stacey
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:08 am

    You amuse me! And, yes, the video was better than whatever I was suppose to be doing. 🙂

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  2. TraceyEsq
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    I tell everybody I know to read Stuff. I thought it was fascinating!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 1, 2015 @ 10:23 am

      Yes! It was so fascinating!! I also loved the story of the modern day Collyer brothers… The guys who hoard priceless antiques/furniture/art… The descriptions of their beaux arts penthouse filled with so much priceless STUFF that you literally cannot enter pretty much summed up my entire design motto.

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  3. Diana Gibbs
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    I love you and just am always jaw dropped at what you find. If this was a three stooges movie, you would have fallen through the window on the stair landing, thank goodness you didn’t. Keep balling up those fists and put on a good pout and stand your need it now ground. Big hugs, Di

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  4. Bleubook
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    I really really really love it. You did the right thing.

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  5. Helen
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:12 am

    That is a fabulous bookcase! I think…no, I KNOW that I am jealous! Great job!

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  6. Donna Marchlewski
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    I had no idea those books existed! Love the video 🙂

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  7. cynthia
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:21 am

    Okay, enough. I want to know your secrets for shopping on CL. I never see such interesting pieces on CL, and certainly not for the super bargain price of $300. I lurve eastlake. I live, sort of, in your neck of the woods, but outside your catchment area- noncompete: Baltimore, Maryland. So, please clue me in.
    Love and frequently share your blog posts. You validate my perspective. always.

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  8. Karen Hibl
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:23 am

    SCORE! What a steal you found. I just giggle reading your blog. Love you, love your stuff. Perhaps that was the disclosure when your married Paul? lol. God bless him.

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  9. John Guehlstorff III
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    We love reading your blog. It reminds us that there are other “crazy” folks out there. Our collection and store prove it. 🙂

    Keep looking for treasures.

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  10. judy
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    Love,love,the bookcase. Love your adorable-ness. How you can make a hat and striped shirt look chic is beyond me–but most of all I love the smile and look of loving collaboration on Pauls’ face when exquisite bookcase is positioned into its predestined place. Any signs of Spring or Dalia’s yet? We have had some lovely warm dry days here in VA. and am I Happy,happy,happy! Bring on the Sunshine…………………………..

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  11. Joe O'Donnell
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:34 am

    It’s nice but it seems an unusual height like it used to have legs or more drawers?

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  12. Kristi
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:36 am

    I love reading your posts! I also love that you shove honking huge pieces of furniture into a mini van! Maybe I could actually do that with our Subaru?…if I eliminate three cars seats and flatten out the seats? Will it work? I’m gonna try it. Your video was darling! You matched the music perfectly in your striped shirt and little hat. Your team hand shake was too funny!!

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  13. Sharon
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:42 am

    I’m still chuckling over this post. Love the book case and the video. I will be using “sock puppet government with no real power,” as situations warrant it, as well as the ‘BEHOLD” starement. I need to read the books so I can maintain that, “I do not hoard; I collect,” so I can see if corrective action/therapy is needed. Your posts are always infinitely more interesting than what I should be doing– they are my perfect way to get some procrastination and humor into my day. Carry on…

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  14. Fl!p Breskin
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:48 am

    Glorious bookcase, and excellent way to Trade Up. The new bookcase is the coolest!

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  15. tammigirl
    April 1, 2015 @ 10:59 am

    Your sheer mass of adorableness never ceases to overwhelm me. Truly. (also madly and deeply – of course!)

    Paul and his Hitlarian concepts about the Craigslist fund are creating ripples across the world. Please put a stop to it before husbands all over start clamping down on things like this. I need to purchase mass quantities of things unhindered.

    Third, and most important, is how clever it is of the two of you to not show your His/Hers Jaguar convertibles on the blog, but drive an older model minivan to go pick up these astonishing purchases. It probably does save you from the price gouging you would otherwise face.

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  16. Barb Tilton
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:02 am

    I thought for sure you were going to add a large base to it and use it in the kitchen!

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  17. Edith
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:03 am

    Victoria you crack me UP every time! You have such a way with words. Are you a writer by profession (outside of your blog, of course)?

    Love the new bookcase, and your video is perfect!

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  18. Lesley B
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    I love it AND I love Elvis, not seen him for a while. I was thinking ‘How DARE she make a video showing a white cat when all I want to see is ELVIS!’ Then – there he was ! xxx He should be in every blog post please, or people (and me) will complain xxxxx

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 4, 2015 @ 12:44 am

      While it may seem that Elvis is a BOY cat, because some may think Elvis is a BOY name, we are talking about VICTORIA ELIZABETH BARNES! Elvis, is, in fact, a GIRL cat, so it comes as a surprise to new readers, and followers who may have missed the comments regarding such feline femaleness, usually in reply to another comment.

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  19. Monique
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:08 am

    My Mother In Law is a Hoarder. Honest to goodness was on Hoarders Season 1.

    I remember that my husband’s bedroom was the cleanest room in the house when he was a teenager. And his room was like a normal teenage boys bedroom. There were trails throughout the house going from room to room.

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  20. Silvia Adelman
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:10 am

    Boy oh Boy did I need this today!!!! We are in the process of downsizing …it is not bad though, trading 1/2 of my square footage to be in a small house on the intercostal waterway in Florida. But, having a hard time figuring out what must ‘go’ of my old re-painted furniture and my never-ending projects. It is just so very wrong that I have not won the lottery so I can keep everything, oh and buy a barn. I would be allowed to hoard in there…oh that would be heaven :-)))…and Hubby and I are married 28 years, been through so much…yeah, I am not thinking we will survive this move LOL!!!!

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  21. devon
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:19 am

    Love this post and how it came to be……….beautiful furniture finds, im so jealous…………..Paul, what a guy…. (I would have to figure out how to either hide such a piece or make up some story that would keep my critiquing husband quiet!) the video was so amusing, i thoroughly enjoyed it!!!

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  22. HeyHeyMama
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:21 am

    Is it just me, or does Paul bear a strong resemblance to Don Draper? Freeze the video at 00:03, 00:06 and 00:24. Paul smiles; DD, not so much with the smiles. And no way would DD haul furniture in his minivan. Keep Paul. (That would make a great t-shirt, ala “Save Ferris”.)

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    • Chloe Young
      April 1, 2015 @ 1:17 pm

      Totally like DD specially at 00:24. Luckiest girl in the world. gorgeous furniture she paid far less than full retail for and married to DD…well… he got a bargain TOO now didn’t he?

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      • Yvonne Angus
        April 4, 2015 @ 12:50 am

        Loving the DD references and the bargain talk. But I suspect Paul will come out on the short end of the bargain train, as he is greatly (save the dreaded budget maxim) outmatched with our Ms VEB! Lol! 😉

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  23. Garden, Home and Party
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:31 am

    I couldn’t make the video run smoothly and since I’m at work I have to wait until I get home to watch it. I love the new piece. Why don’t you consider opening a store where you can buy to stock the store, and keep the finds you love? Makes sense to me! 🙂 I saw enough of the video to know that Elvis was helping with the move.
    xo,
    Karen

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  24. Dawn
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    This was awesome. thank-you for sharing. You are very strong for such a tiny lady.

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  25. Laurie
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:34 am

    No wonder you love this bookcase, it has a CROWN!

    Also, I think Paul should get a dolly for his next birthday/anniversary. I’m pretty sure it is actually what he wants.

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  26. jody
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:35 am

    You have every skill I desire! The ability to search and find, trade out, convince husband it is the best, ready auto and supplies for new piece, tag along to pick up said item, able to lift the item with him out of auto and carry up the stairs,all while recording a video, put music into video, actually put the new item into the house, remove the old, fill up the new item. Smile, look darling, and cheer one another on in video. In spare time read and keep the house clean. Yep…pretty darn near perfection going on there in my estimation. Oh..the humor… The best!
    Good for you, thanks for the inspiration! Happy Easter week. jody

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  27. Joanne
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:43 am

    Must say, your posts I will run and hide in the bathroom to read upon receipt! (at home business with the Big Guy and I can’t be seen not pulling my own weight) Anyhoo, I’ve had to rachet down the CL passion for work as a big, big order came thru. I must say, I am sooo upset that I missed this beyond amazing, beyond gorgeous, most wonderful bookcase…like the bed from Hagerstown, for which I waffled one day too long, you got that most coveted (well would have been had I been surfing CL) item to be had. Well, congrats on a most wonderful score, thanks for the added video and don’t give up the van! from a reader who is in awe of your wit and chutzpah

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  28. savannah
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:46 am

    I so needed to watch your video!! In the background here, the Guy-who-thinks-he’s-the-boss-of-me aka my husband, was having a video conference with his colleagues and even though I was many rooms away from him, I had to have my headphones on! I love your financial strategies for important purchases!

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  29. Cheryl
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:47 am

    Whatever did we do for fun before Craigslist??!! I loved the first bookcase, but this one is stunning and fits that space perfectly. I cannot believe you helped carry that heavy thing up all those steps! But I did all of that too when I was as young as you are. That man of yours is def a keeper!

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  30. Kristin
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    I sit here mortified that you were the buyer of this most excellent bookcase in the history of books. I could have been the buyer, had I been more diligent with my Craigslist stalking. UGH! On another note, your video was quite amusing. Definitely better than working.

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  31. the misfit
    April 1, 2015 @ 11:53 am

    Now, I know I’m missing the point, which is how stunning (SERIOUSLY) that new bookcase is. But I want to assure you that I have gotten it (although I, too, briefly hoped that the new bookcase was destined to be part of the kitchen. Maybe a surprise twist is coming?).

    But I am most stuck on the loophole you found. I am a lawyer, and fascinated by loopholes. Also, from what I understand of forensic accounting, your reasoning is flawless. But it doesn’t sound to me as though you actually USED the loophole. You just sold on Craigslist a bookcase you bought at auction; that wouldn’t add to the Fund because it wasn’t purchased on Craigslist. Then, you bought something else on Craigslist, which it appears you haven’t sold, but rather, have put in the guest room. That’s obviously an excellent choice, but I’m still seeing depletion of the Fund with no replenishment. Perhaps that will be explained in the next post?

    But the suspense is killing me. I’m not sure I can wait that long.

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  32. Marilyn
    April 1, 2015 @ 12:03 pm

    Funny! I noticed your husband makes you walk backwards when lifting and moving heavy furniture. My husband does the same thing. You have the best “finds” ever. Love your blog.

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  33. Sue
    April 1, 2015 @ 12:07 pm

    Perfect black and white striped shirt for the background music in the video and the video. Love the new bigger and better bookcase and thanks for the thump on the head that “it’s all just stuff.” Happy Easter

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  34. Catharine
    April 1, 2015 @ 12:14 pm

    You are the greatest! All bookshelves should have glass doors. Why don’t they???

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  35. Sunnie Mitchell
    April 1, 2015 @ 12:18 pm

    Love the bookcase, love the video, LOVE the hat! But am not sharing a link to this post with a friend in the States because she too will love the hat, be instantly disappointed with the one I just made her (and have already shipped to the US, Pam, if you’re somehow reading this!), and insist I keep trying until hers looks just like yours. (Which looks like the crochet pattern I used, btw, it’s just too bad my crocheting didn’t manage to get that smart roll thingie as well as yours does).

    Seriously, it must have been a difficult decision to give up the auction bookcase. But wow-wow-wow does the new one work!

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  36. Miriam
    April 1, 2015 @ 12:29 pm

    Def more interesting than what I am SUPPOSEDLY to be doing.

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  37. teri
    April 1, 2015 @ 12:48 pm

    Neither you nor me are hoarders, because the house is clean and there are lots of spaces yet to fill, and there isn’t crud all over all the floors. My spare bedroom may be up to the ceiling with heaped furniture but occasionally some of it leaves the building. I think I actually have doll’s house syndrome, where all the rooms are rearranged and played with, daily.

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  38. Kay@www.americanbaskethouse.wordpress.com
    April 1, 2015 @ 1:33 pm

    It looks like plenty of room to move up to an even larger size when the occasion arises. Always a good thing.

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  39. Syl
    April 1, 2015 @ 1:44 pm

    I agree with Cynthia’s comment. I’m so jealous of your ability to find fantastic CL things that quietly proclaim BEHOLD. I’m in the Houston area. I’ve tried search terms like “fantastic”, “ornate”, “gorgeous”, “fancy”, “lovely”, “huge”. I’ve tried those terms by themselves, and combined with others such as “antique”, “classic”, “old”, “traditional”, “architectural”. I’ve never struck the jackpot with anything so gotta-have-it as the Kingdom Mirror, or your newest lovely bookcase. So please consider a future post on your techniques, your mantras, your magic castings… clue us in on whatever it takes. Just think, you could have Acolytes!

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  40. egretwatcher
    April 1, 2015 @ 3:37 pm

    Okay, so when are you going to sign up for “Antiques Roadshow?” I always love the stories about how some of the priceless old treasures were acquired (“my mother bought this painting for 25 cents at a garage sale”), and I imagine you would be able to provide one of the best back stories yet!

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