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  1. Jutta
    February 1, 2016 @ 11:38 pm

    If you now need a new resting place for either one of these mirrors, let me know…

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  2. Lauren
    February 3, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    This made me laugh out loud! My husband came in the room and I read it to him and he laughed too! That bookcase was a steal and we are in awe of your negotiating skills!

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  3. Kate
    February 3, 2016 @ 8:56 pm

    SO Jealous! What a fabulous book case, and I love your old ones too. Never find furniture like that here, too new. I really need to move to the east coast and buy a huge old Victorian. Sigh.

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  4. Suzi
    February 7, 2016 @ 11:37 am

    I always love your posts….I am a GFT lover myself…I think we have husband twins. I get us into some crazy stuff and he complains but pulls out the debit card or cash!

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  5. Michele Obarow
    February 7, 2016 @ 10:34 pm

    You are amazing! Tim and I purchased our 1898 Victorian in 2001. My description to family and friends is “our old house is like Great Grandma on life support” The past 15 years of all out diy work has paid off; layers of paint revealed carved panels, East Lake door hardware and a copper door bell is working again! New kitchen, bathroom,windows and more! My husband has taught me the “art of pacing ones self” Happy to say great granny is now off life support, with a few precautionary procedures in the very near future!

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  6. Mimi Michalski
    February 8, 2016 @ 9:49 am

    Fabulous blog! A friend sent me this post saying she thought I’d like it, and that was a total understatement! I went back and read Parts 1-3 of explaining how you got to where you are and jumped around to about 5 other linked posts. The one about the bathroom was so us! We bought our 1912 sort-of Victorian in 1987 and have worked on it ever since. When we first moved in the first thing we said was “This bathroom has to go.” Talk about tiny and badly arranged! Worse than having the toilet and sink opposite each other, the tub was lengthwise in the room PLUS the toilet and sink were opposite each other. It was like walking into a coffin. Well, with one thing and another, we didn’t get around to doing the bath (because it was the only one in the house, along with a toilet in the basement that leaked when you flushed it) until two years ago – when we realized that if we waited much longer the tub would eventually fall into the kitchen as it had been leaking for about 25 years and the ceiling kept dropping ominous bits of plaster onto the stove. By this time we had had enough of doing anything ourselves and we went out and hired The Man. The Man said as long as we were doing the bathroom we should do the kitchen (which was only marginally less awful). I’ll spare you the details but the out come was wonderful! Your adventures of restoring your old house and getting all those antiques so reminded me of when we first bought our house – and our subsequent antiquing phase. We once bought a wardrobe in New York City and brought it back in the back of our 1985 Saab. That car could fit almost anything! But probably not a 12-foot Kingdom Mirror or an Eastlake bookcase! Our husbands are saints… these stories are so funny and so true!

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  7. Mimi Michalski
    February 8, 2016 @ 9:54 am

    Oh, and by the way – This is my hsuband to a T! I laughed out loud!
    “He cannot find his keys. Or his phone. Or his jacket. Or his hat. He needs to brush his teeth. Then he goes into the kitchen and begins emptying the dishrack… leaving me in a position of either duct-taping my own mouth shut, or screaming— WHY ARE YOU EMPTYING THE DISHRACK?

    WHY? WHY? WHY?”

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  8. Robyn
    February 8, 2016 @ 9:48 pm

    Ohmygoodness, I can totally relate to the need to duct tape my mouth shut, what is it with these men that they move SOOOOOOOOOO slow when we urgently need something? Garage sale finds, Craigslist finds, church sale finds, etc. My husband drives me CRAZY with this. Does he really need to use the restroom right when I’m ready to go? Or yes, even better, unload the dishwasher. (Is it just me, or does your husband never unload the aforesaid dishwasher at any other time other than when you are trying to get something?) Seriously. Nerve. Wracking.

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  9. laura the real laura
    February 9, 2016 @ 10:01 am

    and then…the GIANT SQUID SCARF ATTACKED!!!
    Holy moly! That’s a lot of wool.
    Anyways. We used to congratulate ourselves for buying and assembling IKEA shelves without divorcing, so kudos to you and Paul.

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  10. Sue J.
    February 15, 2016 @ 7:48 am

    fabulous, giant, fancy. a very good day.

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  11. Lexi
    March 2, 2016 @ 1:34 am

    A friend of mine sent me the link to your site (crazy blog reader that I am) and I have just had the time of my life reading all your about your finds and Giant FANCY Things! Such a good post and video! More soon please!

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  12. Susanne
    March 2, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    “Sure, Baby, if that’s what you want.” If only my husband would answer me that!

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  13. Shelley Creed
    March 7, 2016 @ 4:05 pm

    Paul is a treasure and you are absolutely hysterical! I love your posts!

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  14. antiquechase
    March 9, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

    The paragraph with the “nonsense”…. I just had to forward it to my husband… who I’m sure CAN RELATE… just too too too funny!!
    ~Marcy

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  15. Marian@CMShawStudios
    March 18, 2016 @ 9:08 am

    You have no idea how much I relate to this experience. Seriously. My man is just like Paul, a reasonable person who thinks I have lost my ever loving mind on Craigslist. And just for the record, immaculate East Lake bookcase for $500? Worth EVERY minute of the wait. Well done my friend.
    The Other Marian

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  16. Babette
    April 2, 2016 @ 5:28 pm

    I think Paul and my husband were secretly separated at birth. I’m always, “But darling, don’t you see how magnificent this will look in the corner of the room we never use?”
    Husband is always, “It’s dirty, it’s scratched, etc. Just one time, can you not buy something that needs more work? And, we’re running out of room. The corner you speak of, already has your last magnificent find, sitting it.”

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  17. Karen
    May 9, 2016 @ 7:34 pm

    When you finish this house PLEASE, PLEASE buy another! I have not laughed so hard in quite some time. I will also keep in mind your tips for getting all the things you love. I am married to a level headed guy who believes in only practicality!!

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  18. Roberta
    May 9, 2017 @ 4:10 pm

    I think we are soul sisters separated at birth
    Made me laugh and forget I have a miserable cold
    Keep writing and keep seeking!

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