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  1. Katherine
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Bwahahahaha! Poor Paul. But $65 was a steal!

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    • Janice S.
      August 6, 2014 @ 10:37 am

      Agreed!

      And while The Mirror Troll marched around playing the trombone and flinging confetti, I get sucked into following every link and rereading every delightful VEB adventure. Thirty minutes later, I emerge blinking and brushing confetti out of my hair. Thanks for the trip!

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    • Jo @ Let's Face the Music
      August 16, 2014 @ 8:34 am

      Exactly my thoughts, even to the spelling of your first word. Jo @ Let’s Face the Music

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  2. Susan Crounse
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:10 am

    Elvis clearly can’t wait for it to be installed. She loves it already! So you must have done a good thing…

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  3. eatonclark
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    Elizabeth – I too share an addiction for auctions. Many years ago I started and since then… well it’s totally out of control but amazingly pleasant! E-bay is much more secretive. You can log on anytime and bid on whatever you want without Paul EVER KNOWING. Packages can be shipped to your office or a neighborhood mail shop rather than to the house. Just like a pair of fabulous shoes, you can hide something under the bed and later once it’s revealed say “Oh… that old thing?!” Spread your wings and SHOP! GEC

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  4. Kristine Robinson
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Another fabulous post…you are a woman after my own heart!! My husband says hoarding is a gene that’s passed down through your ancestry…is it bad that I LOVE my Mom and all the things she hoards? She IS the one that started taking me to auctions as a small child…so I can totally understand the lingo (it doesn’t make you spend any less!).

    BTW, I think the mirror and marble topped base were real steal!! Congrats.

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  5. Ellen
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Reading your posts makes me so, so happy. Please quit your day job and post all the time.

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    • Lindsy Ryan
      August 7, 2014 @ 12:13 pm

      I totally agree! I check your website more than is healthy hoping to find a new post.

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  6. SmallerPlaces
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    $65 was a steal. Clearly, it wanted to come home with you.

    Does Elvis know about the scentless tux cat who lives in the mirror? If so, what does she think?

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  7. Rebecca
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    Please keep bidding – for all of us!

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  8. savannah
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:21 am

    It just dawned on me that I have severely limited myself by not having access to a truck, sweetpea! (My “Paul” travels far too much to have imput re: purchases!) My mirror purchasing has been limited to what I can put in my car or trunk! I’ve spent far too much time looking at gorgeous mirrors and NOT buying! You are an inspiration, lovely!

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    • Lori
      August 6, 2014 @ 10:45 am

      Oh, Honey!!! No, no, no… Let me fill you in on the concept of the top of your car and tie down straps or bungee cords. That should help you out with the limited travel space because there are just some things for with the back seat or trunk just will not do. LOL!

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  9. teri
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    I have 23 large mirrors but they aren’t as lovely as this one. My aunty Ivy was a hoarder and they called Social Services into clear her house out, then she filled it up again, so there is nothing I can do – it’s inherited. Keep up the good work, lovely old things deserve a kind home.

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  10. Katie Keller
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:22 am

    You’re really very funny!

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  11. Lydia
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    “The Mirror Troll marched around playing the trombone and flinging confetti.” I’m laughing so hard I have mascara running down my face!!!
    I couldn’t have walked past it either and $65 is a steal! My Mirror Troll has envy 🙁

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  12. Linda S. Montgomery
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:23 am

    All I can say is THANK GOD we live in different states. If we lived down the street from each other, I would be your partner in crime. And while that would bring me immeasurable amounts of joy it would also bring me some big, big, trouble with a capital T. But truthfully I’m good with that.
    Let me know if you’re considering Chicago anytime soon and I’ll start the house hunting.

    Here’s a question, have you ever heard of the 100 mile yard sale? Here’s the link…
    http://gantdaily.com/2013/07/18/pas-100-mile-yard-sale-slated-for-this-weekend/

    They’re all over but I think this is the closest one to you.

    You se even though we’re far apart, I can still enable I MEAN assist!

    😉

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    • Yvonne
      August 8, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

      I have wanted to go to the 100 mile yard sale for years! One of these days, I’m going to rent an RV with lots of underneath storage space, and I’ll travel the entire 100 miles! Guess I better start saving!

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  13. BrocanteuseRose
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:26 am

    lol – Oh my goodness you always brighten up my day! Awesome deal, and I can’t wait for you to share filling up all those other corners. 🙂

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  14. tammigirl
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    My friend has a 5×7 gorgeous mirro for sale for $350. She never responded at all when I asked about layaway. What is wrong with this woman?

    Once again, I’m so disappointed in Paul. Well, in his attitude. I feel like I am always asking “What is wrong with him!?”

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  15. Melissa MacGregor
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:38 am

    I think Paul and my husband, Jim, need to have a group therapy session. Probably involving Scotch or some other dark liquid in a glass…

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  16. Kelly
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    A fancy mirror with a gazing bench – does it get any better?

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  17. Kiki
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:46 am

    Why do I suddenly sigh with a certain understanding for Paul?
    Why – on the other hand – am I shamelessly laughing out loud for your brashness and determination?
    Why?
    Thanks for this hilarious post – Lots of love – Kiki in faraway France (another land of fancyful mirrors, think Versailles!)

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  18. Toni
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    Paul obviously doesn’t realize how central to Elvis ego, this fancy mirror is! Now he has his own private place to daily chant “mirror, mirror, on the wall….who’s the fairest of them all?” Makes sense to me!

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    • Gail D.
      August 8, 2014 @ 12:13 am

      Toni. Victoria recently explained to one and all that Elvis is a GIRL (unless you meant Paul). I cordially invite you to get with the program, or alternately, perhaps Victoria should adorn her with a string of pearls!

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      • Yvonne
        August 8, 2014 @ 1:57 pm

        Gail, please have patience. Toni may be new to the blog. It took me a while to realize Elvis was a she. If you haven’t seen the blogs as they are posted, and you are still reading to catch up, you may not be aware yet.

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  19. Siouxzie Q
    August 6, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Brilliance…and at only $65! Clearly, Paul cannot fathom how greatly fortune smiles at him on a regular basis. Guys. Ugh.

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  20. Kate S
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:01 am

    You rock!!! But I do pity Paul if he ever buys a truck and a hand cart….

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  21. Pattie C
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    Is it me or does Elvis have a WTF look on her face?

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    • Sunnie Mitchell
      August 6, 2014 @ 11:20 am

      I thought she looked more bemused than ‘WTF’, but I’ll scroll back up for another look:)

      Fab mirror and base, if Elvis decides she doesn’t approve it’s my bad luck shipping that big bit of gorgeousity to Scotland would have my Paul (no, really, my husband’s name IS Paul) in fits. Sigh.

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  22. Lesa M
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:14 am

    Hmmmm…I don’t see any missing fancy bits. It looks absolutely fabulous and if it weren’t 2000 miles away I would have bid on it too!

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  23. Bridget from Refined Vintage
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:15 am

    Love your posts, you always make me chuckle and I always know just how you feel.
    Really Paul has got to Remember and understand what a privilege, how did you put it? “a special mirror goddess, entrusted to him”- it is to be your husband and protector of all things beautiful. He is one lucky Guy!

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  24. Diane Amick
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    I am delighted to inform you that you are the newest member of the “auction addicted club” – heck you might even be President! I do try to limit myself to two auctions a month, but I always try very hard to find s…o…m…e…t…h…i…n… g that just has to come home with me. Last month it was three taxidermy birds – one for me, one for my mom for Christmas (she really does love that type of thing) and an extra…..just in case, and a small armillary. Have a wonderful time, and don’t let Paul go with you if he’s going to spoil the adventure with details like max bidding prices.

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  25. Stacey
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    I LOVE your blog posts!!! You are soooooooo funny – I have a good day everytime I read one of your posts 😉 the best part “there are so many corners”!!! Hilarious!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you! Please keep writing of your adventures.

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  26. Rhonda Dore
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:24 am

    Elvis needs another one so she can do Infinity Elvis. I think that’s only fair.

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  27. Regina
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    Victoria – A dear friend and antiques genius Katie forwarded your site to me, and your passion for big, fancy mirrors is infectious. I, too, live in Philadelphia, and my biggest concern now is “how will I ever acquire a big, fancy mirror before VEB gets her paws on it?”

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  28. Melissa
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:36 am

    OMG, Victoria. You HAVE TO post the text of those fan letters. Ha!

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  29. Vikki
    August 6, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    You scored big time! I’m not fooled by Paul’s phony resistance to your OCD. I saw how lovingly he was wrapping your treasured mirror as he carefully prepared it for the ride home! He’s the man…jew don’t need no stink’n Jon Hamm! Vikki in VA

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  30. Patricia
    August 6, 2014 @ 12:46 pm

    But meanwhile, what is happening kitchenwise? There’s a whole world of big fancy pieces of junk (in auctionland) that would just totally turn your kitchen into Liberace’s dream palace….

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  31. Cynthia
    August 6, 2014 @ 12:53 pm

    OMGoodness. I have had this exact same conversation with my husband, with your exact same thoughts running through my head, and this has happened more than once.

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  32. Laurie@ Vin'yet Etc.
    August 6, 2014 @ 1:11 pm

    I have my hair scarf ready… if we could steal a convertible we could go to ALL of the auctions together! So many corners, not enough time! 😉

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  33. Rita C at Panoply
    August 6, 2014 @ 1:23 pm

    I have long since left my husband HOME when I go to auction. He just doesn’t get any of this. Ever since HE bid and won on a 3pc French garniture that HE did not fully inspect to see it was altered to quartz battery operation and HE tried to blame me as the one who purchased it, HE is not invited to auction with me. That was about 9 years ago. I go with my sister, and we have a long-standing relationship with our auction house, and they help us load. Btw, I sold the 3pc garniture for what he paid for it, and saved HIS face.

    Congratulations on your latest member of the kingdom. And sometimes it’s hard to discern the gavel price. Once they know you, you sometimes even get home and find in the midst of all that auction jibberish, they may have cut you a slight deal on the final gavel price. 😀
    Rita

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  34. Michelle From Vancouver
    August 6, 2014 @ 1:45 pm

    Because that’s what hoarders do……fill all the corners!
    OMG, I tears in my eyes because it’s so true 🙂
    I love that you post your adventures to the auction, very entertaining.
    PS. Love the mirror

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  35. Laurie
    August 6, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    Really, it is adorable watching him try to take control of the situation.

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  36. Laura
    August 6, 2014 @ 2:43 pm

    Oh, this is all most excellent. And funny. And I love that you are giving Elvis her own set of furniture!

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  37. Cassandra
    August 6, 2014 @ 4:14 pm

    Your posts are always so much fun. Thanks for sharing!

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  38. Nina
    August 6, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

    I think Paul and my husband were separated at birth. I usually get what I want, but he thinks everything should cost what they did in the ’50s (and he wasn’t old enough to know what his parents paid then). At least you have that conversation over beautiful, worthwhile, enjoyable stuff; we have it over underwear, produce, mattresses, you name it.
    I hope Elvis enjoys her mirror and appreciates your efforts on her behalf.

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  39. Diane H
    August 6, 2014 @ 5:58 pm

    In your video we have a wonderful image of Paul’s gold wedding ring, I was just wondering if you have plans to replace it with a mirrored band….

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  40. Susannah
    August 6, 2014 @ 6:04 pm

    I too have a Giant Fancy Mirror. It is missing fancy bits, but I don’t care. My mom wanted to glue old broken pieces of the plaster back on…one day. But that would’ve prohibited me from hanging it…NOW. It’s been up over 2 years and I love it EVERY day.

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