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  1. Tattycoram
    March 28, 2017 @ 11:57 am

    Oh thanks to this glorious post I am now enjoy my raining day even without GFTs in it.

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  2. Lora Hart
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:05 pm

    Shot down before I uttered a word. I was gonna suggest a wine rack. Filled with undrinkable, vintage wines from the 1800’s with really good labels.

    Sad.

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  3. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:06 pm

    (open post)
    (see newest purchase)
    (exclaim “offumaniffe!”) (I was choking down a granola bar when I beheld the magnificence)

    On a more serious note, I’m actually relieved that your search for a ribbon cabinet took as long as it did – not because I want you to be unhappy (although, in one sense, antique hunting is a zero-sum game and every GFT you don’t find is one that I might find for myself… but let’s pretend I didn’t point that out) but because I’ve been frustrated and appalled at the price of the crappy ones I’ve found, so at least I know it’s not my inferior hunting skills.

    And don’t worry about Paul… he’s probably just suffered a small stroke, and will recover quickly. Just in time to stop you from buying the crate of antique thread.

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  4. Erica
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:07 pm

    I’m so glad I’ve found your blog. You really are hilarious — and relatable, even though I live in a house with not one single GFT.

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  5. Amy
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:08 pm

    Did I miss where you told us what you paid for this great find?

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  6. Dee
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:10 pm

    Oh, Elizabeth what are you up to now, just love it! No, I think you got the right man in your life!

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  7. Mary
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:13 pm

    Stunning! So jealous in Omaha….

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  8. Cheryl
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

    Thanks Victoria for something else I need. Tell Paul it could be worse, you could live in BRIMFIELD, MA., my home town, the antique capital of the world.

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    • Gina
      April 6, 2017 @ 5:11 pm

      God I’d LOOOOOVE to live in brimfield!!!!!!!!!!!!! How do you not become a hoarder there with all those bargains?????????????

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  9. Mary W.
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:16 pm

    The cabinet is beautiful empty, and the orchids are gorgeous on the top. Better than the spool cabinet.

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  10. AnnaWB
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:19 pm

    Oh, now I am in trouble.
    I have archival boxes upon archival boxes of ribbons … yet… no ribbon case. I had subdued the want until now. Alas, no space, no riches, no case.

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    • Sherry
      April 8, 2017 @ 9:35 am

      Just think how much more organized you could be with a giant fancy antique ribbon case. 🙂 In all seriousness the cabinet with the ribbons was beautiful. I think they made the case.

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  11. Carolyn Giles
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:21 pm

    Wow–what an incredible find! I love wine and would use it for wine storage, but that’s me.

    You are all kinds of cool.

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  12. Nicole Specht
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:28 pm

    Fabulous blog. I look forward to every installment!

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  13. Stephanie
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:29 pm

    Now this is super funny and that ribbon cabinet is fabulous!

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  14. Cyn
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:38 pm

    It’s really meant to be a conversational plant pedestal.

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  15. Judy
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    Gee thanks Victoria, I didn’t know I needed one of these before I read your post. If Paul won’t let you keep it I’m sure I could find a spot for it.

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  16. Diana C.
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    I LOVE it! But not sure it fits the “giant” in GFT, and love the portal to Narnia more.

    Still waiting on kittens to foster. Apparently cats don’t like to have their babies until spring, and labor and delivery is late this year. Not sure how my husband is going to handle my penchant for yard sale finds AND a kitten(s), but after decades of marriage, he’s learned to adapt and go with the flow…. though “flowing” through my house is getting more difficult after each weekend out on my happy trails (yard sales).

    Craigslist did yield me two gorgeous mahogany gothic arch mirrors in the past; it’s been awhile since a major find, but I’m always looking. Love you. Enjoy the ribbon cabinet. Should I take bets on how long before we spot a bottle of two of wine in it?

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  17. Laurie Drew
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:39 pm

    The “Ladies Choice” on the front would make me smile every time I walked past it.

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  18. Toni
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:42 pm

    Beautiful…..I love how self conflicted you are! But it serves you well! Thanks for making my day!

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  19. Flip Breskin
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:44 pm

    Oh GLORIOUS!!!! And better filled with air rather than spools of ribbon…. Thank you.

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  20. Colleen
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:53 pm

    It’s gorgeous, and I am envious of your delightful GFTs! For antique ribbon, you should call M&J Trimmings in NYC (They took a lot of deadstock from another ribbon company), I bought a spool of 3″ wide silk taffeta chartreuse ribbon just because it made me feel pretty to own it. Also, try Tinsel Trading in NYC. They sell beautiful antique ribbons and millinery trims.

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  21. Slava kozak
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    I’m surprised Martha Stewart gift wrapping room is not filled wall to wall with these. How could that be?

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    • June
      March 28, 2017 @ 7:47 pm

      Do we know it isn’t?

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  22. Sheri Batnes
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:54 pm

    A) you crack me up, laughing as tears roll…
    B) i too am poor but I want what I want and when, So i eat peanut butter or egg sandwiches to get said item of desire
    C) Paul seems to be a wide man choosing his battle catefully.
    Congratulations on that awesome find…

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  23. Ruth M
    March 28, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

    It’s gorgeous, and yes, I DO need one! Alas, I have not the resources to follow my dreams as you do. 🙁

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  24. Suzanne Forbes
    March 28, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

    What a fabulous treat, what a divine GFT, what unearthly covetousness this cabinet has roused in me. Are such things available in Berlin? Is my beautiful kitchen/craft room with its drawers of orderly reels of ribbon no longer sufficient? Who can say, except eBay.de….

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  25. Rebecca Morris
    March 28, 2017 @ 1:15 pm

    Today in “Things I didn’t know I needed until now”…antique ribbon cabinet with original lettering, especially something zippy like “Ladies Choice”. I love it with a well-potted plant atop. Although I would fear my mother taking it for actual ribbon storage, so I’d have to weld it to the floor somehow. That should be your next blog: “How to protect your GFTs from handsy family members”.

    Well done. Where did you find it?

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  26. Rebecca Butler
    March 28, 2017 @ 1:22 pm

    My husband actually wants one of these so bad. He wants it for wine of course. We saw one for sell once and we couldn’t afford it but he still talks about it. But I kept thinking why use it for wine when I can fill it with ribbon in my craft room ya weirdo! So if we ever find one we will see who wins.

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  27. Diana I.
    March 28, 2017 @ 1:32 pm

    Love it! It looks great at the base of the stairs. Quest finally fulfilled. Perhaps Paul has finally raised the white flag and is at peace! It’s so much easier than resisting and being the voice of reason.
    Can’t wait for the next GFT that is on your list. Shop on!

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  28. Joan Greene
    March 28, 2017 @ 1:41 pm

    Your post reminded me I saw one of these on a house tour several years ago. It was in a dining room, gloriously empty, flooded with beautiful sunlight! It is FANTABULOUS!!! You are one lucky gal! Enjoy it!

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    • Nina
      April 15, 2017 @ 5:34 am

      VEB, don’t you want to entertain your readers with an updated house tour of your own? For funsies?

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  29. Michelle
    March 28, 2017 @ 1:55 pm

    Oh how I love my secret enabler friends on the internet, what a fantastic find ! but please, PLEASE, tell me that I can help support your “research and buying” disease by purchasing a T-shirt with your Blog, FB, IG info that says we all need “GFT” you MUST, you MUST have these post haste! Now – I off in search of said ribbon case!

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  30. Patricia the mimosa deprived
    March 28, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

    I do think you need it for storing your non vintage champagne so you’ll always have some on hand for spontaneous mimosas. Right now I have mimosas on my mind, so clearly everything I see is a GFT container for champers.

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  31. Kay
    March 28, 2017 @ 2:18 pm

    What is it with that price? $30,746.87??? Couldn’t they have put $30,000, or $31,000? (At that price, who cares about an extra thou?) And 87 cents? Really, what is wrong with that seller?

    You’re right to keep the ribbon cabinet empty. It looks much prettier. And as much as I love wine, putting wine bottles in it destroys the soul of the piece.

    Paul didn’t object because it’s fairly small, fits nicely in a corner, and you probably found it for a good price–although I note your caginess in neglecting to allude to the bargain price you paid.

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    • Ann Hume
      March 28, 2017 @ 2:32 pm

      Yes, I’ve noticed that unusual caginess too, Kay. If it was super expensive, then you just make it an early/late Birthday/Christmas present and promise you won’t want any other presents!

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    • Marianne in Mo.
      March 28, 2017 @ 6:06 pm

      Guessing that’s the conversion to dollars price, since the seller is in Ukraine? Alas, waaay too rich for my pocketbook, and I would not have the room for it anyway. Should I be thankful I live in a small house?

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    • Yana
      March 29, 2017 @ 7:52 am

      Hello! I am the seller of pharmacy display on Etsy. I put price for it in euro so I suppose it was automatically converted to US dollars that’s why you see a strange price with cents(((

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  32. Sascha
    March 28, 2017 @ 2:59 pm

    Don’t you hate it when they stop being the voice of reason and prudence?? I am a Serial Craigslist Rug Collector, and I used to be able to rely on my husband to at least ask several pertinent if ineffectual questions, such as “How much is it?” and “Where are you going to put it?” and, on occasion, “Does one woman with 1400 square feet of floor space really need 3000 square feet of area rugs??” These questions would not deter me, but they were a time-honoured part of the ritual that always preceded my purchases. Lately he only gives a token glance and non-comittal grunt when I excitedly show him the listing for the One Rug, The Rug to Rule Them All, The Rug That Will Really Tie the Room Together. It’s like he’s given up and it takes all the fun out of it. Resistance may be futile but it’s still expected.

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  33. Colleen
    March 28, 2017 @ 3:04 pm

    I’ve been meaning to tell you that your spool cabinet inspired me/drove me insane. I spent months hunting the internet for one that was pretty and affordable… which basically doesn’t exist. This led me down a rabbit hole of antique cabinets for various workers, which are abundant on the ebay. I ended up finding a travel cabinet for a watchmaker that was in terrible shape. When it arrived my husband said, “Wait.. you paid $50 for THIS???” Fool. I dismantled the whole thing, stripped it, refinished it, and lined the drawers with felt. Now I love it. Best way to store jewelry ever. Thank you, but I also think I should start avoiding this black hole of glitter frenzied blog.

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    • Sherry
      April 8, 2017 @ 10:11 am

      I’m glad I’m not the only one who went in search of an antique spool thread. Keep in mind I don’t even sew! There’s no rhyme or reason to me wanting it, but who cares? I found one in great condition in an antique store. He was asking $1200 so I walked away. (I should mention I refuse to pay full price for ANYTHING.)

      Then I ended up buying a house out in the country with 2 acres because it was a great deal. Keep in mind I don’t need another house & I’m not going to rent it out. My daughter moved out so I decided I needed a giant project. Something I could dismantle & put back together. God bless my hubby. He just said ok … & we have a house? Probably because I don’t try to be the voice of reason when he’s buying random things that we clearly don’t need. Like the Bronco that he bought that I wish he’d just sell. He’s not going to. I accept that he needs his project vehicle. At least it will keep him from ruining the new truck whenever it gets put back together.

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  34. Ellen Kelly
    March 28, 2017 @ 3:38 pm

    OMG So 😂 LOL. I think in a previous life’s you may have been the sister of Betsy Ross🇺🇸

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  35. Frances
    March 28, 2017 @ 3:50 pm

    First, you want to store wine in a darkened space. So unless you tuck it away (what’s the point of having it then!) it isn’t a good place for wine.
    Second, the ribbon case is a thing of beauty! It would be loverly full, but I think having a few antique rolls of ribbon on one of the shelves to refer to the use could be stunning but still show off the beauty of cabinet’s structure. Also more affordable/realistic. What do you think??

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  36. Sheila
    March 28, 2017 @ 3:57 pm

    Oooh, pretty!

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  37. Laura
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:00 pm

    Nice!

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  38. Jacquelyn
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:05 pm

    Paul did what?? Girl, I am suspicious. Having been married almost 49 years, I have learned they usually don’t change their routine in voicing objection. Then when he randomly mentioned NASCAR figurines a light went on! Was that his guilty conscience telling on him? Is he secretly collecting NASCAR figurines so he knows he has no room to object to your GFT obsession? Better start asking questions or doing some snooping!

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  39. Carol Maher
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:41 pm

    I believe I have some amazing vintage ribbon for you! I may have donated/sold at Haddonfield Lions Club annual flea market last spring but will check. There was a trunk full of them eons ago at a yard sale and I HAD to have them! The colors and the labeling are amazing. My tolerator-in-residence actually used to sell ribbon back in the day and indicating they were very nice (more reason to keep/hoard.) Will check on inventory from the usual hiding places. They are all from Pennocks! Bonus local connection!

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  40. Erica Jenkins
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:46 pm

    I love it! And speaking of the piece in Ukraine…I think Ukraine is a wonderland of GFTs still in use from the pre-communist era… when I was there in 2011 completing the adoption of my two little ones I was astounded when I walked into the corner grocery by my apartment and found that I had to select my fruit and vegetables through the beautifully curved glass window of a vintage wooden grocery case! I felt as if I had stepped back in time.

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