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  1. Liz@Infuse With Liz
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:48 pm

    What a fun piece to own! First thing I thought of was a wine rack 😊 I

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  2. Marion
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:51 pm

    Dear Self: that is a glorious station for ribbon and wrapping paper.

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  3. Hannah H
    March 28, 2017 @ 4:52 pm

    With one Craiglist link, you managed to find the MOST GIANT and the MOST FANCY of all the things. I salute you. And, for the record, I always knew you could do it. Brava.

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  4. Bernie
    March 28, 2017 @ 5:20 pm

    I about had a seizure when I clicked on the link to the pharmacy cabinet. Oh my…..be still my heart!!! It only cost slightly less than my first HOUSE (38k in ’77). I’d also like to thank you for adding to my competition in the hunt for my own antique ribbon cabinet. I also only want a bargain! I do have 2 antique spool chests that I love….but I admit, the hunt is half the fun, although I’m not nearly as dedicated to the cause as you! Great post.

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  5. judy
    March 28, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

    Ze Cabinet is divine Darling and I must add that the Elderly Billionaire is well within your scope and skills…track him down-move into the manse and once he’s asleep(try some camomile tea)sneak Paul into your private Boudoir 3 floors up. As soon as you have a scrumptious line of credit buy EVERYTHING and explain how as much as you adore him you don’t want the fires of passion to cool and so adieu mon cherie and you will always remember him.

    Oh-and of course tell Paul that he’s your long lost great Uncle who loves to indulge your GFT whims ……….could this work?…..not as hard as tracking down a GFT in a dicey neighborhood,dismantling same with a box of toothpicks and Paul’s ingenuity-carting out to a borrowed truck and reassembling it in your home.

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  6. Marianne in Mo.
    March 28, 2017 @ 6:14 pm

    Such a beautiful GFT, although I would classify it as MFT (medium fancy thing) no matter – still loverly and fantastical! Empty shows off its darling simplistic beauty. As for Paul, I bet he was engrossed in NASCAR collectibles on the web, and therefore gave a grunt of an answer instead of the usual what, where, why? Don’t worry, he will return to normal soon!

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  7. Mary Nelson
    March 28, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    I love it, I love it, I really really love it. I think it needs to stay empty. What great woodwork. Yes you have to have it. We have lots of GFT things from garage sales. I do have an Eastlake settee from New Orleans which I got at a garage sale. It has ink spots and even some grease spots in one place, but why bother about perfect. With kids and three cats, it didn’t have to be perfect. If it had been perfect I would have had to worry about the kids and cats being on it. It is not comfortable, but it goes very well with the many other pieces of Eastlake furniture we have. I use my grandparents wedding bedroom set from Oct. 1810. Another garage sale find was as Windsor rocker from 1840. I have a rocking chair fetish. I also have oodles of Pattern glass made by the Heisey Glass Company. I need to sell some stuff–but antique glass doesn’t sell and people do not seem to want Eastlake chairs and especially not a rocking chair from 1840.

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  8. Mary Nelson
    March 28, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    I love it, I love it, I love it. I would leave it empty. The inside racks are beautiful and you can see the lettering better. I identify with you. I got my GFT 1880 New Orleans settee at a garage sale. Of course it has some ink stains, a grease stain and is faded; but because it is not perfect, I do not have to worry about the kids and 3 cats being on it. It goes with the rest of our Eastlake furniture. I have a rocking chair fetish, so another great great find was a Windsor rocker from 1840. I love the knot hole in the seat and the three different woods used to make it. Some Eastlake chairs were a great find to go with my grandparents bedroom set–a wedding present from October 1880. But no one in the family wants a rocking chair from 1840 nor Eastlake furniture.

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  9. Marcia
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:00 pm

    I love the open airiness of the empty cabinet just as it is and it is lovely with the orchids on top. From experience, however, I have learned not to leave a ceramic saucer in direct contact with the wood. I make little spacers out of old corks so air flows underneath and prevents mold. Enjoy!

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  10. Jane Briscoe
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:29 pm

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  11. Elaine
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:38 pm

    That is a most wonderful GFT, and this may be my favorite post yet. I am concerned about Paul now, though. Mostly because of his inexplicable acquiescence, but partly, because I think the poster who suggested he may be secretly collecting NASCAR figurines might have an insight you would be wise to investigate.

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  12. Carol Casey
    March 28, 2017 @ 8:49 pm

    A ribbon spool cabinet has been on my wish list for so long.. what a treasure you’ve found.. I’m still searching for one, and it doesn’t even need to be that great of a GFT. I’m sort of jealous of your find, in a sort of GWE, green with envy, kind of way, lol. I do enjoy your posts and the adventures you and a Paul share with us.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  13. Dianne
    March 28, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

    I am still waiting to see the kitchen. Is it finished?

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  14. Kim Shultz
    March 28, 2017 @ 10:45 pm

    First, with the flowers in the entry: definitely.
    Second, with the other spool cabinet atop: meh, not so much.
    Third, do you think fabulousness in question would perchance hold vodka bottles as prettily as vintage wine? Asking for a friend, of course….

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  15. Katie
    March 29, 2017 @ 12:44 am

    How amazing would that cabinet be in an old fashioned Victorian ice cream parlor? amazing. I love your cabinet find! Now I need one to store all my jewelry in…

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  16. Joyce Buzick
    March 29, 2017 @ 3:36 am

    Love the cabinet, for past forty years l have collected ribbons. I decorate Easter eggs and use very small bits of ribbon in process. I like the simplicity of your cabinet.

    A question, did you post pictures of your completed kitchen?

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  17. Sunnie Mitchell
    March 29, 2017 @ 5:34 am

    When notice of a new VEB blog post arrives to my inbox, I stop myself opening it in order to wait just the perfect moment to savour every last word of the post and ensuing comments. As I did with the notice of this post – it arrived yesterday (28 Mar 2017) and I saved it read today in an effort to dispel the doom and gloom oozing from Remainers moaning at the triggering of Brexit today here in the UK. Turned out to be a very wise choice (working wonderfully to chase off the Remoaner pall), and most importantly…OMGoodness, VEB, this has to be your crowning glory (so far, I know better than to think there could ever be a final complete totally crowning glory from you!). Breathtaking – that lace and ribbon cabinet is quite simply a breathtaking addition to your already awesome home. Ftr, I and several blue ribbon panels (not to brag, of course) consider me to be something of an expert needlewoman and possessor of an extensive collection of vintage and antique haberdashery and accoutrements – and I honestly had no clue such a wonderment of storage cabinetry existed. WOW, and I sincerely hope one day I stumble across one of these at a reasonable price. Enjoy that lovely GFT, enjoy!

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  18. Xenia
    March 29, 2017 @ 8:01 am

    The cabinet is gorgeous! Are you going to tell us how much you paid for it?

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  19. Karen Puchaicela
    March 29, 2017 @ 9:59 am

    Elizabeth, I absolutely adore your writing ! You always make me smile, such charming wit!

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  20. Valerie
    March 29, 2017 @ 10:40 am

    I love NASCAR figurines! I collect NASCAR figurines and the die-cast cars too. Hey, I just had an epiphany – maybe I need a ribbon cabinet to showcase my NASCAR collection!

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  21. kmkat
    March 29, 2017 @ 3:32 pm

    I love the cabinet by the stairs with the orchids on top! You have my permission to put no more than six spools of (vintage!) ribbon in the cabinet. It is very nearly perfect as is; you do not want it to appear cluttered, as it would if filled. Less is more, in this case. (I know that is not exactly your style, but please consider it here.)

    Paul is a master craftsman. That piano island is fabulous!

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  22. Patti Buser
    March 29, 2017 @ 5:24 pm

    You are a hoot! “…because SOMEONE must mount a protest against bankruptcy ” 😹😹😹😹😹😹😹

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  23. Michelle
    March 30, 2017 @ 10:07 am

    That is one beautiful cabinet and the way this one is put together makes it actually more usable. I would use my “go to” technique and have custom glass shelves cut that will fit on top of each of the ribbon spool holders and then display precious TFTs (Tiny Fancy Things). Silver boxes, little crystal pieces, etc. It would be fabulousness wrapped in awesomeness – something every room needs a touch of!

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  24. Desri Amato
    March 31, 2017 @ 7:11 pm

    You always crack me up. (in a good way) I love the ribbon thingy! Moveable parts and everything!!

    Off topic question – your floors are beautiful! What color is your stain?

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  25. Robyn
    April 2, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    Victoria, I think that it’s beautiful, empty as you have it with the orchids on top. There’s something about the sunlight shining through the glass that’s very pretty. Thanks for showing us all of the GFT that we would never know about without you!

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  26. Mary Alvarez
    April 4, 2017 @ 5:07 pm

    Hi Victoria, I would totally love to love to find a Ribbon Cabinet! I have scoured Craigslist and the local area but no luck. Apparently Texas was not big in the Ribbon Cabinet area…sigh! I personally make Wreath and sell them and as a trade downfall in that I am somewhat a ribbon “Hoarder” “Junkie”, ribbon obsessed 🙂 you get my drift 🙂 So how do you manage to come by such beautiful cabinets for such inexpensive prices. Truly I wish to know. I must admit I have a serious case of Ribbon Cabinet envy going on here.
    On the other hand I am so glad you are able to find these wonderful GFT’s and give them a lovely home.!

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  27. Laura W
    April 5, 2017 @ 1:43 pm

    Just found your blog. .enjoyed!

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  28. Sandra
    April 13, 2017 @ 9:25 pm

    Well now I want want 🙁 – I am strongly starting to suspect you owned a Haberdashery in a past life.

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  29. Betty
    April 14, 2017 @ 10:54 pm

    That is a gorgeous piece! The plant seems to show it off even more in that corner. I think if it was mine I would not put very many ribbons in there at all, just enough to give a nod to its history.

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  30. Susan Humeston
    May 18, 2017 @ 10:29 pm

    My favorite part of this entire blog post? Going to the site to see the Pharmacy from the 1930’s, seeing the price as more than $31,000 – and then spying the “Buy It Now” button and the “Add to Cart” button. They just don’t go together……unless you’re Bill Gates or something…..

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  31. Susan Humeston
    May 18, 2017 @ 10:38 pm

    I have a yarn passion. I think I would store my yarn in the cabinet in color order (like a new box of Crayola Crayons) and then, since they are already on spools, just sit in front of the cabinet and knit/crochet away. I don’t think I could leave it empty, even if it was more tasteful to do so……

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  32. Leah Messer
    May 29, 2017 @ 5:39 pm

    Amazing piece of furniture, and that “eh? What? Well… ok then!” is one of the best possible reactions x)

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  33. Sharon@LaurelhurstCraftsman
    June 20, 2017 @ 12:39 am

    I guess you decided you don’t need it after all. Or, perhaps, you’re trading up? http://www.ebay.com/itm/Antique-ribbon-cabinet-old-general-store-display-case/222545820492

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  34. Spike Burns
    July 10, 2017 @ 7:14 pm

    I did see the beautiful antique square grand piano you repurposed. This agonizes me as much as putting wine in your ribbon cabinet would agonize you I currently am in possession of one of these beautiful grand old things from 1864 and am dreaming of the day I can have it restored to museum quality and play it….but the ribbon cabinet does fascinate me.

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