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  1. Linda
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    My DIL found your blog and led me here…I have thanked her several times. Would you be willing to make a post about the blogs you read? I have found that someone I realllly think could have been a friend usually has other friends I would be interested in knowing. Clear as mud? Is there a blog roll you like to visit when you have time?

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  2. Jayne
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    You speak my language! I wish I could show you what I did to our old antique spool cabinet! Ours had pewter and mother of pearl knobs so we had a base made for it with small mop inlay so it is now used as a side table!

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  3. Abby Bean
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:20 am

    I’m a little bit of a different collector from you; I am always looking for mint, NWT, or NIB items to replace the things I had growing up. I don’t really have much use for a brand new lamp that I immediately rip out of the box to display for my own satisfaction, but it sure does feel good (would have been cheaper to have just saved my stuff, Mom & Dad). I’ve run out of things I’ve been coveting for years, so now I actually have to think about what else I *should* covet. Luckily I’ve renovated a small 1920 tudor that’s opened up a whole world of possibilities!

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  4. Rhonda
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:22 am

    Love!!!!!!
    I have totally started using you as a “see!! Look at her – going after GFTs is totally normal” when explaining to my husband that we need to go pick up an antique player piano like right now! ( it’s pending my pick up this weekend! Woohoo! )
    I’m building a new house and am on the hunt for huge antique mirrors, am contemplating doing an antique / Mercury glass backsplash in my new kitchen and can’t wait to shop for new-old pieces!
    Can you beg someone to record your talk and post it on your website ?! I would love to hear it but am in Texas. Where by the way, you need a road trip to come down to Canton for their first Monday’s… It’s a ginormous flea market of antiques and all kinds of stuff!!

    When can we get a new update on your kitchen?? I’ve read all of your posts many times!! You are above and beyond the greatest inspiration I’ve ever found!!

    Love seeing your foster kitties and am hoping you’re doing ok after losing your Elvis. Xoxox

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  5. Toni
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:24 am

    You’ll do amazing just by being you! That’s what all of who love your blog enjoy…..your personality. I know the space will be packed out! Relax, you don’t have to perform for anyone……something I always try to remember if in front of a crowd. Focus on your audience, not on yourself. Find one smiling person to talk with like you would a friend. Enjoy yourself.

    Why I collect STUFF……because the HUNT is half the fun…..it’s the “pirate treasure seeker” in us….hunting for treasure others missed! Plus, things with a story are so much more interesting and a home should be interesting, not just beautiful. I love the quote, “The home should be a treasure chest of living.” by Le Corbusier What we collect along the journey is our story!

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    • Mary
      September 24, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

      I love this! Yes, I am all about the hunt. The visceral excitement of not knowing what you’ll find. I get a thrill of excitement when I enter a thrift store or yardsale because it is the great unknown. It’s the sybarites skydiving. LOL

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  6. Laura
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:31 am

    Am I the only one dying to know what that’s a photo of on the computer screen (behind kittens on desk) with the gold numbers?

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  7. Laura L
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:38 am

    Ok I just have to say that those kitties look right at home in your fabulous house! Maybe they shoudl be a foster fail and just stay at your house! 🙂

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  8. Lisa Garber
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:40 am

    Swe this GFT? In an auction this Friday of Spaghetti Warehouse retaurant stuff – commercial kitchen items and GFTs!!

    http://www.restaurantequipment.bid/cgi-bin/mnlist.cgi?rebid2/SWPD20/showall

    Oh dear, the Photo didn’t display! It’s. Large Eastlake type mirrow! Quite huge, in fact!

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  9. Marta
    September 14, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    LOVE the spool cabinet, which is definitely looking its best adorned with kittens!

    I don’t know where I got the Stuff Habit. Not from my mother or grandmothers. Maybe it’s a throwback gene and I have a hoarder in my family tree. Unfortunately, my Hunter skills far outstrip both my display and selling skills. My garage is a testimony to this misbalance I am constantly struggling to overcome.

    I finally started selling on Etsy so I would a) have the equivalent of a steam valve for the Stuff and b) have an excuse to get More Stuff. See how that works? 🙂

    We are blessed with a plethora of incredible Goodwill stores here in the Valley of the Sun and that is where I do my picking. I always have a list of things I am looking for, not to sell, but for my own use. I have wanted new dining room chairs since, I don’t, like five minutes after I bought the ones I bought five years ago. yesterday I walked into a Goodwill and There They Were! Not antiques or even vintage, but just right for my dining room. Two armchairs and four side chairs for – I kid you not – $37.44!!! For all of them!

    Best of all, my daughter wants the old chairs when she moves into her new apartment in November. She’s also taking some of the dishes from my china cabinet that I was going to sell, making room for my current obsession – Bordallo Pinheiro majolica.

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  10. April
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

    Oh my what a nice cabinet. It’s a great one!
    But I am so distracted–KITTENS!!!!
    They’re beyond adorable.
    🙂

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  11. Garden, Home and Party
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:00 pm

    Victoria,
    I love the use of the spool chest and clearly the foster kittens share your love of bright and shiny objects! I’m thrilled for you and the lucky participants at the upcoming event. I would love to hear your presentation and of course, meet you in person!
    I currently collect any little bit and bobble that comes across my path. The good news is I need nothing more in my house. I never thought it would come to this but at my age I can honestly say I need nothing other than the maintenance of upholstered pieces and such. Phew, it only took 60+ years to be able to say that.
    xo,
    Karen

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  12. knitbunnie
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    I’m feeling a sense of loss as I look at your spool cabinet. As an avid sewist, who owns more thread than a human should be allowed to have, I weep that your spool cabinet is not holding spools. Do you think it felt betrayal as you filled it with baubles?

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    • Lizzie
      September 14, 2016 @ 11:56 pm

      I disagree. As soon as I saw beyond those adorable fur babies, it was obvious that the cabinet was made for sparkles. Perfection. The cabinet immediately took me back to the old Winn’s 5&10 store of my childhood. Their spool cabinet was always filled with eye catching jewel toned threads. Next time your in the DFW area, the Downtown Mini Mall in Denton is a great bargain hunter’s paradise. I sold there for many years before moving overseas. Now I collect passport stamps. Wish me luck on filling this one up before I have to renew!

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  13. Joyce Winge
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:16 pm

    I’d love to get into all this, diy, antiquing…knowing what the hell I’m looking at and how it gets made fresh.

    But I’m aware that I don’t have the luck, knowledge or patience! So I go to the very rare flea market and thrift store, secure in the knowledge that I probably just walked past THE door/sideboard/hanging thing that would have rocked my world.

    Focus…I lack focus. And confidence. And, uh….

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  14. Lin
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:41 pm

    Wow what a deal on the spool cabinet. When I googled them the started in the $300+ and up+
    The kittens are so cute and I am so happy to hear the female cat is well and ready for a new home. She sounds like the perfect cat….maybe she might have been perfect for you???? Someone will be so happy to have her. It is awesome that you and Paul have such big hearts to foster!

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  15. Gwennie
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:49 pm

    You have all the makings of a modern day Auntie Mame! I pride myself in being an Auntie Mame too. I have a velvet fainting couch that I have demonstrated to many, many children how to dramatically swoon onto it. I can tell the kids who are kindred spirits, they light up and place back of hand on forehead and swoon away. The boring kids look at me like I’m a freak, and I quickly know I don’t have to leave anything big and fancy to them in my will!

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    • Marta
      September 15, 2016 @ 11:25 am

      Auntie Mame is my role model! Teach open-mindedness, true love, and a flair for dramatic fashion!

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  16. Carla Longmeyer
    September 14, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

    So That’s what I have! – a spool cabinet! Not as fancy as yours, of course.

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  17. Laura
    September 14, 2016 @ 1:03 pm

    My sister and I are traveling from Wisconsin to hear you speak and hopefully meet you. You will be awesome!
    Can’t wait to check out all the vintage items as well!

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  18. Laurie Ann
    September 14, 2016 @ 1:15 pm

    My late mother was a picker back in the 60’s and 70’s in Upstate NY. She would put my sister and I in the car on a Saturday morning with a map and snacks and off we would go! She was quite fearless, approaching farmers and asking if she could peruse their barns. She had a great eye and always came out with something.

    Now, I check out people’s piles on garbage day and search Craig’s List. Since just moving to SE PA, I am going to start checking out the local auction houses. At present, I am looking for a vintage drafting table, urns, and sculpture for the garden.

    BTW, my mother used her spool box as an end table, but love your idea to use as a jewelry box!

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  19. Karen
    September 14, 2016 @ 1:24 pm

    You have the most adorable typist! Certainly cute enough to compensate for lack of accuracy

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  20. Sascha
    September 14, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

    Well, now I need a spool cabinet AND a carriage house. Also, will you please be MY great-aunt??

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