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  1. MicheleFromBoston
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:14 am

    I must say, I wouldn’t mind waking up to this piece as I was drinking my morning coffee. I am still incredibly intrigued about what your GFT might be. And how you are keeping its purchase at bay as you try to scrape together the necessary funds. Can’t wait to see how this looks in the kitchen in compliment with the piano island. Say “hi” to Elvis!

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  2. Amy
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:19 am

    Love it. Especially Elvis. <3

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  3. Melissa
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:20 am

    ELVIS!!!!
    (And I love the pantry too.)

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  4. Ann
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:22 am

    This is my fav GFT that you have bought. Me want.

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  5. Carole @ Emu Bliss
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:26 am

    There’s nothing better than checking my email in the morning and finding a new VEB GFT video. However, I fear having The Bare Necessities stuck in my head all day, thank you very much.

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  6. Krista
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:35 am

    Victoria, I usually pride myself on being able to find what I am looking for on CL but I am busting out. So reach out to you–I am looking for a bookcase to hold my collection of vintage quilts that has grown since my MIL retired and has become my personal sweat shop ?. If you could offer any advice, searches, anything. Of course I NEED IT NOW…you know how that goes. Thanks!!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 8, 2016 @ 10:57 am

      Don’t forget to use words that aren’t what you would use to search! This guy had the ad described as “cabinet” which I guess it is… but it’s not really the word I would choose.

      Out of curiousity, what city are you near?

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  7. Julie Frontera
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    Peanut butter and jealous!!!!!

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  8. Elizabeth Speicher
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:45 am

    Looks great! Your kitchen is really coming together and in a completely unique Victoria Barnes way. I know you are looking forward to having your kitchen finished and construction chaos banished. I am too, can hardly wait to see all the GFT in situ all a once. Is the Arkansas GFT for your kitchen?

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  9. savannah
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    I LOVE all the GFT, but, sweetpea, I actually said “OHMYGAWD” out loud when I clicked on the link to the bodum containers and realised they were just what I needed in my pantry. Needless to say, The Husband was pleased that the price was reasonable and not in the GFT range! 😉 xox

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  10. tammigirl
    March 8, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    Now… let’s do ‘wife math’.

    This piece was supposed to be $900 – but eventually only cost you $250.
    You saved: $650

    Plus! You sold those two stacks for what? $200 $300? Let’s say $300

    $650 + $300 = $950 of money to go towards the Arkansas GFT!

    Add that to the other stuff you sold… (wife math only) I bet you have MORE THAN ENOUGH to go forth and get THE GFT to end all GFTs (until the next one) AmIright?

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  11. Lorrie
    March 8, 2016 @ 11:17 am

    Your sentiments about bookcases mirrors mine about curio cabinets!

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  12. Garden, Home and Party
    March 8, 2016 @ 11:21 am

    I love this piece. So the kitchen is progressing. It will be a great pantry or storage for whatever you need to store in your new kitchen!
    xo,
    Karen

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  13. Melissa
    March 8, 2016 @ 11:35 am

    What I don’t understand is how is it that all GFT come apart so easily? Was that standard construction technique of that era?

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    • Hally
      March 8, 2016 @ 11:57 am

      This is what stood out to me as well, why isn’t all furniture made like this!? IKEA can you hear us? Furniture like this would make life so much easier for apartment dwellers or those of us who move often.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 8, 2016 @ 12:10 pm

      A lot of the big stuff THANKFULLY has come apart, but I’d say just as much stuff hasn’t… a few times I would have bet money the thing would come apart, and no dice.

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      • Rose
        March 15, 2016 @ 10:17 am

        Not realizing things come apart is how I scored a triple door wave front art deco mahogany wardrobe at an auction a couple years ago for the amazing price of $12. Nobody wanted to move it. When I started turning the latches and taking apart this delicious example of early modular furniture people actually laughed. No one else had seen them. ( I also may have bought an 800lb hand made rug loom because it was cool. My husband disagreed)

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  14. Jennifer
    March 8, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    Victoria, I have an antique walnut wardrobe that is shockingly similar in style and shape to your bookcase, and it all comes apart and goes together exactly the same. Thankfully, as it’s rather large and would be nigh impossible to move if it didn’t. I can see why you needed it so. Perfect, lovely and useful, the triumvirate in furniture acquisitions.

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  15. Julie
    March 8, 2016 @ 11:57 am

    How do you do it?!

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  16. Cheryl
    March 8, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

    I saw the hint-photo on IG before your post came through to my Bloglovin’ feed, and this is just what I pictured! It’s also just what I imagined you SHOULD have for a pantry! It’s perfect.

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  17. Berit
    March 8, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

    It’s…it’s Beautiful. ?

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  18. Sarah
    March 8, 2016 @ 12:40 pm

    Dear VEB, Please help I accidentally caught the GFT bug after reading every post on your blog. There is no cure, and I am happy about this. Thank you for empowering me to make excellent financial and interior design decisions.

    This bookcase is of dreams, I love all of your bookcases, I want all the bookcases even though I swore I would stop hoarding books (no one can ever stop hoarding books).

    ps. I am glad Elvis is still with you.

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  19. Melissa
    March 8, 2016 @ 1:27 pm

    You dancing & ELVIS making a guest appearance were making me squeal!
    The piece is lovely & was so rad to see broken down and then reassembled.
    Can not wait to see the next acquisition…there is, after all, always a “next” ?

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  20. Sue J.
    March 8, 2016 @ 1:47 pm

    A shiny soul indeed. Like attracts like…

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  21. Svietka
    March 8, 2016 @ 3:00 pm

    girly, u r the only blogger i follow and it’s not because of your immaculate taste but because u crack me up with your writing (ok, and your huge fancy thingies u get). whatever happened to that other thing u got instead of therapy, where i told u to get rid of plants? did u ever post an update of the room, cause i didnt see it

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  22. Kimberly
    March 8, 2016 @ 3:13 pm

    Your obsession with GFT’s is my favorite. Just like your entire blog/rants. And do hurry along with this amazing GFT that you’ve been telling us about! Start a gofundme page or something 🙂

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  23. judy
    March 8, 2016 @ 3:26 pm

    This is great. I have been cleaning all day and feel kinda proud at my progress. Your home always inspires me with its imaculate state. Do you drive each other bonkers with the cleanliness gene or are you both happy to be married to someone as neat,clean and organized?

    It is so nice that you are making such progress on the kitchen. It seems to me we should all try more to enjoy the actual experience of accomplishment,step by step and not rush toward the curtain opening and the “TA Da! moment cause once that moment has passed everything seems anti-climatic and kinda boring. And then we get to critique what we have done in haste and now get to repent at leisure. Slow and steady does the job.

    Don’t some old people go on and on and sound all lecturey…..boring….Love to her Nibs and Veb and Paul.

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  24. Michele Adams
    March 8, 2016 @ 4:52 pm

    I may just have to stop getting your posts because every time I read it, my envy goes over the allowable limit . You are just too cute for words, and you seem to have a truly interesting life of hunting and gathering GFT. Your house is lovely in all its stages and your husband can really do “stuff” other than just look pretty. On top of all of that, you’re a cat person, so that means you must be really bright.
    Thanks for showing me what my life could look like! Keep it coming.
    MA

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  25. Kathleen
    March 8, 2016 @ 5:14 pm

    STOP! STOP! Stop showing me the GFT you found for ridiculous prices that I cannot even find in newer aged Seattle West Coast! I’m green that you even find these pieces, let alone the price!

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  26. D'Arcy H
    March 8, 2016 @ 8:58 pm

    Hey, this looks like my Kleiderschrank, except fancier! Looks like it goes together with joinery, not screws, right? Check out “Der Kleiderschrank” on my blog … (I can’t get it to link) https://ourbungalows2ndcentury.wordpress.com/2015/12/15/100-year-old-german-wardrobe/. Mine is a family heirloom. Love yours, and yes, it’s a cat magnet. Hi, Elvis!

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  27. Brittany
    March 8, 2016 @ 10:47 pm

    How the H-E-Double Hockey Sticks do you find this kind of stuff on your Craiglist, and I can only find some college kids’ peed on busted couch vintage 1996???

    The GFT fairies have favored you. And I’m jelly.

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  28. elderwitty
    March 9, 2016 @ 1:06 am

    At 10:06pm on March 6, 2016, I commented on a FB post about the Kingdom mirror that your writing style is so delightful that I was now required to read your blog from the beginning.

    Two days and two hours later – here I am. It was everything I hoped it would be. Thrills, chills, suspense, kitty!, and the most innovative and minimalist furniture elevator I ever hope to see. Is Paul an aerospace engineer? Alternately, did he apprentice with Norm at The New Yankee Workshop?

    Along the way, I recommended you to my whole family (surname Witte), as well as those who are Witte-adjacent, who will appreciate your mania for THE item, or commiserate with your magical unicorn of a long-suffering, ramp-building, treasure of a husband, respectively.

    I freely admit to rising anxiety levels as the entry dates climbed to meet the present. “What if I scroll down and there’s no ‘Next Entry’ arrows/circle? How will I survive if I catch her up and the kitchen is still undone?” I’ll tell you truly – my heart rate rose.

    Then it happened. My fears came to pass. There is no more and there’s no sink and I can’t even hold you responsible. (Unless, of course, it *is* your fault that time runs only in the one direction.) I will have to wait for the rest of the adventure in real time. It’s nearly too much to bear. (Cue dramatic back-of-hand-to-forehead.)

    Or.

    I could start over and read ALL the comments this time. I fear I mostly leapt headlong from the bottom of the first page in my eagerness to hear about the next GFT.

    I think this idea has merit.

    (On a quite impertinent tangent, I feel that Elvis will be disappointed if you don’t announce her translation to the big lounging sofa in the sky with the post title “Elvis has left the building”.)

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  29. Mignon Hamlin
    March 10, 2016 @ 9:37 pm

    My favorite detail? The fringe on the rug is smoothly raked. Be still my heart. Fantasy life, achieved.

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  30. Tammi
    March 11, 2016 @ 3:06 am

    How did I even stumble across you??? I don’t know why but after I read your blog the first time. I lost $356 to 4 FFT (Fabulous Fancy things). Dining room chairs I perused Craigslist for just because your post inspired me. I really did need those chairs …no really. Only now you are doing it again to me. I have to get a GFT bookcase I have to that things is AMAZING. That is all. I have to go now.

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  31. Chris
    March 11, 2016 @ 12:33 pm

    Gorgeous. I am living vicariously through your purchases.

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  32. Yvonne Angus
    March 11, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

    I am, once again, in awe. I frequently re-purpose, and I can’t believe it never dawned on me to use a giant bookcase as a pantry! Thank you, once again, for the photos (and video) of Paul’s most photographic side. We live vicariously through you. Plus, the end of the video was heart in throat touching of Elvis jumping out of the bookcase.

    Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention that in, I believe, the first episode of Boardwalk Empire, they have Elvis’ sofa in the living room of one of the characters. It even looks to be upholstered in the same color. My heart soared.

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    • Yvonne Angus
      March 11, 2016 @ 2:05 pm

      P.S. I think I found it, and they only want a little under $10,000. for it. Beautiful! Don’t worry. It’s all yours! I could never afford it, and I definitely don’t have room for it!

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  33. Olive
    March 12, 2016 @ 9:54 pm

    I too am a FRIVOLOUS LUNATIC. which is why I am a fan of yours. Maybe we are really cool somehow. I just haven’ figured out in what way. I buy too much stuff. It stresses me out. So to relieve stress, I go buy more. Luckily, I like cheap stuff.

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  34. Kate
    March 14, 2016 @ 10:47 pm

    I had read your “how to” post about bows a while back & was very entertained. Your luxury kitchen post made the Facebook rounds to my timeline & I whole-heartedly agree. My husband & I default to HGTV and all of the kitchen remodels are looking the same: sterile, gleaming white. Of course, those people never have children or cook things that are not white or beige. I love how unique your kitchen (and entire home for that matter) is, and how you are having pretty good luck ultimately finding & acquiring the perfect pieces for each room. Your blog is very fun to read & I did follow your instructions to follow you on Facebook. Good luck with your Arkansas GFT acquisition & enjoy every moment you can with your precious Elvis. I know it was hard to describe but we all felt how special & loved she is as a part of your family.

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  35. Merryjo Agnel
    March 21, 2016 @ 1:24 am

    This is great. It will be a great pantry or storage for whatever you need to store in your new kitchen! It’s also just what I imagined you SHOULD have for a pantry! It’s perfect.

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  36. Missy Ann
    March 21, 2016 @ 6:56 am

    Love your blog, your GFT, and your style of writing!!!

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  37. Monica W
    March 23, 2016 @ 3:52 pm

    Look what you have wrought, just look. 🙂 Waaay too far from work, but just in case you need a Summer Home in Virginia.

    http://www.oldhouses.com/25178

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  38. Julie K-S
    March 28, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

    Ok lady. You might be crazy. You might not understand spatial relations. You might live in an alternate universe. BUT! I love every word. Not sure I could pull this off at my house but I’m sure enjoying reading about you doing. With style. Keep up the great work.

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