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  1. Lisa Garber
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:29 am

    EVERY post – every.single.one. – convinces me yet again that you are crazy-in-a-good-way. I love you! And Paul! lol

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    • natalie
      February 5, 2014 @ 5:10 pm

      You have the BEST.STUFF.EVER!

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  2. Jenn
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:35 am

    Great job!! Love the tarps…. thank goodness you didn’t buy those blue ones!

    My husband has a thing for car parts… so I can totally relate to your Craigslist angst. I can’t tell you how many times we’ve driven to get car parts… including the trip from Louisiana to Albuquerque, NM, and then back again with a ’69 Firebird BODY (just the car’s body!) strapped to the bed of a pickup truck (we did manage to see Carlsbad Caverns and eventually convinced our 4 month old son to get back into his car seat!), and the one from IL to DE to get an engine (which allowed us to visit family for Thanksgiving, but still…)

    Enjoy your headboard!! Can’t wait to see how you make it all turn out fabulous!

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  3. Garden, Home and Party
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:40 am

    The suspense is killing me…when will part 3 be at a blog site near me. I want to know that this bed was made to work with a queen sized mattress and see it looking stately in your room. I love the looks of the bed. Did the guy selling it share the provenience with you, can you go back and buy one of those rugs for me?
    xo,
    Karen

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  4. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:42 am

    Your saga is currently going much better than the one that I am enduring with my counters, but I have hope that both will turn out well. Can’t wait to see that gorgeous bed set up in all its glory.

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  5. Sunnie Mitchell
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:43 am

    Always good to have a magic spell, always. (And always good to have a spare extra-large tarp. Just in case.) What a glorious headboard – worth $300 just for the headboard!

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  6. Anne @ Planting Sequoias
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:57 am

    I wish I had a barn/workshop/junk room filled with incredible antiques. Like those rugs, for instance! WHY are they just carpeting his barn and not gracing my dining room?

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  7. Sarah
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Can’t wait to see it in all its glory!! What a find!

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  8. Laurie
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    I do love Paul a little because he lets your freak flag fly and that truly is love.

    The rugs on the guy’s floor are killing me. I’m sure they have become hopless in his shop but it still kills me because they used to be beautiful and you can’t generally convince me that things can’t be saved. And yes, I’m the person who is still nursing the Christmas poinsettias.

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  9. Mel (MSkiKnits)
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I always squeal with delight each time an update comes to my mailbox! You make me want to sell my beach home, move to the mainland and buy an old Victorian home to have 1/4 the fun you are! And your husband…I want to give give him a hi-5 and tell him ladies (and gents to I suppose) are cheering for him!
    I never tire of your posts! (and my favourite is the one where you share about you & your best friend’s adventures together…the shower curtain you two decorated! Thinking of it always makes me smile and wish that everyone everywhere could have a friendship like that shower curtain embodies)
    Much aloha and Mahalo Nui!

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  10. Alex @ northstory
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    Ok I need and I repeat NEED to see photos of this in your car on the way home.

    And the rest of his storage room would have turned me into a episode of Canadian Pickers without him even realizing it.

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    • karen
      February 4, 2014 @ 3:14 pm

      Yes I agree we need a part III to the bed saga and it should definitely include pics of you car with the bed strapped on top and you inside chanting….

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  11. ronda
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Victoria this is genius. Once I found a piece I couldn’t live without 4 hours from home when my husband was on a business trip. It was a huge gun cabinet covered in antlers, which I would convert to a china cabinet. We rented a u-haul to take it home, then realized we had nothing to hitch it to…and had to take our car to have a hitch welded onto it only to be removed when we got home. My husband is still not quite over it. But it’s the best china cabinet ever.

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  12. Catherine
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:33 am

    I think the thing my husband got out of this was…that Paul has a clamp-silo. “See? I’m not the only one!” oh. Yes. My husband does have a clamp-silo, too. His grandfather’s clamps, his father’s clamps, his own clamps….some yard sale clamps, some new clamps. Clamps clamps clamps. Yep. That’s what he got from this post! And then…”Yep, you do that stuff to me, too.” sigh.

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  13. Michelle @ Bianchi's Barn
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    I was going to suggest you get a truck or at least a trailer to transport your future acquisitions, but then I realized strapping way-too-big stuff to the roof of your car adds immensely to the crazy-fun.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 5, 2014 @ 8:51 am

      What I really need is a forklift or possibly a crane. That way I will not be limited in what I can acquire.

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  14. Diana C.
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:36 am

    You mean you didn’t have Paul distract (or hog tie) the guy briefly so you could take a minute or two and explore? Those rugs alone beckon and hold the promise of more just beyond that… uh… black “drape”.

    I see old stained mattresses and shall tell a tale my sister in-law and BFF, Lisa, lived through one Saturday morning exploring some out buildings of a dumpy used “antique” furniture (and everything else) store, located in an unfashionable zip code part of town, called “Emmett’s”. The name says it all and following the store’s pot-bellied, wifebeater-wearing namesake through a maze of stained mattresses, we were supposed to be impressed that one particularly grody one belonged to an attorney. Thank goodness he didn’t give us the name; and I’m sure he knew it, for he all but had each mattress named with their histories to match!

    Now, Emmett took a bit of a shine to my beautiful, tall, blonde sis in-law and gave her his special undivided attention. Knowing her aversion to all things “icky”, I purposely lagged behind in these dark hallows of smell, dust, and evidence of debauchery, to snicker hysterically under my breath as Lisa smiled politely at her would-be suiter, only to turn around intermittently and hiss, “GET ME OUTTA HERE!!!”

    The antiques were reproductions; and after being told to look at appliances upstairs, which was unlighted, and to stomp on the (rickety and the only true antique) floorboards if we “saw something we liked”, we gracefully and swiftly made our exit. Actually, Lisa ran, gagging, to the car with the speed of a gazelle. I made my way there doubled-over laughing.

    Leaving empty-handed, it took the rest of the day to get the smell out of our noses, but the images, and story, is forever burned into our brain (read nightmares). To this day, neither of us can look at a used mattress without reliving the horror. The End.

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    • pj
      February 4, 2014 @ 6:28 pm

      Great story! Last year after ‘sourcing’ (professional term, translated as ‘hunting for old stuff’) 2 antique cast iron mantels through a Craigslist ad, I convinced my husband we should rescue them from a very scary part of a big city 2.5 hrs. away. We didn’t realize until AFTER we’d accompanied 2 men we knew nothing about– to the basement of an otherwise abandoned warehouse, via a very old cage style freight elevator– that we hadn’t told anyone else where we were going. Since the men knew we had brought at least $1000 in cash, we could’ve been walking into a trap where we’d be robbed, beaten, & left for dead while the guys drove off in our truck. But all turned out well & the mantels have been sandblasted & powdercoated, awaiting installation in their new home with 6 identical siblings (mantels). The End

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      • Andie
        February 4, 2014 @ 6:37 pm

        This is why I always add stream of consciousness commentary about my husband being a police officer… and guns… and letting other people know where I will be…when I am having a phone conversation with a Craigslist seller.
        My husband really IS a police officer but you could lie. How would they know?

        🙂

        Andie

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        • pj
          February 5, 2014 @ 6:23 pm

          Several years ago I had a bad experience with a scam artist who listed various expensive cosmetics on eBay. I only received half my order but she refused to send the rest. When I asked for a refund, she threatened to send one of her goons to hurt me. I reported the transaction to eBay, but should’ve reported her to the USPS & the police. Anyway, I wasn’t anyone would actually follow up. Instead I told her I was a private detective, which was true–I had worked for a security company a couple of years earlier & still had a license from the State. I didn’t hear anymore from her, but I got enough people to file complaints & got her suspended from eBay. She may have just created a new username, but I still felt somewhat vindicated! 🙂

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  15. Lynne Hoover
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:41 am

    I CANNOT WAIT to see this bed in its final resting place. Pun. Who but you would get a fantastic Victorian bed for $300? W.O.W.

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  16. judy
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:47 am

    I swear we have picked up huge mattresses-TVs etc. and even though we embark with a smiling sun and bluebird’s on our shoulders we wind up (buying tarps) and driving through the second flood. Ha! also different from your experience is my husbands refrain. “I can’t understand why you ALWAYS do this!” “Learn to check the weather beforehand.” I do not respond-mainly because I am busy biting my tongue and ignoring the resultant blood flow. AnyHoo. I am thrilled that you have secured further Bona Fides that you are the Queen of Craig’s list…..but wow! you don’t take the easier path to anything, do you? The beauty of the results though are well worth the effort-Right?

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  17. Mellissa Rose
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:53 am

    You are a perfect person. I love you in a totally non-creepy way.

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  18. My Crappy Housev
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:56 am

    You’re getting good at the cliffhanger. I didn’t see this one coming…

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  19. maria
    February 4, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    you ramble, you digress, you are a judy blume character grown up. you are a delightful, creative genious who inspires me to paint things sparkly and drag furniture in through a window. thank you, Muse…

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  20. Kiki
    February 4, 2014 @ 11:12 am

    O…M…..G……. 🙂

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  21. B Wilson
    February 4, 2014 @ 11:40 am

    I once trucked an antique iron bed frame from Lake Tahoe to Centerville Ohio on the roof of a 74′ Vega. In the past 40 years it has never served as anything more than a little used guest bed.
    It now is used more frequently for a place to pile things…
    However I love it and the memories associated with it with all my heart and have never regretted the move for a nano second.
    “The heart wont love what the eyes can’t see” -But once you see it… watch out!

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  22. Lorrie
    February 4, 2014 @ 11:43 am

    Craigslist is my go-to place for antique furniture, well that and eBay and antique stores! I just got a beautiful antique oak drop-front desk via Craigslist on Saturday. It was definitely worth the 200 mile roundtrip drive to get it. Our bed is Louis XVI from France with the most beautiful carvings on the headboard and it accommodates a queens size mattress nicely. It is amazing wht you can can find on Craigslist in the middle of the night when you can’t sleep and decide to go “shopping.”

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  23. Andrea
    February 4, 2014 @ 11:48 am

    You KILL me with your pursuits and passions: gilded, over-sized or aging objects; Paul; best friends – not necessarily in that order. Praying you find more on Craigslist, so you can write more! Plus, the comments and “commenters” above are just another bonus. This crowd is too funny!
    Andrea

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  24. Brynne@TheGatheredHome
    February 4, 2014 @ 12:12 pm

    Well, I’m on pins and needles for the next episode! You left us with a real cliffhanger 😉
    When I found my Craigslist holy grail – the many-tufted leather Chesterfield to end all Chesterfields – it involved a bidding war, a six hour round trip, and torrential rain from a hurricane. (http://www.thegatheredhome.com/2013/06/found-vintage-leather-chesterfield.html) There was a wide swath of wild windy downpour covering the Dallas Fort Worth area – we drove through it on the way there, and then chased it all the way home. Thank goodness it was moving fast enough that we never quite ended up in the thick of it again! There was some drizzle, but what can I say – my sofa has earned every inch of its patina. And obviously the “I hope it’s fine, I hope it’s fine” incantation known to all crazy all-weather Craigslisters worked 😉

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  25. Andie
    February 4, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    We have gone on such far flung Craigslist adventures that we were actually compelled to buy t-shirts at our destination point as souvenirs to commemorate our trip. T-shirts and regional craft beer (Handsome Husband bait).
    Disneyland Shmisneyland.
    It’s also a good excuse to buy “car food”. We stop at a gas station on our way out and load up on cellophane wrapped, preservative-laden delicacies. It’s important, because the only thing that keeps us awake on the trip back are bathroom breaks and the crinkle of the potato chip bags. A necessary part of our survival.
    We are usually too tired to unpack when we get home, so we wander out the next morning with our junk food hangovers and admire with awe the splendor the wonder that is Craigslist.
    Did you see the ginormous gilded mirror I found for free on Craigslist a few weeks back? I may even get a t-shirt to commemorate that, even though it was only 20 minutes away!
    So, are you going to sleep in your bed or use it as a shrine?
    Don’t make us wait too long!
    I hear the call of the open road. A side table in St. Louis beckons to me…

    xo

    Andie

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  26. Jenny D
    February 4, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    Where have you been all my life? Am new to your blog and so happy!
    Fancy Girl, you crack me up.
    Your fans and commenters are hilariously nutty too. (In the best way possible!) More please!!!

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  27. Dianne
    February 4, 2014 @ 2:05 pm

    I am in love with Paul!!!!

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  28. tammigirl
    February 4, 2014 @ 2:10 pm

    Yes! A necklace! What more needs to be said?

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  29. Yvonne Angus
    February 4, 2014 @ 2:17 pm

    I love it. Reminds me of my days of curbside shopping. Before craigslist, people just sat things out by the curb for trash pick-up. (Or had yard sales.) I was usually alone, and mastered, quite well, the art of lift, scoot, slide, repeat, to get whatever treasure it was, up onto the bed of my truck. Onto, because lots of times, things didn’t fit IN the bed of the truck! I carried tarps, rope and bungee cords for just that purpose. I have the top of a handmade china cabinet that the previous owners attached antique doors to the front. I have the GIANT glass door hutch-type top to another china cabinet, (more primitive American, I guess.) Put the former top on a vintage 50s dresser…it looks and works great! Still looking for the right “bottom” for the latter. I found an epic carved wood and upholstery headboard, numerous dining tables, most of which I have given to family. Last great find was, albeit a reproduction, a fabulous Victorian 3-ringed back HUGE sofa. Needs a small wood repair to the carved wood scallop, and reupholstering. Found a period piece two tiered dresser, the previously mentioned vintage dresser, a giant nightstand, two wing back Queen Anne chairs, two barrel type slipper chairs, 4 curvy metal “ice cream” style vanity stools, and so much more I can’t even think straight! I would be content to get a job at a thrift store, just so I had the privilege of sorting through everything!

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  30. Jenn H
    February 4, 2014 @ 2:36 pm

    I cannot wait for part 3!!!! I have a bed that is remarkably similar to that one (It also has a huge vanity w/full length mirror attached) and I also want to make it fit a queen size bed! Mine has a tall footboard so I had to put an extra mattress on top to let my feet hang over otherwise it is too short and I had to sleep in it diagonally. Strangely it is too wide for a full mattress so I think it will fit a queen that way, but I need to make it longer.
    Love love love LOVE your blog!

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    • Andie
      February 4, 2014 @ 5:07 pm

      I seriously LOL’d at “sleeping diagonally” to accommodate your bed.
      I have soooo been there.

      Andie

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    • Anne
      February 4, 2014 @ 7:01 pm

      Sleep diagonally?! Now that, my dear, is dedication.

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  31. Princess Pindy
    February 4, 2014 @ 3:41 pm

    I never doubted that you would own that bed!!

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  32. Brian Smingler
    February 4, 2014 @ 3:55 pm

    Your writing is exquisite and your honesty is refreshing.
    Your husband is a saint and I am glad that I am not him because I am not a saint. Well, my girls say I am so maybe I am.
    Thankfully Craigs List was not around when we first married. Thus our love of auctions.
    Brian

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  33. Priscilla
    February 4, 2014 @ 4:41 pm

    You so need a larger van 🙂 I can hear Paul saying, “Shhhhhh, no we don’t, no we don’t.”

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    • pj
      February 4, 2014 @ 6:40 pm

      Paul needs to find a shiny new truck parked outside next Christmas! We actually moved 3 complete rooms of furnitue from IN to GA in a mini van & small Nissan pickup, with a nearly new mattress & box spring tied on top of the van. We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies, but it wasn’t worth $600+ to rent a truck to move our son’s $400 worth of possessions. It was like solving a large scale Rubik’s Cube, with me directing the moves–take this out, put this there, stack this on top . . . Fun times–what memories are made of! 😉

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  34. Anne
    February 4, 2014 @ 6:59 pm

    Oh Victoria, you need to road trip to Wisconsin! I was just at an auction selling the items from a closed antique store, and all the fancy Victorian beds and dressers sold really low. People just don’t appreciate FANCY like they used to! Thanks for your wonderful blog, my husband and I always get a good laugh out of it…because we have definitely been there, done that!

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  35. Patricia
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:00 pm

    I see I’m not the only crazy one (okay, your readers are bunches more crazy than me). But I did buy a mahogany corner cabinet in near perfect condition for $100 at an auction in southern Oregon. Did I mention we live in Seattle? Eight hours away? But we were with another couple and we were planning on getting a U haul together for all their auction items. Except they didn’t buy ANYTHING! Lucky for us we had a convertible. Lucky for us it was summer. Lucky for us it was sunny (when we started). We turned the corner cabinet upside down and backwards and started for home. It didn’t start raining until we crossed the border into Washington State. And rained all the rest of the way home. Lucky for us, at freeway speeds, the rain was blown off as fast as it fell. Until we exited the freeway.

    But it was a really good deal. And I also bought two fabulous vintage quilts (just a little coated with 40 years of dust).

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  36. Debra Jo Harlan
    February 4, 2014 @ 9:26 pm

    My husband is 20 yrs older than me, conservative, not very tolerant of my…crazy. I have to do crazy on the low down, but sometimes he gets sucked in. So jealous of your enabling husband. I do have a dear friend that will tolerate about anything with me and life while doing it. God love her. Love your stuff. Deb

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  37. Deborah
    February 4, 2014 @ 10:40 pm

    You have really found a treasure. It looks a lot like the antique beds that you see in Natchez, MS and southen Louisiana plantation homes. It looks like it was made in the manner of Prudent Mallard, with it’s crest centering a cabachon (goose-egg-looking-thing). Can’t wait to see the final pictures.

    Deborah

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  38. Yoonjung Nam
    February 4, 2014 @ 11:59 pm

    I knew it! I knew that you would make it yours! What a great adventure and risk-taking good spirit you have. Now show us your bed in your real room! I can’t wait!!!

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  39. elizabeth kowal
    February 5, 2014 @ 2:30 am

    part three! i’m dying to see!

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  40. Carlee
    February 5, 2014 @ 9:45 am

    “You only buy broken things”- this is me too. Why do I love broken things so much?! I told my husband that likes only new things that I’ll never live in a new house.

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