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  1. Ellen
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:41 am

    Favorite post. The “unwieldy life-necklace of crazy” is the best and I plan to steal it. The carved tulips on the mirror are truly a thing of beauty and that you got it for so much under $3K is amazing. Love!

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  2. Lisa A.
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:44 am

    Oh Victoria,
    That is by far the MOST entertaining post I have ever read from you…I want to read it over and over and just laugh out loud. What a bargain too!

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  3. Victoria McQueen Jones
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:51 am

    You are crazy! And we love you for it.
    Congratulations on the biggest big mirror collection I have ever seen. I definitely don’t have ave enough wall space for such mirrors. Also my children would break it within ten seconds.
    But it’s so pretty. Thank you for sharing the prettiness with me. At least now I can dream about it at night.

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  4. Dani Allen
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:52 am

    I live in New Mexico, where giant tumbleweeds frequently assault vehicles, fences, and living creatures. I’ve pulled off many roads and scaled mountains in search of that elusive cell phone signal. My heart is still pounding as I visualize your phone bidding experience. You are my hero! I think I love this new GFT as much as I love the Kingdom mirror. Please tell me how to keep GFTs clean in a world of haboobs and dust devils because I need to stop living vicariously through you and own at least one of my own. VEB is life <3

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  5. Dianne Averill
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:52 am

    I am glad you are back from your visit to darkness. I missed you.

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  6. Queenofantiques
    May 9, 2018 @ 11:58 am

    I am sitting in the airport in Seattle and was very bored. Until I checked your blog. My husband is the one who found your blog, by the way. I am so grateful that you have me beat with GFT. I now can say, well, at least you’re not married to Victoria. He reminds me how I thought I could hold a GFT Victorian bookcase (with ormolu and jasperware plaques) in the back of a pickup, at 10 at night returning from an auction. It almost went airborne, but I did manage to stay alive in spite of rattling mirrors about to crash on me!

    So thanks for sharing. I realize I can continue my quest for antiquities knowing you are in my corner!

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  7. Jeanne
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:01 pm

    I’m down with a chronic illness today, and what a pleasure this is. Thank you for your true to life craziness.

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    • judy
      May 10, 2018 @ 1:36 pm

      I meant to reply yesterday but my sympathy for your being stuck in bed and feeling bad. As an old Lady I can more than empathize….all systems are degrading and central command(my brain) has lost most of its function.

      Please take care,love yourself and feel better. They do say laughter is the best medicine so thanks and kudos to Veb,she never fails to crack me up.

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  8. Beth C
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:04 pm

    You have a Black Belt in crazy. You are undefeated.

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  9. Kate S
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:05 pm

    What a ride. Your post made my morning. The mirror is gorgeous and and not at all disappointing! The tulips and the ribbon scrolls–wow!

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  10. NevadaNy
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:06 pm

    That IS a beautiful mirror. The wood and the carvings.
    Much better than gold ones.

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  11. Cheryl B.
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:08 pm

    What Lisa A said. Verbatim. Still laughing!

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  12. Catherine W.
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    I was right there with you for the NM cell phone auction bid. How well I know those greedy claws and nauseous stomach at the auction! And reading of your well-won victory soothes my loss of the two things I missed on EBTH because I was away from home at the closing time. (For one I was even at a waltz ball and would have left the dance floor for the call IF I HAD REMEMBERED IN TIME!)

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  13. Toni
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:17 pm

    You are so right…..this made a GREAT blog post….and laugh…..and prayerfully you and Paul are still married!

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  14. Lora
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:21 pm

    I apologize in advance. I am sure neither you, nor your legions of fans will ever speak to me again (not that you’ve spoken to me in the past) – but …..

    I do not see how you think this GFT is better the The Kingdom Mirror! It may be larger, but not fancier, nor as unusual. I am disappointed beyond belief. I’ll get over it, but there will be an amount of moonshine involved.

    Enjoy the new thing. Have (or hope you had) a great time in Belgium. Which I love. Do NOT bring home Mannequin Pis.

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    • Charlotte
      May 11, 2018 @ 7:42 pm

      Lora, You are not alone in your thinking – I’m right there with ya. I was shocked and dismayed that Victoria could even be thinking of getting another HUGE mirror! Even though reading this blog was hilarious! And I like the Kingdom Mirror better also. Not that I don’t like all the mirrors she has; in fact, I love most mirrors a lot. And chandeliers. I’m also glad I’m not Paul, moving all that stuff. There are good things about mirrors of course: They reflect all the goodies a person has collected in the room, and makes it seem like you have even more than you actually have (Victoria ought to like that!). We love you though, Victoria, in all your delightful errant ways. xxoo

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  15. Rhonda
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:22 pm

    I almost scrolled down to read the ending — so much suspense! So much adrenaline!!! Then so much laughter! This definitely is one of your best posts, oh ye lover of GFT and magnificent wordsmith! Congratulations on your win! I cannot wait to see where you are going to put all those incredible, huge mirrors!

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  16. Jeanne
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:29 pm

    Ditto regarding everything Ellen said …we all love you …but I know that is not enough…😃 I personally have a thing for lamps ???

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  17. Teri
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

    A mighty handsome mirror. Want. I have 18 mirrors in my downstairs but they are all tiny, even the biggest is a mere 4 foot square ish. I don’t count the ones upstairs, or in the garage.
    ps I bought one of the octopus hats for myself, in bright blue, I use it to go beach cleaning in. Only when I bend over the tentacles fall in my eyes …

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  18. Edie
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:30 pm

    I should be working, not reading this post, but whenever I get notified in my email that there is a new post by you, I absolutely cannot do anything else until I have read it. That mirror is gorgeous, Paul is a saint, and I can’t wait to read the next post. I’m hoping it’s about how you are in Belgium (and I’m hoping it’s the country, because I assume there are more GFTs in Belgium the country as opposed to Belgium the Wisconsin town)!

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  19. Jayne Zabala
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:33 pm

    I’m just surprised you didn’t bid on a chandelier while you were at it!

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  20. Ginny Lehner
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:34 pm

    Victoria Elizabeth,

    I am so sad……your mirror is bigger than my living room and dining room combined (sniff)…..I would have to hang it on the outside of the house. Could you maybe write a blog about SMGFT (Small ta Medium Giant Fancy Things) for those of us who will always have to live vicariously through you…..Please?

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  21. Val
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:36 pm

    OMG HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

    That. Is. FABULOUS. <3

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  22. Rosemary
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

    Literally tears running down my face. At first, I was rather surprised that you couldn’t dub the “starts with P and stands for…” to “Paul” instead of “pool”. And then the hysterics were all down hill from there. The absolute funniest post ever!!! I want to be your best friend, like everyone else here. Someone give this woman a television show. I’d like my Stephen to meet Paul, so he can find out how easy he has it, but watch out… I’m an empty nester next year and WILL HAVE THE TIME to finally have the house I always wanted.

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  23. savannah
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

    WOW!! my love of GFT has been reduced to SFT as in small fancy things since the guy who thinks he’s the boss of me aka The Husband still thinks we live in earthquake country (instead of Hurricane Hellbent Georgia)! There are two not quite GFT, but only one has made it inside the house. (I’m working on THAT now!) Keep being an inspiration to us all, sweetpea! xo

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  24. JeanFB
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

    Absolutely magnificent!!! The mirror, the post, your humor, everything. Paul too. I laughed out loud. Pretty sure I was holding my breath at one point. And I am insanely jealous that places like the GFT-stuffed auction house and places like your own GFT-stuffed house do not exist in North Carolina. And mirrors like that one, *especially* for only $1300, are pure fantasy. Seriously. I am in awe. Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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  25. Tattycoram
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

    I am weeping slow tears of silent laughter.

    Please stay married to your Boy Scout of the Old Testament.

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  26. Sue Fiorentini
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:52 pm

    Best post ever……..it was like a suspense novel, a romance novel and travel log all rolled into one.

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  27. Kim
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:54 pm

    BEST POST EVER!!!!!

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  28. Tina
    May 9, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    I know you know this. We ALL know this. But I need to say it for posterity’s sake.

    You have an amazing saint of a husband. The End.

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    • Charlotte
      May 11, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

      I second that!

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  29. Darling Lily
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    Most epic post ever. Not just of yours, but ever-in-the-history-of-the-entire-interwebz. For one horrifying moment, I thought you were going to give up on this most wondrous of GFTs; Oh Me of Little Faith! I should have known you would never let us down!

    Am I the only one who thinks that the glass being separated from the frame is a Sign From God that it’s meant to be the base for your open shelves?

    Don’t let Paul fool you; men love crazy. NOT the kind of crazy that causes scenes and embarrasses them in public, but they’re constitutionally incapable of resisting that sort of crazy where they’re never entirely sure what you’re going to do next. It fascinates them. I have always felt that a man never truly loves something unless he’s fascinated by it, and just a little bit afraid of it, too. I do believe you have both these aspects down pat. Plus you are breathtakingly beautiful, full of charm, and a helluva dancer. What more could he possibly want?!

    I also feel like he made peace with your GFTs long ago when he realized that, despite how much work and botheration they cause, it is infinitely better for you to be collecting GFTs as opposed to bringing home rescued lions and tigers from circuses. (Not to go putting ideas in your head)

    Paul is your greatest treasure; there are indeed plenty of male humans lying about for the taking, but you will never find another HIM!

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  30. Marianne in Mo.
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

    I seriously endured heart palpitations while reading this, and had to pause to catch my breath! As I’ve said in previous posts, your Paul is a keeper, and I can’t believe you would take a mirror over him, if it came to that. If my husband were 1/16th of a Paul, I would be overjoyed! Seems as though whenever I want something, it’s not happening, unless I manipulate him into thinking it was his idea and not mine.
    Your mirror is insanely gorgeous, and the price was incredible! Where oh where is it going?

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  31. Anne Dodd
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

    I adore you and your mirror fixation. I love that this one is from a “liquor baron.” I believe you should refer to yourself as the “Baroness of Reflective Surfaces, Shiny Giant Objects and the Duchess of Decorative Design.”

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  32. Bronne
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

    This was on of my all time favorite post.
    It literally caused my heart to race.
    Also gave me an anxiety headache.
    I have to re-read it immediately.
    This is the cocaine of blogs.

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  33. Anna
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

    Best Post ever!

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  34. Elise
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

    What a bargain you got!! Color me VERY impressed by your auction savvy. Thank you for existing and bringing your wonderful wit to the masses.

    Also, I want to become a liquor baron! Right now I’m just a liquor consumer.

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  35. Martha Kuska
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:18 pm

    Please, Victoria, for your own financial security and the sanity of your sweet supportive husband, do not, I repeat, DO NOT GO to Slegers Antiques in Hamont, Belgium (http://www.antiqueslegers.com/en/). I lived near there for 3 years and went there whenever I could. It’s a wholesale/consignment warehouse chock full of fabulous dusty GFTs…mecca. Easy to spend the whole week in there. Also, there is a weekly antique city-wide flea market in Tongeren, Belgium, a treasure hunter’s absolutely addicting delight. It’s 90 minutes from Brussels. Seehttps://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g188651-d589520-Reviews-Tongeren_Flea_Market-Tongeren_Limburg_Province.html
    Ah, memories. Sigh.
    Enter at your own risk.

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    • Fixit chick
      May 9, 2018 @ 9:17 pm

      I almost bought 4 matching 9′ high chandeliers when we were in Argentina. Slightly under $5k. It would have been another 4 to get rhem home. I still regret not buying them

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  36. Loco
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:41 pm

    While planning ahead for the “Great Big City Wide Yard Sale” this weekend, I will keep you in mind… Should my darling husband flip out about any antique and or vintage kitchen utensils (my passion) I bring home, I’ll point him your way.

    He was not upset with the antique couch covered in pristine gold fabric (it goes with NOTHING in my house, nor do I have a place for it YET) or the lovely old gold leafed mirror that came with it. But who can argue with free? It’s nice to be friends with the local estate sale lady on Sunday afternoons!

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  37. Sascha
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:05 pm

    I can’t even express how much I loved this post. You had me at “When I went home that night, I forgot to mention it to Paul because I am smarter than people think.” And then it only got better from there.

    I am going to make my husband read this so that he understands that my MRO (Major Rug Obsession) is merely a charming personality quirk. And could be SO much worse.

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  38. Amber S.
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

    gloriousness, PURE gloriousness!!!! my favorite part was “unwieldy life-necklace of crazy” which is going to be my new catch-phrase. You are the best word-putter-together in the UNIVERSE. This post could have gotten you an Oscar of Blogging, if there were such things. Congratulations on your GFT! 😉 Can’t wait for the next installment!!

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  39. Shirley
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

    I collect antique trunks. I know your pain.

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  40. cheapdiva
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:25 pm

    You. Are. Nuts. (But in a good way!)

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