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  1. Robyn
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:29 pm

    I wish we were friends so I could tell my husband the next time I want something, “you are lucky…you could be married to Victoria” .and his face would get pale at the the thought and he would be grateful to get me the thing he thinks I am crazy for wanting!

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  2. Karen Carlson
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:38 pm

    You are a great writer. I have a closet of curiosities and suitcases of surprise, but nothing as wonderful as nuclear war of fanciness.

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  3. Crystal
    May 9, 2018 @ 6:06 pm

    I was annoyed at the 30 seconds of annoying ads I had to wait to end before watching the real video of GTFs, my time being so IMPORTANT and my attention span of a gnat…. but then I started smiling as I read, then I started laughing, then I was hooting with hilarity and scaring my dogs, so in the end that 30 seconds of advertising hell was worth it….that is a total lie, but then I lie with impunity.

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  4. Sherry B
    May 9, 2018 @ 6:36 pm

    Nothing like a GFT post ! I recently heard someone say ” It is not hoarding , it’s resource management”
    My feelings exactly!

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  5. judy
    May 9, 2018 @ 7:05 pm

    Wow! and Wow again. But I realized a true fact. No matter how giant or fancy and perfectly lovely they are, the Giant Fancies will never surpass your unique and glorious writing skill. Thank goodness I found you cause I am pretty much off most blogs-except for Karen Bertelsen at The Art of Doing Stuff-she is amazing and she grows Dalias…..

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  6. Melissa
    May 9, 2018 @ 7:18 pm

    This just made my day and it’s fabulous!

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  7. Lindsey
    May 9, 2018 @ 9:17 pm

    Great job on buying that against all odds! I love the way you write. Hopefully Paul won’t notice the entire house is covered in mirrors until it’s too late.;)

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  8. Sherry S
    May 9, 2018 @ 9:33 pm

    I also have a darling husband and I try to keep him relatively untroubled, but sometimes you just need to GO FOR IT!!! .
    I think I love you!!!

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  9. Joanna
    May 9, 2018 @ 9:34 pm

    This story is EVERYTHING! I’m so happy it had a happy conclusion!

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  10. Ellen Shook
    May 9, 2018 @ 9:47 pm

    (1) Clone Paul endlessly and get rich; (2) New Mexico IS like the end of the earth but beautiful; (3) love your stories.

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  11. Paige
    May 10, 2018 @ 7:29 am

    What does Paul actually do? I feel he has to be an engineer. Or some such similarly technical background. And how fortunate he exists to fill the position of Acquisitions and Facility Manager of the Mirror Emporium.

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  12. Suzanne
    May 10, 2018 @ 9:06 am

    I LOVE reading your posts. EVERY. SINGLE. ONE. Also, I hope that my next husband( #3 if there is one) will be as untroubled as yours. The first two were very troubled. Thank You for making me laugh!

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  13. Elizabeth
    May 10, 2018 @ 10:40 am

    Can I be your auction trolling friend? We just moved to the Main Line, the bastion of liquor barons and other fabulous people who don’t need new friends, and I also love and get in trouble for acquiring GFTs. I promise not to bid against you!

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  14. Lori W
    May 10, 2018 @ 11:48 am

    THAT MIRROR is jaw-droppingly gorgeous. Sorry, but better than the Kingdom Mirror and a thousand times better than the Painted Lady Mirror, although I would like her better if she were stained and not painted!

    Life Rule No. 1: “You should still pretend to care.”

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  15. judy
    May 10, 2018 @ 12:13 pm

    he exists to fill the position of Acquisitions and Facility Manager of the Mirror Emporium. You must be related to VEB ….I wish we could have a plaque struck for his office door cause you nailed it.

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  16. kmkat
    May 10, 2018 @ 4:47 pm

    Re: cell service in New Mexico. When I visited my son in Zuni NM last Thanksgiving, I could not get cell service AT THE FOOT OF THE CELL TOWER! How can people live like that? (Probably very quietly and meditatively.)

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  17. Ralna Cunningham
    May 10, 2018 @ 5:16 pm

    I read this once, then forwarded it to both my daughters. One of whom replied thus: haha i didnt read it yet but it already looks good since it’s victoria elizabeth barnes xD.
    So I clicked and read it ALL OVER AGAIN, EVEN BETTER THE SECOND GO.
    Are you some kind of Etruscan?

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  18. Kathleen
    May 10, 2018 @ 5:32 pm

    Contact me if you decide to sell the white/off white painted mirror!

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  19. Deb
    May 11, 2018 @ 12:48 am

    Man. My life is boring. I bought 5 bar carts to paint and sell, but I brought only 2 home and painted those. The other 3 are in the storage unit. I CANNOT bring all 5 home! Now my husband wanted to empty the storage unit, and he wanted to go there himself, personally. Ummmm …

    Our bar is set lower over here. He thought having 2 little bar carts was crazy. I need to show him these mirrors so he realizes that little bar carts, heck that’s NOTHING.

    Also, I need to be a crazier life-necklace. It sounds like fun!

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  20. Lolly
    May 12, 2018 @ 4:35 pm

    Dear Victoria, if you are still in Belgium, I will say ONE WORD: TONGEREN. It’s where the military wives go antique shopping for GFTs!!!! Yup! Have fun! Tell your husband that I said I’m sorry. (Not sorry at all!!!! Just tell him I am!)

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  21. Deb
    May 13, 2018 @ 2:32 am

    Better to ask forgiveness than permission! 🤭 SCORE!

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  22. Diana C.
    May 14, 2018 @ 1:29 pm

    I’ll throw in a few Navy SEALs if you need them; they’ll help you ward off a nuclear war, even if it is over a mirror the size of Kansas. I must advise though, that without a giant fancy Venetian mirror, your collection is still not complete, so happy hunting! Love your blog and glad Paul is still encumbered with his “unwieldy life-necklace of crazy”. Until next time…

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  23. Katie
    May 15, 2018 @ 12:32 pm

    This mirror is just as fabulous as you! Also, I hope you’re ok with being my spirit animal. You’re amazing. This is amazing.

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  24. JeanneV
    May 18, 2018 @ 10:33 pm

    So good. I need to read this post 48 more times.

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  25. Cenepk10
    May 23, 2018 @ 11:02 pm

    This was your very best post ever. Crying laughing. And … and … you still alive????

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  26. Robin Wingo
    September 6, 2018 @ 12:41 pm

    Oh my. It is a thing of beauty. If you need a hide-out, you can come to me.

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  27. IrishBlu
    September 20, 2018 @ 2:34 pm

    Love your posts! But, some how I missed out….. Did you sell the Kingdom Mirror. I was wanting you to keep it! Let me know the suspense is killing me!! :}

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