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  1. Sandi
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:08 am

    Well done! Terrific finds, indeed. I am vastly impressed. Did you have to do any serious bargaining for the chair?

    And I had to wonder, do you ever see yourself on the selling end of one of these events?

    I know, I know, “Don’t talk crazy!”

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 15, 2014 @ 10:30 am

      No! He had a couple of chairs with a sign that said – $1, need TLC. For all I know he would have taken less!

      I would LOVE to have a yard sale. But I could not do it on townwide day, because (obviously) conflict with acquiring more things. And on any other day, Paul talks me out of it. He says – how much do you think you will make? Then he says – I will pay you that amount to just throw the stuff away.

      Where is the fun in that?

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    • Sarah Mentock
      October 21, 2014 @ 11:49 am

      Hi, Victoria,
      TOTAL score on all fronts. I would say you won the war, most definitely. I think that “thing” you bought might be the base to a baptismal font. You could make it into the base for a vessel sink…

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  2. BrocanteuseRose
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:11 am

    LOL “None of MY friends would come to our house and just start sitting on chairs willy-nilly.” Tears. Seriously I am in TEARS with laughter over this line!

    I completely understand this sentiment usually with me it applies to vintage damasked monogrammed napkins that have been USED as opposed to left in the charming and also vintage metal basket on the sideboard in the kitchen. Like that is an invitation to use them!!! Ummm – NO. lol

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    • Kelly
      October 15, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      My family always had “guest soaps” that everyone knew never to use – fancy and whimsical-shaped soaps that were left in a pretty dish on the bathroom counter. My step-mother was furious when the guys who came to reshingle her house used her CAT-shaped guest soaps. She still talks about this bitterly.

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      • Amber
        October 17, 2014 @ 1:37 am

        Hahaha. Kelly, your comment cracked me up! 🙂 I can totally see that (and understand the outrage! I mean, come on! USE her CAT soap?! Duh, no!)

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  3. Valorie
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    Great post! Love your plaster column and LOVE the chair! Just occurred to me that you might be able to answer a question I have. I’m preparing for a sale too and lots of my things have been stored in the garage for years. I was upset seeing that mice or shews have been running through those things (lots of mouse poopy)…should I just throw everything away instead? It never occurred to me, as I bought things for my home over the years, that they could have been stored in similar circumstances, especially the old toys I bought for my children.

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    • Teresa Townsell
      October 15, 2014 @ 6:53 pm

      Valorie, I feel your pain! You didn’t mention what you have stored and want to sell, and so I’ll give some feedback as best I can. I have had a lot of garage sales over the years, and this is what I would do after a mouse infestation, which once-upon-a-time I had in my vintage Christmas boxes. From my point of view, integrity would dictate presenting items to be sold at a garage sale in a condition that you would be willing to buy a similar item in another garage sale. So, unwashed items walked on/tinkled on by mice—-um, not so much. It would probably be wise to only have items laid out that have been wiped down with Clorox, or washed in the washer. However, since I’m not looking for anymore projects . . .if it was me, I’d probably seriously throw out a good deal of my “treasures” and move on. Good luck!

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  4. tammigirl
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    I can’t believe you scored that beautiful plaster spoon rest. You are going to put it in the kitchen near the stove, right?

    I have a pew!

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  5. Monica W
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:16 am

    “Then he said – You should probably get yourself a pew, so that you have somewhere to sit while I lecture you from my pulpit-of-authority-and-patriarchal-privilege.”

    Silly Paul, The pulpit of authority has Elvis’ name written all over it. A chaise, a mirror, and now a pedestal. Soon ….The World.

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  6. eva
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    Oh I definitely agree with Monica…that pulpit is definitely Elvis’s! Wonderful finds..bravo!! I can’t believe though it was that time of year again for the neighborhood yardsale! I have been collecting stuff at the yardsales to keep me over the winter months…enjoy your finds!

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  7. Peggy James
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:35 am

    You are so lucky to have married Paul! My husband would never play along on these wonderful adventures.
    I laughed and laughed!

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  8. B &B
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:44 am

    I know I digress BUT are the mums and dahlias in the photo on illegal substances or steroids or what?

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    • tammigirl
      October 15, 2014 @ 10:48 am

      I think you should not speak with V.E.B. about her flowers. She has obviously made a deal with the devil.

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    • Cynthia
      October 15, 2014 @ 8:26 pm

      I think VEB talked about her choice of flowers a while ago, even naming the specific varieties.

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  9. Laurie
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    OK, there is no bones about it, you scored!

    Clearly, I am one of your tribe because I have a beautiful little Duncan Phyfe bedroom chair with intricate wood detail but it is way too delicate to sit on. I’ve had to chase my own grandmother away from the chair when she thought she could sit on it.

    Seriously people.

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  10. Cat
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    I’d stay total SCORE!!

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  11. gusmom
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:55 am

    I, too, am an enamel/granite ware junkie. It is almost like a drug but I am trying to at least curb my addiction. I have so much of it around the house but I do use it all the time. My dogs eat out of an enamelware bowl and drink from a heavy graniteware bucket. I have a cool old grain storage bin that holds almost the whole giant bag of dog food. We use a huge (probably almost 3 gallons) old swirl coffee pot for making cowboy coffee when we camp with friends. You would be jealous of how many of the cool refrigerator storage boxes I have, complete with lids, in all shapes and sizes. I recently gave a very nice set of stainless steel pots and pans to a friend because I prefer using cast iron and my old blue enamelware speckle pots. Seeing their pretty colors on my pot rack, and using them (along with my collection of vintage utensils), just makes me happy. It is hard to say which piece is my favorite but I think it is probably my large swirled cobalt blue and white bowl. It literally took my breath away when I first saw it, and still does! Love at first sight! The pieces we use the most are some larger rectangular trays, similar to your small one. I have a set of 4 that are mostly white in the center and then deep navy swirled around the lip. We use them when grilling. I stack 2 trays together and put the raw meat on the top one. Once my husband or I unload the meat onto the grill, we put the clean tray on top and that stops bugs from being attracted and hides the yucky stuff. Then he can bring the cooked food in on the clean tray. I used to search Ebay and Etsy for cool unusual items but I’m trying to avoid that because anything that is blue and white and unusual is going to seem like a deal to me no matter what the price!

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  12. Dianne
    October 15, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Still laughing. God bless Paul and keep him safe because you will never find another like him.

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  13. Michelle
    October 15, 2014 @ 11:00 am

    i have the same problem with my hubby while at garage sales. I’m in and out in seconds flat and he’s chit chatting away like there’s no tomorrow!
    It’s a cross we must bear .

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  14. Susannah
    October 15, 2014 @ 11:13 am

    If I came to visit I would never just sit, willy-nilly, on a chair! But I might ask if I could help you rehab a few, just to pass the time. Or maybe some light construction…?

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  15. Michelle @ The Painted Hinge
    October 15, 2014 @ 11:19 am

    The plaster column is a perfect place for Elvis to sit atop and regard visitors in all her regality. And to remind everyone that, as a cat, she should be worshipped regularly.

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  16. Wendy
    October 15, 2014 @ 11:26 am

    LOL! ” None of MY friends would come to our house and just start sitting on chairs willy-nilly.” Yay, I’m not the only one who thinks this way! Just this last weekend I had some people over who were admiring a chair I’d refinished and reupholstered. She asked if I was going to do something to protect the fabric. I said, “I’m hoping no one will actually sit on it.” They laughed. I was serious. :/

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  17. Diana C.
    October 15, 2014 @ 11:30 am

    I WANT ONE!!!

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  18. julian
    October 15, 2014 @ 11:44 am

    Only people weighing over 200 lbs. will sit on just any chair. Tie a tassel across the arms for fancy ‘not-to-be-sat-on-until-Paul-has-dealt-with-it’ messaging. Otherwise, things are to be used. I think my marriage was secured over the fact that I am offended by guest towels that are not to be used.

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  19. Donna Gibson
    October 15, 2014 @ 12:01 pm

    How wise of you to collect hospital items PRE-Ebola era. And magnificence for the price of a sandwich? YES, please.

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  20. Jacqueline
    October 15, 2014 @ 12:05 pm

    This reminds me of a friend of my husband’s who stopped by and was heard minutes later hollering from inside the powder room “are these towels to use or decoration?”

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  21. Alison
    October 15, 2014 @ 12:39 pm

    The BEST part about this post is your dahlias! (VERY nice….)

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  22. Laina Turner
    October 15, 2014 @ 12:44 pm

    Wow…such amazing stuff!

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  23. Briana
    October 15, 2014 @ 12:54 pm

    SCORE!! I read this to my husband and he laughed too!!
    The yard sales in my hood are TERRIBLE!! Baby strollers, clothing and old computers is about all they sell it seems!! I’d bring a semi and trailer just to clean up the leftovers in your area!! But with sale prices at .10 CENTS, all I’d find was the fluff that fell out of the bottom of your FABULOUS side chair!!
    I’ve got to get out of CA!! Then I’m going to find a great new town that is known for its architectural salvage, yard sales and side chairs!!

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  24. Sarah from Soymilk + Honey
    October 15, 2014 @ 1:01 pm

    I want to come visit this magical yard sale!! It looks amazing! I am so jealous of that tray…love it.

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  25. laura
    October 15, 2014 @ 1:29 pm

    I love your posts…they make me smile!

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  26. Karen
    October 15, 2014 @ 1:37 pm

    Victoria, regarding your tray, it may be fixable if that is what you would like to do. I am referring you to this link that may be able to re-enamel your pan. I have not tried this yet but it looks so intriguing and fun that I ordered the tags to try this very cool idea. It looks so similar to enamel that I thought it just might work. Just a thought.
    http://www.cantstopmakingthings.com/2013/06/table-numbers.html

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  27. Kristi
    October 15, 2014 @ 1:40 pm

    sometimes I feel like you are me in a parallel world… except you find better junk than I do. But we are married to the same man, and we have the same conversations.

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  28. nancy
    October 15, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

    I have a rectangular piece of enamelware, with lid, which was advertised as a roaster. Previously I had not considered the possibility of it’s having been used for say, sterilizing medical instruments, but thanks for that thought!

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  29. Patricia
    October 15, 2014 @ 3:09 pm

    You clearly won the garage sale day (yes, there is an actual competition). About that chair, it took me two years to reupholster one (a million itty bitty nails to pull out). But the second one only took two days . There was a certain amount of “put it in the basement and forget about it” going on…
    And I have a pew also…

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  30. Garden, Home and Party
    October 15, 2014 @ 3:48 pm

    Sorry to be late to this party…I love that pulpit thing. Is it truly plaster? It looks like wood. The price was certainly right. The chair cracked me up…easy fix? I guess you’re right for a pair of skilled DIYer’s like you and Paul. Still, what great finds. I wish our neighborhood had this kind of stuff…I’d be lucky to find old Tupperware and a tire at the garage sales in my neighborhood.
    There was an antique store that once had an old, English pew and I always wanted it.
    Karen

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  31. judy
    October 15, 2014 @ 4:03 pm

    Wow! great finds but very restrained for you VEB-Are you sure you covered the whole town? There might have been a half dozen Antique Victorian Armoires and Huge SLABS of imported Italian Marble just around that next corner! If Paul keeps inhibiting your Genius how will you ever create the KITCHEN?
    If he would just set you free the results could be spectacular……… Tell him for the sake of your adoring fans he should just give you the checkbook, an 18 wheeler and a couple of huge sweaty guys (young of course) and expect Magic!

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  32. AnnMarie
    October 15, 2014 @ 4:06 pm

    Of course the gorgeous shiny, fancy, etc, etc things are fun to see, my very favoritest parts of your posts are the dialog you include between yourself and your husband. ^_^

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  33. Kathy Kelly
    October 15, 2014 @ 4:10 pm

    Very excellent finds. But, as your bathroom soulmate, I am prompted by the urn behind the pulpit to direct you here:

    http://www.artwanted.com/imageview.cfm?id=1123274&SGID=24458

    Well, I paint big fancy things. This urn was on my front stoop at the old house.
    Kathy (still waffling on tub vs walk-in shower)

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  34. Ellen
    October 15, 2014 @ 4:20 pm

    LOVE it,,, What WILL you put on it????

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  35. Sharon
    October 15, 2014 @ 4:38 pm

    Great post, as usual, it made me smile and giggle. Thanks for that.

    Paul should know by now that the masculine pulpit of authority and patriarchal privilege is a myth, urban legend, whatever you want to call it, but it doesn’t exist in the known or unknown universe–we’re women, we know these things. Secondly, the only reason you would need a pew is to grace it with your divine presence.

    Love your finds, especially the plaster column; it really is magnificent! Can’t wait to see how you use it.

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  36. Laura
    October 15, 2014 @ 5:19 pm

    Julian: “Only people weighing over 200 lbs. will sit on just any chair.” That is so not true, and is lifted straight out of old cartoons and slapstick “comedies.” Fat people do not need any extra humiliation, as they..ahem…get it gratuitously! On the contrary, they seek out chairs that will both support them and be easy to get out of with a semblance of dignity.

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  37. Laura
    October 15, 2014 @ 5:27 pm

    Also, I understand the missile-like precision necessary at garage and yard sales and thrift stores. I recently buzzed through a nearby charity thrift store with great stuff, excellent prices, a volunteer staff and eccentric open hours. In the ten minutes before they closed one day I got several shirts, a pair of pajama bottoms, 3 small picture frames, a large glass canister and several yards of vintage Halloween fabric. My partner did find a pair of pants, but mostly just stayed out of my way!

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  38. Di Elliott
    October 15, 2014 @ 6:42 pm

    Ohhhh Shiney!!! Elvis will rule on the pedestal lol well done you

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  39. sharon
    October 15, 2014 @ 7:05 pm

    Victoria elizabeth barnes…..my name is: sharon elizabeth trujillo….i too ALSO use my full name….please please please….do NOT answer to your INITIALS…do not allow anyone to shorten you…unless of course, YOU like that….it infuriates me that people just take words all willy-nilly and abbreviate….i believe i now need a pew…x

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  40. Jackie
    October 15, 2014 @ 8:30 pm

    Smart shopper. Your posts are like a big ray of sunshine you silly girl.

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