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  1. Mary
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:04 am

    I love the way your mind works. You obviously borrowed it from me!

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  2. Callie
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:11 am

    Pure anarchy…hilarious! Also, gorgeous dark wood bookcase find, I think it will look glorious after you’ve cleaned it up!

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  3. Dianne
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    You really do need Paul. 🙂

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  4. maggie b
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    Paul is a treasure. You guys are well matched.

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  5. Diana C.
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:16 am

    BUDGET? You cannot budget giant fancy awesomeness! Paul knows better. He was testing you. The kitchen cannot ever be finished without a unique and glorious piece of furniture turned island plopped in the middle of it declaring your keen eye and creative flare. (Eye roll). So, when is the next auction, trip to a Craigslist find, or other venture into the kingdom of miraculous finds sans the Acquisition Grinch? Just hire a mover to tag along.

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  6. annel hill
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Hey there Vic, YOU ARE A HOOT!! I`m in the Phila area also, near Rittenhouse Sq. we MUST do lunch sometime! What do you do for a living besides restore old findings,antiquing and auctions? have a BEAUTIFUL DAY VIC! <3

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  7. Gaylin
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    Budget ! Men! Really do they think that word will stop us!??
    I adore your posts and always read more then once to catch all of your ,let’s call ambition!
    Lead on friend lead on!

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  8. tammigirl
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:25 am

    How in the *bleep* did you agree to this? Was your blood sugar low? Was it right before lunch?

    I am completely non-plussed.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 18, 2015 @ 11:14 am

      I really have no idea what I SHOULD have said. Aside from screaming – nooooooo… and jumping from the moving car to demonstrate the degree of my resistance.

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      • kittynheels
        February 18, 2015 @ 12:31 pm

        Hmmm… Given the circumstances, I think that would have been a viable option.

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  9. Gusmom
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    Slap some paint on those kitchen cabinets, state that you have decided the current “island” is fine for now, and declare the kitchen as “finished”. THEN, you will meet Paul’s restrictions and can shop Craigslist and auctions with pure abandon and no limits! When you have accumulated the items that you really wanted for your kitchen or any other fabulous things you need… you are ready to “remodel” that kitchen.

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  10. Briana
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:29 am

    I ONLY use the “B” word when I play Scrabble!!!

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  11. Jennifer
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:32 am

    Not sure who I like more….Paul or your commenters to funny

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  12. LA CONTESSA
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:01 am

    $350.00…………………………for that mirror!Lets NOT go there……..
    YOU did great on the small bookcase for $200.00.
    I like your PLAN!!!!!!!

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  13. Missy Craig
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:11 am

    We may suffer from the same genetic defect…but I think you are quite a few years behind me. I too was on the ultimate “hunt” for decades…and then you clean out an aging parent’s place (twice now) and you take pause. BUT only briefly, as there is always a “new” project. My latest was designing/building a new barn to look old and a great place for really cool barn stuff. So you see, this disease does ebb and flow. This weekend is the fabulous Renningers Antique Extravaganza (over 1500 dealers, many escaping the frozen north, spread out under acres of live oaks in lovely and warm Mt. Dora, Florida). I called one of my antiquing buddies to join me, and she told me after cleaning out her parents house this month she didn’t want to see one more old thing! Ouch. I told her I was going to get my FitBit walking steps in and just “look”.

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  14. Kat
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    When my husband annoys me – I go trolling for junk. Just to spite him 🙂 If I’m really mad, I will be sure to buy something with drawers that need to be fixed.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 18, 2015 @ 11:16 am

      “””If I’m really mad, I will be sure to buy something with drawers that need to be fixed.”””” lol x 10,000

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  15. judy
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    The book case is elegant and would work in any room. Score!

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  16. Alison
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:19 am

    Because of the frenzy and love of excess the auctions inspire, I told my wife, “Hey, if you get in the business of selling some of this stuff, it gives you more money to buy more stuff!!” Hence, we have a warehouse full of stuff now that hasn’t been sold. The purchases continue unabated!

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  17. Julian
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:45 am

    apparently our porch roof and next bathroom could have been finished 1,000x if I didn’t buy two ancient plaster curly mirrors for $10 each and 30 old gas heater bricks for our heaters for $10. the idea is the same “let’s save up and get the work done” but the man in the equation always sees that savings as “let’s get a new car” or “now we can buy the whiskey collection I’ve always wanted.” nevermind. I wanted to comment, but now I think a few therapy sessions and a secret savings account would be a good way to get the porch roof finished without either of us being entirely conscious of spare thousands. cheers to safe books in your new cases.

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  18. MicheleFromBoston
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:51 am

    LOVE THE BOOKCASE!!! Anything with columns is a winner in my book – auction or otherwise.

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  19. Kiki
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:59 am

    Paul sure is picking up on treating his darling…. But of course you’re obviously always half a step ahead. Maybe you wanna take note of some of the comments made above???? THAT wd be your ‘excuse’ if questionned later on, when said cuisine needs ‘another’ update? Good vibes coming from your devoted readers….

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  20. Edith
    February 18, 2015 @ 12:04 pm

    Hi Victoria,

    I’ve come to the conclusion that you’re Wallis Simpson incarnate. Grand, determined, stylish, and able to turn your man into following your whim whatever the cost. Don’t pay any attention to his silly budget nonsense. We all know how this game will end.

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