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  1. Garden, Home and Party
    February 18, 2015 @ 12:05 pm

    I like the piece you bought, will that go in the kitchen? I could see if filled with kitchen stuff. Auctions look like fun, dangerous fun, but fun all the same.
    xo,
    Karen

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  2. Debbie
    February 18, 2015 @ 1:04 pm

    I can hardly wait for the updates. The real joy (and laughter) is definitely in the journey!

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  3. Anne Marie
    February 18, 2015 @ 1:19 pm

    Hi Victoria,
    I asked my husband to read your posts so he could understand me, as I am a kindred spirit to you in thought and deed. Well, he did read one post, and I watched his expression as he read so I could see the knowledge seep into his brain. Alas, no knowledge was forthcoming; the only expression on his face was blank incomprehension. Is this how Paul looks when you explain things to him? And, by the way, could you stop posting your adventures until I recover from asthma? So difficult to laugh hysterically and breathe at the same time.

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  4. Sue
    February 18, 2015 @ 1:24 pm

    Bookcase looks intriguing and can’t wait to see how it turns out. I am inspired to look around for auctions in my area now too.

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  5. Sherry
    February 18, 2015 @ 1:34 pm

    You are a breath of sunshine! Your posts brighten my day and Paul must be one in a million.
    Sherry

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  6. Maria
    February 18, 2015 @ 1:36 pm

    If you don’t understand anarchy, you are part of the problem.

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  7. Lindsey
    February 18, 2015 @ 1:42 pm

    “Pure anarchy” that is how I should describe my budgeting.

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  8. Jackie
    February 18, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

    I love your post. It nice to know there’s another person who thinks like me!
    It’s’ a joy to read your blog.

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  9. Tina
    February 18, 2015 @ 4:29 pm

    I know you know this, but your husband is in the Epic Win category.

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  10. Robert
    February 18, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

    I enjoy this blog so much. Your writing style seems to be matching my patterns of thinking most of the time nowadays. Especially the desire to hoard large, shiny objects like a pixie. I love the cabinet that you bought and I can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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  11. Carolyn
    February 18, 2015 @ 8:52 pm

    Paul needs his version of this blog. A he said-she said type, with the topic of each one the same. Would be so hysterical.

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    • judy
      February 18, 2015 @ 11:45 pm

      Brilliant Suggestion! I can’t believe Virginia would have paired with anyone not equal to her in Wit and Repartee so his debate skills must be awe inspiring, of course I have a suspicion that Victoria thinks of herself more as “She who must be obeyed” or at least placated rather than someone who tolerates debate when the various Trolls that skulk through the endless corridors of her imagination are afoot with dreams of gilded Palaces and Huge Victorian Mansions. P.S. to Paul, I have googled many of the finds of your lovely Wife and I can assure you she has decorated your Home with treasures that list for tens of thousands of dollars so Budget wise she maybe the “Secretariat” of the decorating world.

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  12. nonpiercedears
    February 18, 2015 @ 9:10 pm

    In all seriousness, one thing you have to watch for in auctions is the possibility you are bidding against no one. The possibility exists the person on the phone wasn’t a real bidder. Auction houses are not always, ahem, honest. Just saying.

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    • Dot T
      February 19, 2015 @ 2:39 pm

      Plus, the auction I attend most weeks has an “in-house” bidder that sits in the front. Many folks don’t know this, and he bids up items that are owned by the auction house. At some auctions, there are pickers that bit up their own items. Seen this going on for 30 years.

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  13. Laura
    February 18, 2015 @ 10:44 pm

    Hi all, here’s an auction I like in Bucks County, PA!

    JPandurAuction.com

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  14. Melinda
    February 18, 2015 @ 11:20 pm

    There was a heavy, antique linen tablecloth which I came upon in Budapest, maybe fifteen years ago, that I can still feel the weight of in my hands. I held back on spending a hundred dollars for it, but remember it well. Haven’t seen anything like it since…

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  15. Beemie
    February 19, 2015 @ 6:13 am

    Your budget seems completely sane to me…your auction purchase looks fabulous and I can’t wait to see what you do with it…

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  16. Dana
    February 19, 2015 @ 7:05 am

    As it relates to budget restrictions imposed… In the heat of the moment at the time of really wanting a fancy thing you could gently remind Paul that when wallets get slammed shut that sometimes vaginas do the same thing in recourse… I can’t explain it… It’s biological.

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  17. Yvonne Angus
    February 19, 2015 @ 11:23 am

    Budget? Does that mean if you don’t find any treasures this month, you get double the budget next month? Sounds fair to me! Of course, there is always the “I know it is over the budget, but where in the world could we find another (fill in the blank) like this for THAT price?”
    Sometimes I go months and don’t find anything on Craigslist. Last month I found three fabulous listings. One, a 2 hour drive away, was a gorgeous Victorian hutch ($100.00) with very minor damage for the age (and you really have to search for it), Two, 6 pieces of vintage metal lawn furniture ($100.00) and Three, 2 five foot tall pedestals that need work, but they were only $25.00….for both!

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    • Yvonne Angus
      February 19, 2015 @ 11:25 am

      Oops…sorry, that was TEN pieces of vintage metal lawn furniture. I forgot the side tables!
      Also found an awesome Venetian mirror, but someone beat me to it!

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  18. Susan
    February 23, 2015 @ 5:13 pm

    My favorite kitchen island/bar: http://easternshore.craigslist.org/fud/4890886603.html
    Sadly it’s painted and distressed, but it is still a great piece to work around. It’s in Delaware, but I guess awesome furniture is worth the drive (like your awesome bed).

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    • egretwatcher
      February 24, 2015 @ 3:21 pm

      I second its awesomeness. Great find!

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  19. Darling Lily
    February 24, 2015 @ 4:02 pm

    If raccoon brain and glitter trolls aren’t fed on a regular basis, they get feral, just sayin’.

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  20. Rita
    August 21, 2015 @ 8:24 pm

    It’s always the stuff you did not buy that you regret, not what you did. You can always get rid of stuff. Selling stuff is a myth. Even some really cool stuff, to you, sometimes won’t budge.

    What are the deep childhood issues? I may have them too but I am too busy hunting for great loot! Can you say obsession?

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