623 Comments

  1. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:13 am

    Wow. Just WOW. what else can be said?

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    • Janice S.
      June 24, 2013 @ 7:06 pm

      What Jessica said exactly.

      This story was brilliant. I fell in love, not just with the mirror, but with your mirror-troll and with you. I can’t wait to read more.

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      • Annie Sisk
        June 30, 2013 @ 3:24 pm

        OK, how inane is this: I’m a writer? And I can’t come up with anything better than this … ^^^ Janice S., WORD, with extra-excited hand motions.

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      • linn
        May 27, 2016 @ 9:59 am

        love the mirror! Love the story! Love the troll! Love the writer!

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      • Linda
        August 13, 2016 @ 9:18 pm

        WOW–what a FIND!!! Love your hunting dog nose, your taste in mirrors, and esp, your writing about it all!!! And I LOVE that mirror!!!!!!!

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    • Lisa @ Crazy Adventures in Parenting
      June 25, 2013 @ 4:00 pm

      Totally and completely agree. I am so jelly over this fantastic find! You and I are so much alike, as are our husbands. My husband groans and moans every-friggin-time I find something on Craiglist I adore and want to see/get/buy. Why are we not neighbors?

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      • karon
        June 25, 2013 @ 7:00 pm

        Perhaps because if you two were neighbors you would be constantly jealous of one another AND fighting over each other’s items!!!

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        • Melissa
          June 27, 2013 @ 8:15 pm

          Karon (I think you are a guy), lay off the feeding into the strategy to turn women against each other. That’s an old technique. The only people who are jealous of anyone is men jealous of women which is why these women are so progressive that they accept technology and know how to use it their advantage and why their lazy sorry husbands hold them back by discrediting their savvy ideas. (sorry ladies about the husband comment, nothing personal)
          Get a life!

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          • Eve
            June 28, 2013 @ 6:39 pm

            I think you need to relax. It was a light hearted comment.

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          • Jim
            June 29, 2013 @ 2:44 am

            Their husbands are lazy and sorry because they’re tired of all the wild goose chases? You clearly have no idea what a balanced and respectful relationship is about. And even less idea of how much a guy does for a woman he loves. You ungrateful troll.

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    • Brian D. Meeks (@ExtremelyAvg)
      June 25, 2013 @ 5:58 pm

      This is a brilliantly written blog post. I can’t believe how much I enjoyed it. Wow, you really can write! Two points.

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      • Linda
        August 13, 2016 @ 9:19 pm

        I agree completely, to the highest nth degree!

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    • Claire
      June 30, 2013 @ 1:38 pm

      As a fellow craiglist-obsessed, score-hungry home decorator, I am very impressed, and a little bit jealous! The mirror is perfect where you put it–just beautiful! I posted your amazing story on my blog, which is dedicated to the best in Toronto craigslist furniture postings. May you enjoy your kingdom now even more.

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      • Jen
        June 30, 2013 @ 8:37 pm

        Victoria – you’re a woman after my own heart. I too scored the Versailles of mirrors on Kijiji with a four foot wide gilt wood sunburst, with nothing to go on but the seller’s faded 1962 Christmas photo from her late brother-in-law’s shindig (turns out the SIL was a pricey Palm Beach decorator…) Uncrating that baby in a storage unit, with reluctant husband in tow, was a sweet, sweet moment.
        Too many more mirrors in our future!!

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      • Keira
        July 1, 2013 @ 11:18 am

        OMG! I nearly snorted out my morning coffee reading this post! You are awesome, Victoria! I found your blog via Claire’s Take This Sofa and you are my new favourite. I particularly loved your post on the many very high end design blogs out there. So funny, and so how I feel. “the amount of posturing necessary…”. Ha ha! Most of the blogs I follow are Scandinavian based because I feel like their spaces are more attainable and liveable. Looking forward to reading more of your blog! Fantastic mirror by the way! Great find!

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    • Dianne
      March 13, 2016 @ 9:49 pm

      Oh my god! You are my mind doppelganger. I have had this same exact experience over Craigslist items with my other half. You have described the murderous intent face exactly and my response to it. I even said just exactly the same “And I was like—look at me. Look me in the eye. Do you really believe I am leaving here without this? Because I’m not.” Of course my miracle find was turn of the century goods display case from an old general store. But the build up, and the thought process , and end result are all the same. You are a kindred spirit!

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    • lana
      May 17, 2016 @ 2:36 am

      OMG!! is it telling that im heading DIRECTLY over to Craigslist RIGHT NOW!? 😮 amazing mirror and amazing story! xo

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  2. KarenAnita
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:14 am

    Haha! I absolutely love this post! You’re such a funny storyteller :)
    & what another amazing find! I’m terrible at finding anything online. I’m going to see what the UK Craigslist has to offer and keep you posted if I find anything!
    Karen x

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  3. Linley
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    Majestic.
    I LOVE CRAIGSLIST!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congratulations!!!!!!

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  4. Melissa from the Blue House
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    Oh my gosh. OH MY GOSH! Listen, I’m a good Christian girl who doesn’t even say the sh** word, and I almost said the sh** word when I saw that first picture of the tarp coming off.

    I’m so jealous I’m in actual physical pain AND yet I want to be your BFF. You find the best stuff!!

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    • Casey
      June 27, 2013 @ 5:53 am

      I’m an atheist and said Holy Shit before I even saw Victoria’s reaction. Out loud. To my cats. Good story thanks.

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    • Michawn
      June 28, 2013 @ 10:58 pm

      lol, melissa!! :) hilarious…your comment, and to see you here. fun.

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  5. Tracy
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    That is the greatest mirror/story of all time. Nice work!

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  6. Kim
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Good thing he never posted a photo of the mirror! What a beautiful find! What a great husband you have too!

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  7. Sarah
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Wow! Incredible find! I’m about to hop on Craigslist now and look for my own Kingdom mirror! WOW. Wow. wow.

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  8. Brynne
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:02 am

    Dear Victoria Elizabeth Barnes,
    You are officially now one of my favorite bloggers ever. Your affection for Craigslist rivals my own, and I share your love for ornate, gorgeous, kingdom-y things. I can’t wait to see what you drag home next!

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    • Shannon
      June 19, 2013 @ 2:30 pm

      I second this. I second this SO HARD.

      I love your house, I love your taste, I love your writing, and I feel like I’ve finally found a blogger that I can identify with in a world of chevron, West Elm, and IKEA.

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  9. tammigirl
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:08 am

    First of all: Score! I’m jumping in the air high-fiving you in my head. Oh yeah!

    Secondly: What is Paul’s problem? He’s kind of testy all of the time. I really think he wants you to have NOTHING shiny. Nothing you love. Nothing at all. I think he would be happiest if you lived in a cardboard box under a bridge. Paul makes me sad. Maybe he needs counseling? I am pretty much certain he needs glitter therapy.

    Also, your mom is a great, supportive, loving creature full of joy for you and your Kingdom. As it should be.

    Paul needs to get busy on his Yul Brynner and quit trying to harsh your sparkly mellow.

    You know that Save-On-Crafts website? They sell German Glass Glitter by the pound. And it is wonderful.

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    • Maisy
      June 28, 2013 @ 11:43 pm

      Without Paul this story isn’t nearly as good. Paul is awesome. He does things he doesn’t want to do (REALLY doesn’t want to do!) for the woman he loves. There’s a bit of griping, sure, but it’s minimal and it’s funny. Paul deserves kudos!

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      • tammigirl
        June 29, 2013 @ 4:46 pm

        I totally agree with you Maisy. I kind of assumed Victoria knew I was mostly kidding about this. If not, now she does. :)

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  10. Sarah Wolpert
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:10 am

    Wow! Love it!!!!

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  11. Laurel
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    OK… So the real question that I have here (besides my blinding jealousy over a mirror that a. would never fit in my house, and b. would never “fit” in my house), is why the heck did these people have a mirror that they couldn’t even get into their house in their back yard?

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    • AnnetM
      June 18, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

      I had the EXACT question!!

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  12. Garden, Home and Party
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:29 am

    Victoria,
    I can read the headlines…310 antique mirrors found near the woman’s lifeless body! Actually, I now see the wisdom of these mirrors from craigslist…they are an investment and in your old age, before you move to the old folks home, you can sell them and have a well-funded retirement. lol!
    Seriously, this is so beautiful…I love the “kingdom” top to it. It’s looks like it’s in great condition, especially considering the age. Wow!
    Karen

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  13. Heidi S.
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:34 am

    WOW! I’m totally jealous. I hope you were extra nice to Paul for carrying this thing!

    You are so funny! Thanks for making me laugh, I’m having a stressful day and it is just what I needed!

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  14. Eadie
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:40 am

    Oh my goodness, when I saw KINGDOM I about fell of my chair. I was like, “oh, it is all over for Paul. This will definitely be happening”. And I’m pretty sure all those cars and tractor trailers heard chamber music and horses whinnying as they flew past you and your kingdom. That mirror is beautiful and amazing. Curious- what were the final dimensions? Also, do you know the story of how it ended up in Rocky’s backyard? (if it’s worth telling). Oh Ms. Barnes, I enjoyed this post immensely and laughed deep in my stomach so many times. Thank you thank you!

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  15. susan
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:45 am

    I have GOT to quit reading you at work. I start making funny little choked snorty sounds trying to keep from laughing out loud ad EVERYTHING you write. EVERYTHING. Thank you for existing.

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  16. Bleubook
    June 18, 2013 @ 11:48 am

    Oh my GAAAUD. That’s gorgeous. I think I need to give you my contact info for your craigs list overflow. Please PLEASE send me a heads up when you find something you NEED but just cant HAVE. I’m right outside of Philly, your castoffs could be my treasures!

    I’m kind of obsessed with the antique wardrobe…

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  17. ellen
    June 18, 2013 @ 12:45 pm

    I want to be you for just one day!!!

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  18. Tonya
    June 18, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    I seriously don’t know how you do it. AMAZING!!! and am I dreaming or does it partially match the mirror in the hallway?

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    • Molly
      March 1, 2016 @ 10:41 am

      Agree – I was like, “Wow, she has TWO Kingdom mirrors!”

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  19. Tonya
    June 18, 2013 @ 12:55 pm

    Also, you need to do a “my secrets to legit CL’s finds” post. Unless you did one and I missed it.

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  20. Jim
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:00 pm

    I don’t even know where to start. I’ll just be in quiet solidarity with Paul.

    Jim

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    • Stuart Richards
      April 14, 2016 @ 11:31 am

      It’s not just you, man. It looks like everyone’s gone crazy, but it’s just a narcissist and enabler convention up in here, so they have.

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  21. Sue
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    Thy KINGDOM come, thy will be done, on craigslist as it is in your house. Amen. I had to do a deep sigh when I got to the finish. What are you doing? You are making me want giant ornate mirrors. Not that I did not want a giant mirror before, but now you make it seem an essential!

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    • Melissa D-Z
      June 29, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

      *”Thy KINGDOM come, thy will be done, on craigslist as it is in your house. Amen.”* Nice one, Sue.

      VEB, I’d like to set up a play date for Paul and my husband, Brad. We can peruse CL, while they speak quietly of their awe and love for us.

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  22. Beth
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    This post is SO funny – you definitely have a gift for writing! I cannot believe the things you find on Craigslist. That mirror is amazing – and it looks like it is was made to match to the one you have in your entry way, which is even more amazing! I have never seen anything on Craigslist in Denver like the things you find – I guess we just don’t have really old stuff here compared to the east. I’m definitely going to have to check Craigslist more often (if I ever have time – we finally got our master bathroom remodel done after FOUR MONTHS and now we’ve decided to remodel two more bathrooms !).

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  23. Annet M
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    a) it IS like a kingdom – what a great description Rocky!
    b) exactly what’s the mirror count in your house now? Or to be exact, the ornate, gilded, giant and extremely heavy mirror count?
    c) I now want a giant, ornate, gilded mirror in my house…

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  24. Catherine W.
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Such an incredibly beautiful mirror for such an incredibly low price!!!!

    How do you know it wasn’t “hot”?

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    • Carrie
      June 29, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

      That to me would be a very difficult thing for a group of people to just steal. I mean can you picture a group of people getting away with it? running away with it? Then there is the fact that they kept it outside not worried someone might find it and know who stole it. Though the thought of a kingdom being stolen could start a whole new story.

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  25. jen
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I would have been sold by anything being described as it “looks like a kingdom”. What sane person could resist that??
    The mirror is gorgeous, a lovely match to the other one in your entry!
    Now, if you’ll excuse me…I’m going to persue my local craigslist in search of my own kingdom.

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  26. Danielle
    June 18, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    SO PRETTY!! I’m starting to believe that Paul goes along with you on all of these adventures because he secretly knows you’re plain brilliant. And maybe it’s just me but it seems that the more ornate mirrors you add, the more amazing the entire collection gets… like some sparkly shiny math problem.

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  27. Anne @ Planting Sequoias
    June 18, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I now NEED a mirror with a kingdom on top, whatever that is! I KNOW I could fit at least three in our 670 square foot apartment. At least I THINK so. Why not try?

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  28. Karen
    June 18, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Love, love, love this mirror and the fabulous price. Your posts always make me smile … when I’m not feeling cranky with envy!

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  29. Becky
    June 18, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    Nice score!

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  30. Alex @ northstory
    June 18, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    Ok if you ever come visit we have to go thrifting together. B/C I always seem to find mirrors like this and I am like how am I going to ship this thing so far South? First of all let me just say what are you tricks for getting Paul to go with you? Whenever I find something on Kijiji etc James is like here are the truck keys, have fun b/c he’s like you’re not adding anything else to our basement.

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  31. Marsha
    June 18, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    You are INSANE…….and fabulous. 😀

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  32. Sarah
    June 18, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    OMG I love it!! How can anyone not love this? And look!….he has been reunited with his little brother in the hall!
    Awesome find!

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  33. Christine
    June 18, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    You made me laugh out loud – your story is awesome, and glad you got the mirror you love!! I read this blog to my husband, and he TOTALLY identified with Paul. He laughed and said I’m the same: he can hear the footsteps and know that his day is shot with some “little project” that I dreamed up that is ridiculously difficult in construction terms… but… he always manages to pull it off! He’s the best! I will have to keep coming up with new challenges to test his skills 😉 He still wants to know how I manage to come up with the hardest scenarios… out of all possible things that could be done…

    Confession, technically, once or twice, I decided to change my mind and not do a project – after he convinced me -with much gesturing and colorful language – that the house WILL actually fall down if we do the project. Thanks for adding laughs to our day!!

    P.S. Definitely understand NOT wanting to do any more projects – I scaled back original ideas because I’m sick and tired of the construction stuff – so much so that “More Saving More Doing” radio ads give me a twitch.

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  34. Christine
    June 18, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    P.P.S Have you gone to the Philadelphia Construction Salvage Yard??? That’s on my list, but my husband will faint over if I go while we have projects in progress. Because I will come home with loads of who-knows-what that I want installed somewhere… in a spot it doesn’t actually fit…

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  35. Julie
    June 18, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Oh, Victoria, Darling.

    What are you doing to me? I have a very conservative, boring, 80’s tract house. And now you are making me want antique mirrors. Which would not go with anything I have, and my kids would destroy them.

    When I first saw the picture with the tarp? I was horrified. What was UNDER THERE??? You really know how to build up suspense.

    The mirror is gorgeous, and I love the way you placed it in your home. It makes the room look more spacious. It just looks fracking awesome on that wall.

    Your husband must love you. A lot.

    Congratulations to you for that awe-inspiring Craig’s List find. Your inner voice seems to know what it’s doing…

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  36. vaughn
    June 18, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    Brilliant! The mirror, the enablers, your family, your husband… plus you write the best adventures in housing.

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  37. Nancy
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Victoria, I love looking forward to your posts! They always make me smile, and yes, I admit, I am a bit of a C-list addict so this one made me chuckle! Face it, there’s a reason our husband’s love us, despite our obsessions w/C-list. The vows were “For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for C-list obsessions … etc” Of course I just remind my husband about all his audio/video/tv equipment and he’s perfectly happy to deal w/my c-list finds.

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  38. D'Arcy H
    June 19, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    This is unbelievable–the whole story–how you can find these things (or how they come to you)and how Paul resists, but you know he will do it … and how fabulous all these mirrors are in your home. What’s the backstory on this bad boy?? I want to see photos of the detailing! I have a couple of Eastlake pier mirrors, but my dad painstakingly refinished them decades ago. I don’t believe either of them were gilt. And I would feel gilt-y if I covered his work … but you have me thinking … dammit.

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  39. Mandy
    June 19, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    I cannot believe you carried on about my dental cabinet, when you had THAT in your house!!!! Gorgeous!! You must have heard angels singing when Rocky pulled the tarp off. I cannot believe he had that mirror outside in the elements!!! And the price? A bargain!!!!
    *shaking my head* We don’t have Craig’s list in Australia, so I can’t compete. You win! :)

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  40. Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room}
    June 19, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    BUHAHAHAHA! This may be the most hilarious thing I’ve read on the Internet in quite some time. Love your writing style and this story and your mirror troll :)

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