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  1. Cara
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:28 am

    Beautiful and totally jealous! Make it WERK!! Free marble.. Gah, who does that!!#Lucky

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  2. tammigirl
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    Your blog is once again making commenting an arduous task. Maybe too much running at once? Anyway, I’m getting it done, so I expect an extra sticker.

    Have you ever seen the guts of a piano used for a table with a glass top? Stunning, and would make a really cool dining table, in my humble opinion.

    I love the marble, and how you acquired it. Shouldn’t you guys slow down a bit? This kitchen renovation is going to be over before you know it! 😀

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  3. Roberta
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:30 am

    In the video I noticed that you have dance shoes in the side pocket of your car (that you are filling with stuff no one else finds) sums up everything I love about your blog.

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  4. Nicki
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:40 am

    The glorious, giant, fancy and free stuff you find on Craigslist….I am genuinely in awe of the bounty in your neck of the woods!!
    I would have probably draped my body across those marble slabs, and likely reveled like a cat!!
    Apparently I live in a ‘too new’ part of the country, and will likely never, ever, ever find the giant fancy stuff for free, but in the meantime, I can only admire your finds from afar…..and be slightly covetous and jealous(ok, VERY covetous….)

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    • Marianne in Mo.
      May 11, 2016 @ 10:47 am

      Same here, Nicki!

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    • Angela
      June 2, 2016 @ 5:53 am

      I am very covetous of your husband! ….He not only LET’S you do this, but accompanies you in the process…????? INCONCIEVABLE!!
      3 doors down from our house, I spotted a VERY NIVE mattress set outside the front door with a note indicating they were free for the taking. We fought over the fact that he wouldn’t immediately come LOOK at them, much less bring me the truck to haul them off!! (Sigh)
      Are you aware of how lucky you are? HE is your greatest find!! ?????

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  5. Nancy Carr
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:42 am

    I really understand you. I love you and your blog. Thank you for being you.

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  6. Marianne in Mo.
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:45 am

    My, how lucky you are! That would NEVER happen to me! First of all, our local Craigslist never has anything so fantastic for free – just furniture that has been left out in the rain for 3 weeks, or something like that. ( Greedy, money-hungry people here!)
    I would die to have that marble for my yet to be built house. It is exactly what I would choose when shopping for marble. Seems I will be settling for quartz, as that is all I can afford, and my husband is not tidy enough to own marble. Still, I would like to get a hunk for baking purposes.
    The piano will be a money-maker for you, I’m sure!

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  7. Pam Jacobs
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:45 am

    Just saw the post regarding ANOTHER piano and marble for kitchen countertops. Fantastic! You are my shopping guru!

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  8. Sheila
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:46 am

    We are cut from the same cloth in our scavenging-turned-fabulous remodeling exploits. Except I don’t mange to document it. And you’re thinner. And sparklier. But! Brava! Stellar finds!

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  9. Lora Hart
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:47 am

    1. Love young Wayne Newton more than almost anything!!! Thanks.
    2. Have you thought about writing a “Craigslisting for Dummies” book? I know you’re in a city that has a lot of fabulous old stuff opportunities and that others of us might not have the same overabundance of good fancy things (free or otherwse), But how do you find this stuff??? Seriously. Do you spend every minute that’s not spent loving up Elvis on Craigslist? What search terms do you use? I need to know everything!!!

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  10. Marta
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:49 am

    I bow to you, Oh Goddess of Craigslist! You, in one swell foop, saved a GFT, scored free carrera marble (OMG!), funded further clogs, *and* supported the arts. I feel so inadequate. I must go Accomplish Something Important.

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    • Bobbles
      June 1, 2016 @ 4:12 pm

      OMG, someone else who says “swell foop”! Jinx!

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  11. Jen
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:50 am

    Free Piano AND free marble?!?!? Winning!

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  12. Meg | Hello Farmhouse
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    Oh my goodness, you find the most amazing things! You should offer a class on how to become a Craigslist guru like you!

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  13. Jennifer @ WrittenByJennifer
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    Wait! People are giving away pianos for free on CL? I know what I’m doing with all of my free time now.

    I love the marble. I was wondering what you were going to use for the counters and this is perfect.

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  14. Bambi Mayer
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    I can’t wait to see what you do with your new finds!
    Who is singing that version of Lazy River?
    Bambi

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    • Rose
      May 12, 2016 @ 9:40 am

      Bobby Darin. (I think!)

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      • Bambi Mayer
        May 13, 2016 @ 1:21 am

        Thanks!

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  15. Julie Stout
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    What a great find on the beautiful marble slabs. Congrats! Thought of you yesterday when Architectural Digest showed up in the mail and there was Pilar Guzman’s new country home! Check it out if you haven’t see it already. It’s pretty sublime.

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  16. Jayne Z
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    As always — Elvis stole the show! So glad to see the clip of her playing!

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    • Suzanne Forbes
      May 11, 2016 @ 11:07 am

      Me too! Elvis Photo Bomb cameo was the best!

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    • Linda D.
      May 11, 2016 @ 11:31 am

      Fabulous to see Elvis enjoying herself!

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  17. Jamie
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    The stars aligned, and all was meant to be.
    Hugs and pets to Elvis.

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  18. Katherine
    May 11, 2016 @ 10:59 am

    Absolutely marvelous, as usual. Hi Elvis!

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  19. ACWMH
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    FREE spare marble. Free. Spare. ORIGINAL. Marble.

    Oh, I’m jealous.

    The lesson here, clearly, is to always chat up the person giving things away. Because they probably have even more wonders and they don’t even know.

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  20. Garden, Home and Party
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    Wow, that was a trip well worth the gas and labor…a slab of marble you can use for free! Lucky you.
    xo,
    Karen

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  21. Kathleen
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    Nevermind the fact that you and Paul are being so clever with your repurposing, I am beyond impressed on how professionally you pack and move things. And not light and frilly things but substantial pieces of masonry, antiques and a fafillion other things. Amazing!

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  22. Randi
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:07 am

    Around here, responding to a Craig’s List ad or posting one can and does result in murder or robbery. Sad, but true. I’m scared of Craig’s List.

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  23. Fred Wishnie
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:16 am

    From reading the comments, I may be your only male reader, but the hell with it. I find your taste exquisite and your writing funny. My face lights up everytime I open my email and see you have an update.

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  24. Margaretta
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:23 am

    Ok, first, I love this blog. I am living my great big fancy things life vicariously through you. Second, I love this one specifically because I have a business that recycles cast away pieces of granite and marble from countertop fabrication into other products. As such it hurts me when people smash up these slabs and throw them away. I LOVE that you found a home for those gorgeous pieces and saved them from the dump. YAY YOU!

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  25. Elizabeth
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:27 am

    I adore how brave you have become, because I know using porous marble that has been in a bathroom for a century and will now be used for food prep isn’t the easiest adjustment in the world. It is beautiful! Enjoying watching the kitchen (finally!) come together 🙂

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  26. Linda D.
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:29 am

    As Louise Pasteur and Richard Branson have observed, Chance favors the prepared mind. You have done insanely well here, scoring free, recycled, restored and cash all in a single trip. Paul is lucky to have you! Oh, wait. That was Paul hefting the marble down the stairs…ok, you are lucky to have each other.:-D

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  27. judy
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:34 am

    I know why you were gifted with free beautiful marble-because I made a dumb tasteless suggestion that marble was too light and you should use some darker granite. The Gods of GFT things were so appalled and nauseous they immediately slid some free marble your way to prevent such a calamity even being considered. Of course I know you are incapable of bad taste -but I’m thrilled about the marble and if I can help out with other decorative choices -let me know. I’m finished making my house look like a blind Elvis and a drunk Liberace collaboration so I’ve got some free time. Love to you all and Miss Elvis looks wonderful!

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  28. Diana
    May 11, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    I loved seeing Elvis doing cat stuff! You scored big time with this haul. I love Tammigirl’s idea of making the piano into a table with a glass top. One thing, I hope your vehicle has super strong shock absorbers and axels, because that was some heavy load! Shop on!

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  29. Kay
    May 11, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

    I can’t play the video because of its privacy settings! How come others can play it? I do not want to miss one of your videos! Any ideas?

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  30. Kay
    May 11, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

    Never mind–it suddenly appeared. Kisses to Elvis.

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  31. Jennifer Lee
    May 11, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    Dear Victoria – you inspire me to visualize my own fancy free things off of Craigslist! I have excellent parking karma, and now I want the fancy free things karma as well. Thank you!
    PS: I cannot believe that someone would GIVE AWAY a gorgeous antique piano. Wow!

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  32. Kate
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:21 pm

    Great find! Thank you for rescuing the piano, the things people will pitch just kills me. About 10 years ago I was involved in a show home reno of a historic mansion here in Denver. We redid a bedroom and bath. The bath had that same type of marble surround, and of course they ripped it out. I kept asking what they were going to do with it… they also ripped out all the original hardware in the kitchen. People are idiots. But my point, in higher end homes at the turn of the century, marble walls for the bathroom were common. Glad you saved yours! And free is always good!

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  33. Christy
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:22 pm

    Was I the only one who guffawed aloud at, “Werner Herzog of Craigslist”?

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    • Rose
      May 12, 2016 @ 9:42 am

      No. I gave a shout. It’s my favorite part of her writing. You never know whats coming.

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  34. Carrie
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    The Werner Herzog of Craigslist! BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAhahahahahaa!

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  35. Patricia
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:41 pm

    Paul can never question your desire for Giant Fancy (and free) Things when you’ve proved they lead directly to more totally cool and needed free stuff, like marble countertops!

    You can point to this moment for the remaining decades of your marriage …

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  36. Kiki
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    about the piano: I know, I know – we had to give away my mother in law’s Swiss made piano for free, although they are being sold for CHF2’500-3000.- a piece – but it’s transporting them, retuning, and doing out backs!!! And of course we all have our own pianos already, and space comes at a price, and we’re not handymen/-women….
    A dear UK friend mourned for MONTHS after he had to give away his one piano so that he could take over his uncle’s even better one!

    And free marble – I literally would have killed to get my hands on those slabs – and you guys just moved it in such a professional manner – I can’t get over it, honestly!!!!! As if you’d always expect to return with masses of extra goodies from each trip – great video too with lovely Elvis who looks so healthy and well!!!! Thanks a bunch for this joy.

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  37. liz
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

    Simply AMAZING – for the free marble and for happy Elvis!!!

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  38. Hally
    May 11, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

    You have some amazing Craigslist Karma and I wonder if it’s the Giant Fancy Powers That Be rewarding you for your consistently entertaining writing and enthusiasm. As someone who lives in a Craigslist wasteland where people have the gall to charge for rickety melamine dressers, and the closest thing to marble is a roll of contact paper; thank you for letting us live vicariously through you!

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  39. Kit Odom
    May 11, 2016 @ 4:10 pm

    I’m so happy you saved the piano! And the marble too. I HATE waste.

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  40. Piano Forte
    May 11, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    Elvis – you’re looking good!!

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