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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. Kay
    May 11, 2016 @ 12:21 pm

    Never mind–it suddenly appeared. Kisses to Elvis.

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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. Carrie
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    The Werner Herzog of Craigslist! BWAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHAhahahahahaa!

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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. liz
    May 11, 2016 @ 2:56 pm

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

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  18. 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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  19. 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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  20. Piano Forte
    May 11, 2016 @ 5:16 pm

    Elvis – you’re looking good!!

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