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  1. liz
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    What can I say – you have magnificent taste & style, and you are one lucky lady for finding a sweetie like Paul!!

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  2. Helen
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:43 am

    It is a most gorgeous GFT! Well done!

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  3. Suzanne Forbes
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    I am so happy for you! It is magnificent beyond all dreams of avarice.

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  4. ACWMH
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    That bookcase is beyond fabulous, and whatever you had to do to make this happen was absolutely WORTH IT. Never doubt that.

    Paul is only doing what he must to participate in the greatness you are determined to live.

    (That, and once you live with someone who is actually selling off their possessions to buy a GFT, being the person who will not go and RETRIEVE the GFT just makes you the unreasonable one, and might be a little dangerous. Someone who is willing to sell off their possessions for a bookcase cannot be reasoned with and may go to any extreme to get what they want)

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    • Jennifer
      April 12, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

      Post awesome!!!! Response, even better! I love both but this one especially.

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  5. Liza Witt
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    My laughter brought me to tears reading this! I so saw myself in this piece!
    Now tell me, are you really off Craig’s List?
    By the way the photos of your home, glimpses around corners into other rooms are so beautiful.
    Well done girlie girl!

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  6. Jenny Falcone
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:45 am

    I have been waiting with baited breath to see what the-craiglist-find-to-end-all-craiglist-finds was, and I was not disappointed. Its is so beautiful and I am green with envy. Truly all of your work to sell everything you own was well worth it. Is Paul a saint? Of course, but we already knew that. Well done! Oh, and I’m glad to see that Elvis is looking well.

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  7. Jen Graham
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:46 am

    The video says it’s not viewable due to privacy settings.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 12, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

      phenomenal… would you try reloading your browser? sometimes that does the trick?

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      • Jen Graham
        April 12, 2016 @ 12:12 pm

        I opened another tab and it worked, but when I refresh it doesn’t. Weird iDevice Safari quirk?

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    • Jackie
      April 12, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

      Press the box with the arrow. Select the item requesting the desktop version. Voila the video works. Well worth it.

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      • Shannon
        April 22, 2016 @ 4:19 pm

        Shoot. This didn’t do it for me. Any other ideas?

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  8. Suzanne
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    Lol. I live 2 hours from Cleveland. I saw this on Craigslist and remember thinking you’d have to have a certain kind of house to accommodate it. Looks like I was right. Love it!

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  9. Linda
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:49 am

    I love reading your stories!!!! I’m laughing out loud at the progression of happenings. You’ve have helped start my day in a very enjoyable and fun way! Can barely wait to read about your next acquisition!!!

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  10. Anna
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    Why does Paul love you? You gave the reason yourself!

    “When I like something, I LIKE IT. And I do not need to like anything else. And there is no chance that I will forget about the liking. And there is no chance I will move on from the liking.

    Rather, I will devote all of my time and energy to liking it, EVEN WHILE I AM ASLEEP.”

    This, of course, includes Paul! He is a lucky man (until you find a bigger fancier one on Craigslist, that is!) 😉

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    • elderwitty
      April 12, 2016 @ 10:32 pm

      While the rest of your reasoning is sound, you missed a bit right at the end.

      “He is a lucky man (until you find a bigger fancier one on Craigslist, that is!)”

      There is NO bigger or fancier one than Paul to be had on this entire plane of existence. So he’s safe and she’s blessed. 😀

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 14, 2016 @ 11:37 pm

      I don’t think that is popossible. They don’t make many like Paul.

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  11. Kathi
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    Beautiful!

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  12. Mary
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:51 am

    Can we ask: HOW MUCH WAS IT?! Just for pure curiosity. I’m positive I’m not the only rude and prying soul dying to know. Also, did you have to convince the person to hold it for you? How did you know it wouldn’t sell.

    And congrats! It’s beautiful and fits the essence of you and your house.

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    • Tina
      April 12, 2016 @ 12:15 pm

      I’ll admit that I wondered the exact same thing as Mary! And how many things did you have to get rid of to raise the needed funds?

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  13. Nikki Gwin
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:53 am

    I so look forward to your videos.
    🙂
    http://gwingal.blogspot.com/

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  14. Pat
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:53 am

    Oh, it’s perfect…and so is he.

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  15. Diana Ings
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    At long last the GFT!!!! It is gorgeous!!! Yes, it was worth all the other things in your house. You were right to want to possess it as you did those clogs. Big thumbs up to you!!!! Big thumbs up to Elvis, she is looking wonderful!!! Big thumbs up to Saint Paul!!! Big thumbs up to your dad!!!!
    However, I know this will not be the end of your pursuit of GFTor other things you cannot live without. Craig’s list will beckon you with other GFT. Also, what about your kitchen??? What’s going on with that? We need to know about that.

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  16. AnnW
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    Just think how boring his life would be without you? Who else would live in a half finished house and work on it? Who else would spend basically peanuts for furniture? If you added up all your expenditures they would be a lot less than a house full of Pottery Barn furniture, or pick the name of a good local furniture store. Who else would work on a kitchen renovation instead of yammering for a complete run of Christopher Peacock cabinets? Now he is golden for your birthday, anniversary, and next Christmas. He doesn’t have to do anything.
    If you could have accompanied him, you would have, but you had to take care of Elvis.
    Are you two still dancing? We are going to Baltimore the end of April for a Tango Marathon Weekend. Should be interesting. 10 hours of seminars with a Tango great.

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  17. Leslie
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:58 am

    Wow. My husband loves me a lot (or claims to…) but he would never drive to Cleveland and get this for me! Paul is a saint.

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  18. JeanFB
    April 12, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    Oooooh so happy to see THE GFT of Arkansas-no-Cleveland revealed! It is, in fact, most magnificent. So happy for you that it is finally home. Thanks for sharing, I adore reading your wonderful blog (even if I just lurk most of the time – I love your writing!)

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  19. Amy Rohde
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

    It looks far more beautiful in your home than in the picture. I don’t understand how you would have known that by the pictures on craigslist. Did you send a scout? Perhaps the Cleveland cousin? I’m so impressed that you threw us off! I wouldn’t have thought of that! That’s proof that you’re a legit celebrity when you have to scam your followers. Brilliant!
    re: Paul, 1) he probably liked it too, 2) that’s what our husbands are supposed to do! 3) it’s a love thing.. 4) I feel so sorry for anyone who has a spouse who wouldn’t do the same thing, 5) stop it, you are perfectly irresistibly lovable, otherwise we’d all dump you.
    What’s going in there?

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  20. Lalagigigirl
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:06 pm

    You have not disappointed your devoted followers. Se magnifique!

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