150 Comments

  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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  21. Bleubook
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    At first I was like wait…isn’t she renovating her kitchen? Then I was like JESUS WOMAN, Shop much? And then I understood everything…it is beautiful, and actually, you do need it. I appreciate your dedication to tossing practicality out the window. Personally, I only go halfway. Like I feel deep, inner need to ACQUIRE! MORE! THINGS! But then reality sets in and I decide to spend my money on boring things like painting our wooden house and fixing our gutters so it doesn’t rot into the ground…I compromise when I think, honestly, I should SPLURGE a bit more.

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  22. Sandy
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:07 pm

    Honestly you make me laugh and smile with satisfaction at the outcome of your tenacity and Paul’s wonderful giving disposition and the great relationship you share
    The bookcase looks a home where you have it. Thanks for the entertaining video

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  23. Jeanne
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

    It is a lovely piece. I would be jealous but it would not fit in my house. I am looking for a pretty bookcase too – perhaps 1/3 the size:) Does it have a little brother?

    Since you brought up the word saint – of course Paul loves you. You’re a sweet child of God too – don’t forget it.

    I have re-posted your Fireclay vs. Cast Iron apron front sink post on Houzz forum whenever I see the question come up. I continue to re-post the Manifesto against the tyranny of the White Kitchen when asked “how to update oak kitchen on a budget of nothing” or “I have the kitchen HGTV is always ripping out – help” questions. It saves me so much time:)

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  24. Janet
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:13 pm

    That is one gorgeous GFT.

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  25. Sheryl Rae
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    I love this so much. And, so glad to see Elvis looking good.
    If you ever do decide to sell the Kingdom Mirror I would happily drive out from California to pick that up. I have the perfect spot for it and have been looking for something like that for years.
    Paul is a total sweetheart for doing that.

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  26. Jackie Westlund
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:19 pm

    WOW, that was worth the wait ! What an amazing piece of beauty. Loved the video and seeing Elvis. He looks good. I’m always excited to see a new post from you. Love your blog, it’s always entertaining !

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  27. Laurie
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

    Well if you love it forever, then it seems like time well spent. I am much more fickle. I envy your steadfastness.

    It is a magnificent bookcase and worthy of your undying love and affection. Is that top ornament right AT the ceiling?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 12, 2016 @ 12:25 pm

      I believe the technical term is “by the skin of my teeth”

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      • Yvonne Angus
        April 15, 2016 @ 10:49 pm

        Lol! I wondered the same thing, because the shadow doesn’t quite have enough room.
        On another note, you certainly fooled me. I was sure that Gigantic, gorgeous piece with all of the carved lady faces, for $8,000.00 on the Arkansas Craigslist was the one, especially when it sold. But the bookcase is equally swoon worthy. Great job. But I will miss that awesome card catalog. Glad Elvis is looking so good. Hope she feels as good as she looks.

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  28. Laura M
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

    may you live happily ever after.

    you and the bookcase

    I guess Paul too

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  29. Debbie from MountainMama
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:31 pm

    I am not normally one for ornate furniture but I have to say, that piece is MAGNIFICENT!! And, of course…it suits your style and your home so well, and goes perfectly with your other finds! Oh, and yes….agreed….you are one lucky lady to have found a man like Paul. Cherish him!

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  30. Sandi
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:38 pm

    Hi,
    I can’t actually say I have followed you in order of your restoration. I’m sure not if this last post is even current. I can say this… I found another person who lives inside my head…verbatim …
    Have you completed your kitchen? We bought a old house and have been remodeling as well.
    I Love the line of canonization thru you … St. Paul
    Is this a current post or is is backdated? My husband upon hearing your storytelling the first few time I read them out loud…Thought, perhaps, I, myself was writing…

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  31. Margo
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:40 pm

    Hey Victoria, I love your posts but it takes me almost as much time to read them as it takes for you to achieve your purchases. My little laptop may not be a big enough portal for your ideas. Any suggestions about how to read without having to reload the ads at every move?

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    • Linda
      April 13, 2016 @ 7:49 pm

      I’m reading this on my IPad and often read it on my laptop. I never see ads or have to reload. I wonder what I have that you don’t? I usually access through aol. That would be annoying, I know.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      April 13, 2016 @ 8:12 pm

      Hey Margo… THANKS for letting me know that you’re having issues! Unfortunately ads are what pays for hosting services, so they are a necessary evil. BUT they shouldn’t interfere with your ability to read or load the site!!

      I would like to magically solve this for you without your further involvement, but I need a little more info… AND will probably suggest you try it from a different browser on your computer.

      If a different browser doesn’t solve the problem, could you let me know what you’re using to load the site so I can pass the info along to tech support?

      THANK YOU. I always appreciate anyone taking the time to tell me things aren’t working for them!
      xoxo!
      p.s.- you can email me directly at victoriabarnes@hotmail.com

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      • Rhiannon
        April 16, 2016 @ 10:18 pm

        I have experienced the constant reloading as well. I’ve been on my iPad and my iPhone. Hopefully that helps in finding a solution.
        Quick question though, PLEASE tell me those are your clogs from your 4 year old self in the picture.

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  32. Debby
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

    Love showing my husband your posts, then he thinks I’m a piece of cake! ?

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  33. Eileen Y
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

    You are a god. No wonder that Paul is a saint, he shines in your glory.
    The wait for the GFT was worth it.
    As to telling us it was in Arkansas, it makes so much sense. Paul must have felt that you gave him the gift of a closer location. Obviously a win win for you both.
    I look forward to your next adventure/purchase.

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  34. sharon
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

    Laughing sooooo hard….happy tears from the comments!!!! I love your post..the best.
    p.s. to the person who asked what is going in…..the clogs. ♡

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 15, 2016 @ 11:02 pm

      Look closely, especially at the highlighted circle. I can hear the sound of tapping toes through my phone! Lol!

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  35. Jude
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:47 pm

    Very cool bookcase and a very cool husband.

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  36. Donna Gibson
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:53 pm

    You are entirely lovable! I know this for certain because I’ve never met you and I love you! I had an eerily similar shoe experience as a 9 year old, but they were heels and I did not get them for my birthday. I didn’t get them at all! As the tallest person in a family of absurdly short people, my parents could never be convinced of my need for high heels. ? I LOVE the bookcase and knew Arkansas was a cover, there are no GFTs in Arkansas! (The Clintons took them all to NY)

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    • Linda
      April 13, 2016 @ 7:52 pm

      ❤️

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 15, 2016 @ 11:12 pm

      Oh, I found at least 6 VEB worthy GFTs on the Arkansas Craigslist. And all of them have either sold, or been removed. Bill and Hillary missed some! ?

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  37. Stephanie Hobson
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:54 pm

    I have often wondered that about mine own spouse – why does he put up with my shenanigans? He is a much better husband than I am a wife. A couple of days ago we were discussing kids having temper tantrums so I relayed to him the story I heard from my family often. Me as a toddler, too young to remember it now, throwing myself in the floor, kicking and screaming until I got my way. And it usually worked. His response? “Oh, I’ve seen that for myself.” Yet he has stayed for 43 years. They’re amazing, aren’t they?

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  38. Princess Buttercup
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

    Obviously, though, number 9 is NOT coming true. Self would never disappoint her Public!

    Excellent work, the both of you.

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  39. Katie
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:58 pm

    After reading you for months, the story of this acquisition has compelled me to post a comment. Well done, Victoria! But, you can’t stop buying or our entertainment will come to a halt.

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  40. Kay
    April 12, 2016 @ 12:59 pm

    You are a darling, and so is Paul. Your bookcase is magnificent. Love to Elvis.

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