1. Sunnie Mitchell
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:13 am

    Well clearly you did something totally fabulous with at least one of those fabulous couldn’t-leave-behind Victorla boxes – what a beautiful plant display! Obviously your DH now understands you were spot-on to have to rescue the lot.


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 25, 2014 @ 10:18 am

      He totally understands!
      His exact words – right, *that’s* practical.


      • Jackie Waldfogel
        March 25, 2014 @ 11:06 am

        -See? He gets it!


  2. Kimberly ~ SerendipityRefined
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:15 am

    Clearly, you are a person of foresight, sensibility and creativity. I have found that it’s good to have a garage (also basement, attic and shed) full of things like old Victrola cabinets on hand for when brilliance strikes. If you need to get rid of one, I find that I am now suddenly in the market for one to use as a planter on my dining room table. I’m pretty sure that I saw Paul’s other wife the other day on my way to a tag sale. Isn’t she the one with the perfect manicure and the car with the empty trunk and a garage that she can park in?


    • Marta
      March 25, 2014 @ 10:56 am

      There should be a universal symbol to put at the beginning of posts like this that signifies You Are About to Spit Your Coffee All Over Your Keyboard!


      • Joy
        March 26, 2014 @ 11:40 am

        I suggest just always assuming that when you read this blog you should not drink or eat while doing so. 😀


  3. Lorrie
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    Good morning! I had to chuckle a tiny bit when I read about Paul’s “other wife” – truly I don’t think this dear husband of yours could keep up with another wife, no matter how great she may be. You are the wife who will keep him young, she would just be boring and mundane in comparison!


  4. Kristen
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:17 am

    See! You were right that you needed them, they make beautiful planters.

    I wish that I could go yard sale shopping with you there, except that we’d want all of the same stuff!

    P.S. I still have an intense longing for a necklace-of-invincibility. What size pearls do I require? Where may I even find pearls of that size? Must.Find!


    • Marta
      March 25, 2014 @ 11:00 am

      Let me introduce you to the black hole, uh, Imean, wonderful world of easy.com:


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 25, 2014 @ 12:41 pm

      I got my pearls (extra-special, acrylic-beads??) At a place that was going out of business. I have tried to find them online (Raccoon+hoarding tendencies+ I think my necklace would be better with three strands…) but have never found any THAT big.


      • Kristen
        March 25, 2014 @ 12:59 pm

        I had found some large beads on ebay, but I’m not sure if they’re big enough. Does 30mm (1.25 inch) diameter sound approximately correct? Maybe I should just buy them anyway… I’ll find some way to use them (or so I tell myself now).

        I hadn’t seen any appropriately giant sized necklaces on etsy but haven’t searched on there in ages. For awhile, I searched online for Wilma Flintstone necklaces and bafflingly enough, that didn’t even yield good enough results. Ho-hum.


        • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
          March 31, 2014 @ 8:57 am

          Yes… slightly over an inch sounds about right. I had seen some on a site where you can order in bulk, (we can split 50lbs of giant plastic beads,) I will search again and see if I find anything.


          • Kristen
            April 1, 2014 @ 4:32 pm

            Yes; then I can swathe my surroundings with garlands of giant plastic pearls for life!


    • Andie
      March 26, 2014 @ 3:32 pm


      • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
        March 31, 2014 @ 8:58 am

        By the time I looked at that it was sold… if someone here bought it, THANK YOU. otherwise I would have. (hoarder that I am)


        • Lee
          March 31, 2014 @ 12:33 pm

          So let me ask you this, then. If I were to be able to make some VEB-style faux pearls of wisdom, necklaces of invincibility, would any of you ladies be interested in them? I do sell beaded things in my Etsy store and of course anyone that wanted one from VEB’s blog, I would give a discount code for. Let me know, Ladies, and I will see what I can do if there is enough interest.


  5. Linda
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    I am reading this as I stand in line at the SSA office. The official person just asked if anyone had an appointment. Who knew you could make an appointment ?! Why oh why didn’t I get input or advice or information before I drove out here. I’m freezing and there’s a long line. I will probably have your post memorized by the time I leave here. Lordy. You needed all three of those!


  6. Shari
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:18 am

    I love how you made the boxes into a planter! I need this on my kitchen counter for herbs! You stole those for $5!!!!!


  7. Dodie
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:19 am

    How could you NOT buy those Victrola boxes? I MEAN


  8. Linda Montgomery
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:20 am

    I believe we are twins who must have separated at birth!

    I often forward your message to my boyfriend who is oddly similar to your Paul.

    He always laughs but I use it as evidence that no, I am not crazy, these are all reasonable things but he refuses to come to the dark side.

    My current hoard is linen which is completely OUT OF CONTROL. And you know what? I am A-OK with that.

    Blessings on you for blazing the trail for me. Its so refreshing to be amongst the few who truly GET IT!

    Happy song playing in my head right now!


  9. Darling Lily
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    I have yet to meet a man who could resist the siren’s song of a beautiful wooden box. Methinks Paul was employing a bit of reverse-psychology on you, before your inner raccoon spied something else to distract you from the glory of these Victrola boxes.

    Does he or does he not have something stored in one, even as we speak?


    • Jenny Loomans
      March 25, 2014 @ 1:17 pm

      I’m with Lily on this one. As proof, I offer this anecdote: years ago my father built each of his children and his lovely wife a strongbox out of vintage butchers block 1-inch oak (from back when it was actually an inch and not something less), with brass fittings. Seven of them in all. Meticulously dove-tailed and gorgeously finished. One of his first big decorative projects. Now, despite the gorgeous finishing, they are actually rather spartan to look at. My husband pretended they were…okay. But we have two of them, now (we got my mom’s when she passed), and one is in our bedroom holding my jewelry. The other is in our dining room, being decorative. Since acquiring the second, we have also, through various circumstances, come into possession of a wider variety of wooden boxes than I thought possible (given the lack of enthusiasm with which he greeted the first), and they are with one exception things that HE brought home. So I’m with Lily: I bet Paul has something stored in one of those other Victrolas.


  10. Sara
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    I love this and I love you! I also love yard/estate sales and love even more the free crap I find in alleys. I have built up quite a collection of dressers I have no need for. My husband’s goal is to finish off all the unfinished portions of our basement and attic so that I no longer have storage space. Good thing we built a big garage with attic storage! Thank you for your blog, it makes me laugh and shout, “yes, of course!” And reminds me that I am in good company with all my good intentions and aspirations to be crafty and creative.


  11. tammigirl
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:28 am

    If you tacked them up on a wall you could have a trio of hanging wall boxes! Just think of all the trinkets what-nots you could place inside them and on top of them. Not to mention all the stuff you could hang from them!


  12. Joyce
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    My daughter recently suggested that I should check into 12 step programs for estate sale addicts. Her greatest fear is not my passing, but what will be passed on to her when I pass. But who could pass up the giant hand carved chandelier with the monkey on it? Or the stack of hand embroidered pillowcases or the bronze morning glory bowl? Is it a problem that we are living in a furnished apartment until we close on our newest project otherwise known as a house? Or that we have a couple more boxes of stuff than when we moved in a month ago? Essentials, I swear. Everything I bought was essential. You understand. It is why I love you.


  13. April
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:40 am

    I laughed out loud–literally–when the title of this post popped into my inbox! I should gladly report that my hubby(and he was an impossible, hopeless case of “new is better than old”)HAS come to the dark side…currently there is a PILE of lumber he got for a steal at the home center, blocking HIS PARKING PLACE in the garage(his stuff, not mine this time! hehehe!). This is not the man I married, but I sure do like him better…. 🙂
    Your “planter” looks AMAZING! Great idea!


  14. Sharon
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:42 am

    I love the part about how you do Yard Sales FAST. Im the same way, in thrift shops also. When I have girlfriends who want to even go and shop with me leisurely Im too busy scanning the aisles, its a quick zip down, I can spot the good stuff and dont need to waste my time you know? Onto the next place!! Yes I would not have been able to pass up those 3 boxes for $5. You need them because A) They are awesome B) They are There C) Because they are $5 D) The ideas for them are endless … I can keep making up more reasons if Paul still needs some convincing. 🙂


  15. Stacie
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:45 am

    I have four words for you: World’s. Largest. Garage Sale.

    October. Upstate New York. Everything you could ever, ever, EVER want. The town of Warrensburg is totally transformed by junk as far as the eye can see! Ohmigosh I’m getting excited. And a super bonus: fall in the Adirondacks is magical!


  16. Vicki Daugherty
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:48 am

    If you are not the cutest and wittiest blogger alive, I don’t know who is. And sooooo astute!
    If you don’t believe opposites attract, you have not been married. My sweet hubby does not see any need for ‘stuff’ and I cannot resist. I wish you were my next door neighbor, but then, one couple might end up divorced! Thanks for making my day with your blog, and thanks for not blogging with only pictures of flowers, dishes, and birds…..spare me! Vicki in Louisville KY


    • Joyce
      March 25, 2014 @ 3:02 pm

      I so agree about the pictures of flowers, dishes and birds!!!


  17. Babzy the Elder
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:49 am

    Absolutely Brilliant!! Fabulous as planters. What a terrific find.


  18. sharply murphy
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:50 am

    Ok, I can only suggest you start by renting a space at a group shop so you can rotate your stock and make some of your money back and support your insane habit….which is also my insane habit….turned occupation….at least Paul will like it. In your free time of course 😉


  19. Heather Edgecombe
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:52 am

    While not a yard sale, I’m headed out this evening to purchase ANOTHER set of Limoges china off Craigslist…..to add to my current five sets of china. I mean, I might not have this opportunity again. My husband just shakes his head and goes with it. We have a basement of old furniture that is just waiting for me to refinish or paint. I think I might be on an episode of hoarders, too….


  20. Andie
    March 25, 2014 @ 10:57 am

    Wait. Just. One. Minute.
    Paul goes WITH you? He goes shopping WITH you? WITH? Like, mostly alongside? You?
    *rubs eyes*
    *scratches head quizzically*
    Does not compute.
    Handsome Husband does not DO “with”.
    In this house, I am a big fan of “aftermath”. Never “with”. Ever.
    For example, yesterday’s breakfast went a little something like this:
    Handsome Husband: “Sorry I came home late (he works nights) I was on a late call…guy was drunk and high and shot himself in the leg because he was mad at his baby mama”.
    He looks up and sees Craigslisted pair of silver candelabras.
    “Candlesticks. Are these new? Do we need candlesticks?”
    Me: “Yes.”
    Handsome Husband, “There was blood everywhere but he was so high he didn’t feel a thing…”
    Me “I got them on Craigslist”.
    Handsome Husband: “Who shoots their own leg? Who does that?! Is it too early to light the candles? Do we have a lighter? ”
    Me: “Maybe we should light a candle for the guy who shot himself…say a prayer”.
    Handsome Husband (as I am lighting candles): “Dear God, please don’t let that guy have any more kids”.

    And so it goes…

    What are your plans for the other boxes, Victoria? Maybe wall shelves? Tiny beds for Elvis’ new baby brother or sister? 🙂 Too cool to pass by…and at a mere $5? Utterly negligible…especially compared to the cost of therapy.




    • Jenny Loomans
      March 25, 2014 @ 3:23 pm

      Andy, that is the best story I’ve heard this week. Thank you.


    • Kay
      March 25, 2014 @ 3:26 pm

      Andie, where is your blog?


    • Lori
      March 26, 2014 @ 3:43 pm

      Andie, I so get that!
      Our house:
      Him: Is that new? (pointing at a new silver candelabra or …substitute here any/all decorative, household purchases
      Me: No, I bought that a while ago
      Him: Oh


  21. the misfit
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:10 am

    Well, I’m going to this thing in Warrensburg if you are. I’ve been heartbroken not to be at the World’s Longest Yard Sale for years now, but it simply is not in a good location for me. Upstate New York is home*; I can make that happen.

    *Not in the sense of being anywhere near where I currently live, of course.


  22. antiquechase
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:11 am

    we are sisters lost at birth. I recently bought a slightly lopsided bamboo/rattan tall rack for $5.00 at a neighbor’s sale. YES FIVE. I actually really scored because I got there a day early as I was driving by she was setting up her garage… Do you mind if I take a preview of your sale?

    Anyway, I bought the large tier rack for $5… and paid $5 to have it delivered by her helper. I showed it to my husband and thought he would think I just totally scored and he said it looked like junk. broke my heart. Had to prove him wrong! Spent $28 on spraypaint (which was an investment for the $5 piece) and now it looks FANTASTIC and on the patio. But typing this story reminds me that $5 is never just $5.. It turned into $38 pretty quick!
    I love those boxes you got and how wonderful to have three!


  23. Garden, Home and Party
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:17 am

    I love yard sales but there aren’t as many great things in our neighborhood yard sales as the treasures you find! I love the boxes and the dining room looks great. Where did you find all of the assorted blue and white porcelain? Or should I even ask?


  24. Kate Souder
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:18 am

    You can marry me and we can hoard happily ever after! Love your blog!


  25. Gerry
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:20 am

    Perfect! Now when are you going to show us what you did with the other two?


  26. Glenn C
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:32 am

    I love you. That is all.


  27. Lee
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    Those are the best kinds of yard sales, the neighborhood ones. And in your own neighborhood! You can’t beat that! Great find. I probably would have passed them up, as both my spare rooms are so full you can’t walk in them anymore. Of course, the fact that my now-14-year-old-son decided to attack and rearrange both those rooms didn’t help. He wanted to see what I had stashed – lol.

    My current passion is awesome yarns and beads that I can make things with. 🙂 They take up way less room and the outcomes are endless. My neighbor and I decided to open up an Etsy store. It’s http://www.etsy.com/shop/mtnlorecreations, if you’d like to check it out.

    I so remember the days of the hunt at yard sales and flea markets. Have you heard of the Swap Shop in Fort Lauderdale, Florida? It’s 87 acres of flea market and Thursday mornings are garage sale day. You never know what you’ll find there. One time when I was set up to sell my junque there and I found a set of 4 humongous kingdom chairs for lack a better description. They were awesome and I got the 4 of them for like $25. Only afterwards, when I got them back to my site, did I realize, OMG, they won’t fit in my car if I don’t sell them. Thankfully I sold them before I had to leave, so I didn’t have to worry about it. 🙂

    I love reading anything written by you, Victoria. You have such a way with words. 🙂

    Andie, do you have a blog? I’d love to read it also!


  28. joanne
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:35 am

    Reading all the comments makes me realize that I am not completely insane but, rather, a member of an elite group of “junk-ies.” I’ve always believed I do not have a problem unless I try to hide and deny it.
    So…here goes…
    Hi- My name is Joanne, and I am a junkie.
    Although I have been recovering from hand surgery (read- carpal tunnel from excessive repeated actions like sanding, scraping, and painting), I have still managed to purchase the following this weekend on CL:
    a lovely single board antique blanket chest for $120- managed to slide it out of the back of my car without damaging the incisions. (did I mention that I am doing this all while my husband is away on business?)
    a great antique pine cabinet in pristine condition- this cabinet is still wedged into the back of my little Rav4 since I cannot remove it without incurring more surgery.
    a set of hand made windsor chairs for 230 for all 4! How did I pick these up? I did not. The wonderful, kind couple took pity on me and brought them to my doorstep so I could see if I wanted to buy them! which, of course, I totally did.
    While I know that my demise will most likely be a result of a Craigslist deal gone sour, I continue to meet the best people via CL! (disclaimer- not an endorsement of CL, especially if you still have life plans;)
    Anyway, why blog when I can let VEB do all the work for free? Some labor I AM willing to hire out.
    LOVE these blog breaks, girl! Keep em coming…


  29. Janet
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    No one purchased my parents’ antique (empty) Edison stand-up cabinet at their estate sale. One dealer said that the key to the cabinet was worth more than the cabinet, but I wouldn’t part with it. I couldn’t see it going to the junk truck (like so many treasures that broke my already broken heart) so I brought it home, much to my husband’s non-antique loving chagrin. I put it in the converted garage (where most of my parental memory belongings now live) and got the little fax machine to fit in the top of it even with the lid closed. I pulled off the scrolled and meshed insert and have a nice little display shelf below. Yes, it’s clunky and not modern, but they just don’t make furniture like this anymore and the wood is gorgeous!


  30. Jenny Lynn
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:50 am

    I am giggling. I think the same way. I would buy all of them. Then I would decided what to do with them. Those neighborhood yard sales call my name. Good thing I am working on Saturdays for the next few weeks. I need to clean out some of what I already have before shopping for anything else. By the way, I kept waiting to see a wagon that you might be pulling to carry all your finds. 🙂


  31. Valery Jayne Schweitzer
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:54 am

    Speaking of “rolling out of Bed”– I am dying to see pics of your bedroom with the gorgeous Victorian Bed that you hoisted inside the upper window.– Did I miss them? How did you make it work with the mattress that doesn’t fit? did you cut the side rails and add on to make it longer ,? or?? Xo,-Valery


  32. Karen V
    March 25, 2014 @ 11:57 am

    “Buy one”. That cracks me up. Everybody knows that three is a “collection”, and totally gets you out of the hoarding category.


  33. judy
    March 25, 2014 @ 12:00 pm

    This was (as usual) just a darling anecdote that makes being a little out there-somewhere? sound completely fascinating and charming! You must be cloned! because I swear I always see you as the opposite of that Peanuts character that had the cloud of dust whirling around him whereas you must be speeding everywhere (-impeccably garbed, conquering the mundane and transforming the unwanted, abandoned, no long chic into loveliness) in a cloud of giggles chuckles and outright guffawing from your adoring fans- Thanks – you brighten an old persons day-now I need to get to the local “Antique Shop” and pick up some more kick knacks cause Damn! I never realized I could just keep em on the floors-now that every other surface in the house is full up.


  34. Shabby chic addiction
    March 25, 2014 @ 12:19 pm

    What you understand that in said war the winning maneuver could have been the acquisition of all 3 victrolla boxes and, by God, no one was going to outwit you and win the war. Do you feel like the victor? Yes? Then, my dear, you won!


  35. jeanette lundgren
    March 25, 2014 @ 12:26 pm

    I remember the days that DH and I would yard sale and antique together. The pre kids days when we needed stuff to furnish our new old house. Nowadays he is too busy fixing our next house that the three kids have filled with kid stuff… Don’t get me wrong I still yard sale and consignment shop and when I find must have, cajole him into picking it up with his truck. He still obliges with barely a questioning look…so for that I am grateful!


  36. Stacey
    March 25, 2014 @ 12:51 pm

    I absolutely adore your blog – you bring a smile to my face every post!! I loved the video you posted of you and Paul hauling up the bed – I played it for my husband so he knows what to prepare for 🙂


  37. cindy Espinoza
    March 25, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    Once a year a small town in Ohio (where I am from) has neighborhood yard sales and i totally am the same way. so excited about what i may find. I fly there from atlanta (my home now) just to go with my mom and sister …its a family tradition (and addiction!)
    over the years we have found soooooo many good deals.

    my sister and I always say “things you can’t use at prices you can’t refuse”

    I am looking forward to it again in May. last year my best find was a brass lion, but
    2012 was a particularly good year! my finds on this post here:


  38. Patience
    March 25, 2014 @ 2:26 pm

    I love what you did with the Victrola box! I tend to be more of a minimalist, as far as stuff is concerned, but I do love rummaging through a good yard sale.


  39. Jane Schafrann
    March 25, 2014 @ 2:45 pm

    Victoria, I would love to hang out with you!


  40. Laurie
    March 25, 2014 @ 3:49 pm

    $5 clearly falls under the “you can buy whatever you want” category. It just doesn’t count as an expense.

    He should count himself lucky. I got a box for free and proceeded to spend about $40 just to “make it over” into…a prettier box.

    Made sense to me.


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