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  1. Katie
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:50 am

    If i hadn’t paused to read this twice and look at all the photos I would have been the first comment.

    But nevermind! You’re hilarious, Victoria. Love your writing x

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    • Kiki
      March 29, 2016 @ 10:58 am

      Katie; you ARE first…. and I would have been first if I didn’t have to scroll over to the linked pages AND re-read everything AND looked up what I could do with such a find….. and and and :)))))

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      • Karen
        March 29, 2016 @ 6:51 pm

        Kiki, I’m exactly the same as you!!! I do that!
        Karen

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  2. Jen N
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:51 am

    You are correct, it IS cats.

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  3. mystenigmary
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:53 am

    AAAHHH LOVE CHALKBOARDS! Those are fantastic. I never knew such a thing existed, and now of course I must have one. So if you DO ever decide you don’t need it …! 🙂

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  4. Charelene McDonnough
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:54 am

    Oh, this brings out the teacher in me. I love your GFT hinged chalkboard. That is an incredible find. I don’t think I have ever seen one quite like this before. Can’t wait to see your Arkansas find! Thanks for making my day so much fun by sharing yours.

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  5. Kiki
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:56 am

    I wouldn’t even have looked at this – but it takes a VEB with her über-natural sense of ‘just-know’ to find this pearl amongst the junk – and it takes a VEB’s sense of value (buy and sell something in order to gain the ultimate GFT) to succeed.
    CONGRATS Darling, you ARE MAGNIFICENT – now it’s totally official 🙂

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  6. Sue J.
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:57 am

    “Self-thwarted GFT acquisition is a deeply uncomfortable experience.” Glad we got that out of the way.

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  7. becky up a hill
    March 29, 2016 @ 10:58 am

    Brilliant blog. Nice recovery.

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  8. Melissa
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:00 am

    I’m so jealous! I had no idea I wanted this until you showed me, which itself goes to show I’m quite savvy with GFT Mentor selections! YOU KNOW WHAT YOU ARE DOING!! So SOOOOO glad you turned around and brought it home!
    I keep hoping when we move in a few weeks that the island will have hidden treasures like you always find!

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  9. Sandi
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    I salute you with BOTH hands. And maybe even my nose. Because you were amazing. I mean…you walked away! You did! And then you did research! And you went back!

    Plus . . . CHALKBOARDS!! I mean, I wouldn’t have been able to leave that alone, and I’m not even a GFTAE*. I’m actually probably jealous that you have these. Because I would be blissfully ignoring my entire family to play with them for . . . way longer than I should. 🙂

    *GFTAE Giant Fancy Thing Acquisitions Expert

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  10. Katharine
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:01 am

    I’m glad you overcame SELF’s initial bad decision to leave this behind. Otherwise, I would’ve likely never known such a thing existed!

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  11. Heidi
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    So worth turning around & going back!!!! This chalkboard is AMAZING!!!!! Lesson learned-only listen to “self” ?

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  12. Cyn
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:02 am

    So glad you got it. So very cool!
    Of course, it took until the end of your write-up to know what “it” is. ?

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  13. tammigirl
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:03 am

    I knew immediately that you had acquired the thing. I’m glad you googled it and turned the car around.

    I would say lots more witty stuff but for some reason your blog is making it very difficult to type stuff today. (weird?)

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  14. Marta
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:03 am

    OMG, I know you are my sister from another mother! I love that you convinced yourself to buy it based on an *asking* price (not a sold-for price, mind you) and yet, you didn’t sell it to make $$$ for other GFTs. No, no, you kept it and you get a thrill every time you look at it and think What a bargain! It’s worth *sixteen times* what I paid for it! LOL!!!!

    I wouldn’t know anything about that pattern of behavior. never saw it before. No sirree bob.

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  15. Marta
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    Forgot to mention in my previous comment that I am Green With Envy. I adore chalkboards!

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  16. Tiffany
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Chortling with glee and relief that you acquired the magnificent chalkboard after all! Whew! You alllllmost let it get away. I was about to hyperventilate on your behalf while reading about you leaving it behind.

    But all’s well that ends well. Can’t wait to hear about the GFT to beat all other GFT’s!

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  17. Elizabeth Speicher
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:09 am

    Well done!

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  18. Jean
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:11 am

    I would TOTALLY have dragged that home and my husband would be scowling the entire time! C’est la vie, honey. I’m a firm believer in if you have to ask “where would I put that”, then you don’t LOVE it beyond reason.

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  19. Laurie Ann
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:12 am

    Haha! I too have experienced reverse cognitive dissonance. So glad you were able to recognize your error and collect that beautiful find. It actually is quite a useful piece for a family-one board for each member (including felines). Enjoy!

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  20. MAH
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:14 am

    Whoa! that was a close one! NEVER do that again.

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  21. sharon
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Ha….I LOVE your audience!!! ♡♡♡

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  22. susan
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:15 am

    Love it! Wouldn’t have anywhere to put it in my house of doors and windows(minimal wall space) but I can vicariously lust after it as I do most things you purchase. Cant wait to see the GFT! Say hey to Elvis and Paul.

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  23. Michele
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:18 am

    Ok I had no idea such chalkboards even existed and now I have one more thing to add to my ever increasing list of “things to look for” while antiquing/junk shopping. I need to know though how does it work? Do you flip up a chalk board to reveal a new fresh chalkboard? or does it hinge out? I may not sleep again until I know the answer to this 😉

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 29, 2016 @ 11:24 am

      The hinges should be mounted over each other vertically… like a book. Whether that’s how we hang it or not is still up for discussion. I want it in the foyer because NOTES! (And also, um, running out of wall space) but it will fit better if hung as it sits now.

      These are problems I am comfortable having.

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      • Michele
        March 29, 2016 @ 11:58 am

        Ah Gotcha! Thanks, I can rest easy now haha. The foyer sounds like a perfect place for it!

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      • Amy
        March 29, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

        You MUST hang it horizontally otherwise you will only have ONE board for notes vs. FOUR, front & back!

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  24. Kelly
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:26 am

    It’s 10:30pm here in Bangkok and I just wanted to say thanks for making my night. You crack me up. Enjoy your latest acquisition.

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  25. Dawn
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:30 am

    Could you BE any more fantastic???

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  26. Suzanne Forbes
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:33 am

    I have regretted NOT purchasing things (on the rare occasions I have practised ill-advised “self-control”) far more deeply than I ever regret purchasing some useless and yet extremely decorative article for my home.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      March 29, 2016 @ 11:36 am

      It’s a known fact that NOT-buyer’s remorse is far more traumatic than traditional buyer’s remorse. #science

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  27. Elizabeth Gilluly
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:41 am

    After a miserable day and hating my husbands job for moving me to Germany and then leaving me by myself for months I needed this, thank you. I also need to hear about the Arkansas GFT, it may save my sanity.

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  28. Bronne
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:42 am

    Oh thank God! There are things in my life that I passed up, couldn’t afford, or someone was quicker. I will probably spend the rest of my coherent adult life searching for “the ones the got away”. You made a wise decision, Ms Barnes.

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  29. Debbie Woods
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:44 am

    You are HILARIOUS!….and very talented! A fan in Houston….

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    • Tawnya
      March 29, 2016 @ 12:03 pm

      Ooo! Houston fan here too – howdy neighbor =)

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      • Barbara
        March 29, 2016 @ 2:29 pm

        And another Houston fan checks in – hi neighbors. How are all y’all doing? And now I want a cool chalkboard — I love this blog.

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  30. Amber
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:46 am

    So very cool! I bet you could find some rich professor/intellectual that would love to have this for his study! OR you could keep it and put it in your kitchen to write fancy menus out and make grocery lists look fabulous! 😉 P.S. Those hinges are AH-MAZING!

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  31. Buffy
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:48 am

    I think that chalkboard was a necessary purchase. It was obviously calling your name and needed to go home with you!

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  32. Garden, Home and Party
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:53 am

    I love this chalk board thing. I’ve never seen anything like it. How cool that you got it for such bargain price! Wow! You’re such a good shopper, you saved $3,000+ buying it. 🙂
    Karen

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  33. Jann
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:54 am

    Amazing find! My tactic when I find something that might or might not be the meaning of life is to hover protectively over it while furiously googling. Gut + Google have led to a few remarkable scores… and also a decent number of “oh, turns out that’s nothing”s. I am SO RELIEVED you went back for it! I am also beside myself with anticipation for the Arkansas GFT!!

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  34. Debbie from MountainMama
    March 29, 2016 @ 11:56 am

    What a cool find – I knew you couldn’t walk away from it!! 🙂

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  35. Tawnya
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:01 pm

    Oh how pretty! In the foyer is perfect. Just think of all the cute welcome messages, holiday themed designs and super cute reminders you can put on it! (And as a blogger you simply MUST! With a plethora of photos to document your super cuteness for us to worship.. ahem admire.. with envy!) Oh, plus mounting it as is means you can have one flipped up so it’s 2 tall – so much more practical using two at once than having them folded open like a book so everyone bangs into the precious GFT as they move past.

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  36. elizabeth
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:02 pm

    As someone who lives in a converted Catholic school, I’m so bummed I don’t have these but I’m glad you do because you will do them proper justice. I actually made some fake chalkboards with plywood and paint and they look pretty good AND are excellent for notes and scheduling and the like, so this is a totally practical purchase.

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    • Kim
      July 12, 2016 @ 11:18 am

      I have wanted to live in an old school since I was in Ms. Barnes’ class in 2nd grade at Arabi Elementary School. I just adored the built ins! I am Catholic so your place sounds totally amazing 🙂

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  37. Angie
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:02 pm

    Really great find, but please know that 1stdibs is typically at least three times what you could reasonably expect to get retail. I don’t know who buys from them…must be when someone absolutely, positively has to have what they’re selling and money is no object. And for most people, money *IS* an object! 🙂

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  38. Amy
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:14 pm

    Great find! I live in Arkansas and can’t to see your acquisition from our fine state! 🙂

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  39. Sheryl
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

    I love your latest find. I would mount this in my dining room where I could write out menus and guests could provide love notes and feedback after my amazing dinner parties.

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  40. shawn underwood
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:26 pm

    Dang I can’t figure out why you didn’t google the chalkboard when you were in the salvage store! You are seriously losing it girl! Since when do wives listen to their husbands anyway. And yes Paul is a gem because he can like fix stuff and shit like that but still. I could go on and on about how my husband whom I adore tries to fix stuff. Our 1927 old Cogate (yes the toothpaste people) would fall down around our ears if there weren’t Paul’s in this world but I digress. I seriously think we need to be friends. Love your blog virtual girlfriend 🙂

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