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  1. Lorrie
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    You know, people are going to start getting very nervous and anxious when they see you enter their establishment with a large bag and tools in tow!

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  2. Tyler J. Yoder
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:18 am

    So when will we be able to see your film, Ms. Barnes? The location looks gorgeous, and I am suitably impressed/jealous.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 22, 2013 @ 10:22 am

      You of all people will appreciate my cinematic masterwork. The only way it could be better is if it was the sequel to Magic Mike.

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      • Tyler J. Yoder
        October 22, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

        I am *highly* anticipating your film debut. Keep us posted, doll!

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  3. Sara Baker
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:22 am

    Glad you didn’t get towed. Like that one time…

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  4. Christina in Cleveland
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:23 am

    YOU M U S T HAVE IT!!!!
    I KNOW it’s not on Craigslist…. but still….. you will find room for it! 🙂

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  5. Lesli Messinger
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:24 am

    Love your blog! I mentioned you on FB.

    https://www.facebook.com/LesliMess

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  6. Debbie
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:25 am

    I absolutely cannot wait to see this movie!!
    I love, love, love your blog! My only complaint is I wish you posted more!!!

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  7. Kristen
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:26 am

    Love your blog! Also live in the area and my favorite old bar is McGillin’s. Many fun times there back when I was also cool.

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  8. Sandi
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:27 am

    Jon Hamm is gonna be jealous – two mentions of Channing Tatum in here…

    This looks stupendous and I am eagerly awaiting the Filmings to End All Filmings from the Sassafras. You make me want to visit Philadelphia.

    Really. 🙂

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  9. Elaine Hall
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:30 am

    So glad that I had stumbled on to you from HOUZZ Blog. Love your style, ideas and humor. Can totally relate!!! I really enjoyed the photos of the bar…makes me homesick for old architecture….something we lack, here in Houston, TX! They are of the mind to tear down and replace with crap!! There is less and less of any remnants of original out here! We live in a 100 year old American Foursquare, which we purchased from an estate two years ago. It took about six months to empty out the deceased owners life, rip up carpets (GROSS) and have it painted. It is still almost a hopeless cause!!! Old bathroom and a kitchen done cheaply in 1970’s Home Depot (would have preferred the old!). But your renovations have held me strong! Anyway..just a note (which I have never done before!) to let you know that I am a fan for life!!! And thanks for posting about old Philly! I was born at the old Saint Agnas hospital in South Philadelphia and I STILL miss the east coast. Moved to Houston when I was 23 (married!) and have been here ever since! I am DEFINITELY not a suburban mentality gal, so I have to make my own way and usually they are waves!!!!! Take care, Thanks!!!!

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  10. Colleen
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:37 am

    Oh Victoria. I don’t know why I didn’t think to tell you about this place earlier. It is a wonderland of old beautiful forgotten things. Things like fireplace surrounds, full bars, every type of furniture, hundreds of old seltzer bottles, and full stained glass windows. Did I mention all this is in a 3 floor warehouse? 3 floors of thinking you’re going to turn the corner, go back in time, and be horribly under-dressed. It’s massive, and terrify, and I want all of it. 715 North 2nd st. Architectural Antique Exchange. It’s less than a mile from where you were. You might want to bring some water and a handkerchief with you. You know, for when you faint on an antique fainting couch and need to fan yourself. My apologies to Paul in advance.

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 22, 2013 @ 10:45 am

      PLEASE. If I win the lottery, I am just going to buy that place and move in. Then I will have everything I ever wanted. (And never have to clean.)

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  11. Jedda
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:38 am

    Try the bar at the Washington House in Sellersville, Bucks County, similar to above but not quite as cool, although they have a great concert venue next door and the building has a nice Victorian tower. And, there’s a guy with architectural salvage on Route 113 in nearby Blooming Glen who is usually open weekends. An Autumn outing! And, there’s my friend Bill Baxter’s things at the Golden Nugget market on Route 29 near Titusville, N.J. Surely, you’ve visited the vast architectural salvage place in Northern Liberties with the GIANT things?

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  12. Naomi J
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:41 am

    Have you ever seen these? They might have your name written all over them.

    http://www.decorativeceilingtiles.net/white-styrofoam-ceiling-tiles/

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  13. valarielynn
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    Name a date and time and I’ll meet you there with a wagon. You can have the ceiling, I’ll take the woodwork.
    Val

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  14. Darling Lily
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:42 am

    I am in the midst of trying to create a similar bar into an 8 ft space. If you could fit the curved corner and an 8 ft section of the bar bottom (and possibly some of that brass foot rail) into your bag, I’d appreciate it.

    I’ll spring for the shipping and any subsequent bail bonds. (The brass rail is not entirely necessary, as it is readily available new, so please don’t make any extra effort to get it)

    You are THE BEST. I can’t wait to get all dressed up for the premiere of your opus!

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  15. Laurie
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:52 am

    I’ve only been to Philadelphia once but it made an impression as a charming, old, other-wordly place. I didn’t get to see enough of it for long enough to give you a specific place that is my favorite, it was more like a moment. I was walking in one of those tiny alley ways that are now multi-million dollar condos (so I’m told) and I found myself stopped between two tiny doorways that remind me of all those BBC Dickens’ dramas and hanging above both of them were baskets of petunias and geraniums (I think, I just remember flowers). It was right there where I decided this was a fabulous place that I wanted to know better.

    Here on the West coast, we have some places old and charming but mostly we have trees that are old. Which are charming in themselves, but you can’t fit them in your big handbag and set them up at home.

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  16. Tammigirl
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:15 am

    I am too quaint to visit any place that is not unbelievably pretentious, so I leave you to your own devices dear Victoria. 😉

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  17. Jessica@CapeofDreams
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:19 am

    I had a negative experience in Philadelphia in middle school and had an aversion to that city for a long time. Besides my mother and family are from Pittsburgh, so we are supposed to hate Philly, right? In the past five years I have been to Philadelphia several times, and I must say that I have had positive experiences. Unfortunately, I still don’t know the city well enough to give you any recommendations, but I hope to rectify that one day.

    Are we going to get to see this movie?

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  18. Becky
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:24 am

    The Art Museum is an easy favorite, but we also love exploring the outer neighborhoods and seeing gems like the Morris Arboretum in Chestnut Hill.

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  19. CapeLady
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:31 am

    I’ve been loving your blog for a while but you won me for life with the S.S. comment. I’m a fan of the old, the REAL. The stitched together, a place with a story. Have no time for a house OR a restaurant that looks like there was an explosion at a bad TJ maxx. Warmth, charm and class can’t be assembled in a boardroom. Thanks for your voice!

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  20. Genevieve
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    My dear. You never disappoint. Ever.

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  21. jody
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:38 am

    I am so glad you blogged…! xo jody in fl

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  22. Lorraine Austin
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:39 am

    Thanks for another great post!

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  23. Rebeccah
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:58 am

    Okay. Yes, that is completely amazing and I wholeheartedly endorse this post and all it contains. That being said, you really, REALLY should make a trip here to Charleston, SC. You may want to bring a moving truck and probably bail money too.

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  24. Robin
    October 22, 2013 @ 11:59 am

    My sister lives in the city and has never taken me there. Sort of questioning her love for me.

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  25. Babs the Elder
    October 22, 2013 @ 12:29 pm

    Another great blog! Thanks for sharing the pictures. Next best thing to being there. What a wonderful place.

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  26. Gerry
    October 22, 2013 @ 12:47 pm

    I am so thankful I found your blog! It’s so entertaining and I’m loving how you share your finds/discoveries with us. Always such an exciting adventure!

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  27. Garden, Home and Party
    October 22, 2013 @ 1:58 pm

    Victoria,
    That one shot looks almost like the giant furniture piece you found on craigslist. This place should be your template for your kitchen.
    I can hardly wait to see your Halloween film, do you need extras?
    Karen

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  28. Rachel P
    October 22, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Omg, not gonna lie, when I saw those pictures of Sassafras, I thought they were of one of my favorite bars in my area- City Park Grill in Petoskey, MI. They have so many identical elements, although Sassafras does look admittedly older. Still! Cool digs!

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  29. Amanda
    October 22, 2013 @ 2:05 pm

    I have only been to Philly once and it was a quick stopover, never left the airport. But my favorite Philadelphia export is G. Love.

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  30. Jenna
    October 22, 2013 @ 2:11 pm

    I love the Free Library in Philly. I live way up north so I don’t get down there very often but when I do I take my laptop and write in the literature section. I keep hoping that all the inspiring architecture and being surrounded by the works of the great genius’s will work like osmosis and I will write a brilliant novel. So far no luck but you never know!

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  31. Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse
    October 22, 2013 @ 2:57 pm

    Could you please go back there and steal for me the lintel above the mirror? I’ve been looking for one for above one of my doors. I wouldn’t lind the old radiator also, but it must be heavy, please exercise before going!

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  32. carolyn
    October 22, 2013 @ 3:18 pm

    I live in NJ and go into the city often. favorite place is Race Street Café!

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  33. Lesa
    October 22, 2013 @ 4:09 pm

    Amd here I though you were the definition of stupendous magnificence! I completely understand the need for the tile. My favorite restaurant has a fabulous mirror in the ladies room that if they didn’t want me to have would me much more securely attatched to the wall but it’s way too big for my current handbag.

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  34. Alex
    October 22, 2013 @ 5:23 pm

    Thanks because I didn’t want to move out of the suburbs even more and now I am really starting to miss the City. And it’s not like I’d be moving to the US anytime but just the environment of that gorgeous architecture. Sigh. You’re killing me.

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  35. Mary Jane Dinofa
    October 22, 2013 @ 5:51 pm

    I love your blog. When I lived in Philly as a child my father took me to the Cherry Tree Bar on Baltimore Ave. at the bottom of South Melville St. I would sit at the bar with him and have a soda. Your blog made me remember that time as a child. Today I guess that would not be permitted but I loved sitting there with Dad. (It was only once or twice but I remember). I wonder if it is still there?

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  36. Nancy Cox
    October 22, 2013 @ 10:25 pm

    Girl, you crack me up!!! Love your posts. I wish I could see one everyday, but doggone it , I know you have a life other than blogging. But you are just so much fun.

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  37. Katherine
    October 23, 2013 @ 3:57 am

    I was drawn to the link to your Halloween porch, and, oh, my! You are a woman after my own heart where Halloween and also sparkly things are concerned. Looking forward to your starring role!

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  38. Mary
    October 23, 2013 @ 7:41 am

    Ahhhh Victoria you make me want to visit Philadelphia again. I have been looking around NH for a Kingdom mirror and now I will have to broaden my search to include a really nice old bar. Wait it just occurred to me that I have 2 already in my house they just need to have the nice white paint I put on them years ago scraped off. You see my home used to be the general store/post office/phone company/town clerks office/library and I got 2 beautiful 18-20 foot counters with the house! Back in the day I thought clean and white, but I am definitely thinking I like your look better. I think the movie is your best inspiration yet and the opening of it will give me the excuse I need to race down to Philadelphia. Maybe I’ll broaden my search for a Kingdom Mirror to all of New England after all CT is not too far to go for a treasure like that.

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  39. Lynne Hoover
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:25 am

    W. O. W.

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  40. Victoria D
    October 23, 2013 @ 9:34 am

    The place looks A.M.A.Z.I.N.G!!!! I was so imagining what I could have been wearing while I was sipping wine from my bone china tea cup & fingering my string of pearls during probation. ;} The ceiling, the woodwork, the bar, the mirrors…it made my heart & chest sigh, longingly.
    I have been dying to (no pun intended) get into the Perry Hannah house on 6th Street in Traverse City, MI. He was the City Father & local lumber baron… they are using it as a funeral home right now & will do limited tours but no one will go with me….if you’re ever in MI….

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