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  1. Kathy R.
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:13 am

    I loved your Insta story where you tried to buy those red bows. I don’t even know what they were but I was laughing so hard.

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  2. Ross
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:17 am

    Whatever you decide to write about, I will enjoy reading it!

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  3. Suzanne Forbes
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:29 am

    Is it weird that I’m sad you sold the chair? I feel like *it* was probably sad to leave your home, where it could have made friends and been appreciated, and instead it will wind up in the window display of a fancy flower shop where they sell single dahlias for ten dollars and spend fifteen minutes wrapping them in brown paper and twine, then add a letterpress tag with the name of the store which is like Lead Paint Mercantile Flora and Fauna?

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    • Cheryl
      October 17, 2017 @ 12:09 pm

      I love this comment so much that I’m not leaving one of my own.

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      • Helene
        October 17, 2017 @ 4:28 pm

        Me too.

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    • `Tina
      October 17, 2017 @ 2:03 pm

      I am also thrilled with your comment. I began drooling over the chair, not because I have room for it in my tiny house but because it looks like it has a nice, gentle personality. I’m sorry it’s sold and hope whomever bought it loves it as it deserves.

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    • toni
      October 17, 2017 @ 2:56 pm

      Once I buy it, it’s mine forever. Might be covered in a sheet in the garage from time to time but is always in the used cycle. Wish I could have bought it for $10!!

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    • Colleen
      October 19, 2017 @ 1:43 am

      I was also like – say it an’t so! How could you sell that gorgeous piece of Victorian charm. Very hopeful that the chair found a loving home where she will be appreciated and celebrated

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  4. June
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:33 am

    “The Big House” is a wonderful book, which I too got at a yard sale for $1 or less.

    You make me laugh… afghan and beach chair for the kittens.

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  5. Alena
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:40 am

    I don’t share your passion for all things Victorian (although I do like some random items) and I frequently wonder why you would want to have your house full of Victorian crap when you can have nice modern furniture (I do realize that the Victorian crap is real wood while the modern stuff is some ghastly imitation of [at least for the most part]). I wanted to unsubscribe from your blog so many times, you have no idea. But I can’t because your posts are so amusing that I just have keep reading. And because when I am passionate about something like you are, I behave the same way. So I guess we are kindred spirits, indirectly.

    Good job on the cemetery chair and kudos on selling it with a profit. When I buy something at a yard sale with a similar intention (i.e. to sell it) I either end up keeping it or I will lose money on it. Like I will buy it for $50 and sell it for $10.

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  6. Cindy
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:45 am

    “Crazy Great Aunt Chic”…at last, my style has a name!

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    • Teri in England
      October 17, 2017 @ 12:00 pm

      that’s what I thought! Love this blog x

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      • Patricia
        October 17, 2017 @ 2:05 pm

        I think you need to be A) VEB or B) an actual crazy great aunt to make that bag look chic.

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  7. Pamela Theodotou
    October 17, 2017 @ 11:59 am

    Bravo on the purchase and sale of that chair, however did you let it go after all that poetic license about dead people… masterful control. You would have had to… wait for it… pry it from my cold dead hands.

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    • Maria
      October 17, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

      Bonus points for that one!

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  8. Caroline
    October 17, 2017 @ 12:15 pm

    I just finished reading The Big House and loved it (got it from the library). Wish it had pictures in it!! We have a huge book problem at home so I TRY not to buy any more–if I bought everything I read there would be no room to move at all in this house. The hot-water plate collection/infestation is bad enough.

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  9. Raquel
    October 17, 2017 @ 12:24 pm

    Omg, you are hands down the most funny antique/blogger/hoarder/shouter/ALL CAPS USER I’ve ever read. And also you’re quirky and borderline eccentricly crazy, which are my all time favorite character traits in a non-fur covered person. You inspire me to to write my own blog. <3

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  10. msmichele99
    October 17, 2017 @ 12:46 pm

    Your annual Townside Sale is a DEFCON 5 GLOP ALERT!! Love the purse!! My sister and I have the dishes/linens/kitsch hoarder-disorder – w affectionately call all things fancy and vital to the soul “glop”. I would have left with a ton of vintage dinner napkins (my weakness) to add to the many sets I already have. We are headed for a Spa Girls Weekend over the holidays together that includes a Winter Wonderland (& Christmas Store) … I’m already planning a 1/2 empty suitcase with packing material so I can safely bring my treasures home.

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  11. judy
    October 17, 2017 @ 12:57 pm

    what a lovely talent you have for transforming a bit of mundanity into fascinating comedy and wit, me living your adventures would be an effective soporific-substitute you and Paul and I’m wearing a grin from ear to ear and kinda sad that the fairy dust you sprinkle over all things ordinary has to end. So you do realize now that you can never stop-the earth itself would sink into grey skies and deep depression.
    More kittens-dancing and books!

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  12. Allie
    October 17, 2017 @ 12:58 pm

    Thank you so much for the book recommendation! Hopefully the library will give it to me right when I finish reading The Last Tudor. xAllie http://www.theallthatglittersblog.com

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  13. Susan Guynes
    October 17, 2017 @ 1:13 pm

    I stumbled over your blog by accident. I now repeatedly check my email to see if you have posted anything new lately. I share many of your quirks. I about fell over laughing at your description of what you would do with the chair. It is so something I would do, but I live in the land of denial and would never admit it. Thanks for keeping me amused. Now for some kitten stories.

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  14. Liz R
    October 17, 2017 @ 1:33 pm

    I have an addiction to thrift stores because sometimes I find the most awesome things for practically nothing, which unfortunately can lead to a new addiction. I recently found a Willcox and Gibbs sewing machine from the early 1900’s for around $18 and some change and fell in love with it! And now for some reason, the thrift stores keep getting in all these vintage sewing machines with the beautiful gilded decals all over them and I must be strong as my hubby has declared I must show more restraint. I walked away from a vintage Wilson sewing machine yesterday that I could have gotten for $60 with the cabinet! That magnet is very hard to fight against! Last week they had a Rocketeer, and another thrift store has an early White Rotary sewing machine. Let me be clear. I already have four less vintage sewing machines, not including the Willcox and Gibbs. I DO NOT NEED ANY MORE SEWING MACHINES – EVEN IF THEY ARE PRETTY! Hubby decided a couple weeks ago we will be moving in the spring. I must downsize. It is painful, but necessary. You are lucky to live in a nicely sized home so you have room for all those beautiful Victorian things.

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  15. Lara
    October 17, 2017 @ 1:48 pm

    Ok, what do you call those nubbley (is that a word?) throw/blanket/linnens??? I’ve been searching for some myself, but never know what to call them and can never find any 🙁

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    • Robyn
      October 17, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

      Lara, they are “chenille” bedspreads and can be found anywhere! Make sure to fully undo them if folded as they can have tears and stains on them. They come in all sorts of wonderful colors and designs. Keep looking, they are out there!

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    • Patricia
      October 17, 2017 @ 2:07 pm

      Chenille?

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    • `Tina
      October 17, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

      They’re chenille. I truly love vintage chenille and even make some myself (which is nice but lot vintage! 😉 )

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      • Leslie
        October 17, 2017 @ 9:07 pm

        I love those very light tufted sheets for summer bed covers. Check out Southern Tufts, by Ashley Callahan for a history of chenille. Great photos!

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  16. Joanne
    October 17, 2017 @ 1:57 pm

    I love town yard sales! I once bought an Hermès scarf for $2 that I then sold for $187!
    Yay! More money to buy random parts that I may/ will certainly need someday!

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  17. Candace Ford
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:02 pm

    Who wouldn’t want more dishes? I have my grandmother’s china and have luxuriously found I can add to it with an outfit called Replacements. I have cheap dishes, I have fun dishes, I have Christmas dishes I have Easter dishes. AND I expect to inherit another set. There are never too many dishes. Towels for the shelter is a wonderful idea!

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  18. cece
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:06 pm

    Too funny I also have a dish and linen problem, too! My Dad collected Limoge dishes for years and even has some of his purchases listed in a huge book someone wrote a few years ago. I have no idea where I got the linen issue from! I do sell them on ebay, though, but keep those I cannot part with.
    Great reading and pics today!

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  19. Leona Breck
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:09 pm

    Every single time I read your posts I am absolutely convinced that we were seperated at birth 😉

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  20. Mary Nelson
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:50 pm

    Oh my goodness, you sound like me. I would have kept the chair. I have a chair fetish, a pretty china fetish, an elegant depression glass (Heisey) fetish, and religious items made before 1900; however our daughter needs to move in with us, I am now 80 and I have too much stuff I absolutely love. No one wants it. I do, but we are not going to add on another room of the house. Out in California no one wants this stuff. Help.
    I love your posts. I totally understand “I can’t Believe I found this!”

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  21. Duncan Ragsdale
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

    I have a huge interest in cemeteries for some reason! In Memphis where I grew up there is a historic family cemetery – http://www.elmwoodcemetery.org/photos/. It is amazing. It used to be thought of as out of town in the early 1900’s where families used to take the horse and buggy out to have a picnic. It is now almost downtown because of the expansions of Memphis.
    We too have an iron bench from our family cemetery that my Grandmother decided to take it home with her one day and is now a part of the family. Glad to know about your chair.

    Love your blog! congrats! It’s terribly entertaining. I share it lots.

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  22. Shelly
    October 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    I would have kept that chair!! You got a steal, $10.00, you lucky duckie!
    I have been going to estate sales, tag sales,auctions and garage sales since I was five! I am now 56 and most of my lovely things are old, antiques, etc.
    I collect spool cabinets, I have six. Not bragging, just want you to know your not the only sicko that keeps bringing in big beautiful things! 😉 Love your blog and writing. The Big House looks like as good read. Heading to Amazon.

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  23. Jennifer
    October 17, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

    I have a vintage linen and dishes obsession too. I have enough to have a well stocked store, no kidding. I tell myself I will sell them at the weekend flea market, but alas they sit in my vintage suitcases (bins & drawers too) stacked all over the house. Did I mention I really like old suitcases?
    Love the piano kitchen island. I have a great old grand with fabulous legs….

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  24. Sharon Casey
    October 17, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

    The chair is fabulous and I’m fairly certain we are married to the same man. Or maybe they all have a list of the same questions to ask whenever we wives but used stuff.

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  25. Marianne in Mo.
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

    Love the purse (although my grown daughters would shudder if they saw me carrying it!) I would hug it and squeeze it and call it Georgie! It speaks to me. And I loved the fancy chair. What a sale you made on that one, although I’m sad I didn’t get to hear Paul groan while he carried it inside, outside and all around the house! Tee-hee! We just don’t get goodies like you have there….we get hoards of childrens clothing no one wants, broken tools and other things and stuff that was once given away free but are now $3 or more each. REALLY PEOPLE??? Do you NOT want to get rid of your junk? Are you proud of it?

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  26. Melanie
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

    This long link should bring up a picture of the handsome Frederick Herman Hort (1841 – 1904) Philadelphia Pennsylvania. https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/88119767/person/44570983822/media/8e9325a3-a49c-4b3b-8ce9-a53d47c17d18

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  27. Lynn
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:26 pm

    I just figured something out that was SO OBVIOUS!
    I am a crazy great aunt (thought those darling little nieces and nephews are not allowed to use the Great-but, maybe I should-after all isn’t being Great a good things?). You always give me something of importance to ponder.

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  28. Sharon Hurley
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    I love the cast iron chair. I have a bench in a similar pattern marked “Hinderers Ironworks”, New Orleans. Would love to know more about it, particularly the value. I paid $5 at a yard sale in about 1993.

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  29. Mary Zuchowski
    October 17, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    Would you pleases add me to your newsletter? My sister sent this one to me and I loved it! Thanking you in advance
    Mary Zuchowski
    mryzuchowski@yahoo.com

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  30. Pat
    October 17, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

    I follow only one other blog. The other is a psychologist. (Don’t ask.) No matter what, yours is entertaining and even better: self-deprecating. Your husband is a living saint and your observations and sense of everything abandoned and ready for re-creation wonderful!

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  31. Mary Nelson
    October 18, 2017 @ 12:08 am

    Your posts are so much fun. I certainly identify. However, I would have kept the chair. I have too many chairs because I have a chair fetish, but this one could go outside.

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  32. Mary Nelson
    October 18, 2017 @ 12:09 am

    Your posts are so much fun. I certainly identify. However, I would have kept the chair. I have too many chairs, but this one could go outside.

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  33. Cathy Wright
    October 18, 2017 @ 1:09 am

    I am wondering if you have read a very old book entitled “Neighbors Needn’t Know,” by Syliva Golden (1953-ish). I read it SO long ago that I don’t even remember much about it, but you make me think of it. I don’t know why….

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  34. Christy
    October 18, 2017 @ 6:46 am

    Before I saw your last comment, my first thought was… “The Big House” is one of the few she left behind??

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  35. Trish
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:26 am

    This is a great post! I do so love me a good bargain – I once got a brand new pair of Tod’s loafers for $10 – still in the box. I literally paid my cash and sprinted out the door of the resale shop and jumped in a taxi thinking someone would be running after me yelling – stop, we meant $100. Of course, that would still be a bargain but, honey, I didn’t have that much cash in the coffers at the time. Onto books, LOVE The Big House – and you definitely need to check out Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, and Anne happens to married to George!!!!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 18, 2017 @ 9:41 am

      I do not know what the chances are, but I am re-reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, RIGHT NOW!!!! This is maybe my third or fourth time? And it is still just as good!

      AND I had NO idea they were married!! Your comment was so surprising!

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  36. Jayne
    October 18, 2017 @ 9:43 am

    I love love LOVE reading about your adventures. My husband is privileged to be subjected to oral readings which inevitably end with him saying “Just because someone else does this, it doesn’t make you more normal.” Sigh, how sad his would be with no piles of creatures running about and rotating crops of project furnishings.

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  37. Melissa
    October 18, 2017 @ 10:40 am

    Please tell me you’ve read “Culture and Comfort: Parlor Making and Middle-Class Identity, 1850-1930 ” by Katherine Grier. It is fantastic!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 18, 2017 @ 11:12 am

      I HAVE NOT READ THIS!
      HOW IS THAT POSSIBLE?

      Just ordered a used copy on Amazon… thank you for correcting this horrible deficit in my life.

      JAZZ HANDS,
      VEB

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  38. Melissa
    October 18, 2017 @ 11:14 am

    IT IS MY SWORN DUTY.

    Hooray for used copies!

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  39. Tamara Littrell
    October 18, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    You had me at memoir and stupid, misguided things. I’d love to send you my book….”When the Dust Settled”. Do you have a PO Box, if your funny about giving out your mailing address.? (Promise I’m not a stalker or a thief of GFT.) Looks like we have a lot of the same taste in books.
    Tamara

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  40. Kelly
    October 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    I love how you shop! I just gotta get good at finding that one item to sell so it will pay for my great finds that I keep!

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