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  1. Jayne
    November 16, 2016 @ 12:39 pm

    Now I WANT a spool cabinet collection. I really want to show you the one I had restored with the base made for it. WOuld you like me to send you a photo?

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      November 16, 2016 @ 12:55 pm

      for sure! (if you have an instagram or facebook picture/link, pasting the embed code here should make it show up!)

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  2. Jane O'Connor
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:00 pm

    Hello from South Africa. I cant remember how I happened upon your blog but my daughter and I have read every one in the archive. You are a delight and so lucky to have all these GFTs on Craigslist. Alas we don’t have CL. Or that many GFTs looking for homes (alas). We do however have BIG cats. In abundance. And yes, shared on FB. Always. Immediately.

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  3. Ginny D.
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:01 pm

    I understand where your heart is in kittyland. The babies are hard to let go… but they will go first in the adoption center. When the stars align, and you come upon just the right kitty to join your family, s/he will be there, and your heart will go ZING! In the meantime, keep giving those little kitty’s a chance by offering them the best and most loving base you have. In Elvis’ name…

    Wowzer, Cool Spool Chest!! Such awesomeness in a couple drawers!!

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  4. judy
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    I am 76 so I have my page enlarged and a larger font and the ads stay to the side and are generally well behaved..I wonder..could that make a difference? I wonder if -when you are ready-you might consider a cuddle companion that bears NO resemblance to Dear Elvis…Snow White and female-or just really really different. I can’t help wondering if choosing so like Elvis is like rubbing Salt in a very raw wound? Any Hoo Post is side splitting as usual and since I have been in a deep blue funk with the recent developments in our election results-I thank you for the smiles and guffaws. From an absolute stranger and destined to remain so…I really positively love you and Sir Paul.

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  5. devon
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

    i think you should go get the little kitty girl who didn’t get adopted………..you can still continue to foster……plus kitties like having companions to play with. You are stronger than i am, i wouldn’t have been able to let any of them go im afraid, i get too attached! (but hats off to you for being one of the many who foster any animal, either an individual or a bunch……….you are an angel for the voiceless who can’t help themselves)
    And the spool cabinet? total score, i am always amazed at the incredible finds that are out there for those lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time! Great piece!!

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  6. ActualConversationsWithMyHusband
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    You can’t keep moving the goal like this. First, I discovered that I needed a card catalogue, then a campaign bed, now I need a spool cabinet collection (and I was having enough trouble finding just one, thankyouverymuch) and I’m still looking for a square piano that isn’t a jillion dollars and hidious and missing three legs.

    And now? Now I need glass towel rods/scepters of magnificence.

    You’re literally killing me.

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    • Jenny Snyder
      November 19, 2016 @ 6:19 am

      That is awesome.

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  7. Elaine Cascio
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:29 pm

    You are wonderful for going through the joy and heartache of fostering. I got water running down my face (as my young nieces would say) just reading your post. Bless you and bless you for working on behalf of circus creatures.

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  8. Lisa A.
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:36 pm

    Omg…your post made me cry. I can’t bring myself to foster or volunteer because I cannot handle going into a shelter. My first experience with bringing home needy animals was in high school when I found four abandon kittens that were only days old in an alley. I stayed up all night feeding them with eyedroppers and they followed me around like I was their momma. I was only 18 and fostered them until a local rescue group found homes for them when they were old enough. I refused to be home when they got picked up because I could not handle it and my mom took take of the pick up for me. I have rescued baby geese in the middle of a busy highway with no momma in site (thought they were ducks). They were dropped off at a wild animal sanctuary, oh and there was the robin that flew into my picture window and did not move for hours and just looked at me no matter how close I got to it. I could not leave it there to die so I took it to the animal sanctuary and they confirmed he broke a bone that did not allow for flight but he healed and was released. These stories could go on and on ….oh and so could my husband with the many animal “adventures” I have taken him on in 25 years of marriage. I want to save them all but I am a big baby and I am not strong enough to handle letting them go. I admire you and I so enjoy your posts about animal awareness and fostering and adoption. So glad the video made me laugh out loud!!! I think I will watch it again.
    OH AND DESPISE THE CIRCUS!!!! How could anyone enjoy the circus?

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  9. Sascha Gilpin
    November 16, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    Well, this is just great. Now I need an antique spool cabinet AND a kitten. All joking aside (okay I wasn’t really joking, especially about the kitten), I adore your blog and I’m a Craigslist fanatic and I want to go GFT-hunting with you!

    Your husband (like mine) is a saint, and I think you should reward him by getting him a rescued circus tiger. That would be the GFT to end all GFT’s, plus you fulfill your wish to adopt an older kitty that needs a good home. Everybody wins!

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    • Jenny Snyder
      November 19, 2016 @ 6:20 am

      Adopt an older “kitty” — that’s hilarious!!

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  10. Jan S.
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:07 pm

    A thought about the towel rod….that I do not believe is ACTUALLY a towel rod…..I think it is a CURTAIN rod. Why? Towel rods have the bracket with a hole for a rod and/or finial….the rod you show has a metal fitting that holds the finial, but if you look at all of the towel brackets for those sorts of rods, you will see they are a one-piece deal-io. Thus, I believe you have a spectacular curtain rod for one of your spectacular bathrooms. Curtain rod brackets should be a bit easier to locate.

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  11. Heidi
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:19 pm

    I thought this was about spool cabinets (and now I want a few). If that baby is still there by itself, you should go get it, just saying. You can get an older one too.

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  12. Tamara
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

    Hahahaha, oh my god, I totally laughed all the way through that cat video! Thanks for that!

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  13. Michele
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:25 pm

    I was loving the spool cabinet story, and the towel rail, and even had a suggestion. And then I got to the kittens and now feel sad. But I totally agree with you, and you did the right thing. You have now sent those little loves out into the world and allowed some other wonderful person(s) to be the recipient of their kitty love. But what of the left behind baby? Of course she will find a new home, but you feel like a traitor. I certainly understand that. Our wonderful indoor fellow had a brother and despite the deep pleadings of my 7 year old daughter and the adoption lady I didn’t take him. I couldn’t. Taking this one would be pushing it. And now, 11 years later I still feel like a chump. But we really couldn’t take another cat and even now looking back I know that but it still bothers me from time to time.
    Spool cabinet is gorgeous!!! I never find anything good on Craigslist unless there is a huge price tag next to it. Well done!!

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  14. Linda D.
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:34 pm

    I smile every time I see there’s a new blog post from you in my mailbox. I thrill vicariously at your treasure hunts, laugh at your humor and bleed with your concerns.
    Just so you know there’s a yin to the yang of your hurt at the third, as yet unadopted kitten — I was present at my own local shelter when two of three kittens got adopted. (Our shelter has a rule that kittens must be adopted in pairs, while older cats can have a forever home on their own as singletons. My daughter and I were there as volunteers.) Anyway, my fourteen year old daughter looked at me with what we call her moo moo eyes as the third kitten mewled after her disappearing siblings. That was it. We brought her home to join the family. She’s fit right in with our older two cats.
    I thank you as a fellow animal lover that you open your heart and home to foster sick cats. Even if you’re not ready to adopt, you are doing a wonderful thing for these helpless creatures. Thanks for doing what you can. <3

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  15. Sheila
    November 16, 2016 @ 2:42 pm

    I love your big heart and I am totally jealous of the deals you find on craigslist! Why can’t I find those people who are willing to sell those wonderful treasures for pocket change? I have found a lot of crazy beautiful GFTs, but I usually have to pay through the nose to obtain them…like the giant 19c gilt wood and gesso framed mirror from a Butte “house of ill repute” that I had to have. I love it though and look at it every day. Keep telling your stories and I’ll keep reading and laughing, along with all your other fans!

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  16. Tina
    November 16, 2016 @ 3:54 pm

    I had a hole after our Floyd, kitty-of-18 years, died. I, too, wanted to wait, because I had to go though that mourning process properly. We got a black kitten (apparently for some weird reason they are harder to get adopted?) which I sort of regret because our kitty was all black and I kept seeing Floyd instead of Stitch. A year later, though, thankfully, all I see is Stitch. (we adopted a kitten so it would get along with our dogs–Floyd hated them).

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  17. Patricia
    November 16, 2016 @ 4:51 pm

    We’re cat people … obviously my husband is descended from a long line of cat attendants because sorting thru old boxes, we came across a vintage 1930s photo album of cat photos, including studio shots of their cats.
    We’re currently cat-less in Seattle. Our last cat was inherited from my mother in law. After eight years of kitty’s bad attitude and claws (renamed her “Shredder” for very good reasons), she became very ill and was put to sleep. Later that evening, she showed up again for her evening treat. My first and so far only ghost sighting was a cat! Since then we’ve had a visiting (living) cat who came every day for treats and snuggies and a four or five hour nap.
    We’re moving soon to a retirement apt and hope to find more visiting cats willing to drop by for treats and snuggies. Maybe fostering would be a solution for us?

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  18. patricia
    November 16, 2016 @ 5:33 pm

    Saying goodbye is brutal. But that prancing kitty was a delight to watch! Keep up the good work,
    Victoria. I admire your determination to help those in need.

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  19. Bernie
    November 16, 2016 @ 5:39 pm

    love Spool chests….I have 2 and have no problem passing up a “new” old one, because I am on the brink of being a hoarder, and recognizing it’s a problem is the first step to recovery. Unless I find something absolutely fabulous, then all bets are off. Can I ask a silly question? Why dont you date your posts?? I get confused about the “time line” of things.

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  20. Maggie
    November 16, 2016 @ 5:54 pm

    You could go and get that little lonely kitty and teach him/her to be the best role model for the rest of the fosterlings you bring home. It will be a perfect nanny. Baby kittens need to learn a lot of things a human mom can’t possibly teach them.

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