And then I looked on Craigslist… Antique Brass Balance Scale, WITH LIONS.
A while ago, Paul FORCED me to acquire crap I did not need or want.
I TRIED to avoid it, and suggested an alternate solution— I would not get the dishes, but keep the CRAP-OPPORTUNITY… a crap-raincheck.
Paul said— no. But if you take the dishes, they can COME WITH an IOU for FUTURE crap… NO QUESTIONS ASKED.
Hoarder says what?
Then I went and looked on Craigslist.
Brief aside to say if you emailed me to buy the dishes and I didn’t answer, I AM SORRY… my brain is… … … overwhelmed… … … What is even happening in the world.
Also, I cannot sell them because I did not tell Paul the epilogue where it turned out they were NOT MY GRANDMOTHER’S DISHES.
Correct, he does not read my blog… which I guess makes him sound SOME KIND OF WAY… which he absolutely is… but also, the full, in-person, VEB-experience is very immersive and certainly more than enough for any human.
The best part of Craigslist is you will just be scrolling, scrolling, scrolling, crap, crap, crap…
HELLO, WHAT IS THIS BRASS THING WITH LIONS.
Brass Victorian + LIONS = MY JAM.
SO MUCH JAM.
TRUCKS OF JAM.
The ornate top section is brass, under the black paint… the post is brass, pans are brass… base is cast iron.
I paid $75.
My plan for it was SO GOOD!! I would put it on the kitchen counter… filled with lemons on the big side, garlic on the small side… But when we showed up, I was like— errr… This thing is giant! Not something I would put on the counter.
So now I am just moving it from room to room to see where it feels at home.
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That’s it! The end! The shortest post I have ever written!
SEE ALL MY BEST CRAIGSLIST FINDS!
ONE MORE THING.
Christmas Self is feeling AGGRESSIVELY FESTIVE this year.
September 3, 2020 @ 6:02 pm
So excited to see another post so soon! Vintage capes have me intrigued…maybe a sneak peak? Also, Paul is gold standard in the spouse department with his supportive with healthy boundaries style that everyone should strive to match up with! I think I have his long lost brother here! Carry on and please stay safe! Us creative minds can really get bogged down with our current climate! Xo
S MJ Kurth
September 3, 2020 @ 6:08 pm
OMGosh the scale is AhMazing!!!!! I have so much scale envy! I give you so much credit for your craigslist scrolling. I am definitely giving up way too soon, if that’s really how much scrolling it takes to find the goods.
September 3, 2020 @ 8:04 pm
That scale isn’t crap … it’s a precision scientific instrument. You have rescued science and given it a home. It only needs a matching brass weight set to be totally functional and practical. It’s even better than a normal kitchen scale – no batteries required. Yup, I’d say your crap-raincheck is still perfectly valid.
September 3, 2020 @ 9:44 pm
Seriously, where is the reality TV show VEB? I want to see the Christmas intro special on air in December!!
Absolutely love the scales and how you are happy with the non-shiny antiqueness of them. (so many antique things ruined for the love of shiny)
Maaike in Cali
September 3, 2020 @ 11:56 pm
I was a little upset on your behalf to learn that Paul doesn’t read your blog. I asked my SO if he would read my blog – you know, if I had one – and he said – maybe, if I wrote anything interesting. Huh. Now I’m a little upset on my own behalf….
September 4, 2020 @ 12:04 am
I am so excited to see where aggressively festive goes!! Also, kittens!!! Lore kittens! Or an update on past kittens in their new homes perhaps? I still feel that I missed out on adopting even though I’m so allergic I’d clawmy face off
September 4, 2020 @ 12:08 am
More kittens not lore kittens. That’s what I get posting without my glasses on. How is Webster doing? I miss stories about Webster !There should be books about Webster he should have his own website Webster’s website
September 6, 2020 @ 10:05 pm
What about putting the scale on the porch? You could do plants in the spring/summer, pumpkins/gourds in the fall, and probably aaaaall kinds of Christmas awesomeness and evergreens for winter. It would be lovely. Have fun deciding where to put it!
Casandra K MacAlan
September 10, 2020 @ 2:37 pm
Your posts are one of the few things that bring me joy in 2020. Please for my sanity forward this on to Paul, so I can beg and plead with him to:
A. Move faster on those cabinets, we NEED another kitchen post.
B. While we are waiting, let your glorious, yet dervish – y (word?) wife, purchase more GFT’s!
As a fellow cat fosterer for the past 10 years, I also would appreciate more kitten posts (even though I have my own at present – check out FB)
As California burns around us and the sky is an orange mess filled with smoke and ash, I lay in bed contemplating never moving, and wondering if I leave the front door open, if Doordash will bring my grubs direct to beside. You VEB have made me smile as I check my email in bed. You couldn’t know how impossible I thought that was. Thank you.
September 17, 2020 @ 7:24 am
OH. MY. GOODNESS. As a lover of GFTs, I am consistently amazed at your prowess in finding such rare and beautiful pieces. If you ever decide you are going to part with your amazing find, PLEASE let me know. My husband and I actually are the very proud owners of two (yes, that is correct) scale companies. We sell, service, and calibrate scales and scale systems for industries. So your very amazing, beautiful find is something has inspired me to do some research online to find something similar for my office.
On a side note, when I first introduced my husband to your blog, he got a little crazy shopping Craigslist, which I totally did not mind. While we have found a few nice things on Craigslist near us (within 2-3 hours), such as a wicker porch swing; a like new Jenn-Air down draft range, so no ugly vent; and a mantel that we turned into our own portal to Narnia in one of our bedrooms, most of what is on Craigslist here is not nearly as awesome as what you find near you. Or maybe we are not spending enough time trolling. . .
September 24, 2020 @ 10:38 pm
October 3, 2020 @ 1:43 pm
Wow.. this is dope… something only can be found on Craig list or eBay… Congrats!
October 9, 2020 @ 11:56 pm
Oh. My. Goodness. I feel like I have found my soul-twin! I have been reading and reading, and laughing. And finally reading you out loud to my hubby, who says, “She is you.” I’m the slightly older, less-urban version here in WV. I have a scheduled “rotation” with my five favorite thrift shops, and FB Marketplace knows me.
Anyhoo, just wanted to say “Hello”!
April 12, 2021 @ 3:42 pm
Victoria, where have you disappeared to? Your adoring fans miss you!
April 26, 2021 @ 7:55 am
Victoria, I do hope that you are yours are well. I miss you.
July 24, 2021 @ 9:00 pm
VEB- Please let us know how you are…. is everything okay?
August 16, 2021 @ 11:32 pm
I miss your posts – I hope you are okay!!!!
October 5, 2021 @ 11:18 pm
Truly hoping you are well. I miss your voice in this world, but that’s selfish thinking. I send wishes for you to be lovingly embraced by the cozy bosom of all the gft’s you could desire.
Corbin Dodge, JD
October 14, 2021 @ 12:57 am
You have disappeared from the internet.
I have lost all hope.
Now I just stare at Estate Sale Listings,
Where have you gone?
Why have you left us??
What are we to do without YOU???
Even my mom,
—an interior designer of some of the most prestigious rooms in Houston—
keeps asking me:
How is your marble floor is doing?
October 25, 2021 @ 9:13 pm
Well, I miss you.
Hope you are doing well. Curious about your kitchen and your floofs. Hope someday you will return.