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  1. Sharon
    December 21, 2015 @ 3:40 pm

    Hi Victoria:

    Your blog and adventures in finding GFTs and The Thing on Craigslist and auctions has brought joy to so many of us. I smile the moment a notice shows up in my Inbox because I know that good times had by all is on the horizon; for you see, I live vicariously through your acquisitions. Thank you for sharing your irreverance, Paul The Saint, and The Ever-Elegant Elvis with us. You will always be The Envy Of All.

    Love the urns; sorry one was pilfered from you. Merry Christmas to you and your family.


  2. Shireen
    December 21, 2015 @ 4:15 pm

    New subscriber here. I am pretty sure I am not clever but I love your blog! I so look forward to seeing your name amongst the detritus of my email. It makes my day to read about your adventures! I agree with one of the other comments – you have a career waiting for you as a stand up comedienne! All the best to you for the holidays! Shireen


  3. Annette Walsh
    December 21, 2015 @ 4:23 pm

    Please don’t ever finish your home – getting your email every Tuesday morning ( in Australia) makes my day and I love every word. I love your writing style and I tell all my friends to read your blog. Merry Christmas to you and Paul and especially Elvis (how you got her to wear a Santa hat is beyond me – my Calico would never have allowed it!).


  4. Lauren
    December 21, 2015 @ 5:23 pm

    Before, I was just searching for Kingdom mirrors and I now I have to find an urn just. like. that. for my little Christmas tree…don’t think I’ll be lucky enough to get it for $20 though. What a deal! Doesn’t it make you love it even more when you don’t pay a fortune for it? I feel your pain, Victoria. I have a love for anything salvage….salvaged doors, windows, stained glass windows, corbels, someone rips something out from an old colonial/victorian and I want it. Now you’ve made me want gigantic mirrors and rusted urns. When my husband gets mad I’m definitely going to blame it on you 🙂 Merry Christmas!


  5. Melany Williams
    December 21, 2015 @ 6:04 pm

    I am new to your blog, ,Victoria, but I am so glad I found you. You have a way with words that is so fun and entertaining, and I look forward to future postings. That being said, I can’t believe they wouldn’t put your wonderful finds somewhere safe until they are picked up. However, I haven’t been to many auctions so don’t have the faintest clue how they work. Keep up the hunt for GFTs. There is nothing better than finding something you can’t live without, but really don’t need (except that you have to have it so no one else gets it)!


  6. Frances
    December 21, 2015 @ 7:06 pm

    I was looking at “antique” listings on a local web site and saw a piano….I actually considered “kitchen island”….But that is your madness….I have to find my own. You are so amusing and clever! Three cheers to that!!!


  7. Jean Stein
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:04 pm

    Auction advice: Know thy auctioneer and his/her company. Period. Yes, there are shady people in the auction business, with shill bidders and fake absentee bids and all sorts of auction malfeasance — start asking everyone you know, at every consignment shop, antique mall, etc., about the auction companies in your area. They will know the good guys, and those are the people you can trust. The shoulder shrug the woman at the auction house gave you about the stolen stuff was totally unacceptable and unprofessional. They are totally responsible for absentee bids, and once you’ve won they are totally responsible for the safety of the merchandise you’ve won. But enough lecture. Auctions should be fun, even if you make your living buying and selling stuff, and the truth is that it’s just someone’s old cr–p that no one in the family wanted. You will see it again. I promise. (Unless you’re bidding on fine art at Sotheby’s.)

    I have enjoyed following your escapades this year, and am solidly envious of your ability to string together word phrases (and spell the word “borne” properly). Thank you for that, and happy holidays!


  8. dkk
    December 21, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

    Thanks for a great post and a great blog ! Merry Christmas!


  9. MeggieD
    December 21, 2015 @ 11:57 pm

    You are fabulous. Don’t change a thing.
    Looking forward to more VEB in the new year!


  10. Katie-O in Charlotte
    December 22, 2015 @ 7:59 am

    Dammit. Dammit, dammit, dammit. Now I have to start at the very beginning of your blog. I have cookies to make, gifts to wrap, cleaning to finish before Christmas on Friday. Oh. And I have a job. I need to do that, too. But I NEED TO SEE ALL OF THE GIANT FANCY THINGS! Before Friday. Or I may die.

    I discovered you on Pinterest yesterday touting your bow making skills. Though why I was looking at how to make bows when I have a PhD in bow-making is beyond me. But it’s Pinterest. So you understand.


  11. SiouxzieQ
    December 22, 2015 @ 9:16 am

    “…my ability to plan and predict ends abruptly the moment anything enters my house.” You have looked into my life and NAILED IT. The struggle is real. Merry Everything to you and thanks for sharing your Lucille Ball antics with us on the regular.


  12. Diana C.
    December 22, 2015 @ 10:13 am

    I LOVE them! Have been looking for these myself. Am green with envy, which I always manage to be where your GFTs are concerned. Merry Christmas Victoria! May your stocking be filled with ideas, inspiration, and more Giant Fancy Things in the new year!

    God bless…



  13. Denise Hardy
    December 22, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    Hi Victoria – sorry to hear about your urn 🙁 that’s not very good – I think I would have asked for my money back on that one 🙂 Anyway, I hope you and your family have a great Xmas and I wish you all Very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Thank you for being ‘you’ 🙂 xx


  14. teri
    December 22, 2015 @ 3:49 pm

    Happy Christmas and a jolly one ♥


  15. Dee from Tennessee
    December 22, 2015 @ 6:46 pm

    You made my day !!


    December 25, 2015 @ 7:20 pm

    NOOOOOOO!!!!! Don’t paint it black..!! If you have to paint either of them PLEEEEAAASSSEE paint the silver one to match the white one..!! Wishing you, Pa, Elvis and all of your family the merriest of Christmases and I look forward to reading further of your antics in the coming year.. I LOVE YOUR PAGE..!! Keep up the good work 🙂


  17. Shelley
    December 26, 2015 @ 11:50 am

    Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and many cuddles with Elvis 🙂


  18. sue
    January 2, 2016 @ 12:30 am

    Just found your blog today, I have totally spent most of the day reading and laughing. We are remodeling our whole house and my husband thought I was the only wife who micro manages and agonizes over tile etc. Thanks for reminding us of the ridiculousness and fun that is the reno lifestyle.


  19. Callie
    January 6, 2016 @ 8:17 am

    Am terribly late posting reply. But. Gorgeous urns! I think the universe knew they should belong to you. Also? Is it possible to paint the silver one to be a similarly chippy white? Know you don’t like to faux-retro things, but perhaps legit in order to match first chippy white one. And even if some of the silver showed through it could look good. Then the silver one would be painted but you wouldn’t have to paint perfect chippy white one, and they could look matched in a quaint and quirky way….maybe?

    Merry Christmas and I wish a happiest of new years to you and Paul and Elvis.


  20. Linda
    January 10, 2016 @ 8:15 pm

    Thanks for making me smile! I love reading about your junking escapades.


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