1. Theresa
    January 19, 2016 @ 2:28 pm

    Hi, I wish my husband could talk to yours, mine just had a mock intervention for my “furniture fixation, sofa sweet tooth and credenza craving”. He doesn’t understand that I have to get the pretty things that I find and that are always a bargain also!


  2. A Brown
    January 19, 2016 @ 2:54 pm

    Please tell Saint Paul that we love him – almost as much as we love his erudite and charming wife. Now, back to shopping!


  3. Sharon
    January 19, 2016 @ 2:55 pm


    Fabulous find!!! Soooo pretty.

    You really must warn a person with a Zinger Alert. I am at an auto dealership, reading this on my phone, suppressing giggles and nearly snorted and passed out when I read, “WELCOME TO 2016!”

    I have tears streaming down my face, and I may have to assure them I don’t need medical attention!

    Loved seeing Elvis again. Thanks for the chuckle.


  4. Linda Pakravan
    January 19, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

    This is hysterical! Beautifully written. And the bookcase is perfect giantness.


  5. kmkat
    January 19, 2016 @ 3:47 pm

    Giant Fancy Thing looks great in your dining room!


  6. Susan Macdougall
    January 19, 2016 @ 3:57 pm

    Looks pretty darned great! But it would perhaps look great in your kitchen, too. 😛


  7. AnnW
    January 19, 2016 @ 4:38 pm

    When I saw the photo of the bookcase….I stopped breathing. OMG. I would never accept presents for my birthday, Christmas, anniversary, etc. I would just build up Craigslist credits. I would also get a second job, or sell on eBay or something. You have a very fine area for stuff. My husband is also Mr. Slow. If you don’t keep track of him, he’ll go out to the dump and not return for hours and hours. When are you finishing the kitchen?


  8. Garden, Home and Party
    January 19, 2016 @ 5:51 pm

    This is such a beautiful piece, I can hardly believe you showed such restraint, even if it was a buying tactic. I’m happy you ended up with it.

    I love the lady’s comment, “your husband is no-nonsense”. Hahaha.


  9. annel
    January 19, 2016 @ 6:11 pm

    Grt8 Post!! LOVE the video, the Only problem is, that, CLARK IS MY BOYFRIEND, HA!


  10. penny
    January 19, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

    Wowsa!!!! You have done it again!! Smarty! OMG,, AND you have documented the slow motion phenomenon of the reluctant husband!!


  11. Vikki
    January 19, 2016 @ 7:33 pm

    That bookcase is stunning. I’d say Self deserves a box of Duck Donuts. I checked and the closest Duck Donuts to you (I believe) is Middletown, NJ — Ventura Plaza 1275 Route 35, Middletown, NJ, Oh and make sure Paul gets at least one donut. Vikki in VA


  12. Lora
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:01 pm

    Oh, how I love you and Paul!


  13. Christina in FL
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:03 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!! It is a stunning bookcase and, as always, a lovely tale has been told. 🙂
    How is Elvis doing? She looks marvelous!!


  14. Diane
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:14 pm

    Best post ever! I salute your dedication to GFTs every where! Love it and cannot wait for the next post.


  15. sharon
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:16 pm

    What can possibly be said….they ALL said it before me!!!! Honestly. That knitted WONDER!!! luving it!!!!!


  16. Pam
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

    I literally, yes literally, laughed throughout your post.

    Doctors should prescribe “Read Victoria Elizabeth Barnes!” To all their patients suffering from depression.

    Also, not to sound creepy for zooming in, but I love the photo in your bookcase of Elvis being held. So cute!!


  17. Lynne Hoover
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:48 pm

    That , my dear, was a steal!


  18. D'Arcy H
    January 19, 2016 @ 8:55 pm

    It’s beautiful! Does it fit together with joinery, like my kleiderschrank? I’m guessing it does, from the video. I didn’t notice you or Paul doing any tedious screwing. Oh, you know what I mean!!


  19. Briana
    January 20, 2016 @ 12:03 am

    Don’t EVER let me hear you say you’re getting rid of books or bookcases again!!!
    They are just as sacred as the big, shiny, sparkly, magical pieces you find on Craigslist!!


  20. Susan
    January 20, 2016 @ 7:46 am

    Paul and my friend Brian could swap some stories! I once bought a bookcase from a Facebook page while Brian was trying to pass a kidney stone. Was it awful of me to hope he would pass it so we could go pick up the bookcase the next day?


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