1. fern benson
    January 20, 2016 @ 10:55 am

    I had the same thoughts…………..cull the clothes, cull the stuff, cull the books…………..well I must admit that I was able to create one box to give away, but I had to promise my mom, sister and aunt that I would give them the opportunity to take some. Not surprisingly, this only made room for the books I got for Christmas AND the books I bought with the wonderful Amazon gift card my mom gave me! But, I still!elt good………………! I am searching for a cabinet to house the “cabinet of curiosities”….. stuff I gave to my husband for the holidays (a articulated bat skeleton, a antique microscope, etc…………would have loved to find a cabinet like you have! thanks for the inspiration!


  2. Jennfleur
    January 20, 2016 @ 12:46 pm

    The bookcase is STUNNING! I must now re-think my vows to cultivate a simpler life, which also involves eschewing material goods. Clearly there is no fun to be found there.


  3. Jill Flory
    January 20, 2016 @ 1:09 pm

    OMG that is my husband to a T! He slows down as soon as I am ready to get going!!!! He’d so go put dishes away as I was putting on my coat to head out !!!


  4. Leslie Kendall Dye
    January 20, 2016 @ 5:31 pm

    “After a moment, the bookcase lady said to me quietly – your husband is very no-nonsense.

    Paul looked up from the floor and said – yes. Because my wife is ALL-NONSENSE. ”

    I LAUGHED SO HARD I CRIED. This is my husband and me.

    Then I saw that the bookcase in question has GLASS to protect the books. And I cried with envy.

    So basically this post has reduced me to tears. Repeatedly.

    Any chance you will sell the bookcase? My dad is a book collector and is up to 10,000 books. I live in 600 square feet in Manhattan but the genes are strong. I want book collectors’ glass-shielded bookcases so badly it HURTS.


  5. Ruth Taylor
    January 20, 2016 @ 7:04 pm

    Hopefully the former owner doesn’t read this!
    I absolutely love it though.
    My local Craiglist doesn’t ever have good stuff like that!


  6. Jaye
    January 20, 2016 @ 9:21 pm

    Nice going! It’s wonderful.


  7. blackbird
    January 20, 2016 @ 9:31 pm

    I happen to be as obsessed with scarves as you are with giant fancy things.
    WHERE is that beauty from? Won’t you please tell???


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      January 21, 2016 @ 11:05 am

      Ah, I love it too! (As I do anything weirdly oversized.) It’s old, old, old… I got it at the Neiman Marcus outlet back before the internet made real-life shopping unnecessary.

      You probably know someone who knits… tell them you need a scarf as tall as you are. xoxo


  8. Laurinda
    January 20, 2016 @ 11:11 pm

    Hahahaha- his comeback was PRICELESS!! Of course, yours was pretty snappy too


  9. Krista
    January 21, 2016 @ 2:44 pm

    Hey!! Please give me first dibs if you ever sell a mirror. I have been on a search for my own kingdom mirror with no such luck so far ???


  10. judy
    January 22, 2016 @ 12:15 am

    Oh Woe is me….you inspired me to tackle -once more into the breach…yada yada… the disorganization that plagues my “Golden Years” .

    My house that once hid away (in the unused bedrooms) multiple bags of mystery and boxes and boxes of books and unshredded and unburned “records” of a dazed and confused existence now display said chaos throughout the “Public Rooms”.

    Thank the Saints we are too old to actually know any public that would witness my lunacy but I have now joined the” Club of Uninhabitable Houses” which is a definite step up from uninhabitable rooms. So there ‘s something to be said for that ..right?


  11. Julie~FurnishMyWay
    January 22, 2016 @ 12:09 pm

    What a steal! And a beautiful bookcase to boot! You truly are a negotiator at heart! Gotta love how Paul handled everything as well. Y’all clearly have a wonderful relationship, and you both deal with each other’s quirkiness beautifully. That bookcase was indeed cheaper than therapy, and I’m sure there will be more gorgeous pieces of furniture for you to love and buy! Can’t wait to see the finished restoration. Everything looks so beautiful so far!



  12. Lora Hart
    January 22, 2016 @ 1:11 pm

    It would be a great pantry too. Just sayin…


  13. judy
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  14. judy
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  15. Brian
    January 22, 2016 @ 8:37 pm

    One of your best stories since I have been following your exploits. You got a super deal on the bookcase and it was obviously overpriced to begin with or it would never have lasted a year on Craig’s List. You actually showed a lot of patience and control to wait a whole year to go see it.
    I think you are making progress and you have an angel for a husband but I am sure you already know that.
    Happy hunting!


  16. Emily
    January 23, 2016 @ 10:16 pm

    That was beautiful. As ever. I love you and I love your blog. Always look forward to seeing more!!


  17. judy
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  18. Kristl DeBord
    January 26, 2016 @ 4:14 pm

    You are a girl after my own heart! Although, my husband is much more resistant to my insanity than yours 😉 Does he have seminars? My husband would need to attend!

    I recently could not resist the charm of an old, old newel post. It was after I bought it that I thought “What the heck am I going to do with this?’ Suggestions are welcome.

    Sunday’s around here are what my hubby refers to as “haul **** home Sundays”. I tend to leave for a few hours, only to return with some ridiculous item ha!


  19. Tia
    January 28, 2016 @ 2:39 pm

    Totally random but I was perusing craigslist for an armoire and your blog came to mind only I couldn’t remember the name of it because I haven’t read it in a while. So I googled “crazy mirror lady blog philadelphia” and you were the very first hit. I thought you might find that amusing 🙂


  20. Beverly
    January 31, 2016 @ 4:43 am

    Victoria, you are as funny today as you were several years ago ~ when you posted your stories on Facebook ~ and then you departed for the Big Time Blog World and broke my heart. I will not lose you twice. Please name the music in the video. My molasses might run downhill given that orchestrated encouragement an hour or two daily. My cardiologist would thank you.


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