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  1. Vickie H.
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:39 pm

    Persistence, girl!!!!!!! FOREVER!!!!!

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  2. Brenda Schweder
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:40 pm

    You are my hero!! Let’s hope we both remain married while continuing our quests! ROFL! #sortof

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  3. Kay
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:47 pm

    Although I am not a fan of GFTs, these are very beautiful sconces.

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  4. Mary P
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:47 pm

    You had me at “the generic-coveting of mass fancy”. I will henceforth use this term as it applies in my world of acquiring things. It is GOLD.

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  5. Susan
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:49 pm

    The doors to that shop, ALONE, would make me want to go in….. And then, once inside, I would die of happiness

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  6. Joy
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:51 pm

    They are beautiful.

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  7. JeanFB
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:52 pm

    OH my gosh, they are absolutely perfect and I’m sooooo happy for you! And thank you for this marvelous post – I literally laughed out loud (like, goofily) three times! I love your writing. And your penchant for GFTs. And since I lived in Philly decades ago, I know exactly what you mean when you describe South Street – I guess it hasn’t changed much. 🤣 I just wish I lived there now to help that gentleman clear out his shop!

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  8. Karen
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:54 pm

    You are such a gifted writer. Thanks for bringing humor to my monday morning!

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  9. Linda
    December 2, 2019 @ 12:58 pm

    For a second I thought you were going to make an offer on the whole store…lol

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    • Pericolosa
      December 3, 2019 @ 1:00 am

      Me too!

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  10. Cindy
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:12 pm

    I know Charlie’s we’ll. I always thought they could film for Harry Potter in there. So fun to read this

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  11. Barbara Beckley
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:19 pm

    I have three granddaughters and have therefore read ever Fancy Nancy book ever written. You are my Fancy Nancy, even your name is Fancy. Fancier than Fancy Nancy. Let me just say I love your Blog, I love kittens and antiques and your wonderful stories. Thanks, Barbara

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    • Tina
      December 3, 2019 @ 6:25 am

      We call her Bed Troll in our house!

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    • Penn
      December 5, 2019 @ 8:12 pm

      Perfectly said Barbara.
      I always thought ai had a fairly fancy name too, in an Irish sort of way & all from my ancestors:
      Pendleton Allen Flaherty
      Pendleton shortened to Penny to fit the 1960’s though I would have prefer Penn, which a few college friends still call me, some by Penny Allen, others simply by P. (Sadly my married name has turned my once beloved Irish heritage name to that of a call girl on South St in Somewhere USA)
      Victoria could never be a Vic or any form of Vicki. Victoria Elizabeth is perfect for a GFT girl.

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  12. Cheryl
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:29 pm

    Ha! That store is magic. A bit of a hoarders situation but still amazing. As for the skeleton & broach store… are you talking about Halloween?

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  13. Jayne Z
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:36 pm

    Shocked — shocked you only came away with those two sconces?!!!!!

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  14. Lori Harmon
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:40 pm

    Beautiful lamps! Persistence is key!
    Have they gone out of business and if so did you go back for one or two more looks!

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  15. NevadaNy
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:42 pm

    Beautiful. I love glass that has turned purple with age. I have been told this can sometimes be created by putting old white glass into the oven.

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  16. Holly
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:47 pm

    Laughing out loud in the parking lot! You get it. My Grandma would be proud. “Always buy the pair!”

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  17. Jennifer Tackett
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:54 pm

    Ok, although I know it’s considered EXTREMELY impolite, even RUDE, I have to ask….How much were they? Were you able to get the store owner to agree to a relatively reasonable offer? Or did you have to take on a second/third/fourth job in order to buy these impressive pieces? Even a ballpark figure would satisfy my curiosity!

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  18. Lindsay
    December 2, 2019 @ 1:59 pm

    I just fell down a rabbit hole while trying to find an antique watch, and found myself in 1stdibs.com and I am full of conflicting feelings, as I’m sure you can understand. On another note, I should not read your posts when eating because of the choking/milk coming out my nose hazard.

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  19. carolyn
    December 2, 2019 @ 2:01 pm

    Love it! I recently bought a 1920’s bungalow in South Jersey and there were two original sconces in the dining room. The electrician replaced all the knob and tube wiring in the house and said he couldn’t use those or the stained glass fixture over the kitchen sink BECAUSE THEY WERE TOO OLD! He sent me websites. Said I would find things that were Beautiful! and New! And I looked at them and I said, “No thank you, I like my old sconces just fine, what will it cost to rewire them? Then he said, $30 each. REALLY? He wanted me to buy a piece of garbage fixture for $150 when I could have 1920’s art deco gorgeousness for $30 each? Guess what is now hanging in my dining room? LOL

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  20. Gwen Gray
    December 2, 2019 @ 2:06 pm

    This part made me snort tea out my nose:

    I went home and said to Paul— GOOD NEWS.
    The lamp offensive has commenced.

    Thank you. This made my day.

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