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  1. pve
    February 5, 2014 @ 10:01 am

    I bet your marriages could be written,
    “for better or broken”-
    “for e-bay or craig’s list…..ha ha….
    You really keep the love going….
    want to see the reveal…..
    pve

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 5, 2014 @ 10:03 am

      Love this. (although, probably it was better NOT to give him a heads up.)

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      • Andie
        February 5, 2014 @ 7:38 pm

        Never let them see you coming.

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  2. Robin
    February 5, 2014 @ 11:47 am

    You, my dear, are wickedly funny!
    Keep on truckin’ Mama. ; )

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  3. Gerry
    February 5, 2014 @ 12:31 pm

    Can’t wait for Part 3!

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  4. Suzanne
    February 5, 2014 @ 1:33 pm

    My best friend and I just realized you are our long lost sister! You’re hilariously funny and a great writer too. About your bed. Ahem. While it IS lovely, it is not the work of Prudent Mallard, as someone suggested. You have there a nice example of Victorian Renaissance Revival furniture which was likely made in your neck of the woods (Philly) somewhere between 1850 and 1900. I’ve been an antique dealer for the better part of two decades (oh, the things I’ve seen!) and love to see people loving and rescuing things from the past. You get an A+ It’s a shame that these treasures won’t fit in most homes today.

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  5. Traci
    February 5, 2014 @ 5:44 pm

    It is beautiful and a steal, can’t wait to see what you do with it.

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  6. Karen
    February 5, 2014 @ 11:03 pm

    Wow! I love the bed! I love your exciting way of telling us the story! So, what happened?

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  7. mollie d
    February 6, 2014 @ 4:21 pm

    If it comes apart, can you put a 3″ piece somewhere, stain to match wood to make it fit your mattress? It’s amazing

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  8. Wanda
    February 8, 2014 @ 9:16 am

    Victoria, I’m not sure I have ever left a comment before but I read your every post. I usually go directly to Craigslist and look in every major surrounding city for a treasure that will blow my/ our minds. After 3-4 very productive research hours of finding nothing I decide your adventures are exciting enough for the both of us so I live vicariously through you. Please oh please keep up the hunt. We are gonna find the best stuff! The last Craigslist excursion I had was actually this week and I did find an antique library ladder which even though my 10 foot high book shelf is only 4 feet wide I have always NEEDED. My husband surprised me with it. Went to Chicago (I am from MI) and brought her back. What adventure is there in that?????? There she stands all perfect not even needing to be dusted. You really are having so much fun. (This has actually happened to me a couple of times, these surprises. )Rick is a great guy who can do anything like Paul but he is thinking ahead about all the time he can save if he just cuts to the chases and gets my latest love, brings it home, and then goes hunting for a corpse which he knows whose head will never grace my walls but he has dreams .

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  9. Vickie
    February 8, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    I absolutely love the bed! I would have bought it too. But what I wanted to comment on was the way you tell your story! I love how you put things into words! Very enjoyable reading!

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  10. judy
    February 10, 2014 @ 1:16 am

    I was looking back at former topics and went back to kitchens (cause I would like to improve ours) but can’t keep putting money into a seventy’s rancher that now seems to be worth some recycled soup cans and a ham sandwich-ouch! I came across the kitchen with the spectacular cabinetry and the mysteriously happy people and I thought-wait a minute-this seems to be not so expensive as it had seemed. They really took full advantage of the mad brain raccoon inspired original antique cabinetry and new appliances but really the island looks like stock cabinets surfaced with recycled wood (flooring?) and a large granite countertop? Walls painted a light color=wallpaper gone and how much could that really cost? No kidding-5-6 no 7 zeros! GaZooks! I gotta get a different hobby/fixation/obsession.

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  11. Eddie Ross
    February 14, 2014 @ 12:14 am

    What a great find! I am always searching craigslist and my local goodwill and estate sales for this exact reason! The fun is in the hunt and when it pays off it is so worth all the work you put into it!
    E+J

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  12. Cassandra Elaine
    February 15, 2014 @ 4:01 pm

    When I was 21 (some time ago) I schlepped an antique bed handmade by my great-great-grandfather from Pittsburgh to Boston on the roof of a van. The bed got wet under its tarp but years later shows no signs of its harrowing journey. One it made twice I might add as literally 6 months later we decided to move back to PA.

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  13. Grace Shetrompf
    February 15, 2014 @ 4:50 pm

    Seriously! You must hurry up and post the end of this story!!

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  14. Mary Elizabeth
    February 17, 2014 @ 1:38 pm

    Wait! Before you finish the story of this bed MAYBE you would also like to add this one to your collection – I mean it is BIG and FANCY and on CRAIGSLIST!
    I bet you could talk Paul into it………
    http://minneapolis.craigslist.org/hnp/fuo/4337516315.html

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  15. MissFifi
    February 19, 2014 @ 4:52 pm

    Honest to Elvis, you deserve a series on Netflix or Bravo or something. You are freakin’ hilarious and I cannot wait to see what becomes of this behemoth you so lovingly wrapped in plastic.

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  16. Dana C.
    February 19, 2014 @ 6:19 pm

    You are my kind of diggy-antiquey-junkey and funny to boot. I too suffer from GFTD. I am afraid mine is incurable…and I am out of viable wall space.

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  17. DB
    June 13, 2014 @ 1:07 am

    Your bed looks like Elizabeth Taylor’s master bedroom bed in the movie “Giant”

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  18. Julia
    January 4, 2015 @ 1:43 am

    I couldn’t stop laughing while reading this. I stumbled upon it because an antique bed troll was whispering very loudly in my ear that I had to find a way to make it work to own it.

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  19. Sheena Witherow
    February 8, 2015 @ 2:03 am

    LOVE! LOVE! LOVE that Magical, Perfect BED!!!! I found your site because I found a beautiful Victorian bed on Craigslist today and I googled how to make a Queen size mattress fit an Antique, Full size bed frame and VOILA: There you were…. My soul sister lol I have never read anything in my life I can relate to more!!!! You have such an Epic writing style I can’t wait to read more of your stuff. Truth be told I’ve never subscribed to anything in my life; I get bored easily with people who don’t get it!!! Anyone who has the passion and ability to fall in love with magical pieces of deserving furniture has my vote!!! That Bed of yours is absolute perfection!!!!

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  20. Debby Hornburg
    March 19, 2016 @ 8:55 am

    OMGosh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have that same headboard on a bed with self same rounded corners at the foot of the bed, but I’ve got a matching footboard. I also got a matching mirrored marble top dresser. For a grand total of $425. Because people are so stupid that they stop and think before they purchase stuff. They second guess whether things will fit, or how they will get them home. Losers.

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