1. Val
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:36 pm


    That. Is. FABULOUS. <3


  2. Rosemary
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:38 pm

    Literally tears running down my face. At first, I was rather surprised that you couldn’t dub the “starts with P and stands for…” to “Paul” instead of “pool”. And then the hysterics were all down hill from there. The absolute funniest post ever!!! I want to be your best friend, like everyone else here. Someone give this woman a television show. I’d like my Stephen to meet Paul, so he can find out how easy he has it, but watch out… I’m an empty nester next year and WILL HAVE THE TIME to finally have the house I always wanted.


  3. savannah
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:48 pm

    WOW!! my love of GFT has been reduced to SFT as in small fancy things since the guy who thinks he’s the boss of me aka The Husband still thinks we live in earthquake country (instead of Hurricane Hellbent Georgia)! There are two not quite GFT, but only one has made it inside the house. (I’m working on THAT now!) Keep being an inspiration to us all, sweetpea! xo


  4. JeanFB
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:50 pm

    Absolutely magnificent!!! The mirror, the post, your humor, everything. Paul too. I laughed out loud. Pretty sure I was holding my breath at one point. And I am insanely jealous that places like the GFT-stuffed auction house and places like your own GFT-stuffed house do not exist in North Carolina. And mirrors like that one, *especially* for only $1300, are pure fantasy. Seriously. I am in awe. Congratulations, and I can’t wait to see what happens next!


  5. Tattycoram
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:51 pm

    I am weeping slow tears of silent laughter.

    Please stay married to your Boy Scout of the Old Testament.


  6. Sue Fiorentini
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:52 pm

    Best post ever……..it was like a suspense novel, a romance novel and travel log all rolled into one.


  7. Kim
    May 9, 2018 @ 12:54 pm



  8. Tina
    May 9, 2018 @ 1:09 pm

    I know you know this. We ALL know this. But I need to say it for posterity’s sake.

    You have an amazing saint of a husband. The End.


    • Charlotte
      May 11, 2018 @ 7:46 pm

      I second that!


  9. Darling Lily
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:02 pm

    Most epic post ever. Not just of yours, but ever-in-the-history-of-the-entire-interwebz. For one horrifying moment, I thought you were going to give up on this most wondrous of GFTs; Oh Me of Little Faith! I should have known you would never let us down!

    Am I the only one who thinks that the glass being separated from the frame is a Sign From God that it’s meant to be the base for your open shelves?

    Don’t let Paul fool you; men love crazy. NOT the kind of crazy that causes scenes and embarrasses them in public, but they’re constitutionally incapable of resisting that sort of crazy where they’re never entirely sure what you’re going to do next. It fascinates them. I have always felt that a man never truly loves something unless he’s fascinated by it, and just a little bit afraid of it, too. I do believe you have both these aspects down pat. Plus you are breathtakingly beautiful, full of charm, and a helluva dancer. What more could he possibly want?!

    I also feel like he made peace with your GFTs long ago when he realized that, despite how much work and botheration they cause, it is infinitely better for you to be collecting GFTs as opposed to bringing home rescued lions and tigers from circuses. (Not to go putting ideas in your head)

    Paul is your greatest treasure; there are indeed plenty of male humans lying about for the taking, but you will never find another HIM!


  10. Marianne in Mo.
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:20 pm

    I seriously endured heart palpitations while reading this, and had to pause to catch my breath! As I’ve said in previous posts, your Paul is a keeper, and I can’t believe you would take a mirror over him, if it came to that. If my husband were 1/16th of a Paul, I would be overjoyed! Seems as though whenever I want something, it’s not happening, unless I manipulate him into thinking it was his idea and not mine.
    Your mirror is insanely gorgeous, and the price was incredible! Where oh where is it going?


  11. Anne Dodd
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:29 pm

    I adore you and your mirror fixation. I love that this one is from a “liquor baron.” I believe you should refer to yourself as the “Baroness of Reflective Surfaces, Shiny Giant Objects and the Duchess of Decorative Design.”


  12. Bronne
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:40 pm

    This was on of my all time favorite post.
    It literally caused my heart to race.
    Also gave me an anxiety headache.
    I have to re-read it immediately.
    This is the cocaine of blogs.


  13. Anna
    May 9, 2018 @ 2:46 pm

    Best Post ever!


  14. Elise
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:13 pm

    What a bargain you got!! Color me VERY impressed by your auction savvy. Thank you for existing and bringing your wonderful wit to the masses.

    Also, I want to become a liquor baron! Right now I’m just a liquor consumer.


  15. Martha Kuska
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:18 pm

    Please, Victoria, for your own financial security and the sanity of your sweet supportive husband, do not, I repeat, DO NOT GO to Slegers Antiques in Hamont, Belgium (http://www.antiqueslegers.com/en/). I lived near there for 3 years and went there whenever I could. It’s a wholesale/consignment warehouse chock full of fabulous dusty GFTs…mecca. Easy to spend the whole week in there. Also, there is a weekly antique city-wide flea market in Tongeren, Belgium, a treasure hunter’s absolutely addicting delight. It’s 90 minutes from Brussels. Seehttps://www.tripadvisor.com/Attraction_Review-g188651-d589520-Reviews-Tongeren_Flea_Market-Tongeren_Limburg_Province.html
    Ah, memories. Sigh.
    Enter at your own risk.


    • Fixit chick
      May 9, 2018 @ 9:17 pm

      I almost bought 4 matching 9′ high chandeliers when we were in Argentina. Slightly under $5k. It would have been another 4 to get rhem home. I still regret not buying them


  16. Loco
    May 9, 2018 @ 4:41 pm

    While planning ahead for the “Great Big City Wide Yard Sale” this weekend, I will keep you in mind… Should my darling husband flip out about any antique and or vintage kitchen utensils (my passion) I bring home, I’ll point him your way.

    He was not upset with the antique couch covered in pristine gold fabric (it goes with NOTHING in my house, nor do I have a place for it YET) or the lovely old gold leafed mirror that came with it. But who can argue with free? It’s nice to be friends with the local estate sale lady on Sunday afternoons!


  17. Sascha
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:05 pm

    I can’t even express how much I loved this post. You had me at “When I went home that night, I forgot to mention it to Paul because I am smarter than people think.” And then it only got better from there.

    I am going to make my husband read this so that he understands that my MRO (Major Rug Obsession) is merely a charming personality quirk. And could be SO much worse.


  18. Amber S.
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:20 pm

    gloriousness, PURE gloriousness!!!! my favorite part was “unwieldy life-necklace of crazy” which is going to be my new catch-phrase. You are the best word-putter-together in the UNIVERSE. This post could have gotten you an Oscar of Blogging, if there were such things. Congratulations on your GFT! 😉 Can’t wait for the next installment!!


  19. Shirley
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:21 pm

    I collect antique trunks. I know your pain.


  20. cheapdiva
    May 9, 2018 @ 5:25 pm

    You. Are. Nuts. (But in a good way!)


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