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  1. Helen
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:10 am

    I’m becoming concerned about your new addiction. Do we need to stage an intervention??

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    • Cheapdiva
      February 25, 2015 @ 10:20 am

      NO, NO INTERVENTION!!! How will VEB keep us entertained if there is an intervention?

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  2. Kimberly
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:17 am

    Laughing out loud!!! I love your blog, your photos, your decorating style, your writing style…I’m so glad to have a friend who introduced me to you! I even went to the beginning so I could really get to know you. Also, this is not meant to sound quite so stalkery…

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  3. Vickie
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    I absolutely adore you and your madness. I’m living through you. I want to be at the auctions but I’m making an international move and right now I cannot buy anything I don’t want to pay to move across the ocean. Thankfully, through the internet, I’m taking you with me!!! We’re headed from sunny Arizona to very cold Germany.

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  4. Ann
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:18 am

    Too funny! You have more resolve than I. Or a MUCH MORE persuasive acquisition troll. I’m glad it all worked out, and these two items have found their rightful home.

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  5. Ashley
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    I love this! You are my hero:) Went to an auction little over a week ago and bought a bronze lion…for $325.00. The adrenaline was pumping – and when we actually got it (because that’s why we went) I wanted to stand up and cheer! Wasn’t planning on spending quite that much though….oh well:)

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  6. Bleubook
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:26 am

    I used to work at Freeman’s auction house…we just LOVED bidders like you. 😉

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  7. Monica W
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:39 am

    He *could* know Jax Teller.

    He could also be from a rival gang who supports their gun running with antiques by shipping them on semi trailers and would kill Jax Teller.

    All for the want of a bookcase.

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  8. Carol
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:40 am

    Love the image of the acquisition troll wearing 80s style headband and legwarmers! So Flash-dancy!

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  9. Linda @ It All Started With Paint
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:44 am

    And THAT is why I don’t go to auctions. Because I fear I will end up buying the wrong thing. Or spending too much $$$ on the wrong thing! Oh, who am I kidding. I have not room for antiques in my little house!

    🙂 Linda

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  10. Stephanie
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:49 am

    I got into a bidding war at an auction for an antique soup tureen that looked like it matched my china perfectly. Once I got it home, I found out it was a chamber pot. I guess every auction has it’s dummy.

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    • S
      February 25, 2015 @ 5:51 pm

      Oh that is too funny!!

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  11. Brenda Schweder
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:50 am

    “Then I had to flail my arms EXTRA idiotically.”
    I read your post five minutes ago. I am still laughing. Out loud. With tears rolling down my cheeks! You had me at “It looks like a Kingdom.” and I’ll forever be yours! (Don’t tell my husband!) LOL!
    oxox!
    -b.

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  12. Diane
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:52 am

    Your Paul sounds like an incredible person to allow you to flourish as your true self but to offer leaving work when he thought maybe you’d maybe lost it a bit. I am glad you got the bookcase, its a beauty!

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  13. DB
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    OK, V, we need to discuss “negative space.” DB

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  14. Carla
    February 25, 2015 @ 10:53 am

    Hahahahahahahahahaha Oh my gosh. Hahaha Your the best.

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  15. Ann Campos
    February 25, 2015 @ 11:13 am

    I’m right there with you…with tears in my eyes from laughing…what is it with people who drive all the way out to an auction to bid on boxes of canes and coat hangers, while leaving enamel bread tins, Louis XV chairs, industrial goodness, rockin’ vintage tchotchkes, and such behind? My favorite auction purchases are $1 Adirondack chair that nobody wanted, $.25 (yes, 25 cents) velvet armchair with ornate trim, $11 jack-o-lope, and $4 box of board games because I had to have the “Mystery Date” game to give a girlfriend…remember Mystery Date…you were dreamy eyed for the ski bum, but always got the nerdy dud!

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  16. Linda Nelson
    February 25, 2015 @ 11:14 am

    I inherited that same bread box; you will get great use out of yours. I keep folded dish towels inside mine. Not sure if it’s a curse or a blessing that you have these wonderful auctions in your area. I often forget how I came to the conclusion of absolutely needing some of the things that I’ve acquired. But, I do need them. Really. It’s true.

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  17. Missy
    February 25, 2015 @ 11:16 am

    My brother is an auctioneer. Mostly cattle, farm land, farm equipment, farm tools and farm trucks and what I call ‘old lady farm hoards’. These auctions are amazing for the shear amount of stuff that can fit inside a 3 bedroom house out in the middle of nowhere. I have been to many ‘trash’ auctions and because the guys don’t necessarily like auctioning off these things, and because they take a sweet forever, you have to become friends with the runners. The guys who move the auction along. They travel down the mile long row of tables set up, holding up items for the bidders to see. It does become a party. And you have to party with them to move your item up the row. Most of them will do it because they like the inner-action with the bidders. So next time get friendly with a runner or have Paul get friendly with a runner and just point out things you like and ask them to move them on the table. I also saw a bookcase almost identical to the one you won on my craigslist the other day for $75. And I ignored the call of Craig. And Inquired too late as to its status. And did not get to Win because somebody else Won. And my bookcase Troll needs to step up her game if I ever have a chance of accumulating GFT’s.

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  18. Garden, Home and Party
    February 25, 2015 @ 11:18 am

    You are really getting good at this…maybe you should write a ‘how to’ book for those of us that have never been to an auction! I love the bookcase.
    P.S. I love how the mere mention of garden tools in your blog brought up “you might be interested in” the spade you gave away. I love that spade!
    xo,
    Karen

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  19. tammigirl
    February 25, 2015 @ 11:31 am

    I’m right on top of that, Rose!

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  20. Ginny Bryan
    February 25, 2015 @ 11:33 am

    You know you are my hero, right? And your husband is an angel! Can he give auction angel lessons to the rest of our husbands?

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