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  1. Pat
    February 23, 2016 @ 12:20 pm

    Hysterical! I live in the Philly area, and also troll CL for affordable GFT’s (though I have officially run out of room, and now have to sell pieces so my kids will stop threatening to sign me up for a Hoarders episode). You are a riot, glad I found this site….though I may love my down comforter and coat too much to watch that video. Yea, I know, but I don’t wear fur, and hope my down fill came from recently deceased geese that died of old age. Pat

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  2. Devon
    February 23, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

    The suspense of the mysterious GFT you speak of is driving me crazy!! I can only imagine what it could be……when can we expect a reveal? You are a hoot Victoria! Ps hope dear Elvis is doing ok, I’ve been thinking about her?

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  3. Bobbie
    February 23, 2016 @ 12:44 pm

    I also avoid down. Always love reading your posts!

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  4. Michelle Holland
    February 23, 2016 @ 12:56 pm

    I can only hope the house itself is exempt from this selling spree…..after all where would you store your GFTs?
    Can’t wait to see the mystery GFT!
    Michelle

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  5. BJ
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:08 pm

    You know I love you… I read your blog – religiously!! I’m not really much of a commenter, but I did today have to just say, good for you for sharing about the animals. Down is awful and I love that you brought some attention to it.

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  6. Mary
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:18 pm

    Victoria Elizabeth Barnes! Get rid of that ottoman, IMMEDIATELY! Keeping something like that around will decay your mind and turn Paul into, well, we don’t know what, but whatever he becomes, it wont be pretty.
    Of course, you could take all that tufted, white stuff off, use the frame, paint the frame and re-create something GREAT for your tool shed- a low table to hold stuff, a low table to layout fabric on, etc.
    OR you could put it on Craigslist and then observe WHO buys it…
    LOVE your posts! a bit of sunshine – always!

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  7. Betsy
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:21 pm

    Paul surely lives a great life with you! Imagine coming home everyday and not knowing what he’ll find when he steps through the door. He must feel like a kid on Christmas morning. How fun!

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    • Liz H.
      February 23, 2016 @ 2:27 pm

      Or he feels like the over indulgent parent opening up all the Christmas bills in January!

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  8. Donna Gibson
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:26 pm

    I can’t relate to this post because the RH white sofa is MY DREAM SOFA! It’s so comfortable! I’m so sad to not be the person you sold it to, I would have happily driven 1000 miles to get one for just $1000. I lived 10 years with a white IKEA sofa (that started sagging immediately) and recently upgraded to a Wayfair.com sofa in cream (white took 8 weeks longer & the holidays were upon me) that I detest it after just 4 short months! It somehow manages to soil faster than the white one did. AND collect dust and hair at lightning speed! The white one never did that! Live & learn!

    If you’re selling everything, I’d happily buy the wardrobe or the kingdom mirror! Call me!!!

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      February 23, 2016 @ 1:33 pm

      Find a RH outlet! Give them your name/what you are looking for and they will call you if they ever get it. (This does assume you live near one, which I guess if you did you would have been all over it!)

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    • merry ann westbrooks
      December 6, 2017 @ 10:08 pm

      I think you need your own show on HGTV!!! I have an 1890 house that had gas lighting when my parents bought it. I am down to the kitchen and dragging my feet cause I don’t like the modern cabinets so I am floating your idea about cabinets by my brother! love the piano idea but it is much easier to manipulate/guilt a husband than a brother and remarrying to get a piano is a little much even for me lol. I like the ottoman, would look good in my AZ house! if you don’t use auctionzip.com or shopgoodwill.com check them out. since your doing tri-state there is a big auction in northern WV under Ball Auction. also plan a road trip for that 1,000 mile yard sale. a few girls are renting an rv to do it! one with a trailer hitch lol

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  9. Laura
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:32 pm

    I suppose you think that a white cotton damask slipcover is beneath contempt? Stay with me – if you had one, you could have a WASHABLE white sofa (in fact colors would not be advisable!) – equivalent to having your cake and eating it, too.
    Don’t reply, I’m already ashamed of myself.

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  10. Trisha
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

    So, you really want to live in Arkansas? Without furniture?

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  11. DARLENE
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

    Have I told you I love you lately? I do! You make me cackle every time. I can’t wait to open the new posts and I always hope you go on a rant so it’s a long one. I feel like a stalker, but mostly just hugely entertained! Thanks for sharing.

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  12. Stacey
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    I love your blog and I love you even more knowing that you do not support the torture of animals through the down and fur industries – I completely agree and was cheering you on as you suggested that if one thinks he/she CAN support that industry, it is important to know the suffering it causes on perfectly innocent beings. Inconvenient feelings should not be buried under our desire for things when perfectly wonderful substitutions are available 🙂 THANK YOU!!!!! LOVE YOU!!!!

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    • Lyra
      February 23, 2016 @ 6:48 pm

      Just wanted to tag along and say, Yes! This! I have very very (very) different style tastes, but you’re hilarious and ten points for the animals! Alternatives are really good nowadays…why use down/fur/leather?
      (Also, my cat died almost six years ago and it still absolutely crushes me, so I feel your pain as well as your glee/horror/churlishness).

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  13. Rachel
    February 23, 2016 @ 1:57 pm

    Wow, what a lovely post. First time commenting, but I have been FB/blog stalking you for a while. Frankly, seeing the bounty of GFTs that exist near you makes me sad (rural Oklahoma is definitely not a great source of GFTs!), jealous, and definitely wondering how I can replace my SFTs with GFTs, and avoid alerting Himself. Five children, limited budget, and a husband who work from home makes finding, purchasing, and getting GFTs into my late 70s one story ranch house difficult, so I am really enjoying your never ending search for/finding/replacing old GFTs with new GFTs… I am trying to talk Himself into making me (he does custom woodworking, furniture etc) a GFT for our bed… Getting their slowly… King size beds just are not available. ? So, for all of us in a sadly GFT deficient life, keep going! Your GFTs give the rest of us hope!

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  14. Diana
    February 23, 2016 @ 2:32 pm

    We all seriously want to know what the GFT is!!!! I can’t wait until it is revealed.

    One more thing. Do you have a kitchen yet? I kept wondering how you got through the holidays with hordes of people coming to share a holiday meal and no kitchen.

    Love your sense of humor! I wait to read your blog when I can savor it.

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  15. Fl!p Breskin
    February 23, 2016 @ 2:53 pm

    Keep the ottoman! It’s fabulous. Also, in terms of functionality, there should be two places to flop down and relax, preferably both of them comfortable. Right now it looks like you’ve still got two. I’ve actually drooled over your ottoman, but I live on the far side of the country. I think it is at least a Very Oversize Fancy Thing, compared to a standard ottoman. I cover my couches with cool but inexpensive old oriental rugs off craigslist. If I could afford it, I’d get them re-upholstered with the old rugs. Tho those are probably also not cruelty free… But a lady’s gotta lounge.

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  16. Kate S.
    February 23, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

    Keep ramping up the anticipation and I might be willing to donate outright to your GFT fund just to find out what this mystery object in Arkansas actually is! Call me impatient, but I actually took the time to look at all of the antiques and furniture listed for sale on Craigslist in the state of Arkansas and couldn’t only find two possible contenders–neither really seems to be your style or expensive enough to justify selling off everything you own, so I’m hoping you’ve already bought this mystery piece and am anxiously awaiting a reveal.

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  17. Diane
    February 23, 2016 @ 3:43 pm

    A new post from VEB? That’s my signal to DROP EVERYTHING and run, do not walk! to the computer. I love your posts and the shared joy of the hunt. CANNOT WAIT for the new/next GFT!! Thank you for sharing your life with us. You bring big smiles and the shared laughter of recognizing ourselves. (I don’t think GFTs exist in Oklahoma so we live vicariously!)

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  18. Ellen Kelly
    February 23, 2016 @ 3:45 pm

    Are you looking at Craigslist Philadelphia? I rarely find anything. Ellen

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  19. Kathleen
    February 23, 2016 @ 3:59 pm

    One of the most exhilarating days of my life was when I discovered a RH Outlet an hour from my home. I still look with love at my $500 chair that I snagged for $60 in an uber sale there.
    One of the most depressing days for me was when they closed that store last year. I am still annoyed they did that as I now have to drive to Canada for the nearest one. Sigh.

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  20. Margy
    February 23, 2016 @ 4:43 pm

    How’s the kitchen coming along? Dying for an update!! (Great deal on that RH couch, BTW. no time to waste thinking of practicality when something so pretty falls at your feet… You get that puppy home, and then figure it out! Everyone knows THAT!)

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