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  1. Sue
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:05 pm

    Thy KINGDOM come, thy will be done, on craigslist as it is in your house. Amen. I had to do a deep sigh when I got to the finish. What are you doing? You are making me want giant ornate mirrors. Not that I did not want a giant mirror before, but now you make it seem an essential!


    • Melissa D-Z
      June 29, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

      *”Thy KINGDOM come, thy will be done, on craigslist as it is in your house. Amen.”* Nice one, Sue.

      VEB, I’d like to set up a play date for Paul and my husband, Brad. We can peruse CL, while they speak quietly of their awe and love for us.


  2. Beth
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:19 pm

    This post is SO funny – you definitely have a gift for writing! I cannot believe the things you find on Craigslist. That mirror is amazing – and it looks like it is was made to match to the one you have in your entry way, which is even more amazing! I have never seen anything on Craigslist in Denver like the things you find – I guess we just don’t have really old stuff here compared to the east. I’m definitely going to have to check Craigslist more often (if I ever have time – we finally got our master bathroom remodel done after FOUR MONTHS and now we’ve decided to remodel two more bathrooms !).


  3. Annet M
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:35 pm

    a) it IS like a kingdom – what a great description Rocky!
    b) exactly what’s the mirror count in your house now? Or to be exact, the ornate, gilded, giant and extremely heavy mirror count?
    c) I now want a giant, ornate, gilded mirror in my house…


  4. Catherine W.
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:46 pm

    Such an incredibly beautiful mirror for such an incredibly low price!!!!

    How do you know it wasn’t “hot”?


    • Carrie
      June 29, 2013 @ 12:12 pm

      That to me would be a very difficult thing for a group of people to just steal. I mean can you picture a group of people getting away with it? running away with it? Then there is the fact that they kept it outside not worried someone might find it and know who stole it. Though the thought of a kingdom being stolen could start a whole new story.


  5. jen
    June 18, 2013 @ 1:50 pm

    I would have been sold by anything being described as it “looks like a kingdom”. What sane person could resist that??
    The mirror is gorgeous, a lovely match to the other one in your entry!
    Now, if you’ll excuse me…I’m going to persue my local craigslist in search of my own kingdom.


  6. Danielle
    June 18, 2013 @ 2:58 pm

    SO PRETTY!! I’m starting to believe that Paul goes along with you on all of these adventures because he secretly knows you’re plain brilliant. And maybe it’s just me but it seems that the more ornate mirrors you add, the more amazing the entire collection gets… like some sparkly shiny math problem.


  7. Anne @ Planting Sequoias
    June 18, 2013 @ 3:06 pm

    I now NEED a mirror with a kingdom on top, whatever that is! I KNOW I could fit at least three in our 670 square foot apartment. At least I THINK so. Why not try?


  8. Karen
    June 18, 2013 @ 3:35 pm

    Love, love, love this mirror and the fabulous price. Your posts always make me smile … when I’m not feeling cranky with envy!


  9. Becky
    June 18, 2013 @ 3:44 pm

    Nice score!


  10. Alex @ northstory
    June 18, 2013 @ 6:29 pm

    Ok if you ever come visit we have to go thrifting together. B/C I always seem to find mirrors like this and I am like how am I going to ship this thing so far South? First of all let me just say what are you tricks for getting Paul to go with you? Whenever I find something on Kijiji etc James is like here are the truck keys, have fun b/c he’s like you’re not adding anything else to our basement.


  11. Marsha
    June 18, 2013 @ 6:54 pm

    You are INSANE…….and fabulous. 😀


  12. Sarah
    June 18, 2013 @ 7:07 pm

    OMG I love it!! How can anyone not love this? And look!….he has been reunited with his little brother in the hall!
    Awesome find!


  13. Christine
    June 18, 2013 @ 7:45 pm

    You made me laugh out loud – your story is awesome, and glad you got the mirror you love!! I read this blog to my husband, and he TOTALLY identified with Paul. He laughed and said I’m the same: he can hear the footsteps and know that his day is shot with some “little project” that I dreamed up that is ridiculously difficult in construction terms… but… he always manages to pull it off! He’s the best! I will have to keep coming up with new challenges to test his skills 😉 He still wants to know how I manage to come up with the hardest scenarios… out of all possible things that could be done…

    Confession, technically, once or twice, I decided to change my mind and not do a project – after he convinced me -with much gesturing and colorful language – that the house WILL actually fall down if we do the project. Thanks for adding laughs to our day!!

    P.S. Definitely understand NOT wanting to do any more projects – I scaled back original ideas because I’m sick and tired of the construction stuff – so much so that “More Saving More Doing” radio ads give me a twitch.


  14. Christine
    June 18, 2013 @ 7:48 pm

    P.P.S Have you gone to the Philadelphia Construction Salvage Yard??? That’s on my list, but my husband will faint over if I go while we have projects in progress. Because I will come home with loads of who-knows-what that I want installed somewhere… in a spot it doesn’t actually fit…


  15. Julie
    June 18, 2013 @ 8:00 pm

    Oh, Victoria, Darling.

    What are you doing to me? I have a very conservative, boring, 80’s tract house. And now you are making me want antique mirrors. Which would not go with anything I have, and my kids would destroy them.

    When I first saw the picture with the tarp? I was horrified. What was UNDER THERE??? You really know how to build up suspense.

    The mirror is gorgeous, and I love the way you placed it in your home. It makes the room look more spacious. It just looks fracking awesome on that wall.

    Your husband must love you. A lot.

    Congratulations to you for that awe-inspiring Craig’s List find. Your inner voice seems to know what it’s doing…


  16. vaughn
    June 18, 2013 @ 9:58 pm

    Brilliant! The mirror, the enablers, your family, your husband… plus you write the best adventures in housing.


  17. Nancy
    June 18, 2013 @ 10:14 pm

    Victoria, I love looking forward to your posts! They always make me smile, and yes, I admit, I am a bit of a C-list addict so this one made me chuckle! Face it, there’s a reason our husband’s love us, despite our obsessions w/C-list. The vows were “For better or for worse, in sickness and in health, for C-list obsessions … etc” Of course I just remind my husband about all his audio/video/tv equipment and he’s perfectly happy to deal w/my c-list finds.


  18. D'Arcy H
    June 19, 2013 @ 12:06 am

    This is unbelievable–the whole story–how you can find these things (or how they come to you)and how Paul resists, but you know he will do it … and how fabulous all these mirrors are in your home. What’s the backstory on this bad boy?? I want to see photos of the detailing! I have a couple of Eastlake pier mirrors, but my dad painstakingly refinished them decades ago. I don’t believe either of them were gilt. And I would feel gilt-y if I covered his work … but you have me thinking … dammit.


  19. Mandy
    June 19, 2013 @ 4:05 am

    I cannot believe you carried on about my dental cabinet, when you had THAT in your house!!!! Gorgeous!! You must have heard angels singing when Rocky pulled the tarp off. I cannot believe he had that mirror outside in the elements!!! And the price? A bargain!!!!
    *shaking my head* We don’t have Craig’s list in Australia, so I can’t compete. You win! 🙂


  20. Heather {A Fire Pole in the Dining Room}
    June 19, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    BUHAHAHAHA! This may be the most hilarious thing I’ve read on the Internet in quite some time. Love your writing style and this story and your mirror troll 🙂


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