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  1. tammigirl
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:52 am

    p.s. I found the piano guts, and a lot of other cool things on a local FACEBOOK page.

    It’s time to spread your wings, little Victoria, beyond the confines of Craigslist. 🙂

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  2. Sue
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:56 am

    So really since Mad Men have your bench you have already been transferred inside of the TV and we are watching you now. As always very entertaining. I saw my dollar store coffee cup on TV one day and got all choked up, exclaimed my excitement to the man, but he was not impressed by my new kitchen dish abilities.

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  3. tracey
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Freaking adorable. The bench is surely a sign of the alternate universe situation. You are wise to be prepared.

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  4. Amber Wigington
    July 10, 2013 @ 11:57 am

    Please, Please have a giant costume party! I am begging you. As a thespian, and just a person who thinks costumes should be worn whenever one feels the need to dress up, I think this is the best idea ever. But, I live in Indiana. A road trip is not in our budget. A Skype costume party? Hmmm…I’ll work on that.

    P.S. The eggnog color IS perfect, and Unicorns are totally real. My daughters bedroom is proof.

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  5. Emily K.
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:03 pm

    Love, love, love you. And I’m also still sad over the Biddle mansion. Because I have *my* bags packed waiting to be admitted to an incredibly old, giant house that contains a portal to both Downton Abbey and Narnia. I would for sure be choosing Downton Abbey.

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  6. Calion
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:16 pm

    Have you seen the movie “Somewhere in Time”? If not, you must. Then dress appropriately, lie on your bench, and imagine you’re there. For hours. Paul will love it, trust me.

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  7. Sarah
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:17 pm

    Oh, Victoria, I freaking love you. And thanks to a little inspiration, and by inspiration I mean stalking your blog, I have finally convinced my husband to just not ask what it is I want to buy/paint/recover/destroy, and just hand over the cash willingly…it was a major breakthrough. Keep up the good work! I love love love every post!

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  8. Eve
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:23 pm

    I would love to come to your costume party, but you must give me plenty of notice as I live in Yorkshire, England. We are totally on the same page when talking about the universe and trading stuff for money. Love your blog x

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  9. the gardeners cottage
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:43 pm

    Hello Victoria,

    I really love you and your blog, so much so that I linked to you today.
    Thanks for making me laugh.

    Janet

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  10. Peggy
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:49 pm

    Now is your chance! You really can name a color Holier Than Thou! Enter now! http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/in-living-color-create-your-own-hue-with-farrow-ball-191384

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  11. Kathryn
    July 10, 2013 @ 12:54 pm

    PS reading your peeps comments is a treat

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    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      July 10, 2013 @ 12:57 pm

      I know! They are quick with the wit. It’s actually sort of annoying… how the commenters are funnier than I am.

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  12. CateS
    July 10, 2013 @ 1:29 pm

    Over my life, my only purchasing regrets have been those I’ve talked myself out of doing. And when ever you are on vacation, if you see something you like – buy it – because you won’t see it again [unless we’re talking tourist trap crap]
    Advice for the kitchen remodel… check out craiglist/camping supplies for a something like these: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Camping+Kitchen+Gear&qpvt=Camping+Kitchen+Gear&FORM=IGRE
    My dad make 2 for our family in the 1960’s out of marine grade plywood. Held cooking gear, suppplies, cleaning tubs, etc. Or you could set up with just plastic tubs for washing/rinsing on an ironing board, mine’s been in the garage for 7 years since we moved here.! LOL!!!

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  13. Brenda J.
    July 10, 2013 @ 1:32 pm

    I love your writing, and so much want to live next door to you … lol…I bought a bench last week. You have a strong influence on a weak woman…resisting the big mirror…but who knows…

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  14. MAgdalena
    July 10, 2013 @ 2:27 pm

    Add me to the list of people who anxiously anticipate your unflinching humor. I came across your blog when you posted a link to your Portal to Narnia post on Apartment Therapy. I then proceeded to devour your blog. I signed up to comment on Manhattan nest blog
    (he just bought an old Victorian), just because i wanted to share your with the world…so… i hope that means you love me EVEN MORE! I read your blog from beginning to end in less than 24 hours. My husband hinted at the possibility of being obsessed with this blog, due to the fact that I had not so much as gotten up from my computer to walk the dogs. I then began to read your post aloud, and said “how could I not be?!?” But secretly thinking I would not label it an obsession so much as a healthy admiration. I should have known i was kidding myself when i subscribed to your blog, the first subscription ever. And maybe i should have figured it out when I got on my hands and knees in my vegetable garden and proceeded to hand pick all the slugs and snails that have invaded my it (even after trying numerous different hands off techniques), because if you do it, i should too. Or maybe it should have dawned on me when decided to start saving up to put in a flower bed outside my office window for the zinnias and lisinathus and whatever other flower you recommend, even though we could move before next growing season. But it was just confirmed when i read this F.A.Q. post. When i read that someone asked if you bought the Biddle mansion i thought to myself, “what kind of question is that?!? Did they not READ this blog?!? and then i read “If you were confused about that, I guess you didn’t read my blog front-to-back and attend to every detail. So you might want to get on that.” And I had the feeling you get when you were the only kid in class who did the homework.

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  15. Shelly
    July 10, 2013 @ 3:49 pm

    Oh my goodness, you are so funny! Thanks for making me repeatedly keep cracking up at my desk, while I’m supposed to be quietly working 😉

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  16. Olivia
    July 10, 2013 @ 3:52 pm

    Can’t get enough of your wit and humor!! I so relate and my husband is relieved there are others out there like me who can’t stop obsessing about that ‘gotta have’ find! Following you even while camping this week.
    ….you’re my escape in the middle of my escape…
    Wish I could say we were ‘glamping’ ….one day I’ll restore a small airstream and turn it into a vintage glamper camper so we can camp in style and invite you over for gourmet s’mores 😉
    xoxo

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  17. Jacquie
    July 10, 2013 @ 5:38 pm

    Oh, Victoria… I do believe we were separated at birth! I, too, suffer repeatedly from non-buyers remorse, agonize over details my husband (and probably very best friends) would think of as trivial, fall in love with things I can’t afford, and adore all things Mad Men. BTW… $300 for the tufted coffee table is such a score (Kingdoms and Portals to Narnia aside)! I have yet to become a Craigslist convert. Unfortunately, most things in Central Florida aren’t that old or interesting. But you make me want to keep looking!

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    • Yvonne Angus
      April 24, 2014 @ 5:46 pm

      I thought that about our Northern Florida Craigslist, but when I went on it again, I was amazed at all of the gorgeous pieces! Of course, I couldn’t afford, or didn’t have room for any of them!
      It’s all in how you do your searches. Play around with it a little. Some treasures are hiding where you would least expect them to be!

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  18. Patina and Company
    July 10, 2013 @ 6:52 pm

    Holier than Thou Farrow and Ball–perfect. I am dying, however, to see what colour I Love Elvis will actually be!

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  19. Mo at Mocadeaux
    July 10, 2013 @ 7:46 pm

    I love your theory of economics regarding your purchases on craigslist. It’s brilliant really. And if I buy something that is discounted $100, that means I have $100 to spend elsewhere, right? So simple.
    Thanks for another hilarious post.

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    • Pam
      July 29, 2013 @ 11:20 am

      I’ve been doing that sort of thing for years. A friend of mine coined the phrase ‘double-exit bookkeeping’. I’m now convinced it’s an art form.

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  20. Christine
    July 10, 2013 @ 9:30 pm

    Never underestimate “not-buying remorse”. It should be in the new DSM V manual that people are arguing about. To wit: my mom still can tell you about the salt and pepper shakers she did not buy while on a road trip vacation with my dad. Because, “she did not need them.” When they were newlyweds. She is 67 years old now. She wishes she had bought them.

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