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  1. Nicole Kapp
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:28 pm

    That is such a cool chalkboard! I’ve never seen one like it before. Chalkboards are great for decorating, you can draw or write whatever you want on them. Pinterest has some great tutorials for chalkboard art and typography.

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  2. ELlen Kelly
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:29 pm

    FAB U LOUS ! CAN YOU IMAGINE GOING BACK TO SEE SOMEONE LOADING THEM UP??

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  3. kmkat
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:30 pm

    That is fabulous! But it must weigh a ton. Are you sure your wall will hold it? Paul may need to do some reinforcing.

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  4. Celeste
    March 29, 2016 @ 12:43 pm

    I’m not sure how you were able to walk away the first time…but am relieved for you that you went back! Even if it wasn’t worth over 15 times what you paid for it, it is just totally awesome! Oh the things you can write on it! List of GFTs!

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  5. Charlotte
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:02 pm

    Just curious-who would actually buy that chalkboard for $3,000+ ? Have never seen anything like this…a very curious item for sure! Love your writing style (my eyes started to burn). The “Husband of the Year” goes to Paul. He’s the most patient hubby ever, I do believe! I have a male friend like that (unmarried, and supposedly a confirmed bachelor but I’m working on him!). We love to go antiquing and he loves oddities and old, rusted things that can be made useful. It’s so much fun isn’t it! Enjoy your chalkboard!

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  6. Katie Bell
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:05 pm

    This pretty much sums up my life.
    And my marriage.
    And reminds me of the vintage caster-ed wire laundry basket that I will have engraved on my tombstone as my biggest regret for not purchasing.
    Because I’m shallow like that.
    But, it haunts me still.

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    • Mary
      March 31, 2016 @ 1:31 am

      LOL! In my mind, filed away, are list of things I did not purchase that hiss at me. I get a bitter taste in my mouth when I remember them. One I blame my husband for and I have to suppress the urge to smack him when I think of it or when I see something similar for like 5x the price.

      I stopped consulting him. I also stopped worrying about him ranting that I’m a hoarder with zero regard for fiscal responsibility, the laws of logical space, and the importance of eating food instead of purchasing furniture.

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      • trini
        April 1, 2016 @ 10:36 pm

        ” …Suppress the urge to smack (husband) ….ranting that I am a hoarder.” You are fabulous, You prob have great taste girl. What is wrong with men anyways, don’t they understand that the world would be slobs in caves without some insane chicks with cool taste and no regard for practicalities?

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  7. Kathleen
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:07 pm

    Thank you!! I was in bad need of a GFT day! As I cannot own such thing myself, I must live vicariously through you. What would I ever do without you?

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  8. Svietka
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:12 pm

    girly-u crack me up every time and i love love love your writing. i m still waiting for the pic of plant free area where the GFT went-next to the window if im not mistaken.

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  9. Jill
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:19 pm

    Victoria, you refer to it as a “broken” chalkboard. Where and how is it broken and what will it take to fix it? I adore this and will snap it up in a hurry if I ever come across one but I want to know how to make it whole if there is a problem with my future imaginary fabulous find.

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  10. Lisa Smith
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:38 pm

    Dear Victoria Elizabeth,

    Is that indeed your given name? I only ask because it is almost too perfect for that to actually be your name. Also, how do you bend Paul to your will so successfully? Please let me in on your secret. I’m not married, but this information would certainly be useful to have.

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  11. Nikki Gwin
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:41 pm

    Your finds always make me scour Craigslist and yard sales and thrift stores more fervently than usual for a few days after I’ve read your posts.
    🙂
    http://gwingal.blogspot.com/

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  12. Gerry
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:42 pm

    NEVER second guess yourself again. This is fabulous!

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  13. Patricia Budai
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:51 pm

    You are a genius! And I am sure we are related, although I got the short and squat genes while you received the lithe and lanky ones. “Do you really want someone ELSE to have it?” Those we nearly my exact thoughts when I decided to purchase my 106 year old farmhouse, which I lovingly named Crone Cottage. I did not want someone else to have her eight lightning rods. So, I left the philandering husband in Oregon and drove to North Carolina with my mini dachshunds, Rose and Fiona. What made this move extra special is that I now live just eight miles from my one grandchild. This area is beautiful and an added bonus is that Moonshiner, Josh Owens, lives just three minutes away. Visiting him, Amber and Cutiepie is always so pleasant. I love the south and my moving days are over! Crone Cottage and her yard keep me busy and my hoarder gene is content with following your quest for the next GFT. Consider yourself validated. So when’s our next family reunion?

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    • judy
      March 29, 2016 @ 9:00 pm

      This was the nicest tale of a Life smartly lived…I firmly believe the time has come to re name your Cottage to something befitting someone as sharp and smart as yourself. It sounds just lovely and not Crone like at all.

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  14. Kim
    March 29, 2016 @ 1:56 pm

    My best girlfriend and I are totally in love with your blog! You have the best sense of humor and are a great writer!! I talked to my friend this morning and she said “Victoria would totally get us!”
    She and I have traveled all over the country going to flea markets and antique stores. Fortunately, I have a husband that is almost as bad. We have had so much fun searching for treasures. Thank you for your blog…..a bright spot in my day!

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  15. Jen
    March 29, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

    When can we register for your class Professor Barnes??

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  16. Missy
    March 29, 2016 @ 2:23 pm

    In doing the GFT math I’m pretty sure Paul owes you $3650 towards your GFT in Arkansas. *Never doubts Self again.*

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  17. dolores
    March 29, 2016 @ 2:26 pm

    Love the chalkboard! So glad you went back it is awesome!!!

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  18. Diane West
    March 29, 2016 @ 2:50 pm

    Yes, you can always sell it if the novelty wears off, and like my contractor said when we were building a house 10 years ago, “It’s only money.”

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  19. Chad
    March 29, 2016 @ 3:32 pm

    I got a pair of big (not quite giant) fancy doors there for $75 in 2013 and then saw another one just like mine for $300. I tried to get the price reduced to $60 and I was almost embarrassed for asking. It’s funny though what things are really expensive and which ones are cheap.

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  20. Gale Norby
    March 29, 2016 @ 3:50 pm

    I love your posts. The pursuit of GFT’s & shiny things just makes my day. I wish there were more of them! Wonderfully entertaining & a bright spot i always look forward to.

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