1. Duncan Ragsdale
    October 17, 2017 @ 2:54 pm

    I have a huge interest in cemeteries for some reason! In Memphis where I grew up there is a historic family cemetery – http://www.elmwoodcemetery.org/photos/. It is amazing. It used to be thought of as out of town in the early 1900’s where families used to take the horse and buggy out to have a picnic. It is now almost downtown because of the expansions of Memphis.
    We too have an iron bench from our family cemetery that my Grandmother decided to take it home with her one day and is now a part of the family. Glad to know about your chair.

    Love your blog! congrats! It’s terribly entertaining. I share it lots.


  2. Shelly
    October 17, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    I would have kept that chair!! You got a steal, $10.00, you lucky duckie!
    I have been going to estate sales, tag sales,auctions and garage sales since I was five! I am now 56 and most of my lovely things are old, antiques, etc.
    I collect spool cabinets, I have six. Not bragging, just want you to know your not the only sicko that keeps bringing in big beautiful things! 😉 Love your blog and writing. The Big House looks like as good read. Heading to Amazon.


  3. Jennifer
    October 17, 2017 @ 3:20 pm

    I have a vintage linen and dishes obsession too. I have enough to have a well stocked store, no kidding. I tell myself I will sell them at the weekend flea market, but alas they sit in my vintage suitcases (bins & drawers too) stacked all over the house. Did I mention I really like old suitcases?
    Love the piano kitchen island. I have a great old grand with fabulous legs….


  4. Sharon Casey
    October 17, 2017 @ 3:22 pm

    The chair is fabulous and I’m fairly certain we are married to the same man. Or maybe they all have a list of the same questions to ask whenever we wives but used stuff.


  5. Marianne in Mo.
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:01 pm

    Love the purse (although my grown daughters would shudder if they saw me carrying it!) I would hug it and squeeze it and call it Georgie! It speaks to me. And I loved the fancy chair. What a sale you made on that one, although I’m sad I didn’t get to hear Paul groan while he carried it inside, outside and all around the house! Tee-hee! We just don’t get goodies like you have there….we get hoards of childrens clothing no one wants, broken tools and other things and stuff that was once given away free but are now $3 or more each. REALLY PEOPLE??? Do you NOT want to get rid of your junk? Are you proud of it?


  6. Melanie
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:17 pm

    This long link should bring up a picture of the handsome Frederick Herman Hort (1841 – 1904) Philadelphia Pennsylvania. https://www.ancestry.com/mediaui-viewer/tree/88119767/person/44570983822/media/8e9325a3-a49c-4b3b-8ce9-a53d47c17d18


  7. Lynn
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:26 pm

    I just figured something out that was SO OBVIOUS!
    I am a crazy great aunt (thought those darling little nieces and nephews are not allowed to use the Great-but, maybe I should-after all isn’t being Great a good things?). You always give me something of importance to ponder.


  8. Sharon Hurley
    October 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm

    I love the cast iron chair. I have a bench in a similar pattern marked “Hinderers Ironworks”, New Orleans. Would love to know more about it, particularly the value. I paid $5 at a yard sale in about 1993.


  9. Mary Zuchowski
    October 17, 2017 @ 7:06 pm

    Would you pleases add me to your newsletter? My sister sent this one to me and I loved it! Thanking you in advance
    Mary Zuchowski


  10. Pat
    October 17, 2017 @ 7:17 pm

    I follow only one other blog. The other is a psychologist. (Don’t ask.) No matter what, yours is entertaining and even better: self-deprecating. Your husband is a living saint and your observations and sense of everything abandoned and ready for re-creation wonderful!


  11. Mary Nelson
    October 18, 2017 @ 12:08 am

    Your posts are so much fun. I certainly identify. However, I would have kept the chair. I have too many chairs because I have a chair fetish, but this one could go outside.


  12. Mary Nelson
    October 18, 2017 @ 12:09 am

    Your posts are so much fun. I certainly identify. However, I would have kept the chair. I have too many chairs, but this one could go outside.


  13. Cathy Wright
    October 18, 2017 @ 1:09 am

    I am wondering if you have read a very old book entitled “Neighbors Needn’t Know,” by Syliva Golden (1953-ish). I read it SO long ago that I don’t even remember much about it, but you make me think of it. I don’t know why….


  14. Christy
    October 18, 2017 @ 6:46 am

    Before I saw your last comment, my first thought was… “The Big House” is one of the few she left behind??


  15. Trish
    October 18, 2017 @ 7:26 am

    This is a great post! I do so love me a good bargain – I once got a brand new pair of Tod’s loafers for $10 – still in the box. I literally paid my cash and sprinted out the door of the resale shop and jumped in a taxi thinking someone would be running after me yelling – stop, we meant $100. Of course, that would still be a bargain but, honey, I didn’t have that much cash in the coffers at the time. Onto books, LOVE The Big House – and you definitely need to check out Anne Fadiman’s The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down. It’s one of my favorite books of all time, and Anne happens to married to George!!!!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 18, 2017 @ 9:41 am

      I do not know what the chances are, but I am re-reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down, RIGHT NOW!!!! This is maybe my third or fourth time? And it is still just as good!

      AND I had NO idea they were married!! Your comment was so surprising!


  16. Jayne
    October 18, 2017 @ 9:43 am

    I love love LOVE reading about your adventures. My husband is privileged to be subjected to oral readings which inevitably end with him saying “Just because someone else does this, it doesn’t make you more normal.” Sigh, how sad his would be with no piles of creatures running about and rotating crops of project furnishings.


  17. Melissa
    October 18, 2017 @ 10:40 am

    Please tell me you’ve read “Culture and Comfort: Parlor Making and Middle-Class Identity, 1850-1930 ” by Katherine Grier. It is fantastic!


    • Victoria Elizabeth Barnes
      October 18, 2017 @ 11:12 am


      Just ordered a used copy on Amazon… thank you for correcting this horrible deficit in my life.



  18. Melissa
    October 18, 2017 @ 11:14 am


    Hooray for used copies!


  19. Tamara Littrell
    October 18, 2017 @ 1:23 pm

    You had me at memoir and stupid, misguided things. I’d love to send you my book….”When the Dust Settled”. Do you have a PO Box, if your funny about giving out your mailing address.? (Promise I’m not a stalker or a thief of GFT.) Looks like we have a lot of the same taste in books.


  20. Kelly
    October 18, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

    I love how you shop! I just gotta get good at finding that one item to sell so it will pay for my great finds that I keep!


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