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Oddly Productive (includes a snippet from the next book)

My snow day may have involved pajama pants, a fire in the fireplace and sleepy dogs...but believe it or not, it was pretty darn productive.

It started with finishing a real estate appraisal (my grown-up job) by lunchtime.
Then I progressed to putting some new items in my Etsy shop, like these fun squishy blocks from the sixties. 

At first I didn't know why this pig was eating a smoldering brain, but I looked closer and I think it's corn...which makes a lot more sense.

"L" is for I Love a snow day - but am starting to Look forward to spring.
Then I checked Etsy and discovered I had sold this orange mid century set that came out of my big bag of vintage dollhouse furniture. So I packed that up to be shipped out.

After dog walks in the snow, I settled down to a productive writing session. I finally worked out some wrinkles in my plot that have been bogging me down.
For the first time in a long while words flowed easier and I felt more excitement for where the story is g…

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Real or Reproduction

As you are hunting around for treasure at yard sales and flea markets, you will come across things that make you wonder if they are original or reproductions. It can be hard to tell.

These are a couple tip offs.

One, does it look a little worn? It should if its really antique or vintage. Even the best kept china got moved around in the cabinet, the doll's vinyl body and hair faded a bit, or the lunch box got a little rust around the hinges. If it looks shiny and new, chances are it is.

Two, are there a lot of them? If you are in a shop or flea market stall and there are ten of the items you've been looking for and haven't been able to find...they have probably been manufactured. Unless you are at a reputable dealer who specializes in that item, then you may have hit the jackpot for your particular collectible.

A good way to gauge if it is a reputable dealer is they will be happy to answer your questions about if the item is authentic or not, and how you can tell. A dealer with a passion and knowledge about that item, will enjoy explaining that all to you. A disreputable dealer, not so much.

Carol Ann Miller
Proprietor, Miller's Fine Antiques