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Why is it Etsy has become so popular? Why do cars line the road for a few folding tables of old things at a yard sale? And why are my spirits lifted just by poking around an auction? 
The last question is mostly because I'm a little weird, but overall, I think it's nostalgia. Finding those things that instantly transport us back to a moment in our childhood. Touchstones of more innocent times.
I had just such a moment yesterday when I came across this old metal dispenser for "Foil, Wax and Paper" towels, having spent the majority of my childhood using one exactly like it that was mounted to my parent's kitchen wall.
I didn't have any particular fond remembrance of this handy contraption, but when I came face to face with it at a thrift store, it was as if a time-machine had sucked me back to the 1970's. 
For just a moment I could almost hear Patsy Cline playing on the radio, smell the coffee from the percolator on the stove, and feel the scratched Formica cou…

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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