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Bubbling Up

 I actually bought something new  at the Goodwill the other day.  Not only that, but I got such an unexpected rush of hope and downright giddiness from my find, I about teared up right next to the display of used winter scarves, My discovery was a bin of bright colored bubble makers. I know, not earth-shattering. But my cousin and I had just decided that with the adults in her family and mine at fully or partially vaccinated, we would get together for (a small and mostly outside) Easter...something our families have been doing for generations - and we all missed terribly last year. She will be bringing her two young sons, who I haven't seen in 2-years now, and all I could picture when I saw the bubble makers was them running around the yard in a cloud of bubbles and giggles. And I may have gotten a bit verklempt. A little something bubbled up in me. Maybe a tiny glimpse into a future where I will be able to wrap my arms around family and friends I've been missing. And then my y

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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