The first draft of the new book (second in series starting with Such Beautiful Deadly Things) is being edited, and except for writing a few short stories for Vocal Media, I have been a slouch in the writing department. It feels like whatever quadrant of my brain is the writing part has hung up a "Gone Fishin'" sign. I know it's probably just resting after finishing the first draft and soon my fingers will itch again to tap away at the keyboard. But for now - and as a gift to myself for my 53'rd birthday I just clocked - I'm going to let my writing brain rest and simply have fun looking at the weird stuff at the Thrift Store. And, of course, share them with you. Like this nun. I don't think she got the memo of appropriate nun make up and nail polish. And this is a fancy, and grumpy looking, chicken. I might be grumpy too if my legs were just empty fabric tubes. This very fancy (although incorrectly labeled) wall clock. It's always good to have a sav
Carol Ann's Corner
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