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11, 29 and 4.99

I don't know anything about numerology, but maybe I should play these numbers in the lottery, these digits have popped up the last few days. 11 is the number of sales I've just made since I reopened my Etsy shop. This is the first sale that got me back into the Etsy-verse. A sweet, hand-painted, old metal napkin holder that I hope the buyer is enjoying on their kitchen table. This was my favorite sale (I try not to play favorites, but some things are just hard to see go)… A collection of mid century vases to give the buyer their own vintage rainbow. And this was my latest sale... I'm in love with the 70's fantasticness of this sewing box.  And it was purchased for someone as a birthday gift, so I hope they love it! Since I've been back to selling in  my shop , I have been reminded that it can be a pain-in-the-butt to make sure I have all the packing supplies I need, and make the post office runs.  But, I have also been reminded that I really do enjoy finding things

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Tips from our favorite shop keeper

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