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Please and Thank You

I was brought up to be polite, to say please and thank you. These simple niceties becoming a natural part of how I move in the world.

However, the thrift store does not care at all if I act politely or not. It couldn't care less if I reject something rudely on its shelves, making a grossed out face and derisive sound while I put it back, wondering why the heck it was even made in the first place - or since I've been doing this blog, more likely digging in my purse for my phone so I can take a picture of it.

Nor does the thrift store feel better when I am excited by something I've discovered on its shelves and take it gleefully to the cashier.

But let's pretend for a moment that it does...

The thrift store and yard sale gods have been sitting on my shoulder lately and I've found some lovely things, so I'd like to express my gratitude. I would like to say "thank you" for these items that I quickly put into my Etsy Shop. Some of them sold in just a few …

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Carol Ann's Corner

Carol Ann's Corner
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