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The Leftovers

Now that the holiday madness is subsiding, life is settling back to its routine. The thrift stores shelves are too, but before they can be restocked with the usual weirdness, the leftover Christmas decor must go.

So, although the shelves resemble more of the Land of Misfit Toys than a treasure trove, you can purchase it all for half off.

Right now it feels like a stand off between the thrift store and the shopper, as if we MUST buy the last of the holiday stuff before they'll let us see anything new (which will be old, but you know what I mean). As demonstrated by the bare shelves at one of my favorite spots.

But I do not want to buy this strange boy with his tongue sticking out holding a blue mallet. I have no idea what his story is or what he has to do with Christmas.

These two look like they are commiserating over being left behind. The angel might be trying to hook up with the Shepard, but he seems way more attached to his sheep.
I did not buy them, even at half off.

I do feel…

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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