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They've Been Waiting for You

The thrift stores have reopened with masks and social distancing in place. While I try to limit my non-essential shopping, I did do a quick turn through my local Goodwill recently.
It was mostly for my metal health...which may say something about my mental health I'd rather not examine too closely.
With the exception of limits on the number of customers at a time in the store, the Goodwill was much the same as I'd last seen it 3-months ago. The assortment of "beings" on the shelves were still there, having waited patiently in the dark.

I can't tell what his monochromatic little girl was holding in her hands, but she looks as if she was growing weary of waiting for the store to reopen.

These guy got so tired of waiting, they fell asleep.
As always, the assortment of the discarded vary widely. There is always the fancy...

The vaguely creepy...

The angelic with children...

And with dogs...

The very common child dressed as a holly bush blowing kisses underwater in a…

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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