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I had another week with some contemplation and confusion over which direction my writing should take, and then realized I am such a good fence sitter, I'm going with that. I'll continue on with the sequel to Such Beautiful Deadly Things  (I did work out a few burning questions, although more to resolve) and split my time with starting a romance novel as well.

On the minus side, it will take me twice as long to get a manuscript completed. On the plus side, I won't ever get bored.


The thrift store shelves were experiencing some confusion as well. Over the last few weeks I've had to stop a couple times in front of a shelf and say to myself, "WTF, Thrift Store."

I thought this bank summed up my split-personality lately as I think about my writing...murder, no wait, romance, no, murder, no, romance...ahhh!

Really, who though this PMS bank was an appealing design, and what does it have to do with saving money?
I do think I might have worn my bangs like that as a ch…

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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