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October Mash-up

October has been a blur of activity...

It started with an Oktoberfest celebration...spoiler alert, Mark did not win this beer hoisting competition. However, he did enjoy lightening his glass when it was over.


I saw plenty of steins on the thrift store shelves for your Oktoberfest needs.  This tiger one was very exotic for a Germanic Harvest celebration.


Of course pumpkins were everywhere on the thrift store shelves, too.  Like this one I like to call Camel Toe Bob.

We also attended a beautiful fall wedding. The bride and groom were sent off with everyone waving sparkly things at them. Mark might have lightened a glass or two there too.

And more pumpkins. At first I thought this guy was surprised, and then I stared at him a little longer and realized he was just happy. Can kind of go either way depending on how you look at him.

There was other fall decor on the shelves as well. Like this hay stack with cute little mice.

And then I looked closer and realized the one looks kind of angry …

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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