I have ONE more chapter to go to finish the rough draft of the latest book (which I'm having a heck of a time titling, but will be the second in the series that started with Such Beautiful Deadly Things ). I have said this exact same sentence for three weeks running now. Usually followed with, "I am definitely going to finish it tonight, or tomorrow, or maybe the day after." And I believe myself. But then the day after tomorrow comes and I still have one more chapter to finish. I feel like I've been wrestling with this book the whole way through - it's usually winning - and I can see I'm going to be trying to pin it down right up to the bitter end. I do stop in to my local thrift stores now and then for a little inspiration - and procrastination. In case you need a little distraction too, I thought I'd share. Poor clown. I tried to do my own eyebrows once too. I was startled at the size of this bull's...ah...horns. I wonder what the bread is saying t
Carol Ann's Corner
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