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A Million Thrift Store Santas and Finished First Draft

 Well, maybe I didn't see a million Santas left over on the thrift store shelves, but there were a bunch. There were skinny Santas ... Santas that looked like they may have had a hot buttered rum or two in their sleigh … Questionably designed Santas ... Santas with hobbies ... Extra-bushy Santas ...   Frisky Santas ... Waxy Santas ... Mid Century cool Santas ... And Santas that will pour your tea and then hold it for you ... So. Many. Santas. Besides Santa hunting, I had a pretty low-key holiday season. One of the upsides of that was having more time to finish the first draft of the next book (which still suffers from lack of a title).  My goal was to have it finished by the end of the year. I missed my deadline only by three days - and 2-years since I really wanted to have it done a year after I started it, but whatever. I downloaded a draft to a Staples to be printed out. When I got there to pick it up, I realized the Staples was right next to a Goodwill. I'm going to take t

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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