Freaky Thrift Store Animals

This afternoon I stopped at my favorite thrift store to poke around and see if I could find anything for my little antique shop.

I found no treasures.

Unless you count some freaky looking ceramic animals on the shelves. And I kind of do.

Here is my friend the hypnotic dog...
Stare into my will feel very sleepy

And his friend the drunken/psycho rabbit...
He actually looks like he might be fun at parties. Or does he think he's a dog? OMG, I think the hypnotizing dog got to him!

I am not finding too many choice things for my shop...or writing...but I am finding some fantastic weird crap!


Carol Ann's Corner

Carol Ann's Corner
Tips from our favorite shop keeper

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

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