The Real Thing

Sunk is a work of fiction but takes place in the very real towns of New Hope, Pennsylvania and Lambertville, New Jersey. I got to spend a beautiful spring day there yesterday.

I wanted to share some of the places that inspired the book.

This is the Bucks County Playhouse where Ian Field's...the devilish Brit Kat McGovern would alternately like to kiss and smack up side his as a costume designer.

And this is the vintage clothing shop on the corner of Bridge Street and Main that inspired Kat McGovern's shop Now and Then.

The river, the people, the galleries and, love, love it all.


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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