WTF Thrift Store

I had another week with some contemplation and confusion over which direction my writing should take, and then realized I am such a good fence sitter, I'm going with that. I'll continue on with the sequel to Such Beautiful Deadly Things  (I did work out a few burning questions, although more to resolve) and split my time with starting a romance novel as well.

On the minus side, it will take me twice as long to get a manuscript completed. On the plus side, I won't ever get bored.

The thrift store shelves were experiencing some confusion as well. Over the last few weeks I've had to stop a couple times in front of a shelf and say to myself, "WTF, Thrift Store."

I thought this bank summed up my split-personality lately as I think about my writing...murder, no wait, romance, no, murder, no, romance...ahhh!

Really, who thought this PMS bank was an appealing design, and what does it have to do with saving money?
I do think I might have worn my bangs like that as a child though.

This nose-less little girl with a lamp coming out of her head stopped me dead in my tracks. 
I really have no words, and don't think I need any.

I pushed the button to open the door and did not expect a little boy with a squirter in his pants (I assume you somehow add water to this so it squirts the unassuming button-pusher in the face).
Just rude. 

This hollow-eyed little girl startled me. I'm not sure what the "F" is for, but in my head it was for "Freaky."

You know someone got this as a Father's Day gift one year.
Because every man hopes he gets cologne that is associated with Trout.

I just don't understand why these vegetables are so angry.

Here's hoping your week finds you looking less like these vegetables and more like the right-side of the bank...and nothing like the nose-less girl.


  1. First- glad to hear you’re a happy fence sitter- it’s my favorite spot and you get to see lots from all angles😊Second I must second that there some crazy stuff on the thrift store shelves - I love it!! Happy writing and sharing the weird stuff you find!

  2. Funny stuff again! The trout label makes no sense to me because this fish is green, not rainbow. Also the scent is Deep Woods. I feel it should be River Bank or Running Water because a fish in the woods probably smells terrible and would be labeled simply "Dead Fish." Sorry, don't know why I'm fixated on the fish. I think I am trying to forget Freaky girl's creepy blank eyes. Thanks for the posts - glad I found your site!


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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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