The Two Sides of the Thrift Store Shelves

Like all habitats, the thrift store shelves have an ecosystem that requires a balance. A yin and yang of the cute and the weird.

Looking back on my posts, I feel I've painted a picture of more creepyness than cuteness - mostly because the weird stuff is just more fun to look at.

But there is cuteness there too.
Big-eyed beings staring up at you from the shelf as if begging you to take them home can be hard to resist.

Of course, next to this adorable puppy was an Ancient Aliens looking mask, so there's your balance.

I almost picked up this seal. I mean, c'mon, he is cuteness overload.

But I got distracted by the message on this mug. 
I didn't realize this was such a big problem that a mug needed to be created to warn people not to mess with your drink while you pee. 

This Teddy Bear just wants to give you some roses.

While this frog may want to give you an STD.

Here's a big-eyed little girl with a cat to melt your heart.

Next to a strange Popsicle-handed girl with dead-eyes who may want to melt your face. 

She reminded me of the character in the Saturday Night Live skit that Kristen Wig plays of one of the Maharelle Sisters on the Lawrence Welk show. 
If you haven't seen it...your welcome.

This wolf puppy is so playful and happy!

While this guy is a bit of a downer.

These two puppies are just adorable.

While these two zombie-tots need a bath, eyeballs and the little girl appears to have a strange attachment to a boot.

This funny little pig looks like he's going to give you a kiss.

While this clown wants to give you a whack over the head.

This duckling makes you want to say "aww".

While this wonky-eyed purple lama-doe makes you want to say "oh, dear."

So on the thrift store shelves, as in life, there is both darkness and light, the good and the bad, and the cute and the creepy.

I'll most likely continue to show you more of the strange rather the sweet and adorable because, also as in life, the odd and unusual are just more interesting.

Wishing you a weird and wonderful weekend!


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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