Happy Birthday to My Favorite Twins

Today is my husband Mark's birthday, and his identical-twin brother Mike's - as typically happens.

Although my husband only goes to thrift stores and yard sales under duress and with the misguided hope he will find some high-end vintage stereo equipment (a hope which I may or may not foster to get him to go with me), this weekend we did do some poking around.

Maybe because his and Mike's birthday was approaching, I did notice a some twinsies on the shelves.

Like this Flowers in the Attic looking pair.

And these two, who are both a wide-eyed bottle opener and a disgruntled cork-screw 
and salt-and-pepper shakers. 
I've heard the one on the right can be moody, but they're fun at a party.

A pair of twin angels...which is not exactly how my mother-in-law has described her children.

And this pair of squirrel brothers who rob the bird feeder twice as fast.

I also kept my eye out for birthday gift ideas.

I thought maybe this coat rack made of deer parts could be good. 

Or a box of limbs covering an old doll...oh,wait...I got him that last year.

Maybe an eagle made of fur?

Then this doll caught my eye...well, someone had already caught hers. 

I almost got him this wooden carved bull head...

But then I thought, Nah, he'd really like twin Samuri brothers so he could share with Mike.

I finally settled on...none of these things.

Although Mark has celebrated 52 of these shared birthdays, 
he is still very much a kid at heart.

And fun to drag around to thrift stores, lured with the very slim possibility he will find an old McIntosh tube amp or a set of Bang & Olufsen speakers. 
But I like when he comes with me, so I'm not telling him just how slim.


  1. Where to start. OK, when I first saw the angels, I thought the one on the right was a drunk. The coat rack made of dead animal parts? No, just NO! This post has so many goodies - thanks for the chuckles and shivers. Hope your hubby and his brother had a great birthday, he seems to be a really good dad.

  2. Drunk angels and animal parts always make for a chuckle and a shiver 😃
    And yes, he's a very good dad!


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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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