Fall is here!

It's the time of year for pumpkin lattes, digging your favorite sweater out of the back of the closet and realizing you don't know where the heck the year has gone because in about five-minutes it'll to be Thanksgiving for goodness sake!

It is also time for the thrift stores to fill their shelves with all things orange, black and pilgrim-y. Of course, this will only last for a moment. In the blink of an eye the shelves will be chocked full of all things red and green and santa-y.

But while the fall decor is still among us, here's some things I've noticed lately...

Like zombie-pilgrim girl.

She is ready to give all your guests the crazy-eyes as they come to your Thanksgiving table.

And here is her brother who's happily brushing his turkey. 

They should look nice before you chop their heads off.

Of course we will see ghosts and pumpkins. 
This guy looks like he wants to lick his jack-o-lantern, or your face.

This witch is in need of some orthodontia work and has eye lashes coming straight out of her eyeballs, but I am liking her bat-wand.  

This skull's marble-eyes might stare straight into your soul bwhaaaa
...or just make you want to play Chinese Checkers.

I don't even know what these are.

And let us not forget it's October...which means Oktoberfest time!

I'm not sure what I like most about this tankard, that the woman has her arms crossed like she's already fed up with her husband's beer guzzling (domestic discord, such a festive touch), or the super-long tail on the squirrel clinging to the handle...or just that someone thought a squirrel was the perfect way to decorate this stein in the first place. 

Happy Fall, all!


  1. I think zombie-pilgrim girl just is high as a kite. She's flying around the ceiling about now. She should be be back down in a few hours.

    That marble-eyed skull thing is seriously creepy though.


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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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