Yay, I made it to the beach! And found the thrift store stuff of the future.

In an earlier post, Goodbye Summer, I had been lamenting (whining) that we had not been on a vacation this year or seen the ocean. This situation was remedied last week with a trip to Myrtle Beach, SC for a few days.

I got to float in the ocean, stick my feet in the sand, and walk along the boardwalk, which offered shops that - while not thrift stores - have the merchandise that will absolutely end up in on a thrift store shelf one day. 

Purchases that seem whimsical after your third rum-punch at the Rusty Scupper, will eventually not make the cut when you clean out your house for a move or de-clutter attack. 

In fact, you may wonder what exactly was in that rum-punch to make you purchase this item in the first place.

Like this guy...how about a rude gnome for your garden?

This confuses me. I truly don't understand if this toilet paper holder-guy is a butler holding your toilet paper for you, and his nose...but then why are his pants off?

And how bad would he scare you in the middle of the night when you forgot you bought him and he's standing in the corner of your bathroom?

Lovely  painted shell wind-chimes.

This monkey guzzling your wine...bad monkey.

 Or his cousin, who was created purely to add some monkey-charm to your home. 
I'm sure I've seen Joanna Gaines use him in her designs before.

A Pirate Captain to sit on your wine...I'm seeing a theme here.

Again, I would totally forget I bought this guy and scream when I walked into my house and found him skulking in the corner of my rec room.

While I did manage to leave South Carolina without a rude gnome or pirate themed decor, I do have some remnants of sun on my face and traces of sand in my suitcase. 
I'll take that over a drunken monkey any day.


  1. I love Myrtle Beach - we try to go every year. Lots to do for families or just to relax. Wish I had the guts to put the rude gnome in my yard Hah!


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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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