Gratitude, Etsy and Gratitude for Etsy

 I do try and practice feeling gratitude in my life, for both the big things and the small. 
The Thanksgiving holiday tends to reinforce this for me.
 Also, the feelings of being a little frazzled making mashed potatoes, green bean casserole and trying to visit with family while simultaneously raking leaves and picking up kids from college...but mostly gratitude.

Now that said, I still may never be as grateful for anything as much as this boy is for his giant green squash he's riding, but I can tell you one of the things I appreciate lately is getting back to my Etsy shop

I have had three sales recently and received some positive reviews from the buyers.

And, better yet, the woman who received these ceramic vegetables as a gift from her daughter sent me a very nice thank you note. She loved her vintage vegetables! And I was so glad I'd found them on a table at a yard sale and that they made their way to someone who would enjoy them. 

It so often is the little things that makes us happy.

I'm hoping to connect some more of the things I've found lately to the people who will appreciate discovering them on Etsy. 

Like this vintage "Pin Money Bank" I found in a Goodwill on a recent trip to North Carolina.

Or these fun brightly colored flowered juice glasses from the seventies I found at a church sale.

I can tell you my husband is grateful I did not buy and bring into our home this strange bride statue holding dead twigs. I think she would be grateful for a face.

Or this cross-eyed wolf (fox?) - who would probably be grateful for corrective glasses.

So from my grateful heart to yours - and from this little girl and her pet worm - 

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


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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