Post-Thanksgiving And More Etsy Sales

Thanksgiving was particularly sweet this year. We celebrated that a family member who got some scary health news last Thanksgiving is in good health.

The newest member of the family has started walking and talking and we fully expect she'll be causing shenanigans along with the rest of the family in no time.

Both my sons were home for a full four days and I got to enjoy their company thoroughly before they headed back to their respective cities.

But...all the people-ing and cooking and running around caught up with me and I was smacked in the face with a cold this week.

This Lefton Nurse that I had in my Etsy shop could probably have helped me out, but she was purchased today and will be boxed up and shipped out this weekend.

And a few days ago someone purchased this stained glass piece of a man in a sombrero resting against a cactus. Which reminds me, I just read an article about how Tequila can help you get over a cold quicker...I should have tried that!

Even with all the holiday festivities, I found some time to poke around the thrift stores and a church sale I very happily stumbled upon by accident.

I bought a vintage Buxton Jewelry Box in great condition, a ceramic nativity scene and and a few other choice items I'll put in my shop this weekend.

But what's really more fun to share with you are the things I passed by on the shelves that made me say...ah no, thanks.

Like these three monkeys doing their see no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil thing...they just seem a little extra creepy to me. 

And these tapped together man-babies.

This dazed girl petting her squirrel friend.

I did pause in front of this plaque of a naked man holding fish and sporting funky ponytails...but I was not tempted to purchase him.

I swear when I passed by this lady I heard her say..."Meh."

May you have a fun holiday season as December swoops in on us. And I hope you get some time to do the things you love and make your life a little more fun. 
Apparently, coming across strange monkeys and naked fisherman on the thrift store shelf appears to be mine.


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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