Yule-time stress? A little weird from the thrift store to distract you...

I love this time of year. The family and friends gathering, the present hunting, the cooking and baking. 

Of course, all of these are the exact same things that cause the stress too.

I haven't found the answer to completely enjoy the holidays without the accompanying stress causing my shoulders to creep towards my ears, but I do find a wander through the thrift store usually yields some weirdness to make me smile...or say WTF...both work to distract me.

This time of year there are plenty of Santas and Mrs Clauses on the shelves. 
I though this one looked pretty happy, even with blue eye-balls.

When I saw this Santa all I could think of was he is FAB-U-LOUS in his pink velvet outfit and sparkly beard.

This is a wise-man from a vintage nativity scene. I did find the bent antennas - I think suppose represent a halo? - sticking out of his head somewhat distracting...not to mention painful looking.

This Santa seems very worried as he feeds his reindeer. Maybe instead of cookies we should leave him some Xanax out with a glass of milk.

I'm not sure why this snow man has six metal arms with balls on the end. I don't ever remember that being a thing for snow men.

I can tell you by December 26th, this is pretty much what I feel like.

And yet, wouldn't change a thing.

Have a very cool yule, everyone!


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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