Early Saturday Morning Church Sale

While I love a lazy weekend morning with coffee in bed and dogs curled up on my legs, when the weather turns warmer I often give it all up for an early alarm, coffee in a to-go cup and grabbing my "lucky" pink bag...as well as my cohorts.

This Saturday was just such a morning. Even though I had to shake the cobwebs out of my head, by the time I picked up my friend Linda and Aunt Joan and pulled into the church parking lot, my brain was in full on happy pickin' mode.

I started out strong. I walked in the door, saw this bright red and pink bedspread made in Italy in the 1960's...which weighs a ton...grabbed it, bought it, put it in my car and went right back in - all in about the span of 2-minutes.

It's already in my Etsy Shop

Also found a bag of these celluloid clothespins from the 50's that are fun and very collectible with dog, cat and people heads on them. They have also been put into the Etsy Shop.

After another half-hour of poking around, the three of us bought a few more things.

On the way back home from the church sale we passed a group yard sale in a local business parking lot. We may not have had much room left in the car, but we had to stop.

It was not a treasure trove of things for the Etsy shop.

But there was some weirdness to share here. 
Like my Aunt Joan's and my personal favorite...weird old dolls.

Especially one's that look possessed. 

There was also a ballerina chair that wore its own tutu. Fancy.

This may have been Mark's expression when I got home and unloaded my finds.

But hopefully most of it will be on its way back out the door to a buyer on Etsy.

If there is one thing that can pop my butt out of bed early on a summer weekend it is the promise of hanging with my favorite fellow (crazies) pickers and poking through some old stuff.

Don't judge. Just put the coffee on and gas up the car.


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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