Thrift Store Zoo III

Spotting the unusual and unique animals of the thrift store jungle is one of my favorite things to do (lets not analyze that sentence too closely).

The thrift store safari has been extra-exotic this summer, so I thought I'd share some of the more unusual species I've seen lately.

Like this very fancy frog. I thought he might be a prince, so I gave him a kiss.

I'm not allowed in that thrift store anymore. 

I thought this majestic horse statue was very fancy too. But I did not kiss it.

I am not totally sure what this pink-faced, surprised looking guy is suppose to be...bear, possum?
I just hope it is surprised and not being strangled by the pink bow. That would not be adorable at all.

And speaking of adorable...who knew a laughing rodent in a raincoat popping out of a hole could be such a cutie?

I think Don Quixote lost his horse.

 I'm familiar with the three monkeys of "See no evil, speak no evil and hear no evil" fame, but what's with their friend on the end? What is he not suppose to be doing?

This puppy appears to be made of gingham. I have not come across this breed before, must be very rare. Maybe it'll win at Westminster this year.

I am frankly terrified of this coconut monkey-bat thing. 
How drunk was someone on their trip to Grenada to pick this up as a souvenir?

It feels a little rude to hang your coats up on these dog butts, but whatever. 

When I saw this tea-party at the thrift store, I was reminded of how important it is to really take a moment and connect with your friends.

Of course, my favorite animals are the ones right in my own home.
 I love the fuzzy view that greets me each morning when I roll over.

I hope this summer you get a chance to gather with your own monkeys, bears, lions and elephants...maybe even a frog that could turn into a prince.

Happy Fourth of July!


  1. Seriously, second-hand stuff. So much garbage, so many wonderful little things that you have NO IDEA how anyone ever thought of selling an actual shop for a first-hand price.


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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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