Pull Yourself Together, Lady!

I try, as do we all, to keep all the balls in the air. 

Family - everyone healthy?
Work - when was that deadline? 
Kids - it was just a fender bender, right?

Money - when was the tax stuff due to the accountant?

And while there are days where this all seems manageable, there are others when it feels like a pile up and it's a little harder to keep it all together.

Weirdly (yes, I understand I am using this word very appropriately) I find wandering through the thrift store adds some much needed whimsy to my life and my blood pressure lowers.

And you can discover some good ideas for coping skills too...

Sometimes you don't really want to talk. 

And other times it's nice to reach out and call a friend.

Or have a chat with the neighbor 
(while wearing a straw hat and pushing around some watermelon and carrots).

You can spill all your troubles at the thrift store and no one will judge you. 
I have found Greg to be an excellent listener.

You can grab a friend and go get a beer to blow off some steam.

Just don't party too  hard.

In the end, waking up with a hang-over can make your troubles feel even bigger - and your head.

If going to get a cocktail is not your thing, a walk in nature is always a good de-stresser...especially if you have your lantern with you.

When the worries start to add up, I try to breath and be in the moment. Or, in the Goodwill. 

Because too much worry will just make you age faster.



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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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