Second Hand Valentines

For someone who published their first book by winning the "Timeless Love" writing contest and contemplating their next book be less murdery and more romancy...I'm not a big mushy romantic.

This was the sentimental tear-jerker I texted to my husband this morning.

Mostly because I'm super clumsy.

But it does feel like this old world could use an extra-dose of love, so (not-surprisingly) I looked to the thrift store shelves for some inspiration as the Christmas left-overs jockey for position with the Valentine's Day items.

I spotted this Irish couple who look happy on their wedding day.

And this young pair enjoying their book and fishing gear.

Sometimes I wish Mark would look at me the way this monkey is looking at this skull.

I'm not sure if this is good news or not, but it looks like Pepe le Pew may have finally caught that cat and they're living at the thrift store.

If this cat and mouse can love one another this much, I think there's hope for us all.

Today is a day for celebrating all kinds of love. Like a mother's love.

Brotherly love - 
(OK, I may have gotten a bit mushy when my sons hugged in the airport after Will got home from his semester abroad).

And of course the love of a clown for his monkey - let's not forget that.

I wish you all the love today, whether it be for your dog, kiddo, mom, the second cousin once removed who you don't talk politics with at Thanksgiving, or whoever makes you smile and feel warm and fuzzy. 

Happy Valentine's Day!


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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