With all the thrift stores closed (how are they not "essential"?) I think I'm going through thriftdrawal.
Is that a thing?

Even though I can't wander through the Goodwill, I did go through some old pictures of random weirdness I had on my phone that hadn't made it into the blog before.
Many seemed strangely appropriate for the times. I'm hoping they lighten your day.

These guys are going to get in trouble for not social distancing, but they are very well dressed.

I've wanted to use this time at home to try new things, start a new hobby. Dolphin riding could be fun.

I am trying to get dressed each day and not just stay in my pajamas.

But I have to admit, I've gone a day or two without a shower.

I'm also struggling at not feel like every day is Friday happy hour.
I don't want to drink too much and be an ass.

At least Mark has been working from home too, so lots of togetherness.

Although it's good to have some space too.

And we've been trying to get outside more. Walking the turkey and whatnot.

I am super disappointed that our Easter plans will be canceled...but no more than this angry looking Easter Bunny.

These guys are more in the spirit. Although, still somehow a little creepy too.

I'm pretty sure as soon as we can all get back out into the world, we're going to look something like this...

Be well 💖


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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