Thrift Store Santa Photo Dump & Book Update

 It's the annual Thrift Store Santa Parade!

The Santas start appearing in early November on the thrift store shelves and hang around until the discounts start in the new year.

Here's some of my favorites...

Fancy Santa

Santa with hobbies

Extra bushy Santa

Santa with friends

Sleepy Santa

Santa to hold your candy

Benjamin Franklin Santa

Penguin Santa

And my favorite, Harley Santa

Book Updates

Firstly, I've finally settled on a title...Such A Lot of Deadly Things
The "Miller's Fine Antiques" series will continue with titles in the Such_____ Deadly Things vein.

Secondly, I am taking some time between Christmas and New Years to dig into the editing phase of the latest book (I have had painful lessons on the importance of the editing process and have the excellent and professional help of my aunt and her wife this go around), so I'm taking my time and getting it right.

I just finished my first round this morning (yay).

This process, along with preparing the document for Kindle and updating covers will take a few more weeks, but my plan is to have Such A Lot of Deadly Things on Amazon by my mother's birthday -- January 12th.

I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season!
See you in 2022!


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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