Thrift Store Valentines & Delay of Game

There is no lack of loving couples on the thrift store shelves.

In honor of Valentine's Day, here's a few I've spotted recently.

 Those who drink beer and eat bratwurst together, stay together. 

He's a bit of a nut cracker, but such a stylish pair.

Whoo loves ya, baby?

I only have (wonky) eyes for you.

Fancy love from afar.

Bunny love 💕

Gnombody loves you like me...not even the big guy staring at us.

Not sure what these are (cats? bears?) but they seem happy.

Our love of hats keeps us together.

Our love of the accordion keeps us together.

And I'd like to say Happy Valentine's Day to the love of my life for the last 35 years.


No! Not that love, this love 💓

Book update - to borrow a football term in honor of this Super Bowl weekend, I am experiencing a delay of game.

The new book is in good shape and just about ready to get into Kindle format. However, when I wrote the first book, I wasn't planning on writing a sequel. So, I thought that I should check there was nothing that wouldn't flow from one story line to the other, or contradict the timeline... I found some.

In the old adage of three steps forward and two steps back, I'm moving along, but it will be a bit longer until they are ready to be launched into the world. But every day I get a little closer.

I hope you have a weekend full of love with your life partner, dog, best friend, sister, a good cocktail, your kids, your cat, or whoever brings you joy 💘

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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