Kinda Accidently Back in Business

I don't know if it was being so focused on the book lately with main characters who are antique dealers, that yard sale season is here, or that I just really like hunting down old stuff, but I hit the "Reinstate" button on my shop today.

I was poking around the house and saw that over the last few years I've picked up some things here and there, and wondered if I had enough to post in the Etsy shop.

The answer was...yes

Mark is away for work, but I suspect when he gets home he's going to notice I'm back in business. 

There are 50's curtains airing out on the patio.

The Goo Gone is back out on the counter.

And vintage Tupperware is drying next to the sink.

Here we go again!


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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