Summertime Travels and Definitely NOT Thrift Store FInds

I was lucky enough to hitch my wagon to a business trip Mark had to take to England and France (don't worry, he took the second week off to be a tourist too).

I was able to go to Versailles and see long-dead emperors' crown jewels.  

And the little country retreat where they kept them.

The back garden was quite nice too...although I'd hate to have to mow it.

Stopped at a little museum we'd heard about in Paris.

Saw a few paintings.

They were OK.

But as hard as I tried, I could not find a good thrift store, or Charity Shop as they call them.

I was hoping to share some weird things from "across the pond," but alas, I had to wait until I got back home to find the real treasures.

I mean, ok, I saw some statues.

But is this marble boy strangling a duck really any better than this passive aggressive girl professing her love?

Well, maybe. 

But was this statue of a majestic horse...

any more awe-inspiring than these demonic bunnies?

Again, probably yes.

And does this bronze statue evoke the same gravitas as this homemade ceramic treasure?

I think you know the answer.

All kidding aside, it was a magical trip and I am so grateful we got to go and see such wonderful sights (even if there are some amazing things to see right at your corner Goodwill!)

And while the trip definitely wore me out,
I also gained some inspiration for Book 3 in the Miller's Fine Antiques Series, so I'm getting excited to start outlining the next book.

I hope you are getting to explore, or just recharge, this summer and maybe do some treasure hunting of your own 💓


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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