Boo from the Thrift Store

Happy Halloween!!!

There is always scary stuff on the thrift store shelves. 
Here's a few to celebrate the day (of the dead).

 Wait a minute, that's not scary, that's cute! Boo

OK, that's terrifying - why a fancy poodle lady? - but has nothing to do with Halloween. 

These two may not be super-scary but, at the very least, they are disconcerting.
And what is she going to do with all those rabbits?

Now this is more like it! 
And three heads are better than one!

Is the eyeless-bowling-pin-woman more scary than the old baby shoes?

This guy just wants to give you a full sized Milky Way, and that's awesome.

I met this guy at the Tower of London - I did not find him at a thrift store - but I think he sets the perfect tone for the day.

Have a spooktastic 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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