Spoooky Thrifting and Continued Adventures in Etsy

As the yard sale season ends, the leaves turn to gold and I turn to the thrift store for merchandise for my Etsy shop...and a little bit for my own fall d├ęcor.

 There's plenty of ghosts and goolies on the shelves for the Halloween season.

Along with autumnal wishes,

trick or treaters,

and dead pirates.

Mixed among the usual strange things like stern-looking brides with giant teddy bears,

Peeing babies,

and the ever present harmonica playing clowns.

But there have also been some treasures among the trash, and the Etsy shop has had some brisk business lately.

Like this never-used, perfect condition, vintage leather jewelry box. It went from an estate sale in Maryland all the way to a home in California.

And this little Christmas pixie I found at the bottom of a box at a yard sale, who is now relaxing in a Philadelphia suburb.

And this sweet little wood box that went from a shelf in the Goodwill to sitting pretty in Arizona.

Along with hunting for merchandise for the Etsy shop, I have started to outline the plot for the next book in the Miller's Fine Antiques series. I'm hoping to begin writing Book 3 by the start of the new year.

Some people have asked me lately if Book 2 - Such A Lot Of Deadly Things - is out yet and it is indeed available. This is the link to the Kindle version.

This is the link to the printed version of Such A Lot Of Deadly Things

Note: If you don't have a Kindle Reader, you can download the Kindle App on any device (although you have to purchase books through Amazon, not through app). Best on an iPad.

Link to the first book - Such Beautiful Deadly Things - printed version

Link to the first book - Such Beautiful Deadly Things - Kindle version 

Have a lovely Fall!


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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