Thrift Store Santa Parade 2022

It's time for a peek at some of the Santas that caught my eye on the thrift store shelf this holiday season.
There were plenty to choose from. They seem to multiply every year!

These Santas have replaced their reindeers with Bears. I'm not sure that's a safe choice.

This Santa said the heck with reindeer, or bears, and is delivering his gifts via skis.

This Santa is a little distracted. Focus Santa.

This poor Santa is a little windblown.

This guy is pretty spry for a couple-hundred year old dude.

This Santa decided to just go golfing...he looks pretty happy about that.

Unlike this Santa, who looks exhausted.

Cowboy Santa looks like he might want to punch someone. 
I hope you're not on his naughty list.

And while this guy is not a Santa, I did want to point out to whoever designed this stocking holder...the hanger placement isn't great.

Happy Holidays!!!



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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