The Post-Holiday Let Down

The rushing around shopping, merry making, getting over a cold and making up the spare room are over. I'm left standing here with my maracas not sure what to do next.

 Especially because my work as a real estate appraiser has slowed down with the increase in interest rates (no one is in a big rush to refinance at the moment). I feel like I went from 100MPH to screeching into a parking lot, not sure which way to go next.

So naturally, my instincts directed me to the nearest thrift store for guidance - I am acutely aware this is not the professional help I should be seeking.

When I spotted this guy, it made me feel better I was not the only one who may have overindulged during the holidays.

This Santa seems pretty angry about being left on the discount rack...but I do see why he may have been passed over for more jolly representations of St Nick.

This Santa is worn out.

This poor guy lost his nose. Again, I see why he may have ended up in the half-off section.

This little drummer boy looks as lost as I feel right now.

This jack-o-lantern is shocked he was put in the wrong holiday section.

For now, I am focusing on increasing my merchandise (NOT this jack-o-lantern) in my Etsy Shop and will take advantage of a lighter schedule to put my head down and get the next book started.

I wish you a lovely start to 2023


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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