This was an even greater time sucker than Pinterest.
First, let me warn you that every ashtray that used to live in the Chicago area now resides in southern Illinois (and Missouri). Every single one, most not washed.
I used to think those ceramic salt and pepper shakers were the worst part of the so-called collectible inventory. Believe me, ashtrays now outnumber them 10-to-1.
Clearly, television shows like American Pickers, Antiques Roadshow and Pawn Stars have ruined the interstate "antique" mall business. (Unless you wish to corner the ashtray market, that is.)
Check it out:
|Bad puppy art.|
|Portrait of Gary Cole|
(you know, the gun expert on The Good Wife)
|Never mind. I know someone who collects these.|
|Bad reading material.|
|Disco purse. Embarrassing, even then.|
|These lamps give me a headache.|
Where has all the good stuff gone? Ebay? The dump?
Well, I have too much stuff anyway. And I don't need anything.
But did you hear about the guy in Ohio who bought a print at a thrift shop?
It was signed and numbered.
It cost $14.
Read (and weep) about it here.
Ever buy something in an "antique" shop that was actually worth considerably more than you paid for it? Care to share in the Comments section?
(I bought a first edition of To Kill a Mockingbird -- with dust jacket -- 2 years ago in Geneva, IL. It cost $15. Now, if I could just convince Harper Lee to autograph it...)