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Elaine Price stands behind a display case filled with antiques collected by antique hunter Mary Thomson. Thomson’s collection includes vintage doll wigs, necklaces, glassware, and even a 104-year-old light bulb that still works.

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Find unique gifts at Elaine's

The holiday season is in full swing, and many already have taken to the big-name chain stores in search of the latest high-tech gadgets, practical appliances and the occasional ever-dull turtleneck sweater.