Spot the Difference - AC New Leaf Style

We got our spanking new copies of Animal Crossing: New Leaf the other day and have been having fun exploring and building up our town. One of the neat things about building up your town is the beautiful and interesting items you can donate to the museum. Good ole' Blathers is always ready and willing to receive your philanthropic donations, and also provide you with an encyclopedic lesson on the items you decided to donate. Donating fish, bugs and fossils is pretty straightforward and without risk, but donating paintings (and now sculptures!) can be a risky venture. In previous versions of Animal Crossing like City Folk and Wild World, you could purchase paintings from Tom Nook and Crazy Redd. These paintings would sometimes cost a small fortune, but you were willing to fork out the bucks in the hopes of completing and adding a "cultured" presence to your museum. Unfortunately, we all know that you could purchase a painting from Redd and take it Blathers to donate, only to have him tell you that your painting is a forgery.

Well, this time around in New Leaf, it appears that there is a way to tell if you're looking at a forgery or an authentic piece. In the Animal Crossing New Leaf Guide
by Prima, Chapter 14 - Museum Donations, has pictures of what the authentic pieces of art and sculptures look like. When you're in Redd's black market tent of potential goodies, look at the picture in the book for the item and compare it to the one that he's trying to sell you. If you can't find any differences, grab it up; but if you do spot a difference -- and sometimes they're really subtle -- move on to the next piece and don't waste your bells on it.

Of course, if you like the mystery and intrigue of picking up an piece of art and not knowing whether it will be accepted by Blathers or if he'll kindly reject it when you try to donate, don't bother with the guide -- it'll pretty much be the same experience you've had with the older versions of Animal Crossing. Oh, and one other thing -- be sure to check and make sure that the item you're about to purchase/donate has not been already donated to the museum. In previous versions of Animal Crossing, if you tried to donate an item that had already been donated, Blathers would reject your donation, while politely accusing you of producing counterfeit items. I haven't experienced this yet in New Leaf, but I don't have any reason to think it wouldn't be the same. Have fun building your museum!

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