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The Collectors Newsletter #273 November 2004
The Collectors Newsletter #273 November 2004
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Christmas Snowman & The Friendly Ghost
2. Thanksgiving is coming
3. Your Classifieds
4. Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. A NEW book from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
9. Wanted ads. Can you help?
10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
12. New Online Merchants
13. Helpful Resources For Collectors
Christmas and Holiday shopping
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all your online purchases. Buy your Holiday gifts with confidence
at TIAS.com. Here are some great (under $5) gift ideas and unusual
1) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to email@example.com and we may publish it here . We want to
hear any interesting or unusual stories you would like to share with us
that are related to collecting or anything vintage.
The Christmas Snowman
A couple of years ago I was given a couple of store display
Christmas items from a dear friend of mine. Her father had
worked most of his life in a family grocery store in Virginia
and after both of her parents had passed away she was
cleaning out their house in preparation to sell it. During her
cleaning she came across some Christmas decorations
that she had remembered being in the grocery store every
holiday season. Knowing that I collect vintage Christmas
decorations she thought that I would love to have a few
things. One item in particular was a stuffed snowman that
stands about 3 1/2 feet tall complete with the typical black
top hat. I of course was excited to add to my collection. She
wasn't sure how old it was, but knew that her father had
worked there since the early 50's. I took him home and
began cleaning him up. He was well taken care of, but was
showing signs of age. I noticed that the hat was needing to
be glued or stitched in the back where it was very loose.
When I began to repair it I thought I should re-stuff the hat
to make it full again and so I pulled out what stuffing it had.
I was surprised to see that it was stuffed with some
newspaper that was only from the 70's, but that was okay,
I still thought the snowman was perfect for my vintage
collection and I figured that someone may have re-stuffed
it before me. I was even more surprised when I looked
closer at the page of newsprint and saw an article about a
celebrity from my new "hometown" in Tennessee where
the snowman came to live! Now I knew that I was meant to
have this in my collection and that he had come "home". My
friend was also very surprised, but said that when she came
across him that something told her that I should have him!
Chris in Tennessee
-- Another Story --
My great grandmother told us this story when we were quite
young--One I never forgot
When she was very young and had her first and only child
(my grandmother) --She and my great grandfather for some
reason had to move from where they live to another home--
Now this was in the dead of winter and they had no heat at
the time --My great grandmother had to stay in the bed with
her new baby to keep them both warm until it was time to
move them---My great grandmother had fallen into a deep
sleep, when her brother -in-law woke her up and told her to
uncover the babies head or she would smother (the baby
was completely covered,head and all and was just about to
smother)- She looked up to thank him ,but he was gone---A
few weeks after the move and every one was settled, her
brother -in -law came to visit--Again my great grandmother
thanked him for saving her babies life--He was bewildered
to say the least for he told my grandmother that he wasn't
anywhere near their home on that night---Trish
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org .
2) Thanksgiving is coming
and we have a great selection of free vintage postcards for you to send
to your friends and family. Send one today at:
3) Your Classifieds...
Are you looking for a special collectible for your collection? Do you
have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 300,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Here are today's classifieds......
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Over 100 vintage Cookbooks for sale!
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4) Managing your Collection (sponsors message)
Do you have a record of everything in your collection? Have you written
down all the stories about how you found each piece? It can actually be fun
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5) Lost and Found
We accept three types of Lost and found submissions for publication in this
1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
the original owner(s). This could be an old photo album, baby book, diploma,
Family Bible, or other vintage items that can be linked to a specific person
2. You are looking for a fairly common vintage item that has deep personal
meaning for you or someone you know. I'm sorry, but we do not post
requests for "one of a kind items" that have been lost or stolen.
3. If you have a friend or relative that has been lost for at least 10 years,
maybe our readers can help you.
Remember to include as many details about the item(s) as you can. For
your story to run in this section, you must include your email address and
allow us to publish it. If this service helps you eventually track down the
relatives or find an item, please tell us about it in a follow-up story.
Looking for owner
HELLO! WE CAME ACROSS AN OLD FAMILY ALBUM IN DAYTONA
BEACH, FLORIDA ABOUT 25 YEARS AGO. IT IS BLUE VELVET AND
IN FAIR CONDITION. IT IS ON A STAND. THE PHOTOS ARE FANTASTIC
AND ARE OF ONE BIG FAMILY IN WHICH A LITTLE ALBINO GIRL
WAS VERY LOVED. THE FAMILY RESIDED IN REDLANDS ,
CALIFORNIA AND HAD THE SURNAME BLACK . THEY SEEM TO HAVE
BEEN PROMINENT PEOPLE BY THEIR CLOTHING AND JEWELRY
AND SHINY SHOES. THERE IS A DEATH NOTICE FOR GRANNY BLACK,
TOO AND THERE WAS ONE FOR A MR. KRAFT WHICH I WAS ABLE TO
FIND THE RELATIVES FOR. THE ALBUM MUST BE FROM THE VERY
LATE 1890'S OR SO . IT'S IN OUR GARAGE RIGHT NOW AND LATER
I'LL GET IT OUT AND GIVE MORE SPECIFICS. PLEASE HELP! TINA
DEGROOT LAS VEGAS NEVADA send email to ONELITTLET@msn.com
How about you? Do you have some special vintage item that is in need of
its owner or are you looking for a special item or person? Maybe we can
help. Send us info at email@example.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
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your adding yet another item to your collection? Tell them the November
issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter reports that
according to a contest run by eBay, winners Kathryn has over 1,200
Yogi Berra items, Lynn has more than 400 trivets, and Bill has 2,000
radios made before the mid-1960s. For more information on the Kovels'
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
November 4, 2004 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
8) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous stories and jokes that
are sent in by readers. If you have a submission you would like to share,
please send it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
I have never cooked much and when my husband and I
moved into our first home with a garden I decided to
cook for family and friends. I was in my late 20s. I
kept it simple by making spaghetti and meatballs. The
house we purchased had a wonderful garden, which had
lots of herbs. I decided to grab a few and slice them
up for the meatballs. I did not know what i had. At
the dinner table everyone was quiet. I tried them and
could not figure out the flavor. One of my friends was
pulling out the green clumps. My mother then figured
it out, and asked me why i put peppermint chunks in my
meatballs. I had 8 at dinner, and was so embarrassed.
Needless to say, I was VERY EMBARRASSED!Now, a few
years later, I have a green thumb and know my herbs! ..Christina
Do you have a funny story or joke you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
9) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: Victorian Belle July Bell
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Leslie requested a recipe for a "luscious lime jello concoction"
Here are two of the responses. If you have a variation of this recipe that
you would like to share with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I don't think the recipe you are thinking of had Jell-O in it at all. I make a
dessert called 'Watergate Salad' from the '70's. The recipe follows and I'm
pretty sure this is the one you are looking for. It is green, has nuts in it
(the pistachios from the pudding) and has pineapple and marshmallows.
1 small pkg. instant Pistachio Pudding Mix
1 15 oz. can crushed pineapple, undrained
Mix the 2 together. Then add 1 bag of mini marshmallows and 1 8 oz.
container of Cool Whip. Mix and chill. Lasts well for a number of days.
Really good and very popular...Laurie Carrollton, OHio
-- Another Version --
I think this is the recipe you are looking for that the woman would bring
to the luaus. My mother use to make this a lot during the 70's, it is called
The ingredients are:
1 Box lemon jello, but I suspect this woman used lime jello
1 6 ounce bottle 7-UP (does this tell you how old this recipe is)
1 small can crushed pineapple, drained
3/4 Cup hot water
1 8 ounce package cream cheese
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
This woman may have added miniature marshmallows, but I suspect
what you are remembering being white in it is the cream cheese
because the cream cheese will be kind of chunky when you are done,
because it doesn't break all the way down.
Mix jello, hot water, and cream cheese, beating hard until well mixed.
Let chill until not quite set. Beat again and add 7-UP, pineapple, and
nuts, my mother would add a few drops of green food coloring to make
light green, then chill.
I hope this is the recipe you are referring to. By the way, this recipe is
delicious. I recently got my cookbook out to make this very same recipe
because it is delicious and I had not had it for a long time.
Leona T. West Milton, Ohio
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
11) A vintage recipe request from a reader
As with collectibles, people also have very strong feelings about foods
from their past. Sometimes these special recipes get lost. This section
is to help people who are looking for lost recipes from their past. If you
submit a request, please include the the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
<>I am looking for a recipe for brown bread in a jar. My stepmother used
to make it, along with pumpkin bread in a jar. I remember it had raisings
in it, and had a layer of waxed paper on top, but that's all I can recall. I
never was much of a cook, but my mouth waters for the taste of that
bread, warmed up with butter melting on top... mmm.... <>Thank you!
Rose S. Grand Rapids Michigan
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
firstname.lastname@example.org . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
email@example.com and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
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My new web store in our log cottage is filled with family treasures from
many years of collecting. I have a wide selection of kitchen collectables,
knick knacks, vases, pottery and much, much more.
Old, New & Vintage Come on in! You'll love the eclectic varity of old, new
and vintage items. From house & kitchenware to jewelery & clothes. I
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