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The Collectors Newsletter #295 January 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #295 January 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Crochet" and "The Pie Table"
2. Collector's Corner: Yo-Yos
3. Your Classifieds
4. Improve your collection. (sponsors message)
5. Lost and Found
6. News 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
NEW series on PBS (sponsors message)
Antiques Roadshow FYI
starts 1/19 @ 8pm
Sneak preview at
1) After you read this story, tell us your interesting story. Send your
story to firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
When I cleaned out my mother in law's sewing room I took 66 trash
bags full to the dump, but I found many treasures hidden in the junk.
Several partially completed quilts, antique sewing patterns, and an old
Singer Featherweight sewing machine.
Two years later while I worked on a Christening gown for her 4th great
grandchild, my granddaughter, I remembered that in her little crochet
bag that she always kept in her purse to use idle time wisely, there was
a piece of crocheted lace she was making for her latest set of pillow
cases when she passed away.
The lace was still on the crochet hook. I measured the lace and viola!
--just enough for Sydney to have Great Grandma's lace across the
bodice of her precious gown. The last lace she crocheted would be
placed on a special dress. I laughed as I stitched it in place. The lace
maker seemed to know just how much lace I needed for this special
Many years from now when Sydney dreams of her babies who will
someday wear the special dress I hope she will remember that it was
stitched with enough love to reach on through the years. Great
treasures hide where we may not expect them, but more than that love
does reach down through the years beyond time and space....
The Pie Table
My Great Grandmother passed away on Mother's Day several years
ago, when my husband and I lived a distance away. As in the case
with many families, her home had to be placed on the market for sale
without delay. My grandparents called their children (including my
mother) and asked if there was anything they wanted from Great
Grandmom's house. After that was settled, the great grandchildren
(my generation) was asked if there was anything we wanted. I asked
about a two tier pie table which was in just about every family picture
I had seen taken in her home, and it had not been spoken for. I was
told that I could have it and I was thrilled. My husband and I planned
the trip and traveled to retrieve the table. However, upon our arrival
we learned that since the house had sold rather quickly, that an
estate sale had been scheduled that same day...and you guessed it,
someone had come into the house that morning and bought my table.
My grandmother had become so overwhelmed with the people in the
house that she had forgotten that I had asked for the table. Well, I
wanted to cry! I walked around the house and finally found something
to take back home with me...my Great Grandfather's business cards
from the time he rode a bike through Philadelphia streets reading
meters for PSE&G (I treasure these very much!). Many of my
grandmother's beautiful things left her home in the hands of strangers
that morning. So, I think that if you really want something ASK for it
ahead of time, but do it gently and with love....otherwise it may slip
away. And, for those of you who may be responsible for disposing
of your parents households don't assume "the kids won't be interested
in this junk" because you may be wrong.
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 email@example.com .
It's no hassle to ship large antique and fragile collectibles.
Check out the new Web site at Craters and Freighters. Get your questions
about shipping answered. They have an entire new section dedicated to
antiques and collectibles now. Take a look online at:
2) Collector's Corner: Yo-Yos
The yo-yo may bring back memories of childhood, but did you know this
toy has been around for 3,000 years? Learn about the yo-yo, or
"bandalore" as it was once called, and what makes it collectible, in today's
Collector's Corner. Take a look at:
And here is a nice interesting selections of Yo-Yos for you to play with.
Take a look at
3) Your Classifieds...
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 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
Trifari, Boucher Har, Robert,Caviness and lots more
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4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
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keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many way to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
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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.
Over 20 years ago I bought a box of books at a tag sale. One of the books
I have held on to, and at various points in my life tried to track down the
owner, because it touched me so. The book is called The Wedding Ring,
and is "a series of discourses for husbands and wives and those
contemplating matrimony." (Copyright 1896.) The book was given to a
Helen Burall on February 23, 1926, who apparently lived in Davenport Iowa.
The address also includes "Rock Island, Lee," which I believe references
an island in Iowa. The book appears to be a gift from Lillian Lydia Burall,
who in the back of the book wrote a poem in memory of her brother Harry
LeRoy Burall who had died. I would like to return this book to the Burall
family if possible. Thank you. Barbara...firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
When we moved to the Space Coast of Florida in the early 60's my son
then 4 years old had this to say the first time we went to the beach.
"But mom, why does it keep flushing." D. Ingraham
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 To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Wanted: Vintage 1950s Prom Dresses
Wanted: Round Milk Bottle Bottles from all 50 states
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Joni requested a recipe for "Pear Conserves"
Here is one of the responses to that request. If you
have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share
with our readers, please post it to:
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I have a copy of "Putting Food By" and it does not
have the recipe that Joni requested, but I did find
one in my copy of "The Settlement Cook Book".
I'm sure the raisins could be a mix of half dark
and half golden. Also, I would feel safer
finishing the jars in a water bath per a timetable
found in any good canning booklet. Hope this is
what Joni is looking for. - Susan from Wisconsin
1 peck pears 1&1/2 lbs English walnut meats
4 lbs sugar 3 lemons, juice
1 lb raisins 2 oranges, juice
Pare, core and slice pears in large pieces, crosswise.
Add sugar and let stand overnight. Drain off liquid
and boil to a syrup, about 12 minutes. Then add
pears and rest of ingredients, breaking walnuts into
pieces the size of raisins. Let cook slowly one hour
until thick and clear. Place in jars. Cover well.
--Another Recipe --
I found this in my Kerr home canning and freezing book,
it is an old book, but I use it because the recipes work.
I have not tried this recipe though.
5 pounds firm pears (15 cups sliced)
10 cups sugar
2 cups seedless raisins
1/2 cup orange rind (cut fine)
1 cup orange juice
4 tablespoons lemon juice
Peel pears and cut in small pieces. Add sugar and let
stand overnight. Then add raisins, orange rind cut in
small pieces, and juice of oranges and lemons. Cook
until thick, about 30-35 minutes. Pour into sterilized jars
to within 1/2 inch of top. Put on cap, screw band firmly
tight. Process in boiling water bath 10 minutes. Yield:
Note: If you aren't familiar with the boiling water bath
method of canning, you can find out all about it from
your local County Extension Office....Karen F.
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 geographical region where
you had this recipe.
Hello Does anyone have a recipe for a cookie my grandma used to
make years ago. It had cooked dates in it and then they were rolled in
krispies and coconut. I sure would love to make those for my
grandchildren. Thank You, Sandy
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:
12) New Online Merchants
These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
fresh inventory for Holiday shoppers.
Wide selection of Vintage & Collectibles for Men & Women... Vintage
Photos, Paper, Pottery, Art, Memorabilia for Sports, Music, TV &
Radio.. Plus More.. Drop in often and take a look around to see the
items I have found!
For more new online shops, take a look at:
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 200,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
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