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The Collectors Newsletter #303 February 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #303 February 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Living Trunk" and "The Cabin"
2. Affordable Coin Collecting for Kids
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
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1) After you read this story, 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 Living Trunk
I certainly enjoyed Sidney's story of finding treasure in his locked box. I, too,
have a story about finding something in a box.
My husband and arrived late for an auction and walked in just as the auctioneer
was calling for a $5 bid on a wonderful looking old trunk. Without missing a
beat, I stuck my hand in the air and won the bid. After the auction was over,
we loaded this trunk into our truck and drove home. When we got home, we
unloaded everything and finally got a good look at the trunk. It looked great
on the outside. We lifted the lid. Inside, it was CRAWLING with hundreds
and hundreds of SILVERFISH! I slammed the trunk shut and looked at my
husband. We both feared the nasty bugs would escape from the trunk and
infest our home. Sooo, we did what any sane human would do. We carried
the trunk (lid closed naturally!) down the driveway out to the street which was
a fair distance from our house. We set the trunk down and went inside. In
less than an hour, my husband walked out and checked. Sure enough,
somebody had come along and "stolen" our trunk--just as we'd hoped. :-) We
often thought it might have been interesting to see the faces of whoever took
that trunk when they saw what was inside! Joy
-- Another Story --
Well, here is my story.
In the fall of 1957, I was only 13 years old. We were going to upper Michigan
to see my brother. He was a new freshman at Mich.Tech .U. It was a
beautiful afternoon and he only had a few free hours to show us around. He
took us out for sightseeing tour.
We were near Copper Harbor, MI. While on this tour, we came across an old
empty cabin that seemed to have been abandoned. (SEEMED is the keyword
here) We of course had to go in and see what was there. While we were
looking, I saw this Confederate Officers Uniform hanging on the wall as if it
had just been placed there. I did not know what it represented until much later.
It was so striking hanging there, that I can see it as if it was that afternoon.
My mother shouted out, "I've found something and we have to get out of here
now!" She was so excited, as we got into the car. She had come across this
beautiful pitcher and basin, along with the small water jug that matched. They
were like new. The pansies and gold rims were pristine.
Now, looking back I really feel we did invaded someone's very personal and
private home. I have felt very badly over the years, now as I realize this. I'm
older and my mother is gone, but to this day I really feel that we did violate this
persons property. It might have been their parents belongings, all they had left
of their heritage. I hope not, and if so, I hope they can forgive the act.
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) Affordable Coin Collecting for Kids
When I was a kid in the early 70's, My friend Steve and I would go to the
bank and buy rolls of dimes. We'd then sit in the lobby of the bank and
open up the rolls and look for pre 1964 silver dimes. 1964 was the last
year the U.S. made silver Roosevelt dimes. For every 15 rolls we would
find maybe 1 or 2 "good" dimes. We'd repack the rolls and trade them in
for more rolls. It was fun and exciting for two coin collecting kids on a
You can still find affordable coins, with a little less effort. Here is an
interesting selection available online to get your kids collection started.
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:
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4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
In many cases you can actually increase the value of your collection, by
keeping accurate records on the history of each piece. Accurate records can
help contribute to the overall value. There are many ways to do this. The easiest is
to get yourself some collection management software from Collectify. Collectify
is the only collection management software recommended by Sotheby's to
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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.
My grandfather, George Aschom, and his brother, Walt, ran the Aschom
Brothers grocery store in Lansing, Iowa, from about 1920 to the late 1960s.
Lansing is located in northeast Iowa on the Mississippi River. I have
wonderful memories of visiting them at the store and would love to find some
of the Aschom Brothers promotional items, I know they gave away
chicken-feeders and used unique collapsable wooden boxes. My Aschom
cousins are gathering at my home for a reunion in April. I would love to surprise
them with some Aschom Bros. items. Please email me at email@example.com if
you know how to find any of these items. Thanks!.... Nancy
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
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SPECIAL OFFER-Order online and the Kovels will send you this year's new
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
February 22, 2005 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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
The Yolks on YOU!
Awhile back, I went to a 'WH' in NW Fort Worth, Texas. I ordered two
eggs scrambled and toast. I said that I only wanted one yolk. (Watching
the cholesterol ) No problem. When I got my bill it had a 50 cent amount
that was not identified! I asked what it was for. I was told that it was for
taking out the yolk, like it says on the menu! I was very surprised to say
the least. I went back to look at the menu. Yep, at the very bottom in very
small print it said " 50 cent charge for taking the egg yolk out. Who
reads the small print on a menu? Well, we now go to IHOP which is just
short way down the freeway from 'WH' and much, much better food!
FYI - Alley in Texas
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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: Wnated: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl figurines
WANTED: POSTCARDS /CALENDARS/OLD PAPER--pre 1970
WANTED: WANTED: Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States
WANTED: Wanted to Buy
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 Sandra requested a recipe for a "breakfast cake" or
"morning cake" 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.
* 4 sausage patties
* 2 tart apples -- sliced 1/4-inch thick
* 2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1 and 1/2 cups pancake batter
* 1 tablespoon butter
Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. In a large skillet, saute sausage
until browned. Pour off any fat from skillet, add apple slices,
sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Saute 1-2 minutes until apples
just lose their crispness. Set aside.
Place the butter in a well-seasoned 9-inch iron skillet and heat in
preheated oven until bubbly and hot. Arrange the sausage in the
pan, cover with apples, distributing evenly. Pour the batter over the
apples and bake until nicely browned, about 8-10 minutes.
Cut into pie-shaped wedges and serve immediately.
-- Another Recipe --
For the request about an apple and sausage breakfast cake, I saw
something similar on Food Network just the other day. It looked
good and sounds like what she is looking for.
Here is the recipe called Piggy Pudding, courtesy of Paula Deen.
16 link pork sausages
4 to 5 tart apples, peeled, cored, and sliced
1 7 1/2 ounce package yellow cornbread mix, batter prepared
according to package directions
1 cup maple syrup, for serving
Fresh sage, for garnish.
Preheat oven to 450 F degrees
Cook sausages in a skillet until done, piercing with a fork to let out
fat. Drain and then arrange in a 9-inch square baking dish. Layer
sliced apples on top. Pour cornbread batter over all and bake for
approximately 30 minutes or until cornbread is done. Serve with
warm maple syrup and garnish with sage.
It didn't say so in the recipe, but I believe on her show, the baking
dish was sprayed to keep it from sticking.
I hope this is what Sandra was looking for!
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.
Looking for a recipe of a moist cake, almost spice like that has tiny
tiny bits of pineapple and something red in it, like shredded cranberry
or maraschinos? it was sweet without being sweet? make sense?
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
D's Once Upon A Dream
A wonderful place to shop for UNIQUE gifts and collectibles,
replacement dinnerware, vintage glass, pottery, porcelain, paperweights
and much, much more!
You name it, we got it! Hundreds of items have yet to be posted so be
sure to check us out often. From collectibles to interesting and rare
items from Eastern Europe we are committed to bringing you the best!
Allisons Antiques & Such
Beautiful and Unique Merchandise for collectors and for those who love
to admire and use items that are beautiful to the sight
For more new online shops, take a look at:
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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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Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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