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The Collectors Newsletter #306 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #306 March 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The Tea Pot
2. Collector's Corner Vintage Mini-Arcade Video Games
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 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.
The Tea Pot
I assume we all know how death, inheritance and perceived snubs can
cause some otherwise fine relatives to turn into complete idiots? I have
just such a case to share.
My paternal grandmother had what I always thought was a very ugly
(enormous) Bennington tea pot - Rebecca At The Well. This splotchy,
gargantuan object became my mother's undoing.
My Gram had apparently told my mother that she was giving this pot to
her as a remembrance. My mother collected delicate little china tea cups,
and my mother really had nothing like this thing.
(This "thing" that is too heavy to pour when full, too tall to store in a
cupboard and to ugly to leave out on a shelf).
A few weeks after my Gram's passing I guess their was a furor in the
family as apparently everyone was looking for this pot.
Years past and my mother had to sell her home and move into something
smaller. We had to go though everything and get most of her "stuff".
There in the back of a lower kitchen cabinet was a "The Teapot". It was
in a place that I had never seen it. I took it to my mother and asked her
if this was a "keeper"? "Oh, you can have it. It was your Grandmother's
". In spite of how ugly this thing is - I was pleased as I did not have
anything that I really remembered as being my Gram's.
I took it home and placed this thing on a prominent shelf in my dining area.
Month's after my mother had settled into a retirement home, my Aunt Beth
came to visit with us from out of state. Beth was the sister to my father
and the daughter of my Gram, and this was apparently the first visit since
by mother had moved out of the old house.
We had a wonderful meal at the dining room table, and sat around having
a real good visit. My aunt looked at old photos for me and named lot of the
people and told us wonderful family stories. She pointed to a photo that
showed some kind of contest and my aunt - then just a girl - being
awarded "The Teapot". She said she regretted that the pot had gone
missing. She had given the pot to her mother and she assumed that it
would come back to her. She said that it was a lovely pot and she
wondered what had happened to it.
My mother was sitting next to my aunt at the table - Mother was blanching
white - her eyes were wide. My husband and I sat on the opposite side
of the table. Looking at these two old ladies, with the cabinet right behind
them - and a huge ugly pot just over their heads - one old lady looking
wistful and the other looking guilty as sin.
My husband as the oblivious man that he is - said "I bet that is the pot that
Louise has!" and gets up from the table and brings it to the table.
My mother looked like she knew that we knew she was going to hell for
sure. Looking at her - you knew she took it after my Gram died, and
that she had been hiding it all those years - as some passive "right" she
had to own it. Truly, my mother looked like she would have welcomed
death at that moment.
The ugly pot sat in the middle of the table, my husband beamed that he
had solved some ancient mystery. I cowered in my seat, not saying a
thing as some co-conspirator in this ancient crime. My mother did not
move - the hint of tears starting to form in her eyes.
My aunt looks at the pot - she looks at the old picture. And laughs - "I
forgot how ugly that thing is!" --"Better you than me"-- "Boy it looks
better in a black and white photo" -- she goes on to tell us how her mother
had tried to give to every one and no one wanted the ugly thing. Too Big
- Too Brown - too ugly.
She then realized what my mother had done and she started laughing -
not some weak old lady laugh - but something that you only hear in a
fun house. Finally my mother goes from pale to blush - her eyes crinkle
and she busts out laughing. I join in and my poor husband just never
Between laughs - my mom tells about sneaking it out of the house, and
hiding it all those years.
So the ugly thing sits in my dining room - I check pricing on eBay every
so often -thinking that I will sell it but never do. I have typed the history
and put it in the pot with the picture of the little girl getting this award.
My mom is long passed - a woman of few secrets - but those appear to
be very silly. Her one vise in the end was collectables and for a moment
she was sure she they were her undoing....Louise
Be sure to read the great story in "funny Old Stuff" below !!
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 .
2) Collector's Corner Vintage Mini-Arcade Video Games
Yes, there were hand-held games before Game Boy! In today's
Collector's Corner, Michele Alice reveals that early mini-arcade
games are highly collectible! Take a look at:
Be sure to check out the selection of vintage video games online 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
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4) Improve your collection (sponsors message)
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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.
Just wanted to share with you how incredibly nice & thoughtful some
people can be.
A few months ago, my uncle who lives in Long Beach, CA received a
phone call from a stranger in Tacoma, WA. The woman and her family
had recently moved into a home in Tacoma; in the attic they found an old
family bible with the birth/death records written in the back. The woman,
by working the internet and phone directories in the library, called every
single person with the same last name as those in the family Bible
regardless of where the person lived. My uncle could verify he indeed
lived at that address when he was a boy.
The bible looks very old, in good condition with many hand-painted pictures
in it; there is a chance it may be valuable. Yet, this stranger mailed the bible
to my uncle and refused compensation for the postage costs. Amazing,
isn't it? 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
TEDDY BEARS-Where's that teddy bear you loved when you were a kid?
Hunt for it. In the February issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel tell readers old teddy bears don't have to
be in mint condition or by famous makers like Steiff to be attractive to
collectors. At a recent auction, more than 30 well-loved vintage teddy
bears made before about 1950 sold for solid prices-most for more than
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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 comments 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.
I don't know if you would call this a funny story, unless you consider the joke
was on me. My cousin, Joan Marie, and I always hated my grandmother's
black rocking chair, a family chair, one among many. It was a folding chair,
no arms, with a back and seat that was one length of ugly puce fabric. The
chair was always stuck in a corner with things piled on it, but never used as
a seat. I liked the idea that it was always full because had it been available,
I was sure an evil presence would plop down in it and it would rock,
apparently empty. Eventually, the chair passed to me. I offered it to Joan
Marie, but she said, "no way". She called it 'the Witchy chair'. After asking
around, I learned it was mid-nineteenth century. Without bothering to have
it appraised, I carried it to a nearby museum in need of furniture from that
period. The house had been seized by Union forces and used as a
headquarters so it also housed a special Civil War collection. Our great-
grandfather and other members of his family were Confederate soldiers.
After I signed the donation form, dollar signs flew past my eyes as I listened
to the curator and his assistant gleefully examine the chair and determine it
was a genuine Confederate officer field chair with the original fabric still
attached. He told me they would give the chair a place of honor befitting it's
rank. I'm proud that one of our family heirlooms is now in a place of honor
in a beautifully restored museum. But when I think of all the misery and
tragedy seen from that chair, I realize why it gave Joan Marie and me such
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 to Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl figurines
WANTED: POSTCARDS /CALENDARS/OLD PAPER--pre 1970
WANTED: WANTED: Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States
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 Toni G. requested a recipe for a "cinnamon flip flop"
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.
Cinnamon Flip Flop
1 c. Granulated Sugar
Mixed with 1 tsp. butter
1 c. milk
2 tsp. baking powder
2 c. flour
Mix. Pour batter into a greased cake pan. Bake at 350 degrees for
one hour. While still hot spread butter on with 1 teaspoon cinnamon
and 1/2 cup brown sugar...Nancy S.
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.
Back in the late 60's my mom, sister & I would go to the local
Woolworths store in/near Waltham Mass. They had a little food bar
there and one thing we always ordered was a piece of Boston cream
pie, This was homemade by one of the ladies and it didn't have the
custard type of filling in it..it was like a White whipped cream filling
and not as sweet as frosting. I would love to make one for my mom
for Mothers Day. Any help is appreciated. Thank You! Dee
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
Green Gloves Vintage
An ever-changing inventory of costume and fine jewelry, accessories,
and unusual smalls from advertising items to pottery and glassware is
offered with everyday discounts. Cheerful, prompt service and frequent
additions of new stock encourage you to visit often!
We offer A selection of fine glassware, carnival, Fenton, depression etc.
100's of pieces of fine china and discontinued pieces. Linens, quilts,
dolls, and toys. We also offer a fine line of furniture which includes oak,
walnut, mahogany, and primatives.
For more new online shops, take a look at:
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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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
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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