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The Collectors Newsletter #308 March 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #308 March 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "A Little Yarn" and "Desert Rose"
2. Collector's Corner: Controversial Toys
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.
A Little Yarn
My mother often visited a large flea market in Florida, she was a collector
of fine antiques and an avid knitter. People would rent tables on the
weekends to have yard sales and sell their trash and treasures, my mom
bought several items from a lady who said she was selling the contents of
her mother in laws house, who had passed away. One of these finds was
a rather large basket filled with many many balls of yarn,being an avid
knitter my mother bought the basket with the colorful yarn. This find sat
for years in my mothers living room, until one day she decided to knit
scarves for her relatives up north, as she got near the end of the first ball
she noticed a paper wrapped in the middle, she came to the end and
found to her surprise a $100.00 dollar bill, she excitedly began to unwrap
the other balls and found the same denomination bill in all of the remaining
30 balls, since almost 7 years had passed and the flea market long closed
she had no hope of finding the women she bought the yarn balls from, the
scarves came out beautiful, and my mom talks about it to this day. ..Vivian
-- Another Story --
This is not a funny joke or anything way out, but a story of how things
find thiner rightful place in due time. Upon the death of my mother in 1986,
my brother, sisters and myself agreed that the items we had given her as
a gift would be ours again, if we wanted and that everything else would
be sold in an estate sale.My brother had given her a set of Franciscan
Desert Rose from Foley's in Houston. They all carried the same backstamp
1962. She treasured those dishes and we only got to use them on special
occasions. While we were preparing to have the sale the lady across the
street, who had been a good neighbor and friend to Mama, came over to
see if there was anything she wanted to buy. She ask if the dishes were
going to be for sale. Of course we told her it would be up to my brother,
that they belonged to him now. Well he ended up selling them to her, as
he was living abroad and had more baggage than he needed. 18 years
later this same lady appeared at one of my garage sales. I was shocked,
as I didn't think she was still alive. I don't know what made me think of the
dishes, but I did and ask her if she still had them and she said yes. They
are just like I bought them. My first impulse was to go and buy them back
right now, but we had already bought my grandaughter an extensive set
of vintage desert rose for a wedding gift. About a week later my niece was
visiting me from Seattle, WA. I told her the story of the dishes. She was so
excited and we went to the ladies house that afternoon and she bought
them. They were in excellent shape. Now they are back in the family and
she hopes her daughter will want Grandmother's dishes. I believe it was
meant to be, that that set of dishes find their way back home. Bessie W.
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: Controversial Toys
Does roadkill candy gross you out? Do crazy teddy bears offend you?
Some collectors find controversial items highly desirable. Learn more in
Michele Alice's Collector's Corner column.
Remember, Collectible toys are for grown ups too :-) 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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OysterPlates.com : Antique and vintage oyster plates
Mary's Porcelain and Pottery Restoration
Art Nouveau Enameled Ring 1920s- 1930s (signed)
RETRO BANGLE WATCH 1940s-1950s
Want to know what our advertisers think? Check out the testimonials at:
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
their clients. It works with EVERY type of antique or collectible.
Order a free 30 day trial version of Collectify or you can even download
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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.
Hi there, during Hurricane clean up in Sept 2004 on Florida's east coast,
my Husband Ivey found a letter dated 1956. The letter is addressed to Miss
Sonya Burdick, Fairfax Hall Jr. College, Park Station, Waynesboro, VA. I
called all the numbers in the phone book with the same last name to no
avail. I will continue to search, but we are moving to Haines, Alaska in April.
When I get a new email I will contact you with it. Jennie Spivey
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
A TIP FROM THE KOVELS
In the March issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles newsletter,
Ralph and Terry Kovel suggest you use vegetable oil to clean oil-based
paint off old brass fixtures or hardware. Paint the vegetable oil on the
brass, let it sit for 15 minutes or more, then wipe it off with a rough cloth.
If necessary, repeat.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
March 7, 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 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.
When my grandson Jonathan,was four and growing up to quickly,I was
required one day, while we were at a state fair, to take him to the rest room
so he could relive himself. As we entered the men's stall the first thing he
did was to reach for the toilet seat to raise it. I admittedly admonished him
not to touch public seat under any circumstances,This he acknowledged as
I explained the health problems associated with touching any seats out side
the home.About a year later my older son William was required to take
Jonathan to the men,s room to relive himself and stood guard outside the
stall door waiting for him to finish. All of sudden there arose a clanging and
banging noise from the stall ,William opened the door to see what the
problem was and saw five year Johnathan trying to kick up the toilet seat
with his foot and being so short the seat would not stay all the way up! when
asked what he was doing he explained " Grandpa said "never t o touch the
seat with my hands"
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: Metlox Animal Keepers
WANTED: Cracked or Broken Roseville and Hummels
Wanted to Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl figurines
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 Denita requested a recipe for "Oven Beef Stew"
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.
FROM: SUE B. from Michigan
OVEN BEEF STEW
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Serves: 8 to 10
INGREDIENTS: 2 pounds stew meat, 6 potatoes, 6 carrots, 3-4 stalks
celery, 1 can green beans with juice, 1 large onion chopped, 1 can
tomatoes, 3 Tsp. salt, pepper to taste, 1/2 Cup minute tapioca.
DIRECTIONS: Mix all together in a large roaster. Bake at 275 degrees,
covered for 6 hours.
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.
Here's hoping that one of your readers remembers Goofy Cake. It's
made with no eggs, that I remember. It's a chocolate-type cake that is
topped with butter cream icing. If anyone can happens to have this
recipe, I would really appreciate if they would pass it along. Thanks.
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
Vintage Games & Toys
Dealer of vintage board games and toy trade ads. Many rare and
unique games and ads for sale.
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We at Windance Farms, welcome you to visit our barn full of fine art,
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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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Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
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