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The Collectors Newsletter #325 May 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #325 May 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
2. The "Hot List' of antiques and collectibles
3. Your Classifieds
4. Increase the value of 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.
Mother has collected Wedgwood light blue jasperware for twenty years and
loved it when Lord Wedgwood would come to Seattle. One time, Sarah
Ferguson, Wedgwood's spokeswoman that year, came for a visit instead.
Mother was ecstatic - "I have to see her!" That was a problem since Mother
is legally blind but she thought she could get close enough to catch a glimpse.
We arrived at the designated spot to find all the seats taken except in the
back. Well, that would have to do. "Fergie" told stories about life with the
royals and hawked Wedgwood and charmed everyone enormously with her
wit and humor and beauty. After she was through, her guards whisked her
out of the room to another floor where she was to sign the plates, vases and
other china bought by enthusiastic purchasers. We followed, me pushing
Mother in her wheelchair.
When we arrived on that floor, we squeezed through the crowds, hoping to
get close enough for Mother to see Fergie. One of the men in black barked
out a firm "No further!" Mother's shoulders sagged and she thought she'd
lost her last chance. Just then, double doors at the end of the corridor were
flung open and here came Fergie, her store escorts and her security team,
striding purposefully toward us. We thought she'd sail right on by but at the
last minute, her eyes lit on the white haired woman in the wheelchair and
she marched over and shook my mother's hand. She even commented on
Mother's Wedgwood jasper jewelry. My mother, who has her Black Belt in
talking, was for the first time in her life almost without words.
Lady Sarah didn't have to do take the time to speak to one elderly woman.
She is one of the "important people" in this world, had plates to sign, a
plane to catch, but she bent over, held Mother's hand, spoke kindly. To my
dying day, she'll have my gratitude and admiration.....Sue M.
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) The "Hot list" of antiques and collectibles
These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by
people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in
the month of April 2005.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not
necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search
for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific
item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar (up from #5)
2. Flow Blue (Not Listed Last Month)
3. Dolls (Up From #4)
4. Depression Glass (Down from #2)
5. Teapots (Up From #8)
6. Salt & Pepper Shaker (Not Listed Last Month)
7. Milk Glass (Down From #3)
8. Avon (Down From #1)
9. McCoy (Not Listed Last Month)
10. Fenton (Down From #7)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the
previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has dropped
on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.." indicates
that the time has risen on our list since the previous list was published.
"Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the previous top
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specialized in "high end" Antique and Art:
1. Chairs (no movement)
2. Limoges (no movement)
3. Staffordshire (Up From #5)
4. Mirrors (Down From #3)
5. Desk (Up From #6)
6. Sofa (Up From #10)
7. Tables (Down From #4)
8. Transferware (Up From #9)
9. Tiffany (Down From #7)
10. Nippon (Down From #8)
Here are the top ten search words used at
site is a free online price guide to antiques and collectibles:
1. Bottles (Up From #2)
2. Dolls (Down From #1)
3. China (Up From #5)
4. Books (No Movement)
5. Avon (Down From #3)
6. Plates (Up From #8)
7. McCoy (Up From #9)
8. Hummel (Not Listed Last Month)
9. Roseville (Up From #10)
10. Vase (Down From #6)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives,
just search for "Hot List" 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 235,000
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) Increase the value of 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 of your collection. There are many
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5) Lost and Found
We have a new email address for lost and found comments and requests!
Send them to -- LostAndFound@tias.com
We accept two 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.
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.
I am searching for a childhood book whose title I do not know! The
hardbound children's illustrated fiction trade book (not a golden book)
was published in the early or mid 1950s. My mother bought it for me at
Levy's Dept. Store in Savannah, Georgia around 1954-1956. The story
detailed an undersea journey or undersea family of sea animals(?).
What I mainly remember is a description and color illustration of
something like "seaweed green-gold, silk pillows." Crabs may have been
in the story, and I think there was a royal family or king or something of
that nature. The book was approximately 12" x12" and was probably
meant for elementary school age readers. I would pay dearly for this
book, as its wonderfully dreamy illustrations and imaginative story helped
to shape my profession(s). I'm a photographer-writer-poet and would
love to revisit the book with my grandchildren. I have tried any number
of search engines, exploring Newberry Award winners, categories and
years published, with no results. Thanks so much! Send email to
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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
Collectors of MEDICAL AND DENTAL ANTIQUES may be interested in
the research a forensic anthropologist has conducted on one set of
George Washington's dentures. According to the April issue of KOVELS
ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, it turns out the teeth
were not made of wood, as was commonly thought, but of gold, ivory,
lead, and teeth from humans, horses, and donkeys. The dentures had
springs to help them open. Maybe Washington looks grim in portraits
because his teeth fit badly.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
May 17, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
When my son was about 4, we were in a department stores shopping with
some friends. After shopping around for a while, I looked down and my son
had the hand of a manikin in his hand. Not knowing where it came from, I
just put it on the shelf nearest me. To this day, we still kid him about holding
hands with strangers....Rose Mary W.
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: We buy antique/vintage fishing lures/reels/rods
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Tiffany & Co. China
WANTED: WANTED: WANTED OLD FISHING LURES
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 Geraldine requested a recipe for "Marshmallow Cheescake"
Here are several 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.
1 1/2 C. graham cracker crumbs
6 T. (3/4 stick) butter, melted
1/4 C. sugar
3/4 C. milk
12 oz. marshmallows (do not use colored marshmallows)
2 packages (8 oz. each) cream cheese, room temperature
2 t. vanilla extract
1 pint of whipping cream
16 oz. can cherry pie filling
Preheat oven to 350° F.
To make crust: Combine cracker crumbs, butter and sugar and mix
well. Press onto bottom and partly up sides of greased 9-inch
springform pan. Bake 10 minutes in preheated oven. Remove from
oven and cool completely.
To make filling: Combine milk and marshmallows in saucepan. Cook
over medium heat, stirring until marshmallows are melted. Remove
from oven and cool completely. Beat cream cheese in another bowl.
Add cooled marshmallow mixture to cream cheese mixture along with
vanilla and mix until combined.
In another bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff. Fold cream into
cheese mixture. Pour into prepared crust and refrigerate overnight.
Top with cherry filling. Chill and serve.
Makes 12 to 16 servings......Elizabeth H.
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.
My husband and I have been married for 26 years and would like to
surprise him with a cake called "forgotten cake". When he was little
he lived with an aunt, she made a forgotten cake which he loved. I have
tried several antique cookbooks to no avail. This cake is made by mixing
all the ingredients together, putting it in a pan, then put in a hot oven and
then the oven is turned off, the cake is left to cook overnight or several
hours. He is not doing well thanks to agent orange in Vietnam, would like
to give him a piece of happy childhood. Thank you, Brenda
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
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
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
as well. Sign up today at:
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