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The Collectors Newsletter #327 May 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #327 May 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. The $2 Run
2. Get the Latest News about Antiques & 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. Looking for Radio Talk Show Host
14. 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 $2 Run
About 7 years ago, I was with my favorite aunt and we were garage 'sailing'
near Austin, TX. We had a list of sales to go to, and it was towards the end
of the day. One of the last sales was a 'multi-family-sale'. My aunt said that
those sales were rarely very good, but we were very close and decided we'd
stop. My aunt was right---there was just a load of fairly new decorative stuff
that could be found at any discounter for less and in better condition. But
my aunt knew one of the families, and as Texans are wont to do, they started
visiting. I looked over the neat tables of new stuff as they chatted. Then, I
noticed in the corner with some boxes of trash, a rolled up hall runner. I
asked if it was for sale and was told, "Oh, I guess so" so I unrolled it. It was
a breath-taking silk-on-wool Ouom-style hall-runner. I asked her where it
was from---"Oh, I think we got that on a cruise when we stopped in Ehpasus
(Turkey), back in 1966."
'So what are you asking?" I had my hand on my checkbook, and was
hoping it would be under $100. "Well, would $5 dollars be OK?" she replied.
I tried to act cool and not faint on the spot. "I'd love to get it for $2.50," I
said. (this is from years of yard sales) The lady agreed, and I paid her,
rolled up the exquisite rug and went to the car and got in----scared to death
the lady would say, "Oh nevermind. I want to keep it."
About 10 minutes (seemed like an hour) later, my aunt came to the car
and asked if the price she heard was the price I paid. I agreed that it was
----she said that if she hadn't been present, she would have never believed
my great buy. The whole family still talk about this day, and the rug is
referred to as 'Denise's $2 rug'! The rug was recently appraised at a
replacement value of $800. I saw one similar recently on eBay that sold
for $1100. So my willingness to ask if something was for sale, and if I
could get it for less proved to be a winner for me!
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) Get the Latest News about Antiques & Collectibles
Updated daily with new information about auctions, antique shows, estate
sales, shops, new books and other newsworthy information related to the
antiques and collectibles trade. Take a look at:
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try today 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
ways to do this. The easiest is to get yourself some collection management
software from Collectify. Collectify is the only collection management software
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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.
Looking for a pink piggy bank circa 1952 - ceramic with a glazed finish.
He's wearing a blue and white striped T- shirt and you have to break him
open to get the money out so there may not be many left - no bottom
plug or hole - just a coin slot in the top. If you can help me out please
email Denise @ email@example.com The reason I know there's no
opening in the bottom is because I use to hear my parents giggling in
my room early in the morning on a couple of occasions when they ran
short of money at the end of the month, trying to maneuver change out
of the coin slot with a butter knife so that Dad could buy coffee when he
got to work. I just kept still - pretended I was asleep - so happy I could
help them out in some small way. Send email to 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 LostAndFound@tias.com
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
In the May issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel warn readers "Don't be fooled by fake
or fantasy Shirley Temple glassware. Cobalt blue glass dishes decorated
with a white silk-screened image of Shirley were made in the 1930s by
the Hazel Atlas Glass Co. of Washington, Pa. New dishes are heavier,
thicker, and coarser than the originals. Genuine dishes from the 1930s
are thin, delicate, and evenly molded, with Shirley images that may have
yellowed and worn off a bit.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
May 24, 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.
One year about 20 years ago when my young daughter returned to school
after a Christmas vacation she saw her teacher come into the class room
with a new fur coat on. As her teacher who was at the time extremely heavy
set took her coat off my daughter ran to her and asked her if she received
the coat for Christmas and she replied that her husband had given it to her.
My daughter then asked what kind of fur it was and her teacher replied that
it was a rabbit. My daughter then replied, "whoa, that must have been ONE
BIG RABBIT! To say the least we have never forgotten this story and many
others that my daughter would innocently come up with. Even when she
asked me what Library I worked at when she over heard me say I use to be
a bookkeeper! Thanks, Maggie L.
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: Nadal Gres Gold Egyptian Girl Figurines
WANTED: We buy antique/vintage fishing lures/reels/rods
Wanted To Buy: Old Guitars and Amplifiers
WANTED: Tiffany & Co. China
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 We left out the recipe request, so I'm going to insert
one for "Lemon Pound Cake" 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.
LEMON POUND CAKE
2 boxes pound cake mix
2 sm. boxes lemon Jello
1 1/2 c. apricot nectar
1 1/2 c. oil
2 tsp. lemon extract
Dissolve Jello in boiling nectar and cool. Add this and the oil to make
mix. Add eggs, one at a time. Mix after each one; add extract. Bake
1 hour and 10 minutes at 325 degrees in 3 loaf pans.
1 c. powdered sugar and Juice of 1 lemon
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 mother used to make a lemon sponge pie that we all loved. While
baking, it formed a sponge cake like substance in the middle of the pie
and the top actually browned like a cake, but it WAS a PIE. When
she passed away, my sister and I went through all her old recipe cards
and we found the recipe. HOWEVER, when I baked it, it did not turn
out. It stayed soupy and never formed the cake like substance in the
middle or on the top. This recipe was from the 40's and we lived in
southwestern Michigan. If anyone has this recipe, I would really
appreciate receiving it. Sincerely, Marjorie C.
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
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We have been serving the online and offline community for over 5 years
and are very proud of our reputation. YOU are our top priority. So come
in, browse and see what makes us so special. Thanks for stopping by!
Andrew's Antiques is Reno's finest antique store with a huge selection of
products in every category, including a Model T Roadster and vintage
jewelry and clothing. We also carry fine art, vintage French purses,
musical instruments and more!
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,
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visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
13) Looking for Radio Talk Show Host
VoiceAmerica Radio Network is seeking a qualified host for an Antiques
show on their network. Serious inquiries only. You can listen to our
current programming at www.voiceamerica.com . Contact:
Ryan Neumann at 602-426-7253
14) 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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