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The Collectors Newsletter #339 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #339 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Dog Tags " & "Anethyst?"
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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.
The Dog Tags
While at our local flea market I was searching for military items. These
are one of the things I sale online.
I came across a W.W.II period dog tag it was hooked on to a
keyring/purse when I looked at the name I couldn't believe my eyes it
was my late great uncle. I bought the item for 2.00 and was thrilled but
still wasn't 100% this was my uncle and not a fellow with the same
name. I got home and began looking at the tag and notice that there
were two small receipts tucked away inside the purse the first one was
from a local Dr. office here in my hometown I thought it had to be my
uncles but after opening the second piece of paper up I knew it
belonged to my late uncle for the second item was a receipt from a
local florist where my Great uncle had bought flowers for his brothers
my GRANDFATHERS funeral.
-- Another Story --
I enjoyed your most recent yard sale stories, and thought I should send
mine along. I'm not a savy yard-saler, and I buy things because they
catch my eye, not for resale purposes, and I'm no haggler either. One
summer day I stopped at a sale at a house I pass often on my way to
doing errands. Most of what was there was of little interest to me, and
I was just about to leave when I spotted something interesting. It was a
sizable chunk of amethyst geode. It made me think of my mother, who
had always loved amethyst, and so I brought it up to the person taking
money and asked "how much?" figuring it would be far more than I
cared to pay. "Three dollars," was the reply. Shocked and delighted, I
dug right into my pocketbook to get the bills before anyone could tell
the nice woman she was charging too little. I finished up my round of
errands, and went home with my prize, thinking about where it would
be displayed. I decided it needed some cleaning, and so began to run
it under warm water and using my finger, I began rubbing at the
surface. What a shock to find my fingers turning purple. It took my
brain a full minute to register what I had purchased - a lovely quartz
crystal that had been stained purple to look like amethyst! I had to
laugh at myself. There sure is a sucker born every minute! Jean S.
HEY! Send us your "Yard Sale-ing" story. We've got some great ones
but we want to hear yours too!
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) Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- Rare Golf balls at Christie's --
-- Frankoma Pottery to Reopen --
-- Arts & Crafts Home News --
-- New Disney Stamps Offered --
-- Celebrity Doll Journal --
-- Storing Vintage Sewing Patterns --
Put the latest news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site. It's
easy to do. Go to
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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:
Kina Shell Money - Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Shelley China From England Vintage For Your Tea Table
Clearance On Pottery and Glass
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4) Increase the value of 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 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
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
it from the Web. If you decide to keep it, as a newsletter reader you can
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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 just wanted to thank everyone who responded to my search for a Peter
Pan doll from my childhood.
I was amazed, and touched, by how many readers responded.
A special thank-you to Phyllis who, through her thoughtfulness and
generosity of spirit, has enabled me to find the doll that meant so much
to me and my mom, and which will now stay close by my side.
Thank You, thank you, thank you!! Diane
Looking for owner
We found a picture of a highway patrolman in a box of items we
purchased. On the back of the picture, it says: Highway Patrolman
James L. Geisenkorf "Jim"and has a date stamp of Aug 26, 1945. It is
not in great shape, having been folded and then taped back together,
but it is good enough to have if there is a family member out there
somewhere who would like it. Just let us know. Please contact:
Rodger at 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
Are you celebrating a wedding anniversary this summer? Here's a gift tip:
The June issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter reports that according to a recent survey, 65% of women want
a piece of diamond jewelry for an anniversary gift, but only 6 % get one.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
July 5, 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.
My First Wheels
It was the year 1924, when I was four years old, that I was received a little
run-about called a "Kiddy Car" as a Christmas present. It was completely
constructed of wood, including the wheels, so wasn't a whiz for speed. .
However, I spent a lot of time every day, peddling over and over down the
sidewalk with my first means of transportation. My mother wondered how
long this would last, as my interest span was not too long..
Just as she suspected, the interest was slipping and the rides were finally
less frequent. Nothing was mentioned until the little vehicle had been sitting
idle for about a week. Then Mom asked me what was wrong that I wasn't
riding it any more, I casually replied."It has a flat tire!" Iola
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: OLD GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS
WANTED: Your old Barbie /s 1958-1967 also 1988 Holiday Barbie
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 Bill requested a recipe for "Kiffels".
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.
KIFFELS From Sue B
INGREDIENTS: 2 sticks (1/2 lb.) butter softened
1 pkg. dry yeast
2 egg yolks plus 1 whole egg
1/2 Cup milk
3 Cups flour
1/2 Tsp. vanilla
Pinch of salt
DIRECTIONS: Mix all ingredients. Chill in refrigerator for 2 hours.
Roll dough in confectioners' sugar, small portion at a time, to pie
crust thickness or thinner. Cut into squares as desired, 3 inches
FILLING: 1 1/2 Cup walnuts or pecans ground fine
Sweeten to taste
ADD: 1 Tsp. butter and enough milk to hold together.
Heat just long enough to melt butter and sugar. Put a small bit of
filling on each square. Start in left hand corner at bottom and roll
over to top right hand corner. Press together and place on
cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes.
--Another Version --
This recipe is from my friend Dana's mother in law-they are delectable:
Grammie M's Kiffles
4 ½ cups flour
3 (3 oz.) pkgs. of cream cheese
1 lb. Butter
1 lb. lekvar filling (loose), apricot filling (loose), or walnut filling
Soften cream cheese and butter. Mix flour, cream cheese, and butter.
Kneed well and form two balls. Refrigerate overnight.
Make small balls from the dough (~ 1-inch in diameter). (The number
of kiffles you get is determined by the size of the balls you make.)
Dust the work surface with several big spoonfuls of flour and 2 Tbls.
of granulated sugar. (Sugar will help keep dough from sticking to
rolling pin.) Roll out balls into circles. Place a tsp. of the selected
filling into the center of each circle. Fold two ends of the circle over
the filling and pinch the other two ends closed. A fork can be used to
make the ends fancy.
Place the kiffles on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 325 degrees
for 15-18 minutes.
1 lb. Walnuts
5 egg whites
½ cup sugar
Grind the walnuts into small pieces. (A blender may be used in place
of a grinder.) Beat the egg whites to a stiff peak. Add sugar and mix.
Add the walnuts, slowly (by hand) and mix thoroughly.
note: Levkar filling is prune and can often be found at holiday time at
a higher end grocery store. Makes 350-500 kiffles. Alyssa
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 Grandmother made a wonderful summer dish with sour cream and
cucumbers. It was great for the summer time because it was served cold
and of course because of the abundance of cucumbers. The
cucumbers were sliced and limp. She soaked them in salt water, or milk.
I am not sure which, she said it "takes the burp out". I have tried many
times to re-create this dish and can never seem to get it quite right. She
said her mother use to make it and her mother was from Austria, so
this may be an ethnic dish or may not. I have never seen any one else
serve this over the years. Any help would be appreciated.Thank you
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
Blue Valley Collectibles
Welcome to my new store! My Inventory includes Pyrex, Fire King,
Pfaltzgraff, Androck USA, glassware and much more.
Come visit Renee's Room! Books-old and new- 40's pin-up girls too!-
lots of records- lots of fun! collectables for everyone!!! If there's
something you can't find- make a list - drop me a line-let me find it for
Antiques, collectibles, home decorator items and more. We have been
selling antiques, collectibles, and home decorating items for over 15 years.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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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
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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