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The Collectors Newsletter #341 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #341 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Antique Dog" & "More Traps"
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.
When my daughter Alicia was about 10 or 12 she had a toy dog made
of rubber and "fur" to resemble a sheltie, which is the dog we had. In
playing with it she had applied some red rouge to it's cheeks and,
naturally, some blue glitter paint to it's lips! Some years later we sold
this dog at one of our garage sales.
Sometime later, we were browsing thru an Antique Mall not far from
our home. When we got to a booth in the back, I had to laugh out
loud. There was her little "old" sheltie dog for sale for $4.99. There was
no mistaking it..there it was with it's make-up still on! Who would have
guessed that it had become an antique!...Randee
-- Another Story --
My story about live traps started with an invasion of chipmunks. I
trapped them outside for days, 32 of the little things went for a ride.
We were remodeling and had holes in the floor. I thought the
chipmunks that I had not caught moved from outside to inside. They
were getting into everything, spilling food, eating our peanuts. I fought
trying to keep them out. One night I set the live trap in the kitchen and
sit down to watch television. After about 20 minutes the live trap was
sprung and I went in to tell the little chipmunk, ha, I got you. Imagine
my surprise to find a skunk by the trap trying to get the raisins I had
used for bait. I left quickly. My husband went to look and it seems the
skunk left just as quickly as I. My husband did not believe my story.
But he made a half-hearted attempt to plug the holes, laughing at me
all the while. Two nights later he stood in the kitchen making a
sandwich and the skunk moseyed by on his way to find something to
eat also. Needless to say, the holes were plugged..... Karen
-- Another Story --
My sister-in-law and I were having a yard sale a couple of years ago.
A lady was looking at a shower curtain and asked, "How much?" My
sister -in-law said , "A quarter" the lady said , "would you take $.50?"
My sister-in-law looked at me--I nodded my head vigorously and and
she said "OK" We laugh about that every time we think of having a
yard sale! Mary
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
-- One of the "Greatest' private collections --
-- Cast Iron Cookware Assoc. Sept. Meeting --
-- Appraisers give view on eBay prices --
-- Antique buying trips to the UK --
-- New "Security Exchange" online market --
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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:
ASIAN SUNSET For Sale
Kina Shell Money - Papua New Guinea and Solomon Islands
Shelley China From England Vintage For Your Tea Table
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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
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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.
Photos need home
We receive photos from many sources. Some fairly recent are the Zadon
children Frederick Fulton Zadon and Vera Nevada Zadon circa 1900-1920.
The other are probably a wedding photo and baby picture of Roy R. Robe
and Veva B. Burrowes Robe and baby Donald Eugene Robe age 3 mos.
These are circa 1920 I guess. I wish I could find family photos like these
of my own family members. contact: 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
Carnival glass is pressed glass that has been sprayed with an iridescent
coating to create an iridescent finish. KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter tells its readers that carnival glass was given
that name by collectors, not glassmakers. The name was based on the
fact that the glassware was sometimes given away as prizes at fairs
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
July 12, 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.
Uncle Lewis left medical school due to an injury sustained in an attempt to
charm a young lady at a picnic. When he recovered, he joined the Army
Air Force and was shot down over Germany. They buried him in a German
prison camp, then moved his remains to Arlington National Cemetery.
Nanny kept all of his things in her attic: the flag from his funeral, clothes,
books, and his gruesome collection of snake skulls.
We were at Nanny’s because Aunt Peggy was in town. My brother and I,
aged 8 and 10, were banished to the attic to play. Even though we had
been playing there all our lives, we had overlooked a black wooden box
shaped like a small coffin at the top of the rickety pull-down stairs. We
sensed something ominous inside and were afraid to open it. Eventually, I
worked up my nerve. I used a rod from a wooden coat hanger to unfasten
the hook closure and push the lid up. Sure enough, the box was full of
We ran down the steps and into the living room, crying and shouting,
“there’s bones in the attic!”
After a stunned moment of silence, they laughed. I wondered if we were a
branch of the Adams family. Aunt Peggy said, “those are your Uncle Lewis’
bones”. When they had their fun, she told us he had been issued half a
human skeleton less the skull in medical school and never returned it. So
they were Uncle Lewis’ bones, but *his bones*. Mary
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: Buying Milk Bottles From All 50 States
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 Erica D. requested a recipe for "Boiled Apple
Dumplings". 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.
Boiled Apple Dumplings
1 qt Flour
1 lg Tablespoon butter or lard
1 ts Salt
2 ts Baking powder; (heaping)
1/2 pt Milk
Cinnamon and sugar
Pare and core apples. Blend butter or lard into flour, add salt and
baking powder, mix well. Moisten with milk, using more or less than
called for, to make a soft dough, one that will roll nicely without being
sticky. Roll to about 1/2-inch thickness and cut into rounds the size
of a saucer. Place an apple in the center of each round, filling center
with sugar and a little cinnamon. Wrap dough around apple, seal and
tie each dumpling in a floured cloth bag. Plunge immediately into
boiling water and boil 30 minutes. Serve hot with sugar and cream.
-- Another Version --
Boiled Apple Dumplings
* 2 tablespoons sugar, PLUS
* 6 teaspoons sugar, divided
* 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 3 cups flour, sifted
* 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
* 1/4 cup milk
* 3 large apples
* Additional milk and sugar
* Ground Cinnamon
Sift together 2 tablespoons sugar, the baking powder, salt and flour.
Cut in shortening and stir in 1/4 cup milk. On a floured board, roll
out the dough to about 1 1/2 inch thickness.
Cut dough into 6 squares. Peel and cut apples in half and core them.
Put 1/2 apple onto each piece of dough. Put 1 teaspoon sugar onto
each apple. Pull up the corners of each dough square and close them
together; press to seal well.
Tie each dumpling into a piece of cheesecloth or muslin. Drop
dumplings into a large pot of boiling water. Cook about 25 minutes.
Serve with milk, sugar and cinnamon.
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 the best bread pudding. It was different than
most that is sold in restaurants today. She made it with leftover biscuits
and the texture was very smooth and solid, unlike the chunky ones I
find recipes for today. She made her biscuits with lots of baking
powder and baking soda and buttermilk. She sometimes had to add
white bread to make enough.Does anyone still make it like she did?
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
Search Ends Here
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criteria for selection.
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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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
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
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