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The Collectors Newsletter #342 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #342 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Packrats" "The Bottle" "The Coat"
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 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.
I and my whole family (except my husband) are “known” packrats.
Our motto is “you just never know when you might need one of those”.
I love to yard sale most weekends and have one of my own at least once
a year. A few years ago, my husband had decreed that it was time to
clear some space in our home and said that it was yard sale time. I
have a really hard time getting rid of things, especially family items (my
family started Knechtel Furniture in Canada and we still have lots of
family furniture). My children and I set up the yard sale and my
husband started bringing out the things that I “forgot” to set out for the
sale. He brought out my antique “commode stand” that was in awful
shape, had been painted several times, the doors did not close and the
back was not fully fastened, some poor soul over the years had mack-
tacked the inside etc. I had been using it for storage space for old pots
and pans…. A few hours went by and a gentleman pulled up my
driveway in a pickup truck – he had the most beautiful wooden, antique
rocking chair in the back of his truck. He went straight over to my poor
little commode stand and said that if I wanted the rocker, he would trade
me the commode stand plus $20 for it. It was the first time that I have
ever bought something while I was having a yard sale! Needless to say,
I got the better of my husband and grinned from ear to ear when he
asked where the chair had come from! Sally D.
-- Another Story --
Back in the 1970's I participated in a neighborhood garage sale at my
friend's house. The night before we had couples bridge club & I took 2
bottles of Mateus wine. At the end of the evening I said to my friend
who was having the garage sale, "Think I'll take home one of these
bottles & soak off the label & put it in the garage sale". We laughed &
my friend said, "NOBODY would buy a brand new wine bottle!" The
next day I put it out (amid laughter) with $2 on it. I saw a woman pick
it up & then ask if we had any more. RATS! I ran & got my friend so
she would be at the pay table & I waited around the corner. The look
on her face was priceless...........sure made that wine extra tasty!!
-- Another Story --
This yard sale story is from the early nineties in Lexington, Ky. A friend
of mine, Ken, received a call from a guy he knew telling of a uniform
that he had seen at a yard sale. He tells Ken, "I think it may have been
Civil War". Now this was on a Sunday evening and the yard sale was
no doubt over. Ken says, "Oh sure, I bet". His friend tells him "I think it
was the real thing". Ken goes over to the house the next day and of
course the yard sale is over and things have been put away, etc. He
asks about a uniform that been had offered in their sale. The man says
yes we still have it and goes to get it. He returns with an authentic, Civil
War era Federal officers frock coat, with the history typed out to go
along with it. It tells of a Captain in a Kentucky Cavalry unit. It also
mentions how he had been wounded in a skirmish with Confederates.
Ken examines the coat and sees there is a hole in the shoulder and
one of the captains bars is missing, otherwise in great condition with
all the gilded buttons intact. Ken asks how much and the man tells him
"we were asking $125". Ken of course can not believe that this is
happening and forks over the cash as quickly as he can. He sold the
coat a few years later for considerably more to a collector. Tim D
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
-- New Web site for Coin Appraisals Launched
-- World's Longest yard Sale
-- New Publication For Collectors
-- Bid4Kids on eBay
-- 14th Anniversary for Hourglass Antiques
-- Large Collectibles Auction July 15th
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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 Information
Several years ago I picked up a sterling award cup inscribed with the
name "John Hobart Warren Ingersoll" and dated Oct. 27, 1899. In the little
Internet research I've done I believe it's a prominent Philadelphia family,
but have not been able to come up with anything more specific. The cup is
inset with several of each silver coin minted in that year with front and back
visable from inside and outside. Any information on Mr. Ingersoll and why
he might have been awarded this unusual trophy would be much appreciated.
Thank you, Ed G.
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
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· Color and black & white photos of vintage collectibles and classic
· Exclusive report on unusual sales of the year
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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.
The humorous stories about strange garage sale prices reminds me of an
incident from my childhood in the 1930s when I used to help my Dad with
the weekly "specials" in our country general store on a crossroads in
rural Ohio. We would rack up cans or boxes of the sale items and I would
print the price in big numbers on pieces of cardboard, headed by the
word SPECIAL! One day my Dad, who was a great jokester and expert
judge of human nature, handed me a scrap of paper and said, "Here, Sis,
make a card like this for those pork and beans." On the paper was
written, "Ten cents each -- two for a quarter." As I quickly read it, I
looked up at Dad and said, "But this is wrong." He said, "Never mind. I'll
bet you a nickel someone will buy two cans at that price." Sure enough,
Dad was right. Several people bought two cans of beans at the "bargain"
price. Dode P. Paradise, CA
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:
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Wanted: OLD GUITARS AND AMPLIFIERS
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240,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Janet requested a recipe for "Bread pudding". 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.
Old-Fashioned Biscuit Pudding
An old fashioned biscuit pudding with vanilla, eggs, and milk. For
extra flavor, add a little cinnamon and some raisins to this biscuit
4 leftover biscuits
2 cups milk
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons butter
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place bread and 1 cup milk in 1 1/2-quart baking dish; soak until soft.
Add sugar and eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Add butter, vanilla, and remaining milk. Bake at 350° for 35 to 45
minutes, or until pudding is firm and a knife inserted in center comes
Hope you enjoy the recipe,
Carol, From Cullman, Alabama
-- Another Recipe --
My families favorite bread pudding.
1 Quart of scalded milk.
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine
1/2 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon nutmeg
1 Teaspoon vanilla
Mix above ingredients. Add 3 (three) slightly beaten eggs slowly to hot
mixture while beating on medium speed.
Add 3/4 cup sugar mix well.
Pour mixture over 3 cups bread crumbs, biscuits or rolls.
Pour in 2 quart casserole Place in pan of water to bake.
Bake at 350 * firm. In center not hard. Eat alone or top with fruit or
sauce. My families likes vanilla sauce. Hope this is what your looking
for. Good luck Mary Ann. In Texas
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.
I have just returned from our Bruder family reunion where my mother
and her cousins were talking about their grandmothers "hot milk cake".
It was a plain cake, with out flavoring, made with hot milk and baked
in an 8x8 pan in her wood-fire cook-stove. My great-grandmother was
of Polish-German decent. I would love to bake this for our next reunion,
thank you! -Amy W.
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
ZZAC's GLASS & MORE...
Welcome to ZZAC's...you will find alot of different glassware, Steuben,
S $ W, American makers and more!! Come by for a visit!!
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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