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The Collectors Newsletter #344 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #344 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Doggie" and "The Shoe"
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.
When I was in the first grade in Pasadena grade school in Beavertown,
now Kettering, Ohio, for Christmas, I received a glass doggie, that had
pink and green eyes and in the years of moving , somehow(!) he got
lost, believe it or not! I adored this little guy so much and looked for
years for one like him, hoping maybe it might even be the same one. A
few years ago, I went on the longest yardsale in the world with my
brother and sister-in-law, who lived in Kentucky and also visited lots of
antique shops near their home , but no luck. Then my sister took me to
an antique show at the Hara Arena and lo and behold, I found not 1,
not 2 but 3 of these little guys. Of course, I bought the first one, even
tho he had a chip and no color in his eyes. Then my sister stopped at
a booth of a friend and while she was talking, i just browsed around her
booth and got the surprise of my life. She had 2, much better condition
than the one in my hand from the other booth, and lower priced. I
bought both and plan on selling the 2 that I don't need, because there
just might be someone out there looking for years for him , like I did.
When I got home, I even found one in an antique shop here in Calif. !!!!
I love your newsletters. thanks for reading mine. donna,California
-- Another Story --
As many of your readers, My wife and I make a modest living scouring
yardsales and auctions looking for what we call "The Worm" (you no,
...the early bird gets it!).
Several weeks ago, while returning from what seemed to be a bust of a
90 degree morning, we decided to do "just one more" yard sale...just
one block from our home. Since we know most of our neighbor's taste,
we figured it would be another "lots of baby stuff" sale; But we stopped
Grumpy (that's me), hungry (me again), and tired (yup...me), I stood on
the sidewalk looking at what appeared to be a yard converted into a
kitchen, while my wife just had to pull the only two boxes from under a
card table of, what else... kitchen gadgets!
My wife(God bless her patience with me), reached into a box full of
generic Tupperware and whatever may have been emptied from
someone's junk drawer, and held up a 3" porcelain shoe. As if I held the
code to a nuclear arsenal, I whispered "whats on the bottom"....It was
Dresden-clear as a bell...and it was OLD! An ugly piece by today's
standards, but no doubt a find. Because it was in a junk box, and the
owner didn't seem to realize he owned it, the owner questionably asked
a whole 25¢ for it. At the speed of light, the nicest, most shiny quarter in
my pocket was in his hand.
The shoe was worth (bottom end) $125.00 to whatever someone is willing
to pay for a rare genuine German crafted piece of history.
Lessons to learn? Gentleman; BE PATIENT! Go to sleep earlier the night
before, Drink more liquids, and for goodness sake...TRUST YOUR
WIFE'S INSTINCTS! They are usually right on! Brian...Eastern
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
-- Automotive Historian’s Estate Draws Worldwide Attention
-- Large Antique Auction "No Reserve" Millstadt, IL
-- Violin sells for $32,000 at auction
-- Rare WWI Flowers of the Allies Pin
-- 1920's Movie Stars Picturegoer Postcards
-- Cambridge Antique Fair, August 6-7, 2005
-- Wheaton Village will host the Mid-Summer Antiques Show
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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 230,000
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.
We recently purchased a box lot of record albums at a flea market in Ruby,
South Carolina which is near the North Carolina border in the
Monroe/Charlotte area. In the box of lp's we found 3 records that were
apparently done by a singer names Lucile Marty...these are definitely
studio produced records in the manner of what was once called vanity
albums. One small record has the following names hand written on the label:
Dorothy yingling Bill Yingling and Eric L. Clitherde(or something to that
effect). They are dated July 19, 1941 and Easter 1949. If anyone
recognizes the names here and know who they might be, I will be happy to
mail these to the family. The singer names Lucile Marty has a quite lovely
voice and the records are in good shape. If you have info, please send it
to Sandi McBride email@example.com
SANDI! If you get any responses please let us know about it. Send an
email to LostAndFound@tias.com and well let everyone know how your
search turned out.
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
The funky '50s eyeglasses with rhinestone trim or cat's-eye frames are
back in style. According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON
ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, old ones sell well at flea
markets, vintage clothing stores, and online. New '50s-style frames are
being offered in eyeglass stores.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
July 22, 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.
As I read an article from your 'FUNNY OLD STUFF' it brought back many
memories of my mother who always had a joke about anything and
everything. I especially remember back to my second pregnancy back in
'74. Unaware that I was carrying twins, a boy and a girl, I went into labor
during my 7th month prematurely. At the time, their father was in the
service so I called my mother at her job. She left work on her LUNCH
BREAK and ended up taking me to the hospital. That evening I delivered
my twins and because I already had another 1 yr old son at home, my
mother decided not to return back to work so she could stay home to help
me. After helping me for 1 year and after several phone calls from her
job begging her to go back (they had gone through several girls and no
one could quite keep up the accounting end of the business as thoroughly
as she could) she decided it was time to go back to work.
The office was a very large room that accommodated many desks and
all the same people were still working there. The only person that knew
she was going back to work was her office manager.
When she walked back into the large office, everyone looked up and
instead of my mother saying hello, she said: I'M BACK FROM LUNCH!!
Of course everyone went into hysterical laughter and it became a big
joke every time she went to lunch.
My mom has since passed away but the memory of her laughter and her
jokes are with us always. I do believe if there were ever a world's record
for the longest lunch, she would have most definitely won! Corina
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: Trifari lucite leaf or lily pad
WANTED: Buying Milk Bottles From All 50 States
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
230,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Brenda requested a recipe for "Milk Sauce 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.
For last issue's "Hot Milk Cake" The first recipe was missing the milk
amount. Here is the corrected version.
-- Hot Milk Cake --
2 cups sugar
2 cups flour
1 cup hot milk
2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
2 tsp. vanilla
1/2 cup margarine
Beat eggs until foamy. Add sugar, beating until creamy. Add dry
ingredients. continue beating at low speed until well mixed. Add vanilla.
Combine milk and margarine in a small saucepan and bring to boil
over medium heat. Add hot milk mixture to batter a little at a time and
mix well. Bake in greased 9X13X2 pan at 350 degrees for 35 minutes
or until cake pulls away from sides of pan.
My Mom usually used the following Topping on this cake.
-- Topping --
4 Tbs. margarine
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped nuts
1/2 cup coconut
3 Tbs. milk
Combine topping ingredients in small saucepan. Stir over low heat until
of a spreading consistency, adding milk slowly. Spread over hot cake
right from the oven. Place under broiler for a few minutes to brown the
topping. I hope this will help. Carron N. Clare, MI
-- "Milk Sauce" Recipe for bread pudding --
I found two recipes for milk sauce in an antique cookbook. They are both
very basic. There were also recipes for Warm and Cold Cream sauces.
Milk Sauce #1
Dissolve a tablespoon of flour in cold milk (I assume just enough milk to
make a paste); making sure it is free of lumps. Whisk an ounce (two tbs.)
of butter and a cup of sugar to a cream. Add a pinch of salt. Mix together
1 cup milk, one egg, and the flour. Stir this into the butter and add a dash
of nutmeg or any flavor; heat until near boiling point and serve. Very nice
in place of cold cream.
Milk or Cream Sauce #2
Cream or rich milk, simply sweetened with plenty of white sugar and
flavored answers the purpose of some kinds of pudding, and can be made
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.
How Do I make "falling off the bone" barbecued chicken? Do you
boil the chicken first? Precook it? Marinade it? What's the secret? I just
can't seem to get it as tender and as full of flavor as I remember having
it as a kid. I'd love to cook up a huge batch of legs and thighs, slathered
in sauce where the meat just slides off the bone. Please share your
barbecue wisdom with me :-) Bill
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
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
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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