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The Collectors Newsletter #346 July 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #346 July 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "The Box" and "Found In The Walls"
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 these stories, 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 have the privilege of working for our local hospice program, and the
main fund raiser for the year has become what is called the "Rummage
Market" - the "Something For Everyone Sale". Now this is not your
everyday rummage or garage sale. It's a huge extravaganza. We fill
20,000 square feet or more of our local Fairgrounds buildings with A-Z
items. Literally everything plus the kitchen sink ( or 2).
Anyway, every year we have some very interesting donations - and
the volunteers chuckle to see what can be the "item of the year". A boat
with holes, various odd items, but the one a couple of years ago had to
beat them all.
As Director, I'm called upon to make decisions on what to do with items
that may be - uh- well, not too appropriate for sale or perhaps
questionable ethically. So how surprised I was when the volunteers
presented me with a "box" which had been donated. It was postmarked
from the early 1980's and clearly hadn't been opened. What caught their
attention was that it had been sent from a local mortuary - and obviously
was a box of ashes!!!
What a dilemma! I looked at the name and was able to recognize it as
a local family from a town nearby. Fortunately in a small town you know
someone who may be related, so I called the relative and found a way to
somehow explain what I had in my possession.
Imagine how surprised she was - "oh that has to be Uncle Louie's
ashes!!!" The whole family had been wondering what ever came of them.
After some research, they found that an elderly relative had donated many
items from her home, and apparently Louie had been boxed up with the
rest of her things.
The family was really happy to have Louie back home, and the volunteers
were grateful not to have opened that box!
And so we prepare for our next big sale. If anyone is out on the west
coast, be sure to plan a trip to Gold Beach, Oregon for the next big
Rummage Market August 26,27.28. It's really quite amazing and may
make the Guinness Book for largest "garage,rummage, yard sales". And
you just never know what you may find.....Lori K.
-- Another Story --
Found in the Walls
We finally moved into the family farm, in 2004, much updating had to
be done, plumbing, siding, replacing the rusty metal cupboards, shingles,
etc. When we were replacing some of the boards under the eave, we
found a small, mouse chewed, leather change purse, empty, a coin
could have provided at least a date. If baby shoes are for good luck, what
would an empty coin purse mean? A full one, prosperity, empty, don't
know. Any Clue? Lucy
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 Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
- World Record Price For Asian Antique -
- 350 Dealers at Marburger Farm Antique Show -
- "Olden Days" Festival in Jersey County, IL -
- In the July Issue of the Kovels Newsletter -
- DNA security marker for Antiques and Art -
- Records Broken at Sotheby's for "Old Masters" -
Put the latest news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site. It's
easy to do. Go to
to get the code.
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)
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
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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.
I am looking for a fortune telling game that I remember from my great
grandmother. From my hazy recollection, it was designed to appear
Chinese and had a Chinese sounding name ( maybe with" hoy" in the
name). It was brightly colored with cards and a folding board for the
lay out, as nearly as I can recall. I have found another game that
belonged to my great grandmother; "old gypsy fortune telling cards"
which was made by whitman publishing in the 1940s. So maybe the other
game was from the same era??? Any help in locating the "Chinese" game
or getting a more accurate description will be much appreciated. Gay
GAY! If someone helps you track down the game, please let us know.
Just drop an email to email@example.com and tell us know how it
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
According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, PLAYER PIANOS no longer sell well, unless
they're already rebuilt and working. It costs about $2,000 to rebuild one.
Old player pianos will need rebuilding sooner or later, so even if they're
still working, buyers worry about the future expense.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
July 29, 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.
I have an average of two yard sales per year, and they are very well attended.
One time, I got swamped so that my husband had to come out to help. He
brought our Lasa Apsul out on a leash with him.
"Here," he said. "List this thing for sale. I'll even throw in the fleas free."
One man looked up from the box he was rummaging in. "Well, I thought this
was a yard sale - not a flea market!" Marilu
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: ORIGINAL EUROPEAN PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
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 Judy requested a recipe for "Picalilli". 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.
This has to be the recipe. It has brown sugar not regular sugar and
is from The 1969 Ball Blue Book Easy Guide to Tasty, Thrifty home
Canning and Freezing at page 61:
4 quarts cored, chopped green tomatoes (about 32 medium)
2 quarts chopped cabbage (about 1 large head)
2 cups chopped sweet red peppers (about 4 medium)
1 cup chopped onions
˝ cup salt
1 ˝ cups brown sugar, packed
2 tablespoons mustard seed
1 tablespoon celery seed
1 tablespoon prepared horseradish
4 ˝ cups vinegar
Sprinkle salt over vegetables and mix thoroughly; let stand 3 to 4 hours.
Drain thoroughly. Press to remove free liquid. Add sugar, spices and
horseradish to vinegar; simmer 15 minutes. Add vegetables and heat
to boiling. Pack, boiling hot, into sterilized Ball jars, leaving 1/8-inch
head space. Adjust caps. Yield: about 7 pints.
Although I have not made this recipe, I am assuming that the vinegar is
“apple cider vinegar” – at least that is what I have used with success in
other recipes from this vintage recipe booklet. Karen L.
-- Another Version --
From Fredericksburg (Texas) Home Kitchen Cook Book (1967)
8 quarts green tomatoes, chopped fine
1 quart onions, chopped fine
1 quart green peppers, chopped fine
Mix with 3/4 cup salt and let stand overnight
Then squeeze dry, put in a kettle, cover with diluted vinegar and bring
to a boil.
Add: 2 dozen cloves
1 dozen allspice
2 oz. mustard
1/4 teaspoon cayenne
2 cups sugar
Cook about an hour. Seal in jars.
From Miss Anna G.
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.
Hi - I have a request for a Recipe that was popular about 40 years ago.
At Wedding Showers dessert pies were available. The pies had a pre
baked crust - Filled with a white delicious filling and then topped with a
fruit topping followed by Whipped Cream. I suspect that the Fruit
Topping was canned Pie filling. Would love the Recipe for the White
Filling below the Pie filling. Can anyone help me? Thanks Bev
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
AJ's Hidden Treasures
Come visit my store and you will find a huge variety of new and old
collectables, antiques, unique glassware, toys, books and treasured
nostalgic memory items!!
Aunt Nell's Attic
We are always looking for something 'odd' and we carry things from
silver to textiles to kitchen collectibles to first edition Little Golden
Books. We strive to have a wide collection of many different articles.
Come see us!!
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
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If you have more than a few items to sell,
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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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