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The Collectors Newsletter #347 August 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #347 August 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. Several interesting stories
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.
My husband and I bought a house several years ago that was in bad
need of repair and cleaning. The previous owner had been placed in a
nursing home and her son did not have time to clean it up before putting
the house on the market. We started cleaning and found everything
imaginable. This lady was a saver if there ever was one. In cleaning
up the kitchen we found a drawer that had wish bones in it. There was
every size of wish bone that is imaginable. From Goose, turkey down
to small quail bones. Now tell me why would someone save wish bones?
Maybe to make wishes on when someone come to see her? Betty
-- Another Story --
Here in Arkansas on the 2nd week of August ( this year the 11th,12th,
& 13th) our state has what they call Bargains Galore on 64. This is a
100 mile yard sale that reaches from Conway,Arkansas to Fort Smith,
Arkansas on old highway 64, in these 3 days you can find many
collectables at bargain prices and lots of friendly people. There are also
lots of good foods being served along the way and cold drinks of some
kind. So if any of you collectors are wanting to experience some
southern hospitality just come on thru and check this out. You might be
surprised what you find. David, in Pickle City Arkansas (For More info)
-- Another Story --
I recently went to an Estate sale and found a few goodies. Some were
quite pricey, others were very reasonable. I always look at the costume
jewelry and they some in the house with quite high prices on them. I
found a box of "junk" jewelry outside and picked up a plastic bracelet
for a quarter. I brought it home and tested it for Bakelite, which it was.
It still had part of the original sticker still on it. Obviously it had never
been worn. I put it on an online auction and it brought $150.00! Not
bad for a quarter. Laurene
-- Another Story --
After reading about Uncle Louie's ashes accidentally being donated to
a Rummage Sale, I had to share my experience with you. I live in
Burlington, Iowa. It's in South East Iowa and right on the Illinois
border and very close to Missouri.
Years back I went to an Auction. Every so often the local owners of
storage units put the complete contents of the units up for auction. I'm
assuming lack of payment on the renters part. Sometimes the contents
are of real value, usually not.
This particular day it was in the 90's and very humid. The units are
not lighted. I was sifting through one unit all the way to the back and
in the corner. I had just gotten off work and wearing black dress
pants. Noticing something of interest, I picked up this fancy brass
vase with a lid on it. I took off the lid and there was this bag with
something in it. I opened the bag and tipped the vase. The contents
fell in my hands, through my fingers and onto my pants. Due to the
weather and the fact I was sweating, wiping off my pants with my hands
was the wrong thing to do. I had Uncle or Aunt somebody all over me.
After realizing what I had done, (most of the people there still didn't
get it) I contacted one of the auction personnel and they quickly
retrieved the Urn. Now everybody caught on and there I am with my
black and gray pants. Most thought it was humorous, but some looked
a little ill.
I couldn't believe it, but one woman there thought it should have went
up for sale. Doug
HEY! Send us your "Yard Sale-ing" story. We've got some great ones
but we want to hear yours too!
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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
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- Antiques in a Cow Pasture (antique Show) -
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- Rare Coin Sells for $6,302 on eBay -
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- New Portal for Dealers Selling Decorative Arts -
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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 226,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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.
Family Found (From Lost and Found in Newsletter #345)
From the request I posted in the lost and found area of the newsletter I got
several responses that led me to web sites where I put out more messages
and finally received a phone call from Canada. Gunner G. F. Kearns, it
seems, ran away and joined the service at a very young age. His niece had
little information about this man and was delighted to find that we had the
certificate given to him in WW I. We are sending the certificate to the
family. What a great thing it is that you make it possible for people to
find treasures that would otherwise be lost. I'm sure this family greatly
appreciates the services you offer. Thanks Again Ann
Looking for Family
In a storage building buyout in southwest Missouri, an old album of family
photos was found. We are looking for descendants. The family is Mr.
and Mrs. John Knox Miller. They are the grandparents of Margaret Miller
Lucas. I think that this family is from Vinton, Iowa. Contact James Wall at
JAMES ! If you get a response, please send an email to
LostAndFound@tias.com and let us know.
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
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7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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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.
Several years ago we had a driveway sale. Our "across the street"
neighbor's cat, Spunky, decided to join us and was very content to sit on
one of the tables among the items for sale. After about an hour, someone
jokingly suggested I sell the cat. So just for fun I put a price sticker of
25 cents on his head. Spunky never moved from his chosen spot. About an
hour later, my neighbor came over to look at the sale and was suitably
surprised to see his cat for sale. He picked up the cat and took it home
before some one bought it. For years afterward we joked about the time I
tried to sell his cat. Ron O.
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: ORIGINAL EUROPEAN PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
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10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Bev requested a recipe for "dessert pies with white
filling". 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.
I got this recipe about 20 years ago from someone in California. It's
one of my favorites. Any kind of pie filling will work. Enjoy!!
Blueberry Cream Cheese Pie
8 oz. cream cheese
1 c. whipping cream, whipped
3/4 c. powdered sugar
1 t. vanilla
9 inch baked pie crust
1 can blueberry pie filling
Stir powdered sugar and vanilla into cream cheese. Fold in whipping
cream. Pour into 9" baked pie crust. Pour pie filling over the top.
-- Another Recipe --
Hope this is what you need.
I make this for my husband quite often, he loves it!
Susan Cuddy - Greenville, SC
Cherry Yum Yum
1 1/2 sticks margarine
3 cups graham-cracker crumbs
2 envelopes DreamWhip (contents of 2.6-ounce box)
1 cup cold milk
3/4 cup sugar
2 20-ounce cans cherry-pie filling
1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened 1. Melt margarine and
mix with graham cracker crumbs. Cover bottom of 8-by-14-inch pan
with half of this mixture.
2. Meanwhile, mix Dream Whip and milk. When Dream Whip mixture
is whipped, add sugar and cream cheese and mix well.
3. Pour half of Dream Whip mixture over crumbs and then spoon both
cans of cherry pie filling over Dream Whip mixture. Pour remaining
Dream Whip over cherries, then sprinkle remaining half of crumbs for
topping. Keep refrigerated and serve cold.
Jul. 29, 2005
By Michael Hastings
JOURNAL FOOD EDITOR
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.
When I was a child growing up in the 1970's. My Mother had a recipe
for Mock Mushrooms. Some of the ingredients were mushroom pieces,
and ritz crackers. From the best I can
remember...they were made into patties and fried...or they could have
been dropped by spoonful into the frying pan. But the taste rivaled fresh
batter fried morel mushrooms
I would dearly love to have the
recipe again and surprise my Mom who has hunted for the recipe for
years. I believe it might have been lost in our move from the farm.
The original recipe was in a Shelby County Fair Prize Winning Recipe
Thanks for any help.Sincerely
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
Conversation Piece Vintage Treasures & Clothing
Vintage hats, handbags, shoes, dresses, accessories. Fine art glass,
small furniture pieces and kitschy pottery. Each item is personally
chosen from estate sales in the midwest and offered to you as a
conversation piece for your wardrobe and your home.
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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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