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The Collectors Newsletter #348 August 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #348 August 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Space Cadet" and "More Wishbones" and "
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.
Your editor has a soft spot for old space adventure collectibles for
characters like Tom Corbett and Buck Rogers, so I was quite thrilled to
see video from the space shuttle Discovery of astronaut Steve Robinson
holding a highly collectible, 1954, Tom Corbett, "Space Cadet" lunch box
that he uses in space to hold tools while flying on the shuttle. Take a look
Can anyone name any other collectible items that have been "flown" in
space? send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Another Story -
We got quite a few emails in regard to the reader that inherited a
drawer full of wish bones. Here are a few of the replies.
Hi, Just read the letter about the wish bones. We are cleaning out my 97
year old aunts house in much the same situation. She didn't have the
drawer full but did have a lot of every size. When she was able she
crocheted around them making a pocket in between the long pieces that
would hold a thimble. I think I may still have one here. I think she gave
them to new brides years ago so they would have a thimble to work with
in their new marriage. Lorraine
I don't have a story, but when I read the story about the woman who
collected wishbones, I thought of the crocheted ones a friend on my
mother's made. In the early 50s, she gave them as gifts with a cute verse
attached. I can't remember the words to the verse. Millie
The lady that saved the wishbones in a drawer probably was going to
crochet on them..I have several different sizes that have a little pocket in
the fork of them to hold a thimble...different size wish bones for different
size thimbles...they hang on the wall with ribbon run thru the crocheting
around the outside.....Mildred in Ky.
I just had a comment about the woman who had saved the wishbones.
When I was a little girl, we had a next door neighbor who saved wishbones
because she crocheted on them and turned them into picture frames-the
"open" area right below where the bones connected was where the picture
was inserted. As a little girl I thought they were quite clever. And I still like
the idea of using things on hand.
- Another Story -
A few weeks ago I had my first yard sale and WOO-HOO did I do well.
Over $500 for my old stuff, used stuff, new and filthy dirty stuff!
One of our buyers, a lady, in particular stands out in my mind...I was
tending to buyers, answering questions, taking money, making change,
etc. This woman came over to me and asked "how much" for some silk
curtains that I had laid out for sale. I answered her question about how
much they were, $11. She then pulled out a bag of coins and started to
count them out. I thought to myself, "Oh Lord, I'll be here forever waiting
for this" and excused myself to tend to the rest of my buyers while she
counted her money. I forgot all about her until I went to the table to pick
something up and the lady counting the coins was counting out loud "700,
701, 702, etc.". I glanced down and the lady had counted over 700
PENNIES and it turns out pennies were all she had in her bag! I couldn't
bear to make her count all the way to $11 so I said, "Stop! Stop! You
can have them for $7!" Now....what am I going to do with all these
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 Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
- Just two baseball card manufacturers in 2006 -
- Biggest Antiques Show in Vermont History -
- Record Price Paid on eBay for Lenci Figure -
- 1954 Tom Corbett Lunch Box on Space Shuttle -
- Revolutionary Vintage Ferrari at Christies -
- Madison-Bouckville, NY- Outdoor Antiques Show -
Put the latest DAILY news about antiques and collectibles on your Web site.
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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
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
1950's Hattie Carnegie Choker and Earrings
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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
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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.
Hi TIAS readers! Growing up in Alaska I had a child-size rocking chair
that was inadvertently sold in a rummage sale in Anchorage in the late 60's
or early 70's. I believe my mother used it also when she was a child in the
late '30's. It was made out of something that was tightly woven -- a natural
color wicker? the arms too, with a fairly high rounded back and wooden
rockers. I'd be thrilled to be able to replace it for future family members to
enjoy. My little sister and I spent many contented hours rocking our dolls
to sleep. Thank you for any assistance finding a replacement. Lynne
Please e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
LYNNE! please let us know if you track down a rocker. We all want to hear
about it. Send an email to LostAndFound@tias.com Thanks!
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
1954 TOM CORBETT LUNCH BOX IS IN SPACE!
While space shuttle astronaut Steve Robinson is orbiting the earth in
Discovery, he's carrying the tools he used during his August 3 spacewalk
in his favorite childhood lunch box. The metal lunch box pictures Tom
Corbett, Space Cadet-a science fiction character featured in a 1950s TV
series. Robinson takes the lunch box with him on every voyage. It was
made in 1954 by Aladdin Industries.
The Tom Corbett, Space Cadet lunch box is listed in KOVELS' ANTIQUES
& COLLECTIBLES PRICE LIST 2005 for $350. We're sure Robinson's
lunch box will be worth lots more after it returns to earth.
SPECIAL OFFER-Order KOVELS' ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES PRICE
LIST 2005 online, and the Kovels will send you this year's new 16-page
leaflet, "Fakes, Fantasies & Reproductions No. 6," FREE!
For more information and to order- click here:
For more lunch box prices, visit the Kovels' antiques and collectibles website,
and click on Kovels' Online Price Guide. Then you can
search the Lunch Box category.
You can see a picture of the lunch box at:
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
August 5, 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.
Yesterday my husband and I were in an antique mall browsing. Along comes
a young couple with a baby in the stroller and another little boy about age 4.
Mommy kept telling the little guy he was not allowed to touch anything so as
not to break it. Whenever she would pick up something, he would quickly
question her "Is it on sale". Just thought that was cute hearing it from a small
child who probably shops with a mom who is always looking for bargains -
even at the antique mall. We dabbling collectors are always looking for the
sale and bargain items, you know!
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
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 Catherine requested a recipe for "Mock Mushrooms". 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.
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8 oz.) can mushroom bits and pieces, well drained
1 egg, beaten
Mix together, adding enough cracker crumbs to make a mixture like a
salmon patty mixture. Form into small patties. Fry in butter until brown.
Tastes like fried mushrooms. DELICIOUS! LOVE Suzanne
-- Another Recipe --
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 (8 oz.) can mushroom bits & pieces
30 Ritz crackers, crushed
3 tbsp. flour
1/2 tsp. salt
Combine all ingredients. Let set overnight. Spoon into hot
grease. Fry slowly. If mixture is too thin, add a few more
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 late grandmother who passed away some 55 years ago used to
make cookies I loved. They were called Barney Google cookies.
Does anyone have a recipe for these? I have searched many times
and many sources but never found one. Many thanks. Georgene S.
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
Chris's Collectibles & Antiques
Specializing in Glass, Jewelry, Pottery, Dolls & More... New items
AJ's Hidden Treasures
Come visit my store and you will find a huge variety of new and old
collectables, antiques, winnie the pooh, cherished teddies, dreamsicles,
toys, books and treasured nostalgic memory items!! I add new things
everyday, so check back often!!
We are the proud owners of miniature show horses and specialize in
Trail of Painted Ponies. These ceramic horses, coffee mugs, pins,
lamps, snow globes and ornaments are new collectables. Some of them
have already retired and tripled in price.
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
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
as well. Sign up today at:
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