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The Collectors Newsletter #349 August 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #349 August 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Insider Treasure" and "The Special Walk" and "The Hot list"
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 always like to hear stories about people finding valuable treasures at
garage sales, like the one's published here. I am always thinking about
the Holy Grail of finding a forgotten master painting at a flea market. I
do have a number of my own stories about items that I have found at
"other people's sales" including garage sales, flea markets and auctions.
This story however, is about a treasure that I found at MY OWN garage
Back in January I purchased a "boxed lot" from an auction house in
Houston, TX. that I often attend. I really like the boxed lots as I usually
get them relatively cheaply then I dig through them and keep or sell the
best items. It is usually quite profitable. Recently, I found a pair of 18th
Century asparagus tongs thrown in with a $30 box of silverware from
the same auction! With this box, I went through and picked out what I
thought were all the "valuable items". Most of them I sold on the
Internet, the rest of the "junk" was relegated to the area of my garage
reserved for my garage sale stuff.
Last Saturday was garage sale day. As I removed the boxes and set the
items on the table I noticed a small charcoal and grey colored pot. It
had a nice geometric design and looked relatively old. I then did what
every antique aficionado does. Instinctively, I flipped it over and read
the bottom. Hmm, I thought, "Minnie", "Santa Clara".
I have run across some great vintage California Pottery and some of it
is quite valuable. That's where Santa Clara is, in California, right? I
decided that I should set this vase aside and check to see if it worth
Late Sunday night I looked up "Minnie" and "Santa Clara" on the internet
and was happy to find out that there is another Santa Clara that is NOT in
California. It is in New Mexico. I also learned that vintage Minnie Vigil
Native American pottery is quite valuable.
I had actually run across a rare treasure at MY OWN garage sale,
thankfully my reputation as an expert garage sale hunter remains intact
as I rescued this item before it was snatched away by an adversary. I
currently have the item on Ebay in case anyone is interested. I won't
list the item number as this story is not meant as an advertisement but
you can find it if, as Paul Harvey would say, you are interested in
"the rest of the story". Erik
- Another Story -
The Special Walk
I am often accompanied by my granddaughter Allison,when I go
'antiquing". She loves to go with me and share's in my enjoyment of
pretty glassware and jewelry in particular. At three years old, I was able
to take her with me and she was always good about not touching or
handling the merchandise. My solution?? I explained to her that when
we were in an antique store that we had a 'Special Walk.' We were to
hold our arms behind us and clasp our hands.An elderly lady and
gentleman strolled by us, in just this style of walking and helped drive
the idea home to her. She looks at me now at five years old and shares
a smile when she sees someone walking with the 'Special Walk",even
if we're at Wal Mart!! Sandy H.
- Another Story -
The "Hot List" For August
What were the most requested antiques and collectibles in July of
2005? Check out the updated list at:
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
- Muhammad Ali Settles Memorabilia Lawsuit -
- The Most Requested Antiques & Collectibles -
- Huge Coin Auction -
- Rhinebeck, NEW YORK Antiques Fair -
- Collectible Japanese Animation Art -
- Sotheby's to Sell Property of Shirley Basey -
- 6th Annual "Bargains Galore" on 64 in Arkansas -
- Greater Boston Antiques Festival - Fall Edition -
Put the latest DAILY 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 226,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
The Online Auction Color Chart®
1950's Hattie Carnegie Choker and Earrings
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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
antique or collectible.
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.
Item Needs Home
Hi, Through my yard sale escapades, I came into possession of a box of
"stuff". As I sorted thru it I found and old award from the Michigan State
Fair in 1908. It is a 2 1/4 inch round medallion that may be silver or nickel
(?). The inscription reads:
MICHIGAN STATE FAIR
under one year
The opposite side just has the Michigan State emblem on it.
I tried to contact the Michigan State Fair Board to get records and trace the
owner (or family) but have not gotten any response. I'd be tickled to get this
little treasure into the proper hands. If any of the tias family can help,
I'd really appreciate it! Thanks, Dona email@example.com
DONA! if you get a response to you request, PLEASE let us all know.
Send an email to LostAndFound@tias.com with details.
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 Tuesday
August 9, 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.
When I retired in 1985 I moved into my wonderful 1912 California Bungalow
in Long Beach, CA, next door to a young couple with two kids. The girl,
Jessica, was five and the little boy, Nickie, was three. The people I bought
the house from had two children about the same age and the two families
were close friends. The kids were accustomed to running into each other's
house to play or snack or whatever.
Now here I should explain that at the time I was 62 years old, never married
and, of course, I had no children or grandchildren. So my house, which
was filled with antiques and treasures from a lifetime of collecting, was not
designed to accommodate children.
It wasn't long until Jessica and Nickie came over to see me and would have
walked right in, but the screen door was locked. I came to the door as soon
as I heard them and went out on the porch to talk to them. Soon we were
best of friends and I enjoyed telling them stories or showing them how to
make up a game how to make a scarecrow for Halloween. But our meetings
were always held on the porch and they became accustomed to calling me
to come out instead of trying to come in.
One day as I came to the door in response to their knock, little Nickie looked
up at me and in a very serious voice said, "We can't come into your house
cause it's too spensive." Dode
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: Vintage Clothing Late 60's and Older
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 Georgene S. requested a recipe for "Barney Google
cookies". 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.
Barney Google Cookies
1 1/2 cups once sifted all purpose flour
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon milk
3/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup melted butter
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup coconut
1 teaspoon vanilla
Make first layer like pastry and press into bottom of 9 x 13 baking
pan, cover with apricot jam (to make this easier, heat jam in
microwave for 30 seconds on high). Beat melted butter with sugar,
add egg and coconut, stir in vanilla, spread over jam, bake in 350
degree oven for 30 minutes. Cool and cut into squares.
-- Another Version --
The Barney Google recipe I have is very easy.
1 pkg of large marshmallows
Melt a package of caramels ( take wrappers off first!!!!)
I used a double boiler to melt the caramels and then used a fork to
dip the marshmallows in the melted caramel. If the melted caramel
is not soft enough, add a tiny bit of milk.
Empty a package of chopped nuts ( walnuts or peanuts) into a
Roll the caramel marshmallow in the nuts.
Set on a piece of waxed paper to dry, harden and cool
Keep dipping until you use up the melted caramel
(Have plenty of chopped nuts on hand, it takes quite a bit). Joran
-- Another Version --
1/2 c. butter
1/4 c. powdered sugar
1 c. plus 2 tsp. flour
1 tsp. milk
Raspberry jam (amount to your taste)
Cream butter and sugar. Add rest of the ingredients. Spread in
pan. Cover with jam.
2 tsp. butter, softened
1 c. brown sugar
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. vanilla
2 c. flaked coconut
A few nuts
Cream butter and sugar. Add eggs and rest of ingredients. Spread
over bottom layer. Sprinkle with coconuts and nuts. Bake at 350
degrees for 25 to 30 minutes in a 8 x 12 inch pan.
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 want a fudge recipe (for good old fashioned fudge), both white and
dark fudge....I tasted a white fudge with almonds in it and a hint of
cherry....It was sooooo good. And it was almost soft to the touch.
Any help would be appreciated :) Thank you. Joycelle
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
Discover Kattale Keepsakes! Offering an eclectic mix of Signed 1st
Editions, Fine literature, unique memorabilia, Midwest Regional
Histories, along with many unique items of surname and genealogy
interest. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and reasonable
King Arthur Antiques
King Arthur Antiques offers an eclectic inventory including books,
jewelry, china, glassware, pottery, kitchen items and a large selection
of other collectibles.
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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4. Get an online appraisal
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5. The Latest News regarding Antiques & Collectibles
Take a look at
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