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The Collectors Newsletter #354 August 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #354 August 2005
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In this issue, you will read about....
1. "Garage Sale" & "All Are Welcome"
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
Many years ago, I had a "garage sale" in the summertime when I was
moving from an apt. in San Francisco into a house in another part of town.
I asked my best friend who lived up the street if she would like to get rid of
a few things, which she gladly did. When she came over with all kinds of
things, including tools from her husband's over-loaded garage, and other
items, we priced them and put them out with my things. I took a liking to a
sweater that was in her pile and promptly paid $.50 for it. Since it was still
warm weather, the sweater went into the closet but came out again in the
Fall. It was a lovely wool sweater, mustard color with cable stitch in the
front. When it turned chilly, I wore it over to my best friend's house for
dinner. Her husband, who is a quiet guy, proclaimed after dinner, "you
know, I have a sweater just like that". I said "really?". He said, "yes, it was
made in Israel". We laughed at the coincidence of having a sweater that
was such a "look a like" until I remembered that I bought the sweater at our
"garage sale" months before, looked at the tag and realized it was the same
sweater. What he did not know is that his wife had cleaned out his closet
and garage and sold almost all his "extra" things at my "garage sale" 6
months before. The sweater, she reminded him, was 2 sizes too small for
him and obviously, she said, he did not even know it was missing. He was
not happy with his wife but loved it that I, as a friend, had wound up with
"his sweater". To this day, when he sees me, he says, "say, that [whatever
I'm wearing that day] looks really familiar!". C of SF
- Another Story -
All Are Welcome
I work in a 12,000 square foot antique collective. I appreciated the stories
in the newsletter on the young and old and the discrimination by some dealers
Our shop always welcomes "seniors" and we have clients up into their
90's who still love and buy antiques. We have many chairs throughout the
store that may be used by tired husbands. If we don't wish a certain chair
to be used we simply tie a colored ribbon across the arms.
We also welcome the younger generation, asking them "Have you started
collecting anything yet?" We keep a large bowl of varied colored marbles
near the front door and ask the youngsters if they would care to pick one
out for their very own. (We find it sometimes difficult to keep marbles in
We have had more breakage by adults than by little ones, although if the
small fry start getting wild (try "bored") usually a quiet word to the parents
is sufficient, but we never ask them to leave. Arnold at Discovery Antiques
HEY! Send us your "Antique Shop" story. We've had 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) The Latest Antique News
If you have news about an upcoming Antique Show, Auction, Event for
Collectors or any other news related to antiques and collectibles, please
post it online at:
If need help, just drop us a
Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
- Most Popular Pottery & Glass on eBay -
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- New Guide to Collecting Yellowware -
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- Online Newsletter for Collectors -
- Arts & Crafts Movement Newsletter -
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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:
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4) Increase the value of your collection. (Sponsors message)
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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.
Items Looking for Home
Have received a shoe box filled with old family photos that range from the
1880s to 1950s and seem to be connected to papers of Karl G. Karsten
whose certificate from the University of Oxford is dated 1911; a postcard
to Mrs. T.S. Brown of Elmhurst, California from Roma; and Mr. Frank
Smith c/o Lillian Petit of New Orleans, Louisiana; Mr. F.E. Smith of Pine
Lake, Georgia in 1960. written to "Muzz". It is heartbreaking to see this
archive donated to a local thrift store when they could be someone's
heirlooms. Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if there is some interest.
Thank you. Elaine
ELAINE ! If you get a response, don't forget to tell us the details. Send
us a note at LostAndFound@tias.com we want to hear what happens.
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 Friday
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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.
from the time my only son was a toddler i told him it was a rule ..that when
i said "sound off" he had to respond "here i am"..we always would go to
local places ,but i was concerned that i might not be able to find him
because he was shorter than the counters......one day this little voice
said "SOUND OFF".......and i was startled and realized i had to say "HERE
I AM" which caused him to find me.(only around a corner)...in close
proximity was a woman who observed the whole thing her amusement at
the episode told me she must have had at least one or a few kids ...sheila
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: SIGNED AMERICAN PAINTINGS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: AUTHENTIC OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTOR
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 Lysa requested a recipe for "ground beef sandwich with
cole slaw". If you have a variation of
this recipe that you would like to share with our readers, please post
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Here is the recipe for Maidrite loose meat hamburger
Maid-Rite® Style Sandwiches
½ cup water
1 1 ½ pound ground round or lean ground beef
1 ½ cups chicken broth (more or less to liking)
½ teaspoon salt (use less if your broth is salted)
1 teaspoon black pepper (I use more)
6 hamburger buns
hamburger pickles (I will take about 8 pickles, chopped up and add
fresh chopped onion
one slice American cheese per sandwich
Crumble ground beef into a hot skillet and cook over medium high
heat. Add water to the beef.
Stir frequently as the meat browns, using a spatula or the side of a
wooden spoon to break the meat into small crumbles.
When meat has browned, drain to remove water and fat from ground
beef. Add chicken broth, salt, pepper, and chopped onion. Cook
until liquid is almost gone, about 10 - 20 minutes. Sincerely, Marsha
- Another Version -
I too remember sitting at Woolworth's as a child and eating those
wonderful loose ground beef sandwiches. My mother always made
them at home, and this was the recipe she used....I think it tastes
almost identical. She would fry about 2 lbs of ground beef until done
and then add a 10 oz can of Campbells chicken gumbo soup(undiluted),
some salt, pepper, and a little garlic powder, and simmer on medium heat
for about 1/2 hour, stirring periodically. Serve with coleslaw and plain
(not rippled) potato chips, and enjoy the memories! Jan Z.
-Another Version -
I worked at a Woolworth's restaurant in New York called Harvest House
in the early '70's making sandwiches, burgers, etc. The only loose
ground beef sandwich I can think of was a sloppy joe. It was usually
served with french fries and cole slaw. Ground Beef, Onion, Salt and
Pepper, ketchup or barbecue sauce. Joann
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.
Both my mother and grandmother would make a peach pie with a layer
of custard on the bottom. It wasn't one of the recipes with the tapioca
mixed in to the fruit; it was an actual layer beneath the fruit. I have
searched all of the old cookbooks, notebooks, and drawers full of
recipes and have not found anything close. I have looked around on
line as well and nothing really seems to be the same idea. If anyone
out there has a recipe like this, it would be greatly appreciated. I
would love to make this pie for my father, as it was one of his favorites.
Thank you, Lori T.
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:
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These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
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Dealers and collectors of Staffordshire and an assemblage of other
items for 20 years+++ Located at the intersection of route 6 very
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13) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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