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The Collectors Newsletter #359 September 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #359 September 2005
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1. "The Growing Dress" and "More BB Guns"
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.
The Growing Dress
I was looking at some collectable 1960's retro clothes and spied a crocheted
dress similar to one I had made back in 1968 while at school. The memory
of that dress brought tears to my eyes as I remembered what happened to it!
It was made in a lovely white crepe 'wool' - painstakingly crocheted in
scalloped shell design into a gorgeous mini dress. I worked night and day to
get it ready for a dance at my youth club. I succeeded and walked to the
hall - just at the end of my road. When I arrived I noticed the hem had
dropped about three inches. Halfway through the night I had to sit down as
the hem reached my knees and by the time I got home it was just below my
knees! I removed the bottom rows, hung it up and made it short again - it
still looked great. That weekend I wore my new dress to a dog show and yes
- I had to go and sit down when it reached my knees again!
By now the little scalloped shells were the size of enormous oysters so my
aunt suggested we hung it up for the week, un-pick it and she would make
me a lovely cable sweater. I wore the beautiful sweater to youth club - the
neck got bigger and bigger and the sleeves slowly passed my wrists and the
bottom edge crept down from waist to hips! My aunt managed to take it in
and make it smaller - and you guessed it - it just kept on growing! Three
times it was taken in and reworked until we admitted defeat! The jumper
was un-picked and made into knitted dishcloths and believe it or not they
stretched and stretched until we chucked them out! This 'wool' had a life
of its own - it never stopped growing.
I have never crocheted another dress! Sheena
- Another Story -
BB Guns. Well when we were young, my very active brother begged and
begged for a BB gun. (I am not sure why as I now have perspective as an
adult), but my dad brought him one - against my mom's wishes - when he
was maybe 10 or 11.
His first day, it was raining so he made a bullseye out of the side of a
cardboard box (from a brand new washing machine my mom had gotten a
few days previous) and stood it up in front of the washer and happily spent
the rest of the afternoon practicing his aim. Imagine my mom's surprise
when she moved the cardboard to load the wash. Yup, her new washing
machine was riddled with pockmarks from the BB's. I never saw the gun
HEY! Send us your "Antique Finds" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
to your email inbox. Sign up at:
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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 200,000
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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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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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.
My husband and I sell used books. We purchased a box of old books at a yard
sale in southern Maine. Among the items was a baby book belonging to Judith
Ann French, born March 15, 1946 to Mr. & Mrs. Richard Alvin French of 197
Pleasant Avenue, Portland, Maine. Her birth announcement, a lock of her
hair, a list of gifts received are just a few of the things included in this
book. The book is in bad shape but I would like to return it to its
Also included in this box of treasures are two original Baptism certificates
belonging to Daniel Parker Hatch, baptized on Dec 1, 1935 son of Wm. P.
Hatch and Addie Mason Hatch. Daniel was born Dec. 4, 1905. Daniel's son
Donald Parker Hatch was baptized on the same day as his father-Dec. 1, 1935.
Donald was born Sept. 21, 1934 to Daniel Parker Hatch & Dorothy Hamm? Hatch.
A Line A Day diary for Daniel Parker Hatch with a few entries for the years
1917-1921 was also in the box.
Please send e-mail to email@example.com with "Wanting to return personal
items" in the subject line.
Thank you Lynn Kennedy Presque Isle, Maine
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
KOVELS' TIPS FOR DEALING WITH DISASTER
The water has receded. Your family is safe; your home is intact; but your
antiques and collectibles are still at risk. What should you do next to
salvage your collection? The answers are in "Dealing with Disaster," a
special report by Ralph and Terry Kovel. To order "Kovels' Dealing with
Disaster," go to:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
After reading the story about the "Peanut Butter Rolls" I knew I must pass our
Being an antique dealer I'm all about tradition and history...so thought I'd
start a few with my 9 year old daughter at the time. One in particular was
building/baking a Christmas gingerbread house. Being a working single
mom I thought I would cheat a little and buy one of those fantastic kits! So
one night after a hard days work my daughter got in her head that tonight
was the night that we should get baking! I finally gave in to her and we
started constructing this house together....easier said than done. Well the
consistency of the icing must be quite thick like a cement, being tuckered I
kinda made it more like icing for a cake! When we started to build this
spectacular house of ours...the walls and roof started sliding all over...and
eventually completely fell apart...We didn't know what to do, our efforts of
saving this house were fruitless and eventually we caught each others eye
and started laughing, then started to fling this snowy icing at each other
(can't remember who started first)...In the middle of this fiasco my son
walked in from playing street hockey (yes we live in Canada) so my
daughter and I decided to "get him". When he realized what we were on
about, he ran all the way upstairs and wrapped himself in the shower
curtain! We never laughed so much!
It took me forever to clean that goop up...it was even in the baseboards!
Our house will be for sale shortly, and I wonder if the new owners will go
"what the heck is this stuck in the baseboards", because I'm sure it's still
stuck somewhere in that kitchen!
Till this day my daughter and I giggle when we see these kits for sale in the
stores around Christmas! Regards, Mary from Ontario
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: STOLEN Goodrich Silvertowns sign
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
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
In the last issue Kym O. request a recipe for "Chicken in a cloud"
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.
Chicken in a Cloud
3-1/2 cups hot mashed potatoes (no milk, butter or seasonings added)
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
1 (2.8-ounce) can French-fried onions
2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Salt to taste
1-1/2 cups shredded or cubed cooked chicken or turkey
1 (10-ounce) package frozen mixed vegetables, thawed and drained
1 (10 3/4-ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup, undiluted
1/4 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Combine all of the potato shell ingredients; spread over the bottom and up
the sides of a greased 2-qt. shallow baking dish. In a large bowl, combine
filling ingredients; pour gently into shell. Bake, uncovered, at 375° for
40 minutes or until heated through. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
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.
A good recipe for Fish n Chips? I had these in the UK when I was
on vacation with my parents back in the late 60's. I remember having
them with malt vinegar and the whole mess was served wrapped in
newspaper. It was great!
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:
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These merchants just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
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over the world. I guarantee your satisfaction with a 7-day money back
guarantee no questions asked. I accept checks, money orders or bank
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
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