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The Collectors Newsletter #363 October 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #363 October 2005
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1. "Fake Roseville" & "Don't Touch" & "More Fakes"
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
Fresh Antiques & Collectibles Just Added
Believe it or not, this is the time of year when TIAS merchants start to
load up on antiques and collectibles for the Holiday Shopping season.
For over 10 years TIAS has been serving online collectors with
quality merchandise at great prices.
Want to see what our dealers have just added? Take a look at:
ALSO! at the bottom of this issue, we've listed 8 brand new merchants
with fresh inventory. Check them out...
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 have always wanted to own a Roseville Jardiničre and pedestal. Several
years ago I found a beauty in a small ‘junke’ shop near my home. It was
priced to sell at $275.00. I asked the owner what she knew about it and she
said she had gotten it for a really great price and was passing the good buy
on to whoever bought it. I loved the looks of it, bought it, and put it in
the car. I then went to a local antique shop to browse around and was
telling the owner of my great find. He asked to look at it. You guessed it;
it was a fake. He said there were a lot of them coming from China, and
showed me a book with my ‘great buy’ listed as one of the fakes to watch
for. Needless to say I took it back to the shop I had purchased it from and
the lady refunded my money. I still do business with her, I think she made
an honest mistake and was gracious enough to correct it. She was making
up a tag that said ‘reproduction’ on it when I left. I still don’t own one, but
who knows, maybe someday I will find one that I can afford at a yard sale.
I can dream, can’t I? :-) Rebecca in Michigan
- Another Story -
Reading about the "no touch" reminded me of when I use to take my 1905
teddy bear with me when I talked to audiences about the new Children's
Toy and Doll Museum we were starting in Marietta, Ohio in 1989. He was
a really tired old bear but everyone wanted to see him. So I put him in a
basket and asked my audience not to touch because he had sawdust
arthritis....It worked....no on touch him...Incidentally, the museum ,
originally housed in a passenger train car moved to a lovely Victorian
home and is receiving visitors on Friday and Saturday 1 to 4Pm ...during
the summer season. Sally Hille, Founder and director imeritus....
Children's Toy and Doll Museum, Marietta, Ohio
- Another Story -
I just had to respond to Cheryl K’s warning to be on the lookout for fake
McCoy pottery. My store, located in Western New York, specializes in
American art pottery. When I first started collecting antiques, I bought
the most adorable string holder to hang on my kitchen wall – a bright
yellow cat holding a ball of string, complete with “age crazing”, clearly
marked “McCoy” on the back. I paid a lot of money for my first piece
of McCoy. Imagine my surprise when I found that very string holder
listed as a fake on the official McCoy website. (No wonder I couldn’t find
it in any of my reference books!)
I still have that piece. Obviously, I couldn’t resell it. I wouldn’t do that to
my customers. (I did have another dealer offer to sell it for me, telling me
I had a right to recoup my losses. I declined.) I bring it with me when I
give lectures on 20th century American art pottery. Most of the people
who attend can’t believe it’s a fake. One woman even found out she has
her own fake string holder – in blue. Just because it’s marked doesn’t
mean it’s authentic! Just because it’s crazed doesn’t mean it’s old. Look
through reference books to familiarize yourself with the various molds,
product lines, colors and glazes that McCoy used and produced. If we
educate ourselves, we’re much less likely to be fooled by the fakes!...
- Reminder -
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2) The Latest Antique News
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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)
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
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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.
The "Drink Bird"
In the last issue Bette asked for some help find this special toy. Here is a
Thank you from her to everyone who responded.
"Wow! I got many helpful responses from my Lost and Found search. It
was so fun to read the emails from friendly people all over the country.
Thanks to all who helped me find this item. My drinking bird is now winging
his way to Oklahoma and I can't wait until he gets here. Hmm, wonder
what the cat will think about it. Thanks again,~bette
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
A TIP FROM THE KOVELS
Antiques and collectibles experts Ralph and Terry Kovel offer this tip in
KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter. It can be hard to
thread a needle, especially with the old pure cotton thread that should be
used for repairing old fabric. Put hairspray on the end of the thread to stiffen
it. Or use a wire needle threader.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
October 7, 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.
I've been a subscriber to your news letter for only a bit over a year now
and look forward to seeing it appear in my in-box. I would hate for the
section Funny Old Stuff to be discontinued so I will attempt to relate this
While out at one of our flea market adventures my Mother and her friend
were looking at some very fine vases. My mother's friend however had
beginnings of Parkinson's Disease. Involuntarily she used to shake
her head. When she asked the man behind the table the price he replied
"five bucks" her head shook. The man then said "OK four bucks", her
head shook again. The man said "OK three bucks, but that is my lowest
price. My mothers friend was willing to pay the five. They both walked
away with their bargain in hand laughing like school girls.....Mary
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 To Buy: Vintage Les Pauls and Stratocasters
WANTED: AUTHENTIC OLD TIFFANY LAMPS BY COLLECTOR
WANTED: Want Round Milk Bottle (s) from all 50 States
WANTED: COLLECTOR BUYING SGD. AMER. PTNGS. 1850-1950
WANTED: STOLEN Goodrich Silvertowns sign
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
Ann requested a recipe for "cookie with apricot preserves"
Here is one of the recipes that were sent in. 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.
The apricot preserves cookie could be the following, found on page 14
of Betty Crocker’s Cooky Book:
˝ cup shortening (half butter or margarine)
˝ cup confectioners’ sugar
2 egg yolks
1 cup flour
˝ cup thick apricot preserves
˝ cup thick pineapple preserves
Coconut Meringue (below)
Heat over to 350 degrees (moderate). Mix shortening, sugar, and egg
yolks thoroughly. Measure flour by dipping method or by sifting. Stir
flour into sugar mixture. Press and flatten mixture to cover bottom of
ungreased oblong pan, 13x9 ˝ x2”. Bake 10 minutes. Remove from
oven and spread with preserves, then with Meringue. Return to oven;
bake about 20 minutes, until meringue is golden brown. Cool slightly; cut
in small bars, about 2x1”. Makes about 4 dozen bars.
Coconut Meringue: Beat 2 egg whites until frothy. Gradually add ˝ cup
sugar; beat until stiff and glossy. Fold in ˝ cup flaked coconut...Karen
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 grandma used to make what she called 'fruitcake' around the holidays.
The funny thing is - the only fruit in the cake was raisins! She made it in
thin layers - about an inch or so each and made about 6 layers.
Plus it was better the older it was! She would start making the cake after
Thanksgiving each year. I always remember each year someone would
say 'can u believe she uses a cup of coffee in this cake'? It didn't taste
anything like coffee but was a light brown color. My Grammie was born
and raised in a little town in Arkansas and moved to Kansas in the 1940's.
If anyone has ever heard of this type of cake, I would love to have the
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
Spirit Earth Antiques, Collectibles & More
Our specialty is vintage costume jewelry. We also have vintage and
antique pottery and glassware, collectibles, memorabilia and more.
Great Lakes Treasure
Great Lakes Treasure specializes in vintage costume jewelry,
watches, vanity items, porcelain, pottery & more. So pull up to the
rail and take a tour of Great Lakes Treasure's hold. Free Shipping
on all orders over $75.00.
Aunt Teek's & Uncle Lectable's Vintage Store
In addition to being an online store, I also have a B&M store located
in Central Texas. If you ever find yourself in Austin, drive about 30
miles northeast to a little town called Taylor for a warm Texas "howdy"!
Kim's Kollectibles stocks items such as vintage jewelry, glassware,
depression glass, china, pottery, collectibles, and wonderful vintage
Christmas items. Stop by for a look back at the past!
Anberly's Antiques & Collectibles
I have a lot of Clear Early American Fostoria, Depression Glass, Milk
Glass, and misc. Kitchen Glass, Fire King Jadite Glass. I am happy to
present my life of collecting dolls of all types and eras, and a lot of misc.
Appletree Junction Antiques
Specializing in your past memories, Rare/Unusual Jewelry, Glassware,
Kitchenware, Pottery/China, With 100% Customer Satisfaction with
The Store Next Door
Stop in and browse through The Store Next Door! Inside you will find
pottery, china, glass, vintage magazines and many fine pieces of
vintage costume jewelry - many signed!
Creative Jewelry by Donna
Handcrafted Artisan Jewelry, specializing in Bali Silver, Artist Lampwork
Beads, Sterling silver, Semi-precious gemstones, and an assortment of
fine materials. Bracelets, Earrings and Necklaces for that special
occasion or everyday wear. All jewelry comes boxed for gift giving.
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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