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The Collectors Newsletter #366 October 2005
The Collectors Newsletter #366 October 2005
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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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Believe it or not, this is the time of year when TIAS merchants start to
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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.
Here come the "Haunted" stories. Send yours to firstname.lastname@example.org
Ten years ago, I lived with my two sons, ages 15 and 9 in my in-laws
house. They (in-laws) were both deceased, so my husband and I and
our sons lived in the house. One night while my youngest son, Jason,
and I were watching a video in my bedroom, we heard the sound of our
dining room drawer (it had rollers that made a distinct sound), the
sound of the drawer being opened and closed. My older son, John,
wasn't watching the video with us. When we first heard the noise,
Jason looked at me and said "What the heck is John doing?" I told him
to go tell him to stop doing that (with the drawer). He got up and went
down the hallway to the dining room, passing John's bedroom, seeing
that he was sleeping. He said he looked at the drawer and it was rolling
closed as he watched, with no one around. He ran back and jumped in
my bed, yelling "John's not doing it, he's sleeping, and I saw the drawer
shut by itself!" Need less to say we both just stayed put until daylight.
-- Another Story --
I live an old house built in 1898. When we moved in, I was slightly
apprehensive that there might be a ghost. We lived in the house for a
year and nothing happened. One day I was alone in the house,
reading in bed, and fell asleep.I'm a loud snorer, and I guess the
ghost didn't like it! Suddenly I felt a hard tap on my shoulder, waking
me up. Since this time, I have had several instances of strange things
happening. I was in my family room and the lampshade next to me
began swinging wildly side to side. When I said"I know you're there
stop it!, it stopped.
We were renovating our bedroom by stripping paint from the
woodwork. I started into the room with my stripping tools and heard
a man's voice say "Don't! It was really bizarre because the voice
sounded like am radio station slightly out of tune, kind of crackly and
I've also had instances where I've slept in the extra bedroom and the
strong smell of skunk was in the room, but not perceptible anywhere
else in the house.I know I wasn't imagininig it , because I asked my
son to come in the room, he started looking for the skunk that wasn't
there! I am slightly upset that none of these things have happened to
my husband, he thinks I'm nuts! Nancy
-- Another Story --
I want to tell you about a ghost -- years later I found out that people
had nickname her the "red lady". I first encountered her in the building
where I worked here in Ohio.
She was beautiful with blond hair and wearing a red dress and shoes,
both which resembled the 1940s dresses and shoe style. The first time
I encountered her was during a building check -- we would take a
flashlight since all the lights were out and we had to go around checking
the doors. She was walking in front of me, hair up in what appeared to
be a hairnet and similar to the way women wore their hair in the 40s, and
I hollered out to her and she just coyly looked over her shoulder and
smiled at me (as she had turned I saw she was holding a baby in her
arms) and continued on right through a brick wall.
Since I was new, and knew my two supervisors were wizzes with
computerized things and also pranksters I thought they had somehow
rigged a projection image to do this. Didn't think of it much more until I
saw her again -- this time with the baby, holding another young child's
hands, same outfit and shoes, but her hair flowing down and she walked
right through a solid oak door.
After quite a few times of seeing her I finally mentioned it to some of my
co-workers and was told THAT was the reason I was always sent to do the
checks and they didn't like doing them. They also told me about the cells
and of the German prisoners of war who used to be kept in the basement
of our building during WWII, and how some had died while there due to
flus and other things that went around. They told me this lady in red had
been seen by many but she always frightened them -- and I said it had to
be some sort of prank and I wasn't frightened since she would always
smile, nod or wave to me and go on her way. They said, it wasn't a prank.
About 5 years later we had a picnic and many of the retirees and others
who had worked there were invited -- as we were sitting around chatting I
asked if any of them had ever seen the ghost in the building and they
almost all had seen her at night when working -- so as to see if they were
just pulling my leg I asked everyone to write down exactly what they
remember her looking like and all details of her without talking about it to
one another and then we compared -- we ALL had the red dress 40ish
looking, shoes 40ish style blond hair -- but none of them had ever seen
the 2 children with her, and they all had only seen her hair up in a 40ish
style -- but they all did say she would smile at them and then walk through
walls, windows, doors, etc. Strange how she had shown me her two
children and "let her hair down" for me and not for them, and sometimes
would wave to me -- but then, maybe she realized I had children and
wouldn't hurt her ,as she wouldn't hurt me. ..Judith
- We Want Your Haunted Story -
Send us your story about haunted building, antiques and collectibles.
Readers have been sending in some great ones for Halloween and we'll
keep publishing them for as long as they keep coming in. Send them
Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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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
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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.
I have a family history book that was written by a person named Sharon
Taylor. The name of the book is "The Amazing Story of The Mastins in
America" . It was published in 1982 by Halbert's Inc. of Bath, Ohio. This
is a hardcover book of about 107 pages, it is a genealogy of the Mastin
name. It covers a bit about the Mastin family, shows the Coat of Arms for
the family name and has a list of addresses of family members by state.
If anyone would like this book please contact me at Rickbo1@charter.net .
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
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,
7) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
October 25, 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.
Here is a "Halloween' funny....:-) One of our friends shared with us an
incident involving their 3-year old daughter. Apparently Olivia (3-yr. old)
had marked on the wall with crayons and then covered each of the marks
with a band-aid. When her mother (my friend) saw what she had done,
she asked Olivia what happened. Olivia looked straight at her with BIG
EYES and said, "It was a dhost! (ghost!). We chuckle at this...even when
it isn't Halloween!;-) gmp
Do you have a funny family story 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: *AUTHENTIC* OLD TIFFANY LAMPS WANTED BY COLLECTORS
Wanted To Buy: Vintage Les Pauls and Stratocasters
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
10) A Vintage Recipe
We had a request for "A Favorite Halloween Cookie Recipe"
Here are two 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.
SPICE COOKIES WITH PUMPKIN DIP
1 ½ C. butter or margarine, softened
2 C. sugar
½ C molasses
4 C flour
4 t. baking soda
2 t. cinnamon
1 t. each ground ginger and cloves
1 t. salt
PUMPKIN DIP: 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened 1 can
pumpkin (18 ounces) 2 C. powdered sugar ½ t. cinnamon and ginger.
In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar. Add eggs, one at a time
beating well after each addition. Add molasses. Combine dry ingredients
add to cream mixture and mix well. Chill overnight. Shape into ½ inch
balls and roll in sugar. Place 2 inches apart on a ungreased baking
sheet. Bake 6-8 minutes at 375. Cool for 2 minutes before removing
to cool. For dip beat cheese adding pumpkin. Add sugar, and spices
beating well. Serve with cookies, store leftover dip in fridge. Yield
about 20 dozen cookies 3 C. dip
When I think fall, I think these cookies! This came from a magazine
winning 2nd prize! It makes a ton, so be hungry when you make them!
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 request is for a recipe that I knew as grandma's floating devils.
They were small chocolate cakes that were baked in a chocolate sauce.
I use to make this for my children when they were small and I have
misplaced the recipe. If any one can help it would be appreciated.
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
Quinsippi Mercantile Company
We offer a wide assortment of vintage collectibles specializing in
advertising, ephemera items, glassware, china, pottery and much more.
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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3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
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