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The Collectors Newsletter #388 January 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #388 January 2006
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1. Stories From Readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
3. Your Classifieds
4. Lost and Found
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New Online Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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This year, open your own online shop at TIAS.com and turn that
treasure into cash. It's easy to get started, take a look at:
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.
Just a note about the fruitcakes...
my husband used to get them every year from his company, but now, no
longer does. Our backyard family truly misses it because the birds loved
that feast every year. So, although we hate fruitcake, we miss receiving one
and now go out and purchase one each holiday. So, to the folks that also
aren't enamored with them, please remember what a beautiful addition it
can be up against the snow for our feathered friends and squirrels.
Being the oldest and only girl in my family, I had the honor of taking care of
my Mom who had severe back and leg problems. My youngest brother who
was still in school and not able to help, surprised me one day with a beautiful
topaz ring as his way of saying thank you for helping Mom. Over the years
I wore the ring until one day while at work I looked down and the stone was
missing. I couldn't imagine where it could be until about 10 years later we
hired a new girl and in doing so she took over my office. Imagine my
surprise when, while putting her things into the file cabinet, she let out this
yell that she had found a stone and it must be real. Apparently while I was
filing so many years before, the rather large stone fell out of the setting
face down and lodged into the corner of the very last drawer of the file
cabinet. Needless to say I called my brother, my Mom and headed to the
nearest jewelry store to have it reset. Mom is no longer with us, but I still
proudly wear the ring. Earline T. Raceland, Louisiana
This last fall, I was returning home from the yard sale my parents, sister
and I were having over the weekend. I was nearing my driveway when I
noticed a small sign advertising a yard sale just down the block and
scheduled to begin at 6:00am the next day. At that time of year, in these
parts, I knew it would still be dark outside that early in the morning. I also
knew that I needed to be at the folks house for our sale by 7:30am. I have
in the past, enjoyed going to auctions and the occasional flea market but
had been newly bitten by the yard and garage sale bug just earlier that
year, in the springtime. Taking all of this into consideration, I was leaning
toward not bothering to stop at this little sale. The next morning came and
I awoke early. After my customary cup of coffee, I decided to give it a go.
I waited until 7:00am after the sun had made her beautiful entrance.
Down the street I went to a small home with several motorcycles and cars
sitting in the backyard. I believe that I was the first to arrive and the people
were still setting out their items. At first, I was dismayed to find the majority
of the goods were mechanics tools and some contemporary housewares.
Nothing of tremendous interest, at least not to me. I was rounding the
picnic table as the ladies were unpacking a box of nick knacks. Then I
seen it. I had been to enough auctions and thumbed through enough
publications to recognize that what the young lady had just taken from it's
newspaper wrapping, was none other than a very substantial looking Old
Sleepy Eye tankard. So as not to seem to interested, I continued to look
over the odds and ends laying about. Once the girl had placed the piece
on the table, I calmly asked what price she was asking. She spoke up and
said $2.00. I immediately replied that I would take it. I could barely contain
myself as I walked around the other side of the table and noticed two 1950's
(ish) metal 7up carriers, stacked one inside the other marked .25 cents.
At this point I believe I was noticeably trembling with excitement and quickly
made my purchases. I hurried home to check my books and Kovels.com
for a possible value. Needless to say, I was floored to find that I was the
new owner of a blue on gray, Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Stein, valued at
approximately $800.00. The condition was excellent, without chips, cracks
or any defects beyond those which are as a result of the manufacturing
process. Shortly thereafter, I decided to list the piece on eBay and was
wonderfully pleased to see it sell at just under $500.00. I also sold one of
the soda carriers but have kept the other for myself, to remind me of that
fabulous day when I found such a treasure and to inspire me never to pass
up a sale, just in case I would miss another. Thank You! Most sincerely,
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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
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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
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4) 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.
Looking for fellow collectors in New York City. I am interested in learning
more about antiques and collectibles. How to spot and appraise them, how to
sell them, how to buy them. I live in NYC and I wonder if you have any info
on classes, or people who would teach or be interested in mentoring a
mature person in the art of appraising and collecting antiques.
Thank you, Alex
If anyone in New York City is interested in helping out Alex and meeting
other people that are interested in antiques and collectibles, We've set-up
a forum so that people can discuss the possibility of setting up an in
person meeting spot in NYC to get together in person. Go to:
I noticed there are increasing yearbook requests. I have some of my
father-in-law (deceased) from Moscow, Idaho that we had thought to throw
away not knowing what to do with them. Is there a way you could facilitate
a special yearbook give/take for perhaps a limited time, or maybe an
additional page/link to your newsletter? Jennifer Pattison email@example.com
We set up a yearbook exchange!
Do you have some old yearbooks? Are you looking for an old yearbook?
Post your yearbook's school and year online at:
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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
KOVELS' DEPRESSION GLASS & DINNERWARE PRICE LIST, 8th
edition, is a MUST for beginners and experienced collectors of Depression
glass, ceramics, and plastic tableware of the 1920s - 1970s. It's filled with
more information than ever:
a.. More than 8,000 actual current prices of your favorite dishes
b.. Factory histories, makers, and marks
c.. More than 250 Depression glass patterns, with photos, line drawings,
and cross-references to patterns known by multiple names
d.. Over 450 pottery and porcelain dinnerware patterns from the 1920s
to the '80s, with an index of pattern names
e.. 16-page color report tracing the history of 20th-century tableware
f.. Plastic dinnerware prices-including patterns by Russel Wright
g.. Lists of clubs and publications for collectors
SPECIAL AUTOGRAPHED-COPY OFFER! Order your copy through
the Kovels' website, online at:
and the Kovels will send you the book with a special bookplate
autographed by Ralph and Terry Kovel.
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
January 13, 2006 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
7) 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 my friend Jake and I were in college, we were very poor and had
no money for luxuries, but both of us loved sushi and craved fresh tuna.
So we saved our pennies, and I mean pennies, for weeks to go to the
Japanese market and buy some tuna, which was then, 25 years ago, about
$15.00 a pound. I think we got a pound of it and we put it in the refrigerator
of his elderly, old-country father, who lived nearby. That night we went to
the house to pig out on tuna and ... it was gone. We were standing in front
of the refrigerator, just stunned, when his father wandered out and said,
"Hey, Jake, that chicken you left in the refrigerator was good. Get me some
more!" Jake's old Dad had eaten $15.00 worth of raw tuna. And he
complained for a long time afterwards that we never got him any more of
that delicious chicken. Ana in California
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.
8) 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:
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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
248,000 subscribers. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Darryll was looking for a recipe for "Ambrosia pudding".
Several suggestions came in. See below....
If you have a variation of either 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.
Abrosia Pudding Recipe Request
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple,
1 1/2 c. cold 2% milk
1 pkg. sugar free instant vanilla
1 sm. banana (sliced)
1 c. sliced strawberries
1/2 c. coconut
Drain pineapple - save juice. Pour juice and milk in large bowl; add
pudding mix. Whisk 2 minutes. Stir in sliced banana. Pour 1/2 mixture
into 6 clear glasses, cover with strawberries and coconut. Pour
remaining pudding over this. Refrigerate.
1 sm. pkg. instant pistachio pudding
1 (16 oz.) can chunky pineapple
1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
1 c. shredded coconut
1 c. walnuts or pecans, chopped
12 to 16 oz. non-dairy whipped
1 c. miniature marshmallows
Blend in whipped topping and marshmallows and refrigerate for at
least 2 hours before serving. It serves 12 or more. Nancy W.
1 rounded tablespoon gelatin in 1/2 cup of cold water; stir over heat
until the gelatin is dissolved, then add 1/2 cup cold water. Let stand to
cool while you separate 4 eggs. Beat the whites with a pinch of salt
until light and stiff, then pour in the gelatin slowly beating all the time.
Then sprinkle in a cup of sugar and a teaspoon of vanilla. Take 1/2 the
egg mixture and tint pink. Spread a layer of the white mixture on the
bottom of a deep pan (I prepare a loaf pan) on this sprinkle chopped
walnuts and crushed pineapple, then a layer of pink, etc. until all the
mixture has been used. Put in cooler to set. When ready to serve, top
with whipped cream and crushed pineapple. Hope this helps, Cindi
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
10) 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 have been told for 15 years by my husband that he so enjoyed chocolate
gravy. His family in the panhandle of Texas so enjoyed the chocolate gravy
that his Grandmother made. They wanted chocolate on just anything. He
is a chocoholic today but still so desires, Chocolate Gravy. It would be
much appreciated if someone could help me make him some. Thank you,
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:
11) New Online Merchants
This merchant just opened shop online. Stop by and check out their
The Glass Diva
I proudly display new collectible glass tableware and barware. This
glassware is not only decorative but useful. When these pieces are
used on your table, they make memories and become the heirlooms
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
12) 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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