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The Collectors Newsletter #391 January 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #391 January 2006
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1. More on the "Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Stein"
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
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9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
11. New Online Merchants
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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.
By popular demand, we are going to post one more batch of responses
to the story about the "Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Stein" that appeared in
issue #388 see:
In the story, the buyer purchased the stein for $2 from the seller at a
yard sale, knowing that it was valuable, then sold it on eBay for $500.
There is also quite a bit of conversation on this topic on our online forum at:
I am appalled anyone would think the garage sale owner had been
cheated. If informing these sellers they are underpricing is to be
considered, then the same should be done at flea markets, antique shows,
thrift stores, resale stores, rummage sales, etc.
A deal is a deal. The self-righteous ones are merely miffed they didn't get
the deal. I purchased a rare baseball nodder for my husband at a thrift
store for $40. I had no idea it was a rare one but felt it was a good deal
for the money. Had I known it was a Houston Colts nodder and more
valuable than the average nodder, I would not have offered to pay $250 for
it. We would never have been able to afford it for $250. I don't feel I did
anything wrong. Regards, Claudia in Lockport IL
It's interesting to see all the flak caused by the bargain stein, but
then again, the thrill of the hunt for the undiscovered Pharaoh's tomb
is what makes collecting fun. The willingness of anyone to "step up"
and spend $800 on an obscure mug on eBay shows that it really was worth
something to someone. Not to be critical. I've stepped up to pay the
price from time to time for a lot goofier stuff than a sleepy eye stein.
Lately I've been after artist-illustrated books, mostly on ABE, but
sometimes on eBay. I've had my share of bargains on one-of-a-kind items
over the last few years, and two things have struck me. The first is
that the "full priced" item rarely sells. An item may be great, but when
there are 30 of them side by side, they sit for years collecting virtual
dust. For one example, Green Grow The Lilacs contains great original
lithographs by Thomas Hart Benton and is signed by him, but is also very
commonly available (since 1500 copies were printed), at high prices.
The second and sadder thing is that art dealers are cutting a lot of the
old illustrated books apart, extracting the "art" (sometimes original,
but usually just high quality reproductions), and listing the individual
prints at 1000-5000% markups over the books they were torn out of.
Generally these overpriced prints sit on websites collecting as much
virtual dust as the books they were taken from. Thomas
I have been going to garage sales for about fifty years, sometimes
finding collectibles that amount to something and at other times getting
home with junk. It kind of evens out unless you are lucky enough to
find something valuable on a rare occasion. Since I have started selling
through a store, I have to buy something from which I can make a
profit or I can't even pay my dues, so I'm always searching. The way I
exercise my conscience, when I approach a yard sale vendor, I make
it clear I am a dealer and will re-sell, even in my home town. Some
people bristle, but most will tell me they are glad to get rid of their stuff
and when it's gone, it belongs to the buyer. I even mention I sometimes
find treasures, but I am usually told that's fine but not to come back
and brag about it. With lots of buyers, it has become a dog eat dog
rush and you're lucky to get anything worth while unless you get to the
sale an hour before it opens. I refuse to stoop that low and go in after
the mad rush. I miss out on the cream, but I'll settle for 1%. So Please
don't start scolding us poor little guys trying to do something to keep us
active! If you have something you think unusual, don't put it out to tempt
a buyer. Those who are complaining are the ones who would never turn
down a bargain Renoir. IMF
I was shopping at a garage sale and wanted to buy some western
paperback books which were selling for $.25 each. In fanning through
the books I found several $20's. Wanting to be honest, I took the book
with the money in it to the seller, who proceeded to take the money out
of the book mumbling thank you. When I was ready to check out, I
went again to the seller with the three books I wanted thinking that I
would probably get the books gratis, however, he charged me the $.75.
It just shows, you never know about people. Maxine M.
I, too, sold something at a yard sale for 25 cents, and I wondered at the
time why this lady rushed to it as fast as she could and bought it then left
as quickly as she came. I later learned this item was worth about $500.
My error! I had no idea it was worth anything at all. But, I DID gain from
it...a powerful lesson. Research before a price tag goes on. I have kicked
myself many times since, but you live and learn. Bev B.
To answer Kim D. I found two Lladro ornaments in excellent in-box
condition with a 50 cent price on each one. Had to give her a dollar each.
I could not bear it. My conscience was saying $5 each. There are some
of us out there who do pay more. Jan
Only when we go outside ourselves to serve others can we find ourselves.
I have to add my two cents worth here. For many years my husband and
I ran a Pawn Shop and sold on Ebay. While it is not an antique shop,
people buy and sell items that are not old just as much as they buy and
While we pride ourselves on being honest buyers and sellers, it is a fact
that you will make your money on the buy. What that means to me is that
in selling used items, new or old, you don't know and cannot predict the
sale price, but I can tell you what I spent or will spend on an item. So the
less I pay for an item, the more I may potentially make.
The lady who bought the stein got a great deal. Even if she'd told the
sellers it was possibly worth something more than they were asking, there's
no guarantee anyone anywhere would have offered any more. If the seller
had done the research, maybe they would have sold it on Ebay and made
more money, but really, they sold it at a yard sale.
At least acknowledge the hard work it does take to purchase a yardsale
item that you "think" may be worth something (has anyone other than me
"thought" and then been wrong? I have a box full of "thought it was worth
something") done the research, cleaned it up, taken photos, written the
description, answered questions, packed it, weighed it, mailed it and paid
the fees? She worked for her money. She didn't know when she bought
it that it was even real, she took the chance, got lucky and made her
money on the buying of the item, because it could have sold for only a
I say keep 'em coming lady! Good job on doing your homework and
getting lucky! Tia W.
At first I was not going to send a response, but after some of the other
letters I just had too! To the buyer who found a wonderful bargain, I
say you lucky dog. I to have found items at yard sales, Goodwill stores,
Thrift stores, and I knew I had a great bargain. I do not sell my items I
collected and I have a catalog of my collections so when my times
comes to an end, my son and daughter will have a guide to go by when
they sell my collections. I think that they will appreciate mothers STUFF,
I know one grandson will, he calls my items 'Grammie's treasures'.
Pickers cover yard sales, tag sales and auctions all over the country
looking for items to make a profit. It is their business!
It was the sellers responsibility to do the research, if she did not want to
take the time, then that is her problem. She got what she wanted for the
My biggest concern goes to TIAS for printing the responses that were
signed ANONYMOUS. If you can't take responsibility for what you are
saying then you should not say it and TIAS should not print them!!! To
those that but the buyer down, I just one thing to say to them. "Ye who
without sin, should cast the first stone".
I will take responsibility for my words. Carol Rigsbee, Apex, NC
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1. You have a vintage item in hand and you are trying to find relatives of
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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
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was 27 Congreve Street, Roslindale (Boston) Massachusetts. Perhaps
there are children or grandchildren or maybe even great-grandchildren of
Mr. and Mrs. Brauer that might like to have these personal mementos of
Major Brauer's service to his country and devotion to his wife.
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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 eldest daughter was born was when my husband and I started
in the antique business. Needless to say, both children were raised going
to garage, estate, tag sales, antique shows, antique malls the whole nine
yards. They grew up learning the "lingo" that antique dealers regularly
use. When he was 5 years old, we went to the local animal shelter and
picked out a beautiful large striped tabby cat for our pet. Soon after, the
cat was getting settled in his new home and was sitting on my son's lap.
My son was doing a thorough "examination" of the new cat~gently
looking at his eyes, lovingly stroking his head, and he happened to look at
the cat's ears. (Mind you~the cat has a small tear in the side of his ear
about 2-3mm in length from a time before we had him, either from birth or
a scuffle with another feline.) Well, my son finds this and runs over to me
and says, "Oh, no, our new cat has a "chip" on his ear, we're not going to
return him, are we?" I assured him we would love the cat forever,
"chipped" ear and all. Thanks, Julie, FL
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Lisa M. was looking for a recipe for "sauerkraut gravy".
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.
The only one I remember from my & my wife's childhood ref. the
gravy --we're both in mid-70's--would be to cook the sauerkraut and
then make a roux by melting butter until it starts to foam and then adding
flour--as 1 tbs. butter to 1 tbs. flour and so on--until the item turns brown
and is well mixed. Then add water, a little at a time, until the item/sauce
becomes thinner and cooks a little then it is added to the cooked sauerkraut.
Hope this helps. George
PORK - SAUERKRAUT AND POTATO DUMPLINGS
1-2 pork chop or pork steak per person
1 lg. onion, chopped
1 tbsp. caraway seed
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
1 1/2 lb. sauerkraut
Brown pork chops or pork steak in large skillet. Cover with water and
simmer 15 minutes. Add onion, caraway seed, salt and pepper. Simmer
60 minutes. Remove meat from skillet. Make a gravy. Drain sauerkraut
and add to gravy. Bring to boil. To serve: Spoon sauerkraut gravy over
This recipe can be made without the sausage.
Sauerkraut with Smoked Sausage
* about 2 Large potatoes (choose a crumbly potato that mashes well)
* 1 jar of sauerkraut
* 1 smoked sausage
* 1 packet of cubed bacon
Boil potatoes and sauerkraut in different pots. They both take about the
same cooking time. Put the sausage in with the potatoes, it only needs
re-heating for about 10 mins. Fry bacon in saucepan, you can use the
fat to make a nice gravy.
Mash potatoes and mix in a little margarine and milk to make a smooth
mixture. Mix through the sauerkraut and fried bacon cubes. Slice
sausage to put on top.
I hope this is what you are looking for. Karen S
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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
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submit a request, please include the geographical region where
you had this recipe.
In central Kentucky as a child I remember my mother making Fried Mush
for breakfast. It was as white and snow, she sliced it thin, sprinkled it with
flour and fried it in bacon grease. At the table we buttered it and added
whatever we wished to eat with it. It was a good stand-in for toast. I have
found recipes for Fried Cornmeal Mush using cornmeal, but I am sure that
Mom used 'Grits' to make it, the cornmeal is just not the same. I was
wondering if anyone had the grits to water ratio and how long to cook it
before putting it into a loaf pan to set up. Thank you, Bonnie P.
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