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The Collectors Newsletter #392 January 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #392 January 2006
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1. Just one more for 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
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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.
People keep sending in comments, so I'm going to post a few more.
These are in response 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 always had a copy of Roger Tory Peterson's Field Guide handy when I
was a teenager. Growing up on the river, I found the book to be invaluable
when looking up the beautiful birds along the river front. About 20 years
ago, I bought a RTP print of the Scarlet Tanager and hung it on my wall.
Since then, I have looked around and never found another one, until one
day I was surfing e-bay and punched in Roger Tory Peterson. To my
surprise there were several of his works. So, I kept looking over the
months and one day on e-bay, I saw the most beautiful Arctic Owls by
Peterson. They had belonged to the seller's grandfather. The going price
for the print was something low like 35.00. The ad noted there were
several old age or water spots that did not detract from the picture. So,
I bought the owls and spent around 400.00 having them framed with the
certificates mounted on the back. After I had them framed, I decided to
try and find out how much they were worth. I found a site on google that
listed my owls, signed and numbered for 950.00 unframed. Now that was
a find. I would never sell my owls and I smile every time I look at them
knowing they are safe in a good home. Would I have told the woman how
much they were worth if I had known? I am not sure. I have e-mailed
people on e-bay many times about their items. I even lost a picture I
wanted because I emailed a seller and told her how much it was worth
and she upped the price big time! Marsha
One last note regarding the "Old Sleepy Eye Flemish Stein" story. A
similar situation was actually fought out in court in Tucson, Arizona, a
couple of years ago. A local man (I'm not even sure that he was an
antiques dealer.) attended an estate sale where he noticed a particular
painting being offered that appeared to be the work of a notable artist.
He purchased the painting at the asking price, took it home and verified
that it was indeed this artist's work, subsequently selling it for a
When the story hit the newspaper, the estate trustees sued for the
proceeds of the sale claiming that the buyer had a duty to inform of the
potential value of the painting. The buyer argued that his knowledge was
the summation of years of collecting and research and that he had no
duty to make the sellers a "gift" of his hard-won knowledge.
The judge ruled in favor of the buyer citing that (I'm paraphrasing here,
because I don't have the judge's ruling in front of me) a valid contract
for sale had been constructed by the seller when they offered the
painting at a price acceptable to them and that offer was accepted by
the buyer. When the buyer turned over the purchase price, the painting
became his to dispose of as he saw fit. Further, the buyer was under no
obligation to make the seller the benefactor of his knowledge.
A search of the Tucson Daily Star archives from about two years ago
should turn up the full story. Actually, I think it even made the national
With all the response to the treasures found at yard sales that were
bought for a mere pittance, I was reminded of our Great Cookie Jar
Fiasco. While I was growing up in the 60's, the ugly cookie jar, a gift
to my grandmother, sat on top of the refrigerator and collected dust.
When I left home, I took the ugly cookie jar with me, and again it sat
on top of the refrigerator. In 2000, my husband and I had a house
clearing yard sale and included the ugly cookie jar. No one wanted it.
Too ugly, I guessed. It was part of the leftovers that we donated to our
local mission thrift store. A week or so later, we were browsing in a
nearby antique store, and in one of the booths noticed several of the
yard sale leftovers, offered as collectibles, and were laughing as we
saw the prices on them. The real laugh came when we saw the ugly
cookie jar in a glass case, with a $350 price tag. The laugh was on
us when we did some research and found that the ugly cookie jar was
really a Shawnee King Corn cookie jar in perfect condition. Now, that
was a real bargain -- but not for us! Dianne and Mike L. Gulfport, MS
I have been very interested in all the stories flying around about the
pros and cons of buying low and selling high. They reminded me of
a conversation I had with an antiques dealer. She and her son had
a wonderful antiques shop near my folks and I spent lots of time in it
when I visited that area. I found many different pieces of jewelry I
liked one day and she said I had picked out pieces from one estate
of two old ladies who were world travelers.
She told me a friend and neighbor of the two ladies had called her to
tell her the estate would be going up for sale. The heirs didn't want a
thing out of the house besides the Mercedes and the Rolls Royce and,
of course, the money; everything else was up for grabs. The antiques
dealer made an appointment with the heirs who were in town for a brief
time and she made an offer on the whole estate.
The heirs were ecstatic because they weren't going to open even one
box in the carriage house or empty one drawer in the house. The
antiques dealer arrived with money and a truck and the happy heirs left
within the hour driving away in the Mercedes and the Rolls Royce. The
antiques dealer and her son were very busy packing, transporting,
unpacking, pricing and displaying items from the estate; and, they were
at the shop every day as usual. Some people don't mind researching
their items and pricing them for sale in the hopes someone will want them;
some people just want to take the money and get on with their lives.
Thank heavens everyone is different. Loraine L. from Kasilof, Alaska.
I have a question for the people who think the garage sale owner was
cheated. If the buyer had bought the stein and put it on ebay and had
lost money on it, should she then go back to the garage sale and ask
for some of her money back? I bought a beanie baby at a garage sale
a few years ago when they were hot and paid $25 for it. Its now worth
$2. Should I go back to that person and ask for some of my money
back? I'm sure they would think I was nuts. Ginny
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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 owner
I work in a thrift store whose proceeds go to a domestic violence shelter.
A ring came in with some donations. I research a lot on the internet and
tried to find the owner of this ring, but to no avail. The school was notified
but got no help from them. I, too, lost my high school ring shortly after
receiving it and that was a sad day for me.
Will describe the ring and hopefully it will be returned to the owner: It has
a blue stone with the letter "S" in the stone. The school's name is Swansboro
High School. There is a motorcycle on one side and what looks like a
surfer on the other side. The name "Pete" is on one side and "1999" on
the other. It looks a little worn and a little bent.
Hope, somehow, this ring can find its owner! thanks dot jones
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5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
In a recent issue of KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES
newsletter, Ralph and Terry Kovel described jewelry trends seen at the
wholesale jewelry fair: pieces set with rock crystals that resemble drops
of water, necklaces and earrings of openwork circles often set with
diamonds, classic shapes like a heart or a cross, and jewelry set with
colored stones or enamel. These are all old ideas found in vintage jewelry.
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
I thought the readers would appreciate this.
I am known to the people who handle estate sales in our area and we all
enjoy when our paths cross. I expect to get a fair deal and they expect me
not to ask them to give stuff away. One Friday my 7year old nephew Caleb
had asked to go along to the sales with me. I said fine as I always have a
good time when the nieces and nephews tag along, although don't always
get as much looking done. As we left one sale where Caleb was proudly
carrying a digital clock that he wanted to purchase.It hadn't had a price
sticker on it and I had told him that we would have to ask how much they
wanted for it. We approached the gentleman running the sale and asked
how much.He said, well...........how bout $2, Caleb pondered that for a
moment and said how bout $3. Melaine Spokane, Washington
Do you have a funny family story 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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Bonnie P. was looking for a recipe for "fried mush".
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.
I too grew up in Kentucky, and my mother would serve this for breakfast.
We put butter and syrup on it and ate it much like French toast. While
grits were a staple in our house, this she used to buy, ready to cook.
And believe it or not, I have seen it in the refrigerated aisle in our local
Marsh supermarkets. It is sold as “cornmeal mush” and you just slice it
and fry it. So in lieu if making it from scratch.. look for it at your local
market too. Good luck! Cathy
Fried Mush with Grits
Hi, we have been making this in various versions for decades. The most
common way is when we butcher our hogs after we cook the head meat,
but that is a very labor intensive and seasonal way, so I devised a way
to do it with out all the work. There really isn't any 'set' recipe. The
ingredients you use are water, either plain water or water in which you
have parboiled any kind of meat, usually port for us, in for flavor; grits ,
flour, salt and pepper. Be sure to cool the water and remove all of the
grease if you have used meat.
Depending on how much I want to make, I take the water, usually about
two-four cups of water, this will make one to two loaf pans of mush.
Prepare the loaf pans by spraying well with Pam or similar coating.
Place water in a 5 qt., heavy pan; bring to a boil. While the water is
boiling, make a flour/water paste, about 1 cups worth, the consistency
of a thin pancake batter, make sure that all the lumps are out of it. When
the water boils, reduce heat to medium, add the grits, I just pour enough
in by eye, usually about 1-2 cups or more/less if necessary. You want it
to start to get thick, not pull away from the sides or too hard to stir, but
thick. Add the flour/water mixture, stirring constantly while cooking over
a medium heat, you want to add most if not all of the flour/water mixture.
When the mixture starts to pull away from the sides of the pan, remove
from heat and immediately pour into the loaf pans. Let set in a cool place
till they are cooled down, then place in a refrigerator, over night is best.
In the morning, turn the loaf out onto a cutting board, after using a table
knife to go around the edges. Slice thin or thick, your choice, prepare
the way you want. We never roll it in flour, but just fry it in a hot skillet
with about 1/2" of grease and brown it. The reason you want to add so
much flour/water is too prevent the mush from breaking apart when you
slice or fry it. We eat it with eggs or just butter it and pour maple syrup
or jam over it. When you store it, cover with plastic wrap and it will keep
in the fridge for up to a week, but ours never lasts that long.
I used to make this over a fire on a wood cook stove, it was always a treat.
My aunt says when her grandmother had leftover grits, she would butter
the inside of a drinking glass and pour the grits in. When it cooled and
firmed, she slid it out and sliced it. It could be fried at that point or eaten
I make something that sounds like that but I've never used it like bread. I
just make the grits according to the recipe on the box but use a little less
water. I have a small, oblong pan I use for this. Pour the grits in the pan,
cover, and refrigerate until firm. I like to slice it off and fry in hot bacon
grease. Sometimes I 'roll' it in flour before I fry it.
There is also something called Hominy Flakes that can be used the same
way and might hold together better but it's hard to find in today's world.
Janice in Virginia
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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
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.
Hello -- I greatly enjoy the TIAS newsletter, and always look forward to
the recipes, in particular. My family is from Oklahoma. When I was a
little girl, my aunt always made "pear honey", and it was sooooo good.
Unfortunately, she passed on and none of the family has the recipe. If
anyone can help, I would really appreciate it! Thanks! Donna
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