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The Collectors Newsletter #394 February 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #394 February 2006
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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 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.
Many years ago, my Dad and I were leaving an auction house when we
passed a gent selling fishing rods/reel combination off the back of his
truck. After we had passed, Dad pulled me aside and told me to listen
to the salesman and his banter on the items he was selling. I listened
closely and heard: Fishing rods with reel, one for $2 or two for $5
(remember, I said this happened a long time ago).
We stood there for some time watching people stop, buy 2 rod/reels
combinations and walk on down the lane going to their vehicle. Several
of them stopped after they had walked away after paying for the items
and presumably realized that they had been taken, but not one of them
returned for their $1 change that they could have realized if they had
bought the rods/reels one set at a time. Dad told me later to always
listen to the sales pitch, and by following this advice, I have saved
several hundreds or maybe thousands of dollars over the years.. Don
Several years ago we were privileged to sponsor a delightful young
couple from the Czech Republic who were working and going to school
in the U.S. They stayed with us for a couple of months and then we
helped them find an apartment and get settled in. I began by giving the
wife, Martina, some lessons in the various methods of shopping in
America: Discount stores, WalMart, K-Mart, newspaper ads, etc., and
especially yard sailing. And I made sure we got the routine right! We
woke up very early on Saturday morning, went to Dunkin Donuts, got
delicious coffee, yummy donuts and the newspaper and set about
planning the morning's route. It was great fun, and we found quite a
few useful items for their new home. A couple of weeks after they moved
they popped over to see us one Saturday afternoon very excited about
their first yard sailing experience on their own. One little disappointment,
Petr, the husband, said, "We could not find donkey nuts like you
suggested, so we got beagles and cream cheese instead!" Priscilla S.
In 1999 I was working is Indiana for the whole year and traveled back and
forth to my home in South Carolina. Being an antique enthusiasts (Actually
I'm hooked on the stuff!) I try to schedule my travel breaks so that I can
stop into antique stores and malls. At my age these breaks guard my legs
from cramps and blood clots and are recommended by my doctor.
On one trip I stopped in Tennessee and was looking through the booths in
an antique mall when I spotted a vintage green Fiesta pitcher. It was in a
locked case so I asked the young lady attendant to open the case and tell
me how much the pitcher cost. She did and reported that it was marked
$1500 in a scribbly writing. We decided $15.00 was a fair price and I
purchased the pitcher. I paid with a credit card as usual since I seldom
One evening about two days later I received a call from the mall owner.
He reported that the little old lady that owned the vintage Fiesta pitcher was
upset beyond belief about them selling her $1,500.00 pitcher for $15.00.
He reported that she had not slept since the sale was reported. He asked
if I still had the pitcher and would return it to the dealer for a refund. I
told him not to worry, I would return it on my next trip back that way in
I did return the pitcher and they were so grateful that they gave me a
dinner certificate for two. I was happy and I'm sure the dealer was greatly
relieved. Al W.
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2) The Latest Antique News
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Major Northern California Antique Collection Comes to the Block
Kitchen Trivia At Mama’s Treasures #4
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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.
I would like to find up to 12 cereal bowls for a friend of mine who is
getting married in June. Her pattern is "Riviera" by Taylor, Smith and
Taylor, a black-on-olive-green ironstone. I'm looking for the 6" coupe
cereal bowls, not the smaller fruit/dessert bowls.
She inherited the set which she used as a child, and has enjoyed adding to
it over the years. The only pieces she is missing are the cereal bowls.
Once she had a roommate who owned some but wouldn't give them up!
I'd appreciate any help in locating these. Please e-mail me at
email@example.com (please note that the address includes a lower case "i"
followed by the Arabic numeral one, not a lower case "l").
Catherine David, Chicago, Illinois
Please let us know if the owner is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
these searches are resolved. Send your email to LostAndFound@tias.com
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
Were you one of the lucky ones who found a Sacagawea dollar coin
packed inside a Cheerios box sold in January 2000? More important,
did you save, not spend, it? According to KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter, the dollars Cheerios put in those boxes
(about one in every 2,000 boxes), were experimental coins, with eagle
feathers more defined than on standard-issue coins. One of these test
coins sold recently for $4,724.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
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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.
My husband and I have said that my daughter is often wise beyond her
years. Her logic to situations will astound us and humble us at times.
When my daughter was about 7 years old, we visited the Wright-Patterson
Air force base in Dayton, Ohio. We live in Columbus, OH so the journey
takes about 2 hours by car. After spending a long day at the museum, we
decided to stop for dinner on the way home. While driving back home,
my husband asked us where we would like to stop for dinner. My two
children eagerly voiced their desire to go to any of the usual fast food
restaurants. I strongly voiced my desire to go somewhere we can
“sit-down” and have a nice meal. My daughter thought my response over
for a minute and said, “Well… we can go to McDonald’s or Wendy’s
which has nice food, and get our food at the drive through window. Since
you are already sitting in the car, this can be your sit-down meal!” My
husband looked at me wryly and said “Argue with that logic.” Since my
daughter had stumped me with her idea, I could only answer back by
saying “No, I am pulling the ‘Mommy’ card where my vote counts more
and we are going to are restaurant where someone brings food to our
Whenever I remember that situation I always have to laugh because my
daughter had come up with an idea for dinner that met my requirements
and her logic was well thought out. Barb M.
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?
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you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Delores was looking for a recipe for "Lazy Daisy Cake".
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.
In 1979, my Ohio family put together a family cook book. All of my
great aunts were still living so the recipes are amazing, everything from
Dad's sugar cured pork, starting with butchering a hog, to Great
Grandma's upside down cake. Here is our version of--
Grammy's Coconut Lazy Daisy Cake
Beat 2 eggs.
1 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. flour
1tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
2 Tbsp. butter
Add to batter. (Batter will be very thin.)
Bake in 9 X 13 inch baking dish at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. As soon
as cake is taken from oven, spread the following topping and place
under broiler. Watch constantly until it browns.
5Tbsp. melted butter
8 Tbsp. brown sugar
5 tbsp. thick sweet cream or evaporated milk
1 1/2 c. coconut
This was a favorite recipe of my mother-in-law's. She grew up in
and later lived in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. She often took this cake to
family functions and church events.
Lazy Daisy Cake
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/2 cup milk
1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons butter
Beat eggs until stiff; add sugar gradually, beating constantly. Add vanilla.
Sift flour, baking powder, and salt together and add to first mixture.
Beat well. Heat milk to boiling and add butter. Add all at once to first
mixture and beat well. Pour into 8 inch pan and make 30 minutes at 350
degrees. Batter will be thin. Remove from oven, and spread with one of
the two following broiler icings:
No. 1: Mix together 3 tablespoons melted butter, 5 tablespoons brown
sugar and 2 tablespoons cream or evaporated milk. Place under broiler
until icing bubbles all over.
No. 2: 8 tablespoons brown sugar, 4 tablespoons cream, 5 tablespoons
butter and one box coconut. Mix together, spread on hot cake and place
under broiler until bubbly and brown. Joann F.
My sister-in-law in Georgia (now deceased) gave me this recipe. I have
baked it many times, everyone loves it.
1¼ cup boiling water
1 cup old fashioned oats. Pour water over oats in small bowl, cover and
let stand 20 minutes while you put together the other ingredients.
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
Use large bowl, soften butter, add sugars and beat until fluffy. Blend in
vanilla, eggs, the add the oat mixture.
1½ cups flour-self rising
1 tsp. baking soda
½ tsp. salt
¾ tsp. cinnamon
¼ tsp. nutmeg
Sift these ingrediants together, gradually add to creamed mixture.
Use 9x13 pan, greased and floured.
Bake 45-50 minutes at 350°
¼ cup melted oleo
½ cup packed brown sugar
3 TBS milk
1/3 cup nut meats (or more)
¾ cup shredded coconut
Mix and spread over baked cake-broil until bubbly, coconut is lightly
browned. Hope this is what you are looking for. Great for potlucks!
Norma in Michigan
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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 love chocolate baked Meringue Cookies. They were a favorite of
mine growing up. Does anyone have a version they can share?
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:
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