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The Collectors Newsletter #395 February 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #395 February 2006
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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.
A few years ago I went into a local antique store and noticed an almost
ugly something. I was not sure what but that antelope grabbed me. The
owner saw me looking at the $6.50 price and said "you can have that
I took it home and had just received McCoy Book Vol. 1, 1999 values &
found my find on page 211, valued at $250 to $350, I foolishly put it on
Ebay "buy it now" for $300.
It sold so quick that I thought my listed had not gone thru correctly. I
know now I should have set my reserve at that price and let them bid
it out but I shouldn't be so greedy. I sure did not feel guilty - his loss
(especially an antique dealer) is my gain. Linda R., Jasper, Texas.
I was talking to a friend of mine and telling her about eBay selling. I
mentioned a book I now had listed with a reserve of $100. I noticed a
lot of interest in the book and one person wrote asking me to stop the
auction and sell the book to him for $200, which I declined. Further
checking showed me that the book is worth far more than my original
reserve price. Since there were no bids at that point, I changed the
reserve to $300. Of course, no one looking at the auction knew what the
reserve was anyway at that point. My friend contends that changing my
reserve was "unethical." I tried explaining to her that, since no one knew
my reserve price, I wasn't "putting one over" on anyone, just protecting
against the possibility of selling the book for less than it was worth. She
was adamant in insisting that this was not ethical. We got into a huge
fight about this and it's upsetting. Can anyone explain better than I
apparently did why what I did is not a question of ethics, but just a normal
eBay auction method? If anyone agrees with her that I'm in the wrong,
please let me know why. Thanks. Diana
I am rather reluctant to write this, in case someone thinks I cheated a
dealer, but I found this fantastic deal in an antique store a short time ago
right here in my home town. It was a forest green waterford 13 3/4"
sandwich plate with 5 milk glass inserts and the forest green whirly twirly
center bowl, all intact for $15.00. This is identical to a a set that had
taken me 2 years or more to gather together all the pieces. Since this
find, I have seen this set go for $85.00 on Ebay. Sure hope no one thinks
I cheated the dealer! I am still thrilled with my find! Ann B., Grand
Junction, Colorado. P.S. Love your newsletter.
As a child we were vacationing in another city and checking out the
antiques stores. I found a ring that I loved, and asked how much it was.
The person behind the counter said it was expensive, and my Mom
agreed. I had $3.50. If I spent all my money on something, that would
be expensive. The woman sold it to me for 3.50.
Thank you, to the person behind the counter,if you are reading this!
Always enjoy reading about how much fun people get out of collecting,
thought I'd add my story. I was living in Cairns, that's in North Queensland
Australia. and went to a garage sale. I was really looking for a clothes dryer
as Cairns has a long rainy season. The old guy had a watercolour painting
that I found really interesting. He told me he had worked at the old theatre
in Cairns, when the movie "lost Horizon" came to town they sent along some
costumes and pictures as advertising material. I bought the picture (and his
dryer) and did a bit of research. The picture is of the High Lama sitting in
a chair or throne, the part played by Sam Jaffe. It was painted by Babs
Johnstone who worked in the set department, but looks like something done
for the wardrobe department. Don't know if I got a bargain, as I've never
seen this type of movie memorabilia for sale. I anyone knows a bit about
the movie or Babs Johnstone I would love to hear from them. My e-mail
address is email@example.com Thanking you in advance Gary
P.S. So the rain doesn't scare away the tourist, they call it the Green Season.
--Response to a reader--
Regarding the question from a reader about selling the antique settee she
bought from an auction house - I think it's really up to you! You have done
a lot of research on it and maybe it would be best to get it appraised so you
know it's true value. With that information in hand, you can talk to the
person who wants to buy it to see if it is a family heirloom, or just a dealer
looking to get it from you. You should sell it for what it's worth, but if you
want to give the family member a good deal on it - at least you'll know it's
value and can work from there. Just my thoughts! Kim D.
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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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 am looking to find the family of Dr. James H. EGAN, born November 23,
1893 in Tacoma, Washington. I have an amazing collection of his
personal papers and treasures, from grade-school through the 1930s.
He went to Creighton Medical School and became a doctor, practicing
in Tacoma, Washington. I have researched him in the census and
believe he was the son of Matthew (Mathew) and Mary Jane Egan and
had sisters Marie A. and Hattie W.
I would love to find a close family member who would care for these
wonderful pieces of history. Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I would ask that you be able to give some details as to your relation to
Dr. Egan, so I know the collection will be going to family J Cheers!
Please let us know if the owner is found! Our readers enjoy hearing how
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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.
Between age three and four, my granddaughter began to understand I was
her dad's mother--and maybe had some influence over him. One night I
got a call from my son telling me Maddie wanted to talk to me. She was
upset with her dad over his handling a discipline problem. She told me her
side of the problem and asked, "Can you still spank him?" My son is 6'3
and an ex-college football player--I'm 5' 6" and slight of build. I said, "I
think he may be too big for me to spank him now." She said, "That's what
I was afraid of." She had no recourse but to accept her dad's punishment
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
Bill was looking for a recipe for "chocolate baked Meringue Cookies".
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.
Here's three different variations of Chocolate Meringue Cookies I found
in my cookbooks. Bill can experiment with these recipes:
2 egg whites
1/8 ts cream of tarter
3/4 c sugar
1 pk 6 oz. chocolate chips
Preheat oven 350 degrees. Beat 2 egg whites, add 1/8 tsp. cream of
tarter, 3/4 cup sugar and beat stiff. Fold in 1 6 oz pkg chocolate chips.
Drop teaspoon on greased cookie sheet. TURN OFF OVEN, put in
cookies and leave in oven over night. Do not open door until morning.
2 lg egg whites
1/2 ts vanilla
1/2 c sugar
1 c chocolate chips
1 c walnuts; chopped
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat together the egg whites, vanilla, and salt until frothy with an
Slowly beat in the sugar, 1 tabls. at a time, on medium. Continue
beating meringue until sugar dissolves and whites get glossy and form
soft peaks. Gently fold in the choc chips and nuts. Drop by
teaspoonfuls on well-greased cookie sheet. Place in the preheated
oven. Close the door and turn the oven off. Do not open the oven
door for 4-5 hours (best to leave overnight).
2 egg whites
3 pk sweet and low
1 ts vanilla
1/4 c alba chocolate dry skim milk
Beat whites stiff gradually adding sweetener and vanilla. Carefully
fold in ( dry ) milk. Drop by teaspoonful onto nonstick baking sheet.
Bake 275 for 25 minutes or crisp....Jaci B
* 3 egg whites
* 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar
* 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
* 2/3 cup white sugar
* 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
* 1/3 cup semisweet chocolate chips
1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
2. Combine egg whites, cream of tartar, and vanilla. Beat until the
whites form soft peaks. Slowly add sugar; beat until stiff peaks form,
and mixture becomes glossy. Fold in cocoa and chocolate chips.
3. Drop mixture by teaspoonfuls on to a greased cookie sheet.
Bake for 25 to 30 minutes. I hope this helps. Jim B.
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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.
I have been looking for YEARS for these two recipes
1. On a Corn Flake Crumbs box, the recipe for FRUIT CAKE. It used
a jar of mincemeat, the Corn Flake crumbs, nuts and fruits. It was
really worth making and we loved it.
2. On a. Bisquick box, A Vegetable, egg and cheese "cake" made in a
9+13 pan. You parboiled the veggies, added them with the cheese to
the batter. It is a WONDERFUL way to get kids to eat veggies AND a
great party dish.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.Thank You, Phyllis M.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
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