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The Collectors Newsletter #396 February 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #396 February 2006
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4. Lost and Found
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7. Funny Old Stuff
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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.
Dear Tias, I am an ethicist with a Ph.D. from a major university, so I feel
qualified to weigh in on Diana's argument with her friend over raising the
reserve on a book up for auction on EBay before anyone had bid on it (but
after receiving at least one inquiry on it). I do not see any grounds for
objecting to the change in the reserve price. Everyone who bids on EBay
knows or has the opportunity to know the rules of the game, playing by the
rules is not unfair. The act of bidding implicitly entails a willingness to
bid on items without knowing the reserve, and to know only whether or not
the reserve has been met once someone places a bid. In this case, no one
had received that information since there were no bids. As a result, there
was no deception, no breeching of the rules of the game, and so no ethical
violation. We routinely allow people to make adjustments mid-course (e.g.,
home sales prices can be adjusted up or down as the seller gets a feel for
the market), so this is not an exceptional case. Sincerely, Joyce
I have been in the Antique Business over 30 years and have bought some
Items way below their worth but not as many as the ones I paid way to
much for...I recently set up at a community Flea Mkt. to rid myself of
stale stock...everything for $1.00...just buy it and go. Well one of the
items was a Sterling Silver Salt & Pepper Set, Old, English Hallmarks,
the works. I had a tag of $115.00 on them,"Your not selling this for $1.00
are you?" asked the woman in disbelief".." I said I would and I will." I
replied,"A deal is a deal" It didn't hurt me a bit as she walked away thrilled
with her "find". I had paid less then that for them 15 years before." What
goes around, comes around. "Dottie in OK
I don't know if I am sending this to the correct address or not, but I
have been reading your newsletter for years, and have always enjoyed
it. I have seen so much about people cheating the antique dealers,
that I just had to write this. Our granddaughter, whom we raised from
the day she came home from the hospital, had a kidney stone, and
because the doctor put in a contaminated stent, she became very ill
and went Home to be with the Lord at the young age of 21. Because
we did not have insurance, we took many of our family heirlooms and
other things we had collected throughout the years to a local Antique
Shop. We live in a small town in SC and there are many shops in this
town. These people have cheated us so badly. They say that many of
the things we brought up there have been broken or stolen and they
are not responsible. We have asked repeatedly to be allowed to come
in and get out things, but they keep putting us off. They have cheated
us over and over again, and there doesn't seem to be any recourse.
If we had the money to get a lawyer we would, but we don't. So it isn't
always the customer who is cheating the dealer. The dealers are
sometimes a lot less than honest...
First, I just wanted to say how much I enjoy getting the newsletters,
keep up the good work! Second, I would like to reply to the second story
about the issues that a friend of a person had with changing the
reserves on Ebay. As the seller stated, the reserve was unknown to the
buyers and therefore the seller was completely in her/his right, both
moral and ethical to change that reserve. It is not that unusual in the
'brick-and-mortar' auction houses for people to change the reserve the
day of the sale for their own reasons, which often include they don't
want to let it go for too little or how much they have in it, or a mistake
was made or a number of any reasons. That is the seller's prerogative
and anyway, the Ebay buyers will bid up to what they want to if the item
is of interest to them regardless of a reserve - the bidding process rules
as to the possibility of a sale or no sale. If they don't bid to the reserve,
and it doesn't sell, then it wasn't for them or maybe the reserve was set
too high. If it flies way over, then it was of no importance to them in the
first place. Don't feel you have to explain this to your friends liking, if
you can go to sleep at night and get up in the morning feeling good
about your reserve or changing it, then that is what matters, not
someone not very familiar with the auction/bidding process. Hope it sold
way over your reserve and you can take her/him to lunch to celebrate!
A few months ago my sister and I attended an estate auction. There
are always dealers at these events and we find it difficult to outbid them
on anything. We just go for the box lots most of the time. On this cold,
rainy day we were browsing and I spotted something that I just liked the
looks of. I picked it up (it was in a box with a lot of "stuff" that the
auction workers had thrown together). It was a small dog and at first I
thought it was marble. It wasn't heavy enough to be marble so I turned
it over (automatic thing that I do) and saw a maker's mark. The mark
was faint and I was unable to read it even with a magnifying glass. I
thought I knew what it was but needed to be sure so my sister told me
to put something dark on it. We settled on ashes. When I rubbed the
ashes onto the mark I was sure of what this was and I definitely wanted
it. I placed it back into the box from which it came and waited for the
box lot to come up for bids. I bought the whole box for $3.00. Wh
at I found was a Rookwood Pottery Paperweight in perfect condition.
This little find made standing in the cold and rain well worth the effort.
Never dismiss those box lots, some of them have treasures just waiting
to be found.
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Museum Clothing, J.H. Sharp Oil Highlight Winter Assoc. Feb. 13th
Rare Complete set of Royal Copenhagen, Porcelain, Figurines to
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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.
In response to my antique settee story, (Newsletter #394)
I mail the lady what I thought was
a fair price for my time and investment in the settee. It was then that I
learned the settee was a family heirloom that had been in the family for at
least 4 generations. She was thrilled to get the settee back as she had the
chairs and a rocker that matched. She missed buying the settee at the
auction, because she was too busy talking to other family members. I
delivered the settee last week. So the settee made it back into the family
and I made a small profit I can enjoy at the next auction.
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
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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
In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel advise you to take special care if you're tempted to buy turn-
of-the-century beer posters with or without attached calendars. Experts
have spotted fakes either torn out of Will Anderson's 1977 "Beer Poster
Book" or reproduced from posters in the book. Some of the fakes have
attached calendars deliberately aged to fool collectors.
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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 grandson, now 6, is quite gifted. He does extraordinary drawings.
When he was about three, I was looking at some of his 'ideas' and
noticed what looked like a TV screen with high heeled shoes. I asked
him what it was and he quite soberly informed me that it was a
'traveling computer.' Duh!!
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publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Phyllis has been looking for 2 recipes for "Corn Flake Fruit Cake and
an Bisquick egg and cheese 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.
Hi, here's the recipe from the Kelloggs:
Ingredients 3 eggs slightly beaten
1 can (14 oz.) sweetened condensed milk
2 2/3 cups (28 oz.) mincemeat
2 cups mixed candied fruit
1 cup coarsely chopped nuts
2 cups Kellogg's® Corn Flake Crumbs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1. Preheat oven to 300° F.
2. In large mixing bowl, combine eggs, milk, mincemeat, fruit and
3. Add KELLOGG'S Corn Flake Crumbs and baking soda; stir well.
Pour batter into 9-inch tube or Bundt pan coated with cooking spray.
4. Bake 2 hours or until wooden pick inserted near center comes
out clean. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pan. Cool on
wire rack. *** Love your newsletter, always so interesting!
Deb S. Elmira, Ontario, Canada
--The other request--
Roasted-Vegetable Egg Bake
Create a crowd-size pleaser in minutes for breakfast or supper.
1 tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
1 bag (1 pound 10 ounces) Green Giant® Create-a-Meal!®
frozen oven roasted Parmesan herb meal starter
1 cup Original Bisquick® mix
1 1/2 cups milk
1 cup shredded Colby-Monterey Jack or mozzarella
cheese (4 ounces)
1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray rectangular baking dish, 13x9x2
inches, with cooking spray.
2. Heat oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat. Cook
onion and frozen vegetable mixture in oil 8 to 10 minutes, stirring
occasionally, until vegetables are heated through and crisp-tender.
Sprinkle with contents of seasoning packet from vegetable mixture;
stir gently to coat. Spread in baking dish.
3. Stir Bisquick mix, milk and eggs in medium bowl until
blended. Pour over vegetables in baking dish.
4. Bake uncovered about 25 minutes or until knife inserted in
center comes out clean. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake about 5
minutes longer or until cheese is melted.
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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.
Greetings and Salutations from Pittsburgh!@!
HERE WE GO STEELERS! HERE WE GO!
Obviously, I am from the Pittsburgh area - Southwest of Pittsburgh to
be exact! My paternal grandmother, who was of Slovak heritage and
married to a full-blooded German used to make the most MARVELOUS
sweet & sour rabbit dish that she called (and I'm not at all sure of the
spelling) HOSSINFEFFER. This dish consisted of sweet & sour
marinated rabbit with potato dumplings that took several days to make
as you had to marinate the rabbit in the sweet & sour mixture for several
days in the refrigerator, then once that process was complete she
would go on to work all day on a huge pile of potato dumplings to add
to the sweet and sour rabbit as it simmered on the stove for what
seemed like all day to the small child I was at the time! Sadly, my
grandmother developed altheimzer's shortly after we lost my grandfather
to Hodgkin's BEFORE anyone is the family - including my aunt (her
daughter) was able to get this FAN-TAS-TIC recipe from her. Now, my
father is growing frail and suffering from Parkinson's and the last time
I spoke of Grandmother, tears welled up in his eyes. I would so love to
surprise him with an old-fashioned plate piled high with HOSINFEFFER
and potato dumplings just the way Grandma used to make! If anyone
could be of assistance in remembering these old-fashioned, time-
consuming and complicated recipes, I would be eternally in your debt.
And, just think of the joy that you'll be able to help bring to a very old
and frail man who finds little joy in life anymore except these special
memories. And, thanks to the TIAS newsletter, which I GREATLY enjoy
reading for such a wonderful idea and service. I have printed and kept
so many of these special memory recipes I couldn't being to count them
all!@! KUDOS to all the folks @ TIAS! Yvonne in Pittsburgh, PA
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