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The Collectors Newsletter #399 February 2006
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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.
Annie's story about the dishonest auction goer who hid a piece of Roseville
pottery in a box of junk, hoping to purchase it dirt cheap, was disturbing to
me when I reached the part where the auctioneer's helper bid against the
dishonest man to drive up the price of the boxed junk. Two wrongs don't
make a right. The sneaky man should have been quietly told to leave the
auction; in the alternative, nothing needed to be done other than wait to
see the expression on his face when he purchased the box and realized his
ploy had been foiled.
I live in central Illinois and a certain auction house in this area has a bad
reputation because auction workers stand in the back and bid up prices
on items. This is just as dishonest as the man who tried to steal the
Roseville pottery. Peggy S.
Congratulations! You did the right thing by telling the auctioneer about
what that man did with the Roseville. I know of a man who does that a lot.
Once we went to this auction and this man was helping the auctioneer
show the items because the auctioneer was short a helper. My husband
was waiting for an item to come up and it never did. He walked by the
items that this man supposedly had been bidding on and won. He saw
the certain item we were waiting to come up for auction in his pile. My
husband went to the auctioneer and told him about the situation. Well!
They asked this man why he hadn't put the items up and why they were
sitting with his things. The man's answer was, "He had put the item up,
but there was no interest." If there was no interest then why was the item
sitting with the items he had won. And we knew they had never gone up
for auction because we were watching very carefully waiting for these
items. However, they never did do anything to this man because he was
one of their good friends. They did put the items up for auction and we
did win the bid. It is too bad that there are people like this around. It is
unfair, but not much you can do. But, Annie, you did the right thing and
should be proud! Debbie
I've always said that people who use eBay are just too lazy to go to
garage sales and thrift shops. Of course, I say that as I bid on 25 eBay
But I did have my thrift shop infatuation shattered recently.Thrift shops,
in this sense, are where folks go to contribute unwanted items to be sold
for charities. We have half a dozen locally.
I noticed that I was finding fewer and fewer deals in all the shops. I
watched the once modest flow of Bakelite-handled flatware and Melmac
dishware dwindle to zero. Same precipitous decline in decent vintage
jewelry items -- not a rhinestone collectible to be found -- when I used to
score fun pieces almost weekly as people contributed their throwaways
to the local hospital auxiliary, which runs four different shops. (Be
advised, I always threw in extra bucks when I knew I had gotten a better
I finally did some investigating and was thoroughly ticked off to find that
a well-known multi-shop-owning antique dealer had "volunteered" to
appraise all incoming items to help the shops price things. For this
humanitarian effort? Obviously, the dealer got to grab any desirable
donated items as part of the trade-off. And believe me, what was left was
pure junk only! Oh, the dealer did pay -- the same amount other
shoppers and I would have paid for things: a quarter here, a buck there.
Get this: One person who had donated a veritable estate from his late
aunt said he didn't see a single item reach the shops after the "appraisal."
He was PO'ed since he actually wanted to see his aunt's items go out to
the average person. He wrote a nasty letter to the hospital but got no
Yes, I also complained but the shop attendants thought they were getting
the better of the deal by knowing what to ask for items. Then why is
everything on the floors still a quarter or a buck -- the same as before
the appraiser came along?
No, I am not naive about the fact the dealers routinely charge to appraise
things and this might be considered valuable time spent by the dealer.
But, I have serious reservations about this when I know (and have seen)
what the acquired "thrift" items are priced at when they reach this
person's shops. Let's put it differently: Would the dealer actually volunteer
time without being able to walk off with the goods? Not a prayer. I guess
this effort falls under the category: Nice work if you can get it.
By the by, I have since heard this appraisal volunteerism is rampant in
the thrift shop industry. I believe the antique dealer in this case picked
it up from other dealers doing the same dubious thing in other areas.
By the by, certain groups -- including some Salvation Army centers --
now prohibit such relationships with appraisers. (Anyone else running
into this scenario?) Reader in NJ
one cold night several years ago,I had missed the last bus home. with
steeley determination I pulled my coat and scarf closer to my chilly self,
and just decided to walk home.I walked several blocks then just turned to
walk down a dark tree lined street to the avenue below. It was garbage
night and as I strode past the dark houses ,I thought someone had
discarded what looked like a black frisbee. As I glanced at it in the darkness
,I could see that It had slim chains on it. then I thought it might be some
kind of a black hanging planter which I thought I could use. so I picked it
up and stashed it under my arm and continued to walk. After a while I
came to a part of the avenue that was very brightly lit by the many stores
and businesses. I took the frisbee or planter out from under my arm and
to my amazement realized I had a Victorian figural clock!
It is a black painted round wind up with a key and is suspended on two
chains.It has ornate filigree on the sides and bottom and a bird in a birds
nest with two eggs on top. I still think it's unbelievable what some people
will toss into the trash,and how lucky I was to have missed my bus that
Hope you will post this. If everyone who is concerned with being sniped
on ebay would send a suggestion to ebay to allow there auctions to run
as long as there is bidding going on within a minute or 2 after the end of
the auction time, This would mean you would have to be present to bid
because a machine could not be set to do this. And this is possible
because about 6 years ago there was a site that operated this way.
Which also presents a true auction where the auction continues till all
bidding has ended. But it takes everyones input to ebay to achieve this.
Thanks Pat M
The letter from Annie in Ohio described a practice I see so often at
auctions. It seems that if you see something valuable or nice at an auction
and you wish to bid on it you almost feel obligated to stand watch over it to
make sure it doesn't get carried off or hidden in a box of junk by a person
hoping to get it for nothing. At one farm auction I noticed several nice old
small metal toys, antique poker chips and nice antiques scattered about
on one of the trailers that the auctioneers wouldn't get to until near the end
of the day. By the end of the day I noticed that much of the nicer items
had been rounded up and were no longer in sight. I began looking through
boxes on the trailer and finally found them all condensed into the bottom of
one large box. A bunch of old folded sheets and junk was piled in on top
of them. Like Annie, I too notified one of the auction staff. When the box
came up for bid, they pulled everything out of it and sold it by the piece.
By selling them separately, the items in the box brought over $400. It's sad
to see the ethics of some people. Ed
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4) Lost and Found
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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.
When I was a little girl (about 60 or 65 years ago) in Charlotte, NC, my
favorite aunt had two small magnetic scottie dogs. She would put one on one
side of a piece of paper and the other on the back side of the paper. Of
course, the one on back was hidden so I thought it was pure magic when she
made the one on top move around. Later, of course, I learned her secret. I
would love to locate a pair of these dogs. One was white and the other was
black. Thanks for any help. My e-amail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please let us know if the item 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
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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.
The night was dark, moonless and wet. The rain had stopped, but the back
Oklahoma country road we were on had no highway markings, no lines to
keep us on the road. My mother, my 10 year old daughter and my two
neices, 6 & 8, were riding in the back seat. We had been talking, singing
and laughing until we turned onto the back roads.I had to slow down, pay
better attention to my speed and driving, Gradually, my vigilant silence grew
on everyone else in the car. After a while, no one was saying a word, just
watching the road ahead.
Suddenly, my 6 year old neice whispered, "Aunt Nannan, if I put my
hands over your eyes, will you have a nervous wreck?"
That broke the tension. The rest of the trip was loud and filled with
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
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9) A Vintage Recipe
In this issue, we are going to Run the Pizza tips from Andrew Fenn
in Australia and one more response to the cooking rabbit controversy.
In the next issue we'll get into the recipe for German dumplings.
PIZZA TIPS From Andrew Fenn....
I have six basic tips to ensure a successful pizza, as well as a dough
recipe for the base:
1 - Heat you oven as hot as it will go for at least an hour before you need
it. And use the lowest shelf - unless of course you have an oven that has
a radiator coil at the bottom - you want the top of the oven to be the
hottest, but if you use such an oven the middle or slightly lower is fine.
2 - Invest in a good pizza stone and preheat it at the same time you heat
the oven - biscuit/cookie trays are no good as they lose the heat too
quickly and your pizza can go soggy plus they have a huge risk of
sticking. I got mine for Xmas and it has taken pride of place in my oven
since then, even though where I am the usual Christmas temperature is
37C (nearly 100F) - and heating the house out is a minor catch on the
road to success!
3 - Use a thick tomato base as if its runny or has a lot of watery chunks,
it (at worst) will make your pizza soggy. Lets not mention that it will
caramelise and ruin not only your oven and stone, but make the pizza
stick like wallpaper and smoke out the kitchen. If using just tinned tomatoes,
let them drain in a sieve first.
Use any vegetables or toppings you desire or have access to - my last
one was using summer garden vegetables at my parents house - sun
ripened capsicums from plants grown two years ago and forgotten about
(they grow the size of an egg and have very few seeds - unlike the first
year crops), wild cherry tomatoes the size of walnuts growing under
hibiscus, garlic, thyme and sage that grow in roses (I'm sure someone
out there can advise me the wisdom in putting them there but to me this
little gem is obviously missing). But a winter vegetable pizza with some
spicy toppings is up there in the wonderful section if done well.
4 - Use Polenta (my choice), Bran or other coarse meals to liberally dust
your plate, peel or plastic placemat while it proves (I use a excellent
highly glazed stone tile my Mother "rescued" from a skip bin from the
neighbours as they are building - Yes, she is a collector!) But I would not
recommend a tile in winter as it is too cold and will take the life from the
yeast. Don't use flour to dust the peel as it tends to make a thick, dry
cakey and powdery layer on the base that is not in the wonderful section
at all. The coarse meal makes the base go lovely and crisp. When its
proved (about 10 minutes in good weather), slide the pizza on the stone
while shaking it ever so slightly. A low angle will stretch the pizza, and a
high angle will make a mess, so a good smooth movement works best.
5 - Cover the pizza evenly and use a good tasty melting cheese that you
like - I was not at all tempted to use some expensive mozzarella that was
a highly suspect colour and instead used ordinary parmesan and
cheddar which was just as good, but if you have access to it, those giant
pearls of bocconcini or mozzarella are a treat.
6 - Should the nightmare happen and the pizza sticks on the plate on
route to the hot stone it can be salvaged. Do not worry!
Loosen the dough without causing a hole (this is hard) or if (more likely)
it does, push the filling inwards slightly to seal the hole, then fold it in half,
brush with good olive and add a sprinkling of salt, maybe some fresh
thyme and bake in the same way - but don't let the stone cool. This is a
perfectly legitimate practice and the delightful result is called a Calzone
(this result IS really authentic and covers a whole lot of problems - "pizza
pocket" or "stuff up" just lacks that certain something) Any holes or
stretching is good as well as it will go crisp, let the steam out and be
Dough: This makes a smaller pizza, but its enough to feed two people
or one teenager.
1/3 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon dry yeast
1 + 1/2 cup flour - this depends on the absorption rate (See note). I use
plain flour that on occasion has been bulked out with bread flour. Plain
flour makes a wonderfully light and bubbly base, bread flour makes a
more rustic and denser base.
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
Mix the yeast with the water and allow to absorb (about two minutes with
fast instant yeast) mix in the flour and remaining ingredients and mix
with a large spoon until it comes off the side off the bowl and is a smooth,
glossy dough. It will be quite a moist dough that will spread slightly as it
proves but when it sizzles onto the hot pizza stone in your very hot oven
it puffs up wonderfully. NOTE: Flour absorption and temperature is the
variable but with practice you can add or subtract to make a better
consistency you want something soft and light but won't be a mess.
OK - once mixed, spread the dough out onto you dusted board or peel,
dimple the dough with your fingers to spread it out - its tactile, fun and
safe for the kiddies but it takes a few minutes and let the dough rest
occasionally. Try not to dimple the same place twice as it can cause
holes or uneven tightening of the dough.
This should be spread about 1cm thick, or half this for a more classical
style as it will rise.
Add your toppings, allow to prove at least ten minutes as in prime
weather (which in the northern hemisphere it isn't at the moment) it will
rise nice and quickly, so it may take a little longer in the sluggish weather.
When ready, slide it on the stone and put back into the oven - I
recommend strongly not to leave the door open, wasting that heat and
use very thick mitts that you know can take the heat (the professional
wood fired ovens use a peel on a long pole for their safety), and bake
for 10-15 minutes or until puffed and golden. Enjoy! Regards
--A note from a reader--
One final comment from a reader on cooking rabbit. -----
Dear Tias, In response to the woman that was upset about eating rabbit.
In many countries it is customary to eat animals other that beef, pork and
chicken. I feel that she is doing a disservice to the customs and heritages
of other counties. Ours is a melting pot and along with that comes recipes
that some may find distasteful. However, if one feels that strongly, then
they may (in most cases), substitute another form of meat. Rabbits, just
like any other animal, have been hunted for centuries. Along with that,
come the recipes handed down generation, after generation. Do we
disregard a recipe just because it isn't to someone's liking? No. I think
not. Do we stop eating fish and shell fish because someone somewhere
them as a pet? How about chickens and cows and pigs? In the end what it
comes down to is everyone has a right to their heritage and customs.
So I say...Enjoy! Sue T. Wilbraham, MA
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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.
Hi. When I was a teenager back in the early 60ís, my step dad used
to make a German dumpling that he called Ca-nay-doles. Iím spelling
it phonetically, cause I donít know how it is spelled otherwise. It was
made using left over mashed potatoes and flour and other spices. I
specifically remember that caraway seed was in it and I asked him to
leave it out because I didnít like it. Anyway, the ca-nay-doles were
about the size of a baseball, they were rock hard, and were placed in
boiling water for about 15 minutes. We then cut them into bite size
pieces and poured gravy on them. They were so delicious. The
important thing here, is that they were very hard. Not soft like a
dumpling normally is. That is what I liked about them so much. I
remember my Mother saying she couldnít make them because they
were to hard for her to knead. I would just love to have that recipe if
anyone knows it. Both my Mother and step father have now passed
away, so I cannot get the recipe from them. Thank you so much for
your help. Katie
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