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The Collectors Newsletter #403 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #403 March 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.
I live in a small town in Pennsylvania and every Spring and Fall the town
has junk pick up. My friend and I go around in a small car to look for
treasures. One day I spotted a large old fireplace mantle someone had
torn out of an old house. I have been restoring a hundred year old stone
house and decided I could use the mantle. The problem at the time
was that we had to tie the find on top of the car and drive through the
town. Blankets,ropes and bungie cords were used to secure the
overhanging find. We laughed the whole way home and when it was
unloaded I was surprised to find that it was stamped by the manufacturer
and dated in the late 1800's. A little repair and paint made a beautiful
addition to my living room. PL in PA.
Trash eve, is what I call the night before trash pick up, finds me many
recyclable items. As owner and operator of our towns only furniture
refinishing and repair shop I am always looking in dumpsters, or alley
ways to see what treasures that someone has left me. One particular
night just around the corner from my house I came across part of an o
ld dresser. It was kind of like an old make-up dresser. (At one time
having two side units with a divider in between and a mirror on back.)
The drawers were swollen completely shut after sitting for years in
some damp basement.
Well I loaded it into the truck and headed to my shop. After getting
there I realized that someone had tried and tried to open the drawers
as there was some damage to them. I let it set in the dry for several
days without doing anything with it. Soon I was able to use a
screwdriver in the handle as a pull. One after the other the drawers
came open and inside the bottom drawer were some old hand tools. In
the top one was an amber colored canning jar with top and metal clasp
in mint condition. I asked an antique dealer it's worth and he said
about $75 at the time.
I sold most of the tools at a garage sale for around $30. Restored the
side drawer unit and sold it for $45. (The lady that bought it asked if
I had another one.) The amber jar still sets in my shop. I have had
offers on it, but kind of like to keep it as there is a story attached to it.
I was invited to a church potluck and white elephant exchange. I had
never heard of this before, but what fun! You take up to 10 items and
they are all placed on several big tables and everyone walks around
and mingles and looks at everything, then we sat down and sang some
songs with one of the members playing a guitar. Then she
announced that the only rules were: no slapping, hitting or tripping
(of course everybody laughs). But, you may pick as many items as
you brought. When everyone is pretty much through you may pick
even more items. I had brought several small pieces of depression
glass and went home with a pretty little platter and 2 movies and a
refrigerator magnet (and a full tummy). People brought jewelry, dishes,
movies, books, pictures, exercise equipment, etc. Any items that
were not picked were given to a local charity organization. Other
readers might enjoy doing this. God bless. Ann B., Colorado.
It was a rainy Winter afternoon, and as I pulled out of my driveway, I
turned left instead of the usual right. I had a gift card for a certain
kind of gas and that station was LEFT. As I continued down my street,
about 6 blocks down I spotted a huge pile of goodies. In front of the
bags was a pretty and large painting, that caught my eye.
I pulled over and got out, in the rain, no umbrella, no hat. As I
checked out the painting, I noticed a blank artists canvas sticking out
of a black plastic bag. Upon inspection, there were a dozen more.
I was thrilled. I was starting painting lessons the very next day! I
looked over the other 10 or so bags. Oil paints, tubes and tubes of
them, brushes, knives ... omigosh. Somebody sent me in this direction
for a reason, I thought. The rain got worse, and I started loading all
the black bags into my car, then went back for the rest after I took
the first load home.
Long story short, I had all the painting supplies a budding artist could
possibly need, and after I sorted through the rest of the booty, I was
flabbergasted. A Toni doll from the 1940's, a beautiful Bates
bedspread, tons and tons of crafting stuff, and the most special of all,
a piece of artwork by the artist who owned all that paint. It was
fantastic. A depiction of the battle of Bull Run done in mixed media.
She was an amazing artist, and her work is framed and hung proudly
in my home. Maybe one day I can get to be half as good an artist
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ST. PATRICK'S DAY WEEKEND SALE AT TENNESSEE'S ROANE
COUNTY ANTIQUE ASSOCIATION
The Cats' Pajamas introduces The Funky Kitchen
Two old men talking about your stuff
Depression Era Glass Events / 20-30-40 Glass Society of Illinois
The New York City Antique & Historic Image Faire
A unique collection of Liberty Furniture
ANDRE VAN PIER The King of Rock N Roll Fashions Celebrity
REFCO CONTEMPORARY PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION TO BE SOLD
AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK THIS APRIL & MAY
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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.
My mother was born in 1940 and when going to grade school fondly
remembers her lunch box. Her early years were spent in Columbus, Ohio.
Apparently the lunch box was made from a sturdy cardboard due to metal
shortages, she says that it had leather straps. I realize that cardboard from
so long ago might prove impossible to find, but I would like to find her a
replacement lunch box from the 1940's. If anyone knows of one, it would be
greatly appreciated. Thank you. Karen eMail email@example.com.
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
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
Here is the Kovel's "Hot List" of the top 10 most requested searches on their
Web site in February 2006
6. China (dinnerware)
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
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7) Funny Old Stuff
This is our humor section. These are humorous family 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.
I am one of the avid readers of the Tias Newsletters and it really warms the
heart to read so many anecdotes and short funny stuff, especially when it
involves children. Let me tell you a story:
My nephew, a precocious 4 year old, attended the rehearsal for a wedding
with his pretty little sister, who was the FLOWER GIRL for the wedding.
During rehearsals, he asked his mom if he could join in. She gently told
him, " No, honey. This is only for girls. Your sister is going to be a FLOWER
GIRL at the wedding.
To which he replied, " Okay then, I want to be the LEAF BOY."
At the wedding, he proudly walked down the aisly, strewing leaves, as the
official LEAF BOY of the entourage.
I sure hope this starts a trend! MARIANNE ELISE T. MENDOZA
QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES
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feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Linda M.was looking for a recipe for "Black Forest Cake"
here are several of the suggestions came in. See below....
If you have a variation of this 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 thought this sounded a lot like what you were talking about. Now how to
make those pretty chocolate crumbs for the top.....hmm? Hope it helps.
Black Forest Cake
1 c Sugar
1 ts Vanilla
4 oz Unsweetened chocolate; melted and cooled
1 c Sifted flour
1/4 c Sugar
1/4 c Water
2 tb Kircsh
Butter Cream Filling:
1 1/2 c Powdered sugar
1/2 c Unsalted butter; softened
1 Egg yolk
2 tb Kircsh
2 c Canned sour cherries; patted dry
2 tb Powdered sugar
1 c Heavy whipping cream; whipped
8 oz Semisweet chocolate; shaved
1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour 3-8" cake pans.
2. Beat eggs, sugar and vanilla about 10 minutes until very thick and
fluffy. Fold in chocolate and flour alternately ending with flour. Bake in
prepared pans 10 to 15 minutes or until cakes test clean. Cool in pans
on wire racks 5 minutes before removing to racks to cool completely.
3. Boil sugar and water 5 minutes. Cool, then stir in Kirsch. Poke
layers; brush with syrup.
4. Beat powdered sugar and butter until well blended. Beat in egg yolk
until very light and fluffy, about 5 minutes. Fold in cherry liqueur (Kirsch).
5. Spread bottom layer with half of the filling. Place 3/4 cup of the
cherries evenly on top. Put second layer on and repeat. Put on third layer.
6. Gently fold powdered sugar into whipped cream. Frost top and sides
of cake. Arrange remaining cherries on top and press chocolate into
sides reserving a few for top of cake. Chill until ready to serve.
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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 hope this fits your "vintage recipe" request. Does anyone have the
recipe for "snickerdoodles"? They're a soft cookie with cinnamon. Pretty
plain and simple but I just can't seem to get those soft ones grandma
made. Thanks so much! Pat
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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Loretta & Jake's Antiques & Collectables
Specializing in quality glass, original water colours/pastels/oils artworks
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