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The Collectors Newsletter #406 March 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #406 March 2006
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Today's Headlines from News-Antique.com
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
11. New Online Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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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.
Maybe it's the way I look, or my age, but I've rescued many items that have been
tossed aside or found in garbage cans/dumpsters. But be careful, I'm now sitting
on a one year probation for theft of an item taken from a garbage can. I've also
paid fines for trespassing on two separate occasions. So be careful and know the
local statutes before taking items from the curb or from garbage cans. Sometimes
"garbage" is not as free as it might look. Although I must admit that I still enjoy
finding a nice item, I no longer enjoy myself "Trolling" as I call it. It makes me feel
too much like a criminal. Sincerely Debra P. in Minnesota
Another "not trash" story. A friend had placed lawn furniture out for sale with a sign
on it. At the end of the day the sign had blown off, and most of the stuff was taken.
He got some back, but I guess the moral to the story is "watch your stuff"
LS Clinton NY
While driving to do some shopping my husband and I passed a house on our
local street that had a pile of things outside, one of which was an old wooden
frame. I said to my husband, it was drizzling that day, if that frame is still outside
when we come back home i am going to stop and pick it up. Well, we returned
to find the frame still on the pile of items, i got out of the car, ran over and picked
up the frame, the front was laying face down, to my surprise it was a wonderful
picture of the inside of a house decorated with lovely curtains and old furniture
and rugs, with woman standing inside with a gentleman at the open door, below
it read Welcome Guests. I took it to our local antique repairman, to be clean
and reframed, he stated he thought i was worth at least $300.00. I was thrilled,
it hangs over my couch and i wouldn't trade or sell it for the world. Frances,
Mountainville, New York
Trash pick-up on my mother's street is early Friday morning. It's interesting to
see the cars and trucks go by so slowly on Thursday night. We even laugh when
some items we have thrown are picked up. One Thursday night, we didn't laugh.
I was waiting at my mother's home for my husband to return from summer camp
where he had spent 5 days with 3rd thru 6th graders. When he was dropped off
at my mother's home, he set his luggage and sleeping bag on the sidewalk
because I had locked the car. He ran into the house, got the keys and returned
to the car to find all his things missing. You would think that they would have
realized that a full luggage with dirty clothes, a baseball glove and a bible would
not be garbage. But it was never returned. He was most upset about the ball
glove and the bible. It took a few years to find the very same ball glove. And
many more years to get all the notes he had made in his bible. We just hoped
that whoever had taken it read the bible. Melody E. in Michigan
Well, I made a big mistake and I'll share it with you so maybe you can avoid
making the same dumb move. I guess I should be ashamed of what I did but
there's a lesson to be learned, even if it was an expensive one. It all started about
2 and 1/2 years ago. I was at a garage sale in Michigan and I saw an oil painting
sitting against the wall. It was a large size one and looked old. It was in a nice
gold leaf frame and had one of those lights attached to the top that shown down
onto the painting. I noticed a little round yellow sticker on the light that said $5.
I asked the guy if that was the price and he nodded and said that it was priced
low because of the hole in the canvas. It looked like someone had stuck a pencil
through the canvas. But otherwise the painting was in good condition and it was
obvious that the painter had talent. The guy said that the painting was his father's
and that's about all he knew about it. So, I paid for it and threw it into the back of
When I got home, I looked up the artist's name. He was a listed artist and I
guessed that the painting was done in the 1920's. It was a pastoral scene and the
artist was better known for doing still life's. From what I could figure out, his
paintings sold anywhere from $500 to $2500. But, it did have that hole in it.
I planned to take it somewhere to have it looked at but never got around to it. I sell
at the flea market in the summers and I got to know a guy who buys artwork and
by chance I ran in to him a few weeks ago and we started talking and he asked if
I had any paintings for sale. I told him about my painting and told him the artist's
name. He said he would look him up and call me back. He called a few days later
and said that he had found basically the same info I had about the artist and that
he wanted to take a look at the painting.
So, he came over for a look. He was disappointed that it had a hole in it and said
that it would cost 2 to 3 hundred dollars to fix it and he felt it would be worth about
$700 when repaired. He asked what I wanted for it and I told him $400. He said
that he couldn't make any money if he paid $400 but he would give me $300 for
it. So, I figured that since I only had $5 into it, I would take the cash and we made
the deal for $300. I felt a tinge of seller's remorse when I saw him walk out to his
car with it but what the heck.
Last night I started thinking about it again and I decided to do an online search
for that artist to see if I could find more info about him. Imagine my surprise when
I found my painting on eBay! The guy had repaired the hole and listed it on eBay
with a buy-it-now price. I was shocked to see that he had sold it for $2,500 within
I know it would be easy for me to be angry at him but I have to look at this
experience as an expensive lesson. He did his homework. I didn't. I never took the
time to have the painting looked at and appraised. I never took it in to be repaired.
I was lazy and I paid for it. Next time, I'll do some research before selling something
I have a feeling could be valuable.
Next time I find a $2500 painting for $5 I'll know what to do. Yeah right! That'll
happen again! :~( George K.
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unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
your story to firstname.lastname@example.org
2) The Latest Antique News
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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
Christie's honors the Plaza Hotel with an auction that realizes a
million dollars more than presale expectations.
Antique tours to Scandinavia
Dollhouse Furniture, Marx Playsets Highlight March 25 Auction
The Full Story of Napkin Rings
125 Kilos of Rare Books
TIFFANY, LALIQUE, PATEK PHILIPPE … TOP NAMES IN BYRNE’S
1795 B-1 Flowing Hair Dollar in PCGS MS-63 Sells for $218,500
Decorating Room By Room With Antiques & Flea Market Finds 101:
ARE TODAY’S KIDS COLLECTING?
Kingston,Mass. Estate Sale has lots of antiques
COLLECTORS SET FOR BIDDING BATTLE OVER THEIR COMIC
2 Estate Sales At Once-Williamson, Ga. March 24 & 25, 2006
America's First Gold Coin Returns to Baltimore for $6 Million "Homecoming"
Chicagoland Antique Advertising, Slot-Machine & Jukebox Show
A DIZZYING ARRAY OF DIAMONDS & GEMS SPARKLE AT CHRISTIE’S
GIFTED NAVAJO ARTIST KEEPS A FOOT IN BOTH WORLDS
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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 wrote in a couple weeks ago regarding a replacement cardboard lunch
box that my mom had used in her childhood in the 1940's. Thank you to
several people who searched and found one that was running on e-bay
auction. What a coincidence that one was there at the time I was trying
to find one! Anyway, I had to wait until the bidding was over to see if I
won or not. Hooray, I won the bid! Had to spend $30.00 for it, but I think
that was more than a reasonable price to pay for my mom.
Thank you again, Tias and all its faithful, helpful readers. -Karen
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
In the days before color advertising in magazines-and well before radio
and television-American manufacturers depended on giveaways and
premiums to help sell their products. Among the smallest advertising items
were trade cards, pocket mirrors, pinback buttons, postcards-and pot
What's a pot scraper? According to Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS
ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, a pot scraper is a small
piece of metal with edges specially shaped to scrape pots, pans, mixing
bowls, measuring cups, cutting boards, and rolling pins. Most advertising
scrapers date from the early 20th century. A rare Dove Brand Ham &
Bacon scraper recently sold for $1,595.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter, click
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
When our daughter, Courtney, was born, her hair was dark, like her Daddy's.
Then as she got bigger, her hair got a lot lighter, to a dark blonde. Then,
around kindergarten age, it started getting darker again. One day she asked
me, "Mom, why is my hair getting darker?" I replied, "Honey, your hair is
going to be the same color as your Daddy's!" Oh the look of horror on her
face as she exclaimed, "But I don't want gray hair!" I thought I would die
laughing! Bill was only around 35, and I don't remember him having really
gray hair, maybe a few white strays around his face. Kay
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Charlotte was looking for a recipe for "Lemon chiffon cake"
We had one response to this recipe request. 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.
Some Thank Yous!
Many thanks to Sandra and Nancy for the Belgian Pie recipes! I had
searched all over the Internet and didn’t come up with even one recipe.
One request to your newsletter and I got two! My husband will love it!
Thanks again. Vicki
Hey ! What a great bunch of people out there. I got the right
Snickerdoodle recipe !!! No big deal to the average bear but for some
reason I just love those things. Thanks much ! Pat
Lemon Chiffon Cake
2 cups flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup water
7 egg yolks
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Grated zest of 2 lemons
2 teaspoon vanilla
8 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1 1/2 cups confectioners' sugar
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Preheat the oven to 325°. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking
powder and salt. Make a well in the center; add the water, egg yolks, oil,
lemon zest and vanilla. Whisk the dry ingredients into the yolk mixture until
the batter is blended and smooth. Set aside.
In a large mixer bowl, beat the egg whites and the cream of tartar at
medium-low speed until foamy. Gradually increase the speed to high and
beat the whites until stiff (but not dry) peaks form. Gently fold 1/3 of the
beaten whites into the batter with a rubber spatula just until blended. Fold
in the remaining whites just until combined. Pour the batter into an
ungreased 10-inch tube pan.
Bake 1 hour, or until the top springs back when lightly touched with a
fingertip and a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
Immediately invert the cake, still in the pan, onto the neck of a wine bottle
or a large funnel. Cool completely.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients until smooth.
Remove the cake pan from the bottle. Run a long thin knife around both
edges of the cake pan. Invert the cake onto a serving plate and remove the
pan. Spread the icing on top of the cake, allowing some of the glaze to drip
down the sides. Erick in Washington, DC
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
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.
Hello! I love reading the newsletter each week and have finally given up
my search for the following recipe and hope the readers can help me
out! I had a recipe from years ago put out by Weight Watchers that
came with their microwave steamer basket. The recipe was for yellow
squash (or zucchini) and featured eggs, cottage cheese, mozarrella
cheese and dill which you then baked in the oven with bread crumbs
sprinkled on top. I used to make it constantly and then lost it in a move
and I haven't been able to duplicate the same recipe again! It's great for
low-carb eaters and I love the flavor of it! I appreciate any help!!
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
email@example.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to
firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
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Shop our store for reproduction 1920's QUALITY, hand beaded flapper
dresses, fabulous Art Deco and Renaissance, silk velvet fringe scarf
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12) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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