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The Collectors Newsletter #417 April 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #417 April 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
New Kitchen Collectibles Newsletter.
Do you love kitchens and kitchen collectibles?
Do you savor the flavor of the past?
Are you wondering exactly what that odd kitchen gadget is that you just
got at a garage sale?
If so, you'll love our new free monthly e-mail newsletter "From Mama's
Kitchen", specially written for those who have a fondness for kitchen
items of all kinds. We hope you'll join us for a few memories, giggles,
laughs and some useful information about kitchen collectibles.
You can view the first issue here:
And to subscribe, go here:
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've been enjoying all these stories about found items and thought I'd tell
you what my sister found. She lives in California and comes to Wisconsin
a couple times a year to visit. But as an antique dealer, she has to shop!
She found a Jadite kitchen shaker at an antique store here for a mere
$16 and thought she had a real find, especially since Jadite was really
hot at the time. She thought the shaker would go for at least $50 back
home. Once she got back to Fresno and began to unpack and clean up
her purchases (she always has lots!), she opened the shaker to clean it
inside and out. Inside was a nasty old tissue. She took it out with a
tweezers, not knowing what it had been used for. A diamond ring fell out!
She sold it for more than $300, and it still amazes us to think that the
dealer she bought it from hadn't even bothered to open that shaker before
sticking a price tag on it and putting it up for sale!
Several years ago, my sister and I undertook the task of cleaning out
our farm house, attic and cellar. It was a dirty job at times, but we work
endless hours getting items ready for the family to divide and the rest
went into an estate sale. We had been working in my Dad's bedroom,
cleaning out the drawers and closet. My sister was getting things off the
top shelf in the closet and it was declared "empty." My sister said she
was going to do one more sweep, and as she moved her hand along the
wall once more she found my Dad's hidden stash....a bank bag with
about $3000 in cash that he had won in Las Vegas years ago. We knew
he had won it, but nobody even knew what he had done with the money.
He had hidden it and never told anyone where it was. Well, being the
honest sisters we were, it came in very handy as we divided the estate
We still talk about the "what if we had kept and divided the spoils"...
So it pays to double check all of those out of the way, hidden spots.
Back in about 1962, I was a young, poor military wife, with four children.
We had just bought our first home and my Coast Guard husband had
been transferred from his being in charge of a light house job to a CG
weather cutter ship. This was a lose of pay of about $100 a month. Get
the picture? Of course all the home improvements were budgeted down
to the last 25 cents. Toys were not very high on the list. My neighbor
came home from delivering a load of yard trimmings to the local landfill,
and said you have to come with me right now.
Back to the landfill we went, and piled in a huge heap was chatty Cathy
dolls, Casper the ghost dolls, and the great big springy wonder horses.
Of course these poor things were in a sad state. The Cathy's had broken
arms and legs, Casper had torn sheets and all the horses were missing
legs or tails. We filled my station wagon and went home. The wonder
horse had 4 back legs. Cathy had bandages where her arm should
have been, and I sewed up Caspers clothes. The horse lasted for
years and Cathy still talked when she was given away a long time later.
The kids were happy as clams. Dorothy
My story is about finding treasures at auctions and dumpster diving. A
distant distant cousin of my husbands died and I went to the auction along
with my son Mitch (he was probably 12 at the time). I was looking on the
racks and came across an old album with a picture in it that I thought I
recognized. Sure enough I was my Mother-in-law Esthers Mother. About
then my son came up to me and showed me some stuff he'd found in a
dumpster on site. One of pictures was the funeral picture of my husbands
Grandmother. It was from about 1907 because she'd died right after
Esther was born. There were will papers mentioning Esther and many
more family pictures. It's sad when family members things are gone
through by strangers and stuff tossed that would mean something to
someone. If we hadn't been there that day and Mitch hadn't looked in the
dumpster all the family memories would have gone out in the trash.Becky
That story brought back memories for me, too. I was one of the lucky ones
who had a Chatty Cathy and I also had Chatty baby brother and sister. I
thought they were long gone, but when I mentioned the story to my Mom
she told me to sit still for a minute. She went into the basement and
returned with all three of my precious friends! I will never bug her again
about being a packrat! Diane
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Comments, thoughts? Post them online at:
We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
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
Randy Inman’s June 9-10 Summer sale fueled by contents of Blue
Ridge Vintage Car Museum. Click here--
Noel Barrett to auction antique toys from now-closed Merritt Museum
May 12-13. Click here--
Leonardo DiCaprio's toys, Brady American toy collection headliners at
Morphy's $2.8m auction. Click here--
Shelton Antique Shows. Click here--
Voysey Website Launched. Click here--
Bath City Estate Sales - Michigan Sale April 28-30!
Sale of Magnificent Jewels at Christie's totaled $39,071,320 million
Finest-Known Copy of New Book of Comics #1 to be Offered at
Auction. Click here--
EXCITING AND RARE PRINTS AT CHRISTIE’S NEW YORK
Christie's Orientalist Art & 19th Century European Art
Antique and Vintage Sheet Music. Click here--
Sotheby's to auction historically significant American Indian Art,
May 8, 2006. Click here--
Sotheby's and SCP Auctions will offer one of two known Washington
Senators' Walter Johnson jerseys. Click here--
19th Century Furniture, Sculpture, Works of Art and Ceramics Sale
Results. Click here--
Rediscovered Masterpiece by Egon Schiele to be Auctioned at Christie's
WARHOL, JUDD, DE KOONING AND BACON HIGHLIGHT POST-WAR
& CONTEMPORARY ART SALE. Click here--
Earth Day at Babylon Mall April 22, 2006
Mama’s Treasures Launches Kitchen Collectibles Newsletter And Contest
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3) Your Classifieds...
Do you have antiques or collectibles you are just itching to sell? A simple
classified ad in this newsletter might just be your answer. Over 240,000
readers subscribe to this newsletter. One of them just might be able
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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.
Looking for owner
I have an old English bible from 1823 I believe. On the inside it has "Property
of Caroline Stode". Found it when my grandmother passed away. I have no
way of knowing exactly where she lived, but she must have been around the
Minneapolis MN area at some point. I could not find any listings here for that
last name. I would gladly send it to a family member. If you can help please
e-mail me at email@example.com Thanks, Kay
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
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more than 12,000 antique, vintage, and modern bottles, is now available
wherever books are sold. Written by Ralph and Terry Kovel, America's
well-known authorities on antiques and collectibles, this bestselling handbook
includes current prices and histories for more than 90 categories of bottles
dating from the 1700s up to 2005. You'll find everything from flasks and fruit
jars to soda and sarsaparilla bottles, and from medicine, milk, and perfume
bottles to Avon, Coca-Cola, Jim Beam, and Ezra Brooks. An important
reference tool for both experienced and novice collectors, KOVELS'
BOTTLES PRICE LIST contains detailed information on the histories of
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Some of the special features:
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
April 25, 2006 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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.
The story of the little 6 year old girl in your humor section who stated she
"was not going to have sex when she got married, but was going to adopt"
made me laugh out loud! But it also reminded me of a statement my younger
sister made when we were wee little girls. We come from a family of five
children, which is not the largest of families, but was a lot of mouths to
feed since our father had left and we were very poor. So we were talking
about making life a little easier for ourselves when we grew up and my
sister said, "I'm not going to have a lot of kids when I grow up 'cause I'm
going to get myself spayed!"
She was true to her word and has only 2 children since she had herself
"spayed" after the 2nd one. Mary
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone
feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may
publish it here.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can
you help someone out? To place an ad of your own take a look at:
WANTED: COLLECTOR IS BUYING AUTHENTIC TIFFANY STUDIOS LAMPS
WANTED: COLLECTOR IS BUYING AUTHENTIC LOUIS C. TIFFANY ARTWORK
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
250,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
John was looking for a recipe for "High Pancakes"
We had several responses 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.
One of these recipes may be what John seeks. From Cleveland, Ohio...
1. Mile High Pancakes presented by September Farm Bed & Breakfast ,
2 eggs, beaten
1/2 cup flour
1/2 cup milk
pinch of salt
* Preheat oven to 450°F oven.
* While oven is preheating, preheat medium 9-10 inch heavy skillet.
Cast iron skillets work well.
* Combine eggs, flour, milk and salt. Beat to combine all flour leaving no
* Remove skillet from oven with hot pad. Melt 1 teaspoon of butter in
bottom of skillet. Add batter to skillet and return to hot oven.
* Bake for 13-15 minutes, or until a dark, golden brown.
* Serve immediately.
Clabber Girl Mile-High Pancakes
3 egg yolks
1 cup buttermilk
2 cups all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
6 tablespoons margarine or butter, melted
3 egg whites
In a large mixing bowl stir together the egg yolks and the 1 c buttermilk.
In a medium bowl combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking
soda; add to the egg yolk mixture. Stir to combine. Stir in the 1/2 c
buttermilk and the melted margarine.
In a mixer bowl beat egg whites till stiff peaks form. Gently fold beaten
egg whites into flour mixture, leaving a few fluffs of egg white. Do not
Spoon about 1 tablespoon of the batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle
or heavy skillet. If batter is too thick to spread slightly when dropped
onto a hot griddle, stir in 2-4 tablespoons additional buttermilk. Cook till
golden brown, turning to cook when pancakes have bubbly surfaces
and slightly dry edges. Makes 16 to 24 pancakes.
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.
We lived in Alaska in the 1950's as a military family. When we first
arrived a neighbor brought us some "sourdough starter" and I think we
used it only for pancakes. They were the very best! I tried to bring
some back to the states but it didn't work. Would anyone out there
know how to "start" some "sourdough starter"? I was told that the batch
I got had been going around for at least 20 years. Mitzi F. Naples FL
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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12) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 300,000
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