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The Collectors Newsletter #429 June 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #429 June 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 On line 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 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.
We always we welcome all stories from our readers, but is our next issue,
we are looking for something a bit different. It's been a while since we've
seen one of these, but we are looking for stories of items that found their
As an example, a young boy has his bike stolen from school in the 70's
and finds it at a police auction in the 90's, with his name still written on the
A grandmother passes away and her estate in Michigan is liquidated. One
of the grandchildren could not attend the sale, but desperately wanted
a china doll that belonged to her grandmother that was sold at the estate
sale. Years later she finds her grandmother's doll in an antique store in
If you have a story about something that was lost and then found, we want
to hear about it. Forward your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we may
publish it in our next edition. Many thanks! Phil
P.S. The now famous Almond Toffee recipe mentioned in The Collectors
Newsletter #426 see
is in the recipe section below.
Be sure to check it out!
My husband and I were at an estate auction a few years ago. I saw a set
of china that I thought was just beautiful. Then I heard a woman talking to
another woman loud enough for everyone to hear saying I bet my husband
would just love to have this china as it was his grandmothers. I think she
was hoping that no one would bid on it.
Well the china finally came up for auction and there were a few bidders
(including me), I just held up my bid number and won the china for $33.00.
As my husband and I were taking it out to our car, the woman mentioned
earlier came running up to us and offered us $40.00 for it. I told her no and
that if she had really wanted it, she should have bid on it (she didn't make
one bid) I still have that china and it is being well taken care of.
Carrie T. - Murphysboro, IL
-- Another Story--
In our small town we have a regular Wednesday night auction. The early
sale features box lots of junk, tools, and pallets of unclaimed storage unit
items. One night there seem to be very little interest in the storage unit
pallets and I couldn't resist bidding. Mine, the whole pallet worth for $7.00.
Of course hubby wasn't to impressed that I had bought all this junk. When
I got home I started to go through it and some was just junk, old electric
typewriters, a dehumidifier etc, but then, boxes full of old toys in their
original boxes. G I Joe stuff, Strawberry Short Cake, Star wars etc. Most
were listed online and the end result was about $600.00 profit, not bad for
$7.00 but then the story gets better.
Next time I went to the same auction I spotted a large box full of silverware.
Blackened and tarnished and labeled Misc. silver plate. After checking a
few of the pieces in the box there was indeed some silver plate but lots of
pieces marked Sterling and with lots marked Birks ( a high quality
Canadian silver company.
I made my mind up to stay for the box and would bid as high as $50.00.
Imagine my shock when I got the whole box for $15.00, the auctioneer was
still calling the lot silver plate.
After cleaning the pieces I discovered that almost all were from the very
early 1900's. Beautiful art nouveau pieces, some with gold wash parts, my
$15.00 realized me over $900.00 in sales online Debbie
Here in New Zealand they auction off box lots, but one at a time. There are
a few (thank goodness only a few) who like to 'reposition' the contents of
some of the boxes to suit themselves.
I had bought a box lot and then found, to my dismay, that the very item I
wanted was missing. I mentioned it to another person who had seen a
woman take the item from my box and put it in hers and then march out.
Last week I again decided I wanted a box lot, so took photos of the
contents with my cellphone. Same offending woman was there, so I
watched. Sure as eggs, she popped something from my box into hers
and something from another box she had not bought also went into hers.
But I had her on my phone camera doing it.
I promptly went to the auctioneers office and showed them the photos.
Offending lady went to march out, as usual, and was stopped leaving.
Her box was checked and she protested everything in her box was there
during the sale.
When shown the photos, by now emailed and down loaded onto the
auctioneers computer for better viewing, she left her box and stormed out
saying she would never return.
Good, I hope she does not, at least that is one magpie less to watch
out for. Classy in New Zealand. - Cheers
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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 was thrilled when my request for an old picture from my childhood (Bear on
the Stair) was printed. I didn't have high hopes for a find. I had been looking
for 25 years. Was surprised with an e-mail from Robert Arnold. He had the
picture, couldn't part with it but sent me a copy with the e-mail. It printed
beautifully, and now is framed and hangs at the bottom of my stairway.
What wonderful memories it brings. Thanks to you and Mr Arnold.
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
Do you remember making linoleum prints in school? You cut the reverse
of your picture into a block of linoleum, inked it, then stamped it on paper or
cloth. In KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph
and Terry Kovel reports a color linoleum cut by Picasso in 1962 sold recently
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Tuesday
June 6, 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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
We need some of your families funny stories. Kids do the darndest things, so
tell us what the kids in your life have done that is humorous. Send them to
I was shopping with my grandson, (he is just 2 years old). We were on the way
to my husbands shop, which is a sheet metal shop. My grandson was getting
impatient and wanted to leave, so he yelled out "Shop, Shop. Shop". Meaning
that he wanted to go to the shop. A passerby said "He really like to shop
doesn't he!" Anita
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
The famous Almond Toffee Recipe. From Shanna D. In memory of Alice
Dale Collins. Some other versions as well. 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.
We've never had so many requests for a recipe. So by popular demand and
with many thanks to Shanna D and her aunt, here it is....
Alice's English Toffee
1 lb. real dairy butter
2 C white sugar
1 small pkg slivered almonds or other nuts
approx. 4 oz good quality chocolate, Nestles Toll house semi sweet chips, or
any good chocolate bar. we prefer semi sweet. Bakers German baking
chocolate or ghirardelli squares, etc.
Place butter and sugar in a heavy pan, preferably cast iron or cast aluminum.
heat on high until butter is melted. Cook over medium-high heat stirring often
until candy reaches hard crack stage. A small amount dropped into cold water
instantly forms hard strings. It will look like it is burning, but just keep stirring
like crazy, it has to turn toffee colored. Add almonds or other nuts.
Quickly pour on to a jelly roll pan spreading out with spoon. After candy has
cooled a little, place chocolate on top, spacing small pieces evenly over all.
When chocolate has melted, spread thinly with a table knife. Let candy cool
until hardened. You can refrigerate it if you are in a hurry. If you want nice tidy
pieces, score the candy while it is still warm with a table knife. After it is
hardened, pick it up with your hands and drop to break into serving size pieces.
Store in an airtight container or zip lock bags.
If your family really loves chocolate, you can dip the cooled candy pieces in
melted chocolate and then sprinkle with more nuts if you like.
From Shanna D. In memory of Alice Dale Collins
Here's a luscious toffee! - Mary (Youngstown, OH)
LADY AIMES TOFFEE
1/2 Cup Sugar 2 Tbs Butter (or margarine)
1/4 Cup Brown Sugar 1 tsp Any Flavoring
3/8 Cup Corn Syrup 1/2 Cup Chopped Raisins
3/8 Cup Evaporated Milk 1/2 Cup Chopped Nuts
Few Grains Salt 1/2 Cup Coconut
Combine sugars, syrup, milk and salt
Over medium heat and while constantly stirring, bring to boil;
continue to boil to hard ball stage (265 degrees - 270 degrees).
Remove from heat; quickly add butter, flavoring, raisins, nuts
and coconut while stirring to mix thoroughly.
Pour into well-buttered pan.
When cold, cut into long narrow bars.
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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.
My husband's grandmother used to make him a Steamed Chocolate Pudding
for special occasions. He described it as a very moist chocolate cake. He
seems to remember it being served (and probably cooked) in a bundt-like
pan with a cover. He grandmother grew up near Lake Placid, NY and, sadly,
never passed the recipe along to her daughters.
I would love to find a recipe so that I could surprise my husband on his next
special occasion! Thanks, Kathy
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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firstname.lastname@example.org and we might just publish it here.
Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory that new TIAS merchants have
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own and use today. Come discover how much fun it is to ride The Time
Travel Express, and take home a memory or two when you depart.
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12) Helpful Resources:
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