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The Collectors Newsletter #444 August 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #444 August 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 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.
More Houses Sold at Garage Sales
My husband was relocated to Georgia from the Dallas Fort Worth area.
I stayed in Texas for two years while he was in Georgia. Being native
Texans, we didn't want to leave there. So, the first year because we
were hoping that the move was only temporary and the second because
I could not find a teaching job in Georgia. Then I got a job and joined
him in the Atlanta area and our Texas house sat partially empty for a
year. The Realtor we talked to wanted us to fix up a bunch of things, so
we decided not to list it at that time. My neighbor (also my best friend
there) had a garage sale. A lady came and after shopping asked if
there might be any homes for sale in this small neighborhood that
weren't listed. My neighbor told her about us and called us to see if we
were interested. We said yes, so my neighbor asked permission to
show it to the interested party. She and her husband fell in love with it
and the yard (one acre) and trees. We sold it as is for our price and they
still live in it. We rewarded our neighbor handsomely since she sold it
at her garage sale basically. Madeleine in Alpharetta
When I was in High School my boyfriend, showed me his class ring with
this scuffed edge and explained that I couldn't wear it ( as was the style
of boyfriend girlfriend back then). Because of the discomfort of the roughed
up edge. It seems he lost it while throwing hay during a church youth
group hay ride one fall. Well his parents were not at all happy about this.
He knew he lost it during the hay ride so the next fall when the youth
group went to the same hay ride. He asked about lost items and they had
a whole peg board full of lost items, mostly jewelry. This ring was picked
out of the soft spot of a horses hoof. The roughed up edge was the edge
that the horse was walking on. Well I convinced him to let me have the
ring to wear on a chain. I contacted the high school class ring manufacturer
(Jostens, Inc.) for our high school, told them the story and they replaced
the ring for him for free. It was not easy the whole 6 weeks the ring was
gone and he kept asking me where it was and did I lose it. When it came
back he was thrilled and he kept it. I no longer got to wear it on a chain
or my finger. Cathy
The wildest buy I ever heard at a yard sale occurred in the Portland,
Oregon area about 15 years ago. I was visiting my sister in Beaverton
and we stopped by her mechanic's shop which was on the outskirts of a
town nearby. He couldn't help us that day because he had to go pick
up two houses his wife had purchased at a yard sale over the weekend!
They were normal ranch houses that someone was selling provided you
moved them and the mechanic had 5 acres of land so off he went to
move them to his lot! Enjoy your newsletter very much! Betty
The story about the live shell case made me smile – living in Portsmouth,
England we are always reading stories about live shells being dredged up
in the harbor or them sitting for years on people’s mantelpieces –
however – at one of nearby Gosport’s ex Naval bases, HMS Daedelus,
they have had an almighty scare recently when they discovered that an
air base was still mined! 20 bombs had been placed there during the war
in case of German invasion and forgotten about until one was discovered
back in April – packed full of explosives and in an extremely dangerous
condition. There has been a lot of housing development in the near vicinity
and people will have to be evacuated over a 5 week period when the army
bomb disposal removes them in September. About 900 homes, shops,
schools together with the Coastguard helicopter lie in the exclusion zone!
The nearby Naval museum’s exhibition is called ‘EXPLOSION!’ - how aptly
named can you get!
We may be having a property price BOOM in England but it just goes to
show that you never know quite what ‘assets’ you might be sitting on!!!!
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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 email@example.com
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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.
Hi~ I have written to you guys a few times and one of my letters was
posted, so I thought I would give this a try....when i was a little girl there
was this old doll made out of felt and corduroy and flannel... It was little
red riding hood with a full length skirt on, and when you turned the skirt
over her head it was a grandmother looking dress/ robe and the grandmother
with a grey bonnet/ night cap. When you pulled this bonnet over her head
the other way it was the wolf's head under the bonnet and the bonnet then
covered the grandmother face.. It was thrown away after my mother died
when my father was cleaning out and selling the house. ( I have noticed a
lot of grieving people throw everything away, he even threw HIS clothes away!!)
The doll was probably between 6 and 8 inches , but it just was such
a wonderful thing that I suppose i could muster up enough energy to make
one of my own, but I would really like to find one.... If any one could help it
would be wonderful, and thanks, TIAS, for a great publication!! My E-mail is
DEBHEAD830@YAHOO.COM ~ again, any help or even a shove in the
right direction would be appreciated greatly! Thanks!
Deb P. ~ MINNESOTA
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
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from the 1940s can sell for more than $19,000? Gosh-you might find one
of those in your Grandpa's garage!
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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.
This is not a story about anything old but something a friend shared today at
a baby shower: her son Matthew, that is around 11 years old, got the fine job
of babysitting a 3 yr old girl while all the moms were downstairs having their
get-together. Well he was in a quandary, he needed to go to the bathroom, but
he didn't want the baby to see him, so he couldn't take her, she could fall
down the stairs, so he couldn't leave her and he didn't want to disturb the
mom's of course!
Finally he came up with the plan, he put her in a closet!! With no light on or
any toys or anything........and she was quietly sitting there which was the
even funnier part! When re-telling the story, he assured his mom he hurried
as fast as he could!! Thanks Kim in Muncie, IN
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
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Bonnie requested a recipe for a "brown syrupy topping served warm over white
cake" Here are several response that came in.
If you have a variation of this recipe that you would like to share with our readers,
send them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
I am from the western border of central West Virginia and my mother used the
following many times. During my childhood days, we always had our own fresh
milk and homemade butter. She calls it sweet milk (NOT the condensed
sweetened milk) as we made our own fresh homemade butter which left really
good buttermilk to drink and use in cooking. She made a note on the recipe
when she mailed it to me after I was married saying that she could not get good
results with this using margarine and pasteurized - homogenized milk. I hope
this may be similar to what you remember. - mke
2 cups brown sugar
1 cup sweet milk (whole milk)
Boil until it forms a soft ball in water, then remove from the fire and beat into
it 1/2 cup of butter. Add 1 teaspoon vanilla.
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Another recipe she used over a 9 inch square oatmeal cake is:
Combine 1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 firmly packed brown sugar
3 Tbs. milk
3/4 cup shredded coconut (optional)
1/3 cup chopped nuts
Spread mixture over cake. Put under broiler until frosting bubbles which doesn't
take long. May be served warm or cold.
I learned how to make a quick and easy caramel topping a few years ago. One can
of Eagle Brand condensed milk, unopened and boiled in water in a large pot for 2
hours, is a caramel flavored topping when it cools(and it even can be done with the
fat-free type) It really works. From George and Gracie's Mommy
Now this really brings back memories. My Aunt Patricia Snipes made this special
Sunday Cake for as long as I remember. Here's how it goes
1 box light brown sugar
3/4 cup whipping cream
1 stick butter (NOT margarine!)
Put all together in a saucepan, stirring constantly till soft ball stage, beat with a
spoon while cooling, then pour over bottom layer of cake, put second layer and
pour the rest, it will harden slightly as it finishes cooling....and tastes like a dream!
I think this may be the recipe she is looking for: This is for a cake in a 9 x 9 pan,
so could be increased for a larger cake.
Scant 1/2 c oleo or butter
1/2 c brown sugar
1/2 c. white sugar
1-1/2 t vanilla
1/2 cup evaporated milk.
Heat in double boiler until it comes to a boil, serve warm over cake.
I love your Newsletter...Janice H.....
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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 Grandmother used to make a great Maple Walnut cake and maple walnut
frosting from scratch.......Unfortunately, she passed and I never got her recipe.
I would love to get that recipe back as it was totally homemade and sooooooo
goood! Thank you D. Castillo
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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