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The Collectors Newsletter #460 September 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #460 September 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
A note from your editor
I received several very nice notes from readers who made donations to the
"Team Daddy-Davies" Lymphoma charity run that my sisters will be
making while running the 26.2 mile Long Beach Marathon on October 15th.
If you have $3 to spare, they have setup a secure Web page so that you
can easily become a sponsor. 100% of the sponsor donations collected
will go to the the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
About 66,674 Americans will be diagnosed with Lymphoma this year. My
wonderful father recently became one of them.
To become a "Team Daddy Davies" sponsor, go to:
As always, thank you so much for your support....Phil
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.
My collection is what you might call eclectic and contains many subsets.
My collection, you see, is family heirlooms. I can’t take credit for really
creating this collection, but I am its steward and a very dedicated one at
that. I am an only child at the tail end of my mother’s side of the family.
I have inherited large and small portions of eight preceding households.
This all began in the 80s when my grandmother and great aunt died,
passing on to me their things plus those of their ancestors two generations
before. I was a busy working mother at the time and knew little or nothing
about antiques in general and not nearly enough about my own family
heirlooms. I embarked upon a dual mission of genealogy and antique
research that has lasted 20 years and counting, as I have developed an
inventory for all these precious treasures to pass along to my sons so they
will have the information that I did not. Along the way I lost my parents
and my aunt and uncle and have added their heirlooms to my collection
and my inventory.
I have written a handbook about my inventory and the journey it took me on
called The Stuff of Life – Creating Your Family Heirloom Inventory. I will be
hopefully teaching classes about this subject in my local adult school in
central CA. My collection has truly become my life’s work. As I say in
the book, “The real treasures of a family are the people in it. We keep the
stuff because we can’t keep them.” Karen
This is my story about how I got started collecting.
My husband and I both had the initials B.B. and then we named our five
children with a B name. When we built our new house many years ago,
we found a huge beehive in a tree in the backyard. This inspired us to
name our new home "The Beehive" or the home of the Bs. We then
started finding "bee" things at flea markets and garage sales, and thus
began a collection of dozens of honey pots, bee salt and pepper
shakers, bee figurines, bee candle snuffers, etc. Folks started giving
us "bee" items for gifts and our collection now includes pillows, wall
plaques, honeycomb candles and bee-adorned birdhouses. My
grandchildren call me the "Queen Bee" and have given me inscribed tee
shirts and jewelry. I have even taken some of my collection to my
grandchild's kindergarten class to show them how much fun bees can
be! Collecting can be enjoyed by your whole family. Barbara B.
I always loved vintage beaded purses, but I never thought I'd start
collecting because I knew it would be an expensive hobby. My senior year
of high school (1982), there was a vintage clothing store I used to go into
all the time. I was on friendly footing with the owner, and she knew I didn't
have a lot of money. One afternoon, I was in her shop while she was
re-arranging things. She moved aside an ostrich feather boa that was
hanging on the wall, and hanging on the wall behind it was a beautiful
steel beaded bag. It looked like a tapestry and I oohed and awwwed over
it and asked her how long it had been hanging there. She thought maybe it
had been a couple of years. I asked her how much it was. She looked at
me reconsidering and said, "$25." That was a lot of money for me at the
time, but a steal, nonetheless, and I bought it without hesitation. I now
have more than 100 beaded purses from the 1880s through the 1920s in
my collection. I recently began purchasing bubble glass frames to display
them in. They looker gorgeous. ~Deena~
I was the first Grandchild, I remember spending many happy hours playing
with my Grandma's salt and pepper shaker collection, most of which were
figurines. Once the other grandchildren started coming along, we sadly
packed them all away, and put them way in the back of a built in cabinet,
and that was the last time I saw them. Many, many years later, my
Grandparents passed away. I lived about 300 miles from "home" by that
time, with my own family. While my parents and Aunt were cleaning out
the house, they were complaining about Grandma being such a pack rat
(she saved everything), and they were throwing a lot out. I mentioned
those salt and pepper shakers that I had so loved to play with. My Dad
said they had not come across them in their cleaning, and asked if I
knew where they were. I told him where they were the last time I had seen
them nearly 35 years earlier, and sure enough, they were there. The next
time my dad came to visit, he brought me the box of beloved salt &
pepper shakers that I had played with as toys. I have since probably
doubled what was brought to me, and display them on shelves through out
my house, every time I look at certain ones, they bring back memories of
my Grandma and I sitting on her living room floor playing with them. I'm
sure Grandma is smiling down on my choices to add to the wonderful ones
that she already had, but the original ones, will always be abit extra
special to me. Kim
After reading so many other peoples stories about how they started
collecting, I thought I would tell you about how I started collecting Elvis. As
a teenager, I always wanted my bedroom turned into an Elvis bedroom,
but having very strict parents who thought Elvis was the devil himself, I was
not allowed to do it. I always said when I got out on my own, then I would
make my room. I continued loving Elvis and buying some items but never
displayed them. Well, life throws many curves and the idea left me for many
years while raising my family. Then at age 60 my daughter reminded me I
was not getting any younger and if I still wanted that Elvis room, I should go
ahead and do it now, so I could enjoy all my collections. I set out to buy
fabric to make Elvis curtains and found there was none for sale in stores any
more. Elvis fabric was stopped in 1993 until this year. I finally found some
on Ebay, but was not enough to make curtains, Thus started my desire to
find Elvis fabric. I started buying all I could find and finally got enough for the
curtains but was so into Elvis I wanted more than one Elvis room, so the
need to find more continued. I started making chair covers, quilts,
tablecloths and napkins, vests,etc I started buying many items I did not
have and soon all closets were full. To make a long story short, I now have
a whole house decorated in Elvis from rugs, plates, curtains, wall hangings
, quilts etc. Every corner is covered. Special dinners are eaten on Elvis
dinnerware and set on Elvis table cloths and napkins. Even Christmas is
decorated with Elvis ornaments and tree skirt etc. I went crazy and bought
several of many items and wound up selling some back on ebay. Never fear
, Elvis is still very much a collectible item and it sells at very nice profits,
plus I have so much to leave my grandchildren. Granddaughters have already
told me which dolls, plates etc they want. Elvis may be gone, but his legend
lives on. Yes, my mother finally accepts Elvis and when she comes over
(she's 95 now) she just loves all my Elvis. ha ha She even asks me to take
out some of my Elvis dolls from the display cabinet so she can touch him
and see them up close. My how time can change us all. lol Margaret
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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
2) The Latest Antique News
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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.
As a child, my brother and I had lots of records...mom wouldn't let us watch
too much television. My favorite record had a song that started, "A my name
is Alice and I live in a palace. Every afternoon at 3, my footman brings me
tea, yeah, yeah, my footman brings me tea. B my name is Benny and my
name rhymes with penny...." I loved that song and the record. Unfortunately,
I placed the record on top of the player (in direct sunlight) and the record
warped. Now, neither mom nor I can remember the name of the record or
the name of the song. I've tried a lot of searches and websites that I
thought could help, but nothing. Perhaps a TIAS subscriber can help? I
would certainly appreciate it! Please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks! Amber, Girard, OH
Please let us know if the item is returned! 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 KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND COLLECTIBLES newsletter, Ralph and
Terry Kovel suggest Chinese snuff bottles are ideal if you're looking for
something small, decorative and challenging to collect. Snuff, a finely
ground tobacco mixed with aromatic herbs, was thought to be medicinal
at first, but soon became popular for its qualities as a stimulant. Snuff
bottles were made of many materials, including amber, jade, glass,
porcelain, ivory, metals, quartz, semiprecious stones, coral, lacquer and
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
Reading about the child's comment in church reminded me of a time 24 years
ago when my brother, his wife and their first son came to our congregation for
church. Mitch 'got loose' from our second pew seat by crawling under the
pew in front of us. He stood there looking at us and I knew I had a split
second to get him before he broke and ran. So, I stood up, grabbed him and
just as I lifted him over the front pew he shouted, "damn"! I was a bit shocked,
as I didn't think this was the language used by his parents. Later, his mom
said he had flooded the bathroom by dumping the water over the side of the
tub while taking his bath. Goes to show, the kiddos pick up everything...and
we're still smilin' and BLUSHING!!! GMP
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?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help
Get your wanted ad here :-)
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Sandy requested a recipe for "Pizza Burgers".
Here is a reply 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 email@example.com
Be sure to also check out this weeks recipe request, below.
Thanks to all who contributed on the Dream Pie recipe, I now have my
lost recipe back. M.Gregg
This issue's found recipe
My famous Pizza Burgers recipe. What are pizza burgers you ask?
They are so easy and I have never made them and not had people like
them. Had them first when I was in high school, the school cafeteria no
less! Anyway, brown a pound and a half of hamburger. Drain. Add one
jar of whatever pizza sauce you like and simmer. Separate hamburger
buns and place on a cookie sheet. Slightly toast the buns in a 400 degree
oven. Remove from oven, pile on the pizza burger mix, top with provolone
or mozzarella cheese, sprinkle with oregano and place back in the oven
until the cheese melts! Bob H.
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a
Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've
got lots of them here:
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'm looking for a recipe for a soft sugar cookie about the size of a thin
biscuit and had a slight hint of lemon. It was a rolled cookie dough and
she use to cut it out with a scalloped cookie cutter . I only like most
cookies right out of the oven but this is one cookie I loved hot out of the
oven or when cool. I can still close my eyes and smell and taste this
wonderful cookie and would love to make them for my family. I was
hoping to find it in the recipes my mother had of my grandmothers,
but was never found. Thanks TIAS for the wonderful informative
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:
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