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The Collectors Newsletter #465 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #465 October 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
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9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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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.
I guess you could say I was "forced" into being a collector of antique
things!! My folks had started going to auctions as our family of four kids
were growing up and leaving home, one by one. I was the last to go - I
got married in 1972. My grandmother was getting rid of a lot of her
furniture about this time, and she wanted me to have this old high chair
- painted white about a hundred times with no tray and a board nailed
over the hole in the seat! So we took it. Grandma always had it sitting
next to her refrigerator with boxes of cereal (Post Toasties) in the chair.
Over the years my husband got all the paint stripped off and we had
several repairs made and canning put back in the seat. It became a
cherished family heirloom - a beautiful oak, pressed-back high chair,
which I am so proud to have in my home. I don't know if Grandma knew
what a wonderful piece it was or if she just thought I'd need a place to
store my Post Toasties, too!! We started going to auctions with my
family and also got hooked on collecting old stuff! Furniture, pottery,
toys, sandwich glass - most of which we've gotten our "start" from family
members. We bought a big old beautiful home and we'd take anything
anyone wanted to get rid of!! Their trash became our treasures! Now
we are "forcing" our adult kids to collect!! Myra in MO.
Have you ever had a collection and didn't know you had one. That is what
happened to me. My sister collected salt & pepper shakers for years.
She had given me two pair that she was afraid were going to get broken
by the kids . She said keep them for me till I ask for them back. I said
sure. I had some old dishes that I had gotten over the years from my
grandmother that I had packed them away. Not enough room to display
them . Not thinking , I had packed away my sisters salt & pepper
shakers. Over the years I guess I had packed away 6 or 8 boxes of
dishes and placed them in the attic. My thinking was these would
become worth something for my kids one day. And besides my granny
had given them to me and I couldn't part with them for the world. About
10 yrs after she had ask me to take care of her salt & pepper shakes
I brought down the boxes and went through them. After it was all said
and done, and I had dishes all over my dining room , I had unpacked
about 20 sets of salt & pepper shakers that were mine . I showed them
to my sister and she said " just when did you start collecting them ? "
I laughed and said I didn't realize I had. That was about 5 years ago .
I now have over 500 sets and my sister has approx. 350 sets and we
might have 30 sets that are the same . I told her we should open our own
little shop and specialize in salt and pepper shakers. I love them all and
there is no way I can part with any of them . I can go to a tag sale or a
thrift store and it only takes me about a minute or two and I know if they
have anything I want. LOL. At first my son refused to buy me any when
he heard how many I had. So far he has bought me about 10 pair. And
my daughter says she pity's her and my son when I am gone. She says
she just might put a dollar on each pair and be done with it. I told her, I
wouldn't do that if I were you. My son saw where one set went for over
200.oo bucks on EBay and now he understands.
I love the news letter and look forward to it every week. Thanks for
reading my story and " Happy Collecting to Everyone " Nancy K. in
I enjoy this newsletter and always ignore my other e-mail to open it
first:-) I have enjoyed reading about everyone's collections and how they
started. Please allow me to share a different sort of story about an
undesired collection. When I was first married, over 15 years ago, my
grandmother gave me a beautiful Shelley tea cup and saucer. As I had been
raised to do, I sent a thank-you note for the beautiful piece. She then
gave me another for my birthday and a third for Christmas. At that point,
three tea cups and saucers on display convinced my entire family that I was
collecting them. My great aunt started sharing her collection with me,
excited that there was someone in the next generation who would obviously
treasure her collection as much as she did. It snowballed to the point that
I now have an entire dining room with a built-in cabinet containing dozens
of tea cups and saucers, tea cup prints on every wall, and tea cup themed
linens in the sideboard. Truth be told, I don't collect tea cups!! I
appreciate their beauty but I'd rather drink tea from a less fragile and
higher volume china mug and have more room for my collection of bone
china flower jewelry. Thank God the cabinet is too full for anymore teacups!
So, my words of advice...never display a group of three items in public
unless you intend to collect them!!! And speak up before you get
snowballed! Tea Cup Lady in New England :-)
I was one of seven kids in a small town. As we grew older my father would
gather a few of us on his daily walk to the bus downtown. We would take
the route along the alleys behind the houses and my father would pick up
interesting finds in the trash cans, to us, they were treasures! On other
occasions, we would be coming back from weekly jaunts to the beach and
we'd stop at all the thrift stores along the way. My father would first go in
and find something of interest, then leave. He would then send in one of us
cute toeheads and we'd pick up the item and offer what little change we
had, and of course, the nice old ladies that ran the stores, would say sure!
I still can't get out of this habit of picking through dumpsters! One of my
best finds was when one of my neighbors had died, and the family picked
out everything they wanted and left the rest to another neighbor, who just
about threw all of it away. Of course, I went diving and found a postcard
collection that I sold for a couple hundred dollars and I also found a late
1800's photo album from around the world and auctioned that off for about
$5,000. I now own a store and sell all the treasures to support this
wonderful habit of finding goodies. Ozzie
As a collector, junker, gatherer etc, I was always having garage sales to
lessen the load. We had an open dump, no door to door service, and the
kids and I would take a can or two up weekly, bringing back a truck load
of "stuff". Furniture, cans, bottles etc. I would clean them up, some
stayed in the house, with other stuff going to the garage sale. People who
came would tell me I had better stuff than most antique dealers and I
should get involved. Well, I did. Started out with the Flea Market, in
doors, and people were crowding into the 10 x 10 booth to buy my "dump"
finds and paying, what I thought was really good money. I kept doing
these markets, traveling to different areas with the same group of dealers.
After a year of this part time, week-end, playing, I decided to try a real
Antique Show and signed up. To my amazement, it was the same story
...and it began a life style that I would not trade for anything. That was 24
years ago, the dump is closed, the kids are grown, but the fun
and passion goes on. J.D., Wa.
I have quite a large collection of miniature shoes...every size, shape and
description. How I got started with collecting these...back in 1948, when I
was 12 years old, we made a trip from Kans to Calif to visit family. We
stopped at a place in Tucumcari, NM to eat. It had a gift shop attached, so
while I was waiting for my food to be delivered I went into the gift shop. I
saw this cute little shoe, which had a very unusual shape. I fell in love with
it and asked my dad if I could buy it. He said I could. Then coming home,
we stopped at another place and my parents was looking at some things
in another gift shop in Okla. When we got back into the car they handed
me a little sack. Inside was another little shoe, completely different from
the first one. Those 2 shoes on that trip is what got me started on my
collection. From that time on, friends and family gave me little shoes for
whatever occasion came along. And, of course, I have added a lot to it
myself. I entered part of my collection at our county fair 5 or 6 years ago
and won a blue ribbon. I have so many now that I don't have any room for
more and have told EVERYONE...no more shoes, please. Beverly
P.S. I was a waitress for 17 years and one of my customers even made
me a cute little boot out of a one dollar bill. Beverly
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interesting that has to do with collecting. We may publish it here. Send
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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 am looking for the family of, or original owner of a HIGH SCHOOL CLASS
RING, 1932; PROVISO TOWNSHIP HIGH SCHOOL. Initials VMB.
This item was included in a lot of vintage items I purchased about 2 years
ago. The ring is STERLING SILVER and a size 5 ladies ring. Initials
engraved inside are VMB and a jeweler's mark 5 and an arrow.
Traditional styling in a box shape with school emblem on the front and the
words: "Omtimum" Proviso Township High School". Sides have a traditional
school ring engraving and 19 on one side, 32 on the other side.
If anyone knows where the high school is or can supply any identifying
information I would like to deliver this ring to the person or family. Thanks!
Trudy T. Shields Email email@example.com.
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
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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.
The bicycle story reminded me of one my husband’s uncle told us every
Christmas. Back in his childhood, money was tight and the kids didn’t get
many presents at Christmas. Funny thing is, a few weeks before each
Christmas, he said someone would “steal his bike”. But Santa Claus would
always come through and bring him a new one. After many years, “Dennis Ray”
said he wondered why every single bike he ever got from Santa had a “catch” in
the chain. Finally, when he was much older, he realized that his parents were
“stealing” his bike, repainting it and cleaning it up and then giving it back to him.
Dennis Ray always had us rolling at this story---his way of telling it could have
been on the “Blue Collar Comedy Tour”. Sally J.
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.
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9) A Vintage Recipe
We did not get any responses to last week request, so here are some
If you have a variation of these recipes 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.
This is not a request, only a comment. Several requests have come from readers
looking for recipes that came from school cafeterias. Today kids gripe about school
food, and it seems to me that standardization has taken all the fun out of school
cooking! Barb Russel, Chesapeake VA
More Maple Syrup candy
My mother's family is from Vermont and New Hampshire by way of Quebec. The
maple syrup they made helped provide a few pennies here and there throught the
depression. Of course, Mom knows the maple snow candy recipe, and told me
the name they called in in French, which sounds something like La Tiere. Anyone
know the right word?
We used to make it when I was a kid, and I have made if for my own children, too.
To make it boil REAL maple syrup until reduced in volume by about half; this can
take a while. You don't have to stir, but do not leave the pot unattended.. I always
add a pat of butter to the pan to prevent boil-over; when they make syrup from sap,
they use cream for the same purpose. It also adds to the flavor.
While you are boiling the syrup, send the kids out to prepare the snow. They
should flatten it out and pack it lightly, not too hard. Or, they can fill a lasagna
pan with packed snow to bring in when the syrup is done. In any case, the snow
needs to be ready before the syrup!
Take the pot of VERY HOT syrup and pour it in little squiggles over the snow.
It will harden immediately. You can remove the hardened pieces to a chilled
plate to make room for more if you want.
Be careful with this candy if you have loose fillings or bridgework!
Soak the pot in hot soapy water to remove the remaining goo.
I have a sugar cookie recipe that I get raves on each time I serve them. It is from
the Meta Given's Modern Encyclopedia of Cooking.
Basic Sugar Cookies
2-1/2 c flour 1-1/3 c sugar
1/2 tsp soda 1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cream of tartar 1/2 tsp lemon extract
1/4 tsp salt 2 eggs
1/2 c soft butter 1 to 2 tbls milk
1/3 c shortening Raisins or nuts, if desired
Grease baking sheets lightly. Start oven 10 minutes before baking; set to 425
degrees. Sift flour, measure, resift 5 times with the next three ingredients.
Cream butter and shortening until shiny, then add sugar gradually and cream well.
Stir in flavorings, then beat in eggs until fluffy. Add flour in 2 or 3 portions, mixing
until smooth after each portion. Stir in milk. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator
to chill one hour. Remove 1/3 of the dough at a time (keep rest chilled) . Roll
out on a lightly floured pastry cloth with floured rolling pin to a thickness between
1/8 and 1/4 inch. Cut out as close together as possible. Place on prepared
baking sheet. Leave plain or sprinkle with sugar, or press a raisin or nut lightly
into the center of the cookies. Brush with egg white beaten slightly with 1 tsp
of water, if desired. Re-roll leftover dough. Bake 8 to 10 mnutes, then remove to
racks to cool. Makes 5 dozen 2-1/4 inch cookies. Connie F.
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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.
Your readers always seem to be able to help people find long lost recipes so
I thought I'd write in and see if they could help me out with this one. My
husband has told me several times about a recipe for a "play dough" he found
in a book. The dough was made with peanut butter, flour, honey and a few
other ingredients but the really fun thing about it was you could mold it like
play dough and actually eat whatever you made. He made it when he was a
boy in the mid eighties. Now that we have a daughter he thinks this would be
something really fun for her to play with. If anyone can help me, I would really
appreciate it. Thank You, Y.J.
If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to
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