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The Collectors Newsletter #468 October 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #468 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
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.
Back in the 60's my Father gave me a little white bisque mermaid that he
discovered cleaning out an old thrift store. I realized she was an aquarium
ornament that had long since lost her color from time spent in a watery
world. I loved her whimsical look as she reclined on her side with hands
behind her head. As I had money I started adding other fish bowl ornament
which I learned were called aquarium furniture. Castles, pagodas, various
sea creatures, divers, and more mermaids. Now after 40+ years I have 100's
of different aquarium ornaments plus lots of other collections. My sister and
I swear that collecting is in the genes, at least in our family! Beth M.
Happy to share memories. My first antique purchase was when I was 12
years old. On the walk home from school I went by the windows of an antique
store. A very big and very old skeleton key caught my eye. One day I finally
got up my nerve to go in and ask the price. I don't remember how much it was
but I remember hoarding my allowance and going in to buy it. The lady was
as happy as I that I could purchase what I longed for. That was just the
beginning of many collections, from keys to books,small animals and yard
long photos. Yes I am buying back my childhood memories - ain't it grand!
My mom grew up in Amity, PA and played under a covered bridge located
about 2 miles away from her parent's home (it is still there today--located
near Lone Pine off of Interstate 79). I'd see the covered bridge when I visited
and thought it was the prettiest thing! After I graduated from college, I
started collecting anything with a covered bridge on it--mostly out of
nostalgia. I have a covered bridge on a postage stamp that was sent to me
on a letter from my mom's mother. I now have a collection of covered
bridge pictures, figurines, pins, Christmas ornaments, magnets, rubber
stamps, stationary, books, and many photos I've taken of New England,
Pennsylvania, and Alabama covered bridges. As the old folks use to say,
"May every bridge you cross be a covered one!" Joyce Pensacola, FL
In 1969, my young daughter and I went to an auction at a local museum in
Fort Worth, Texas. She was only three; blond,cute, and determined. She
had found several miniature pieces that she fell in love with, while we were
browsing prior to the sale. We didn't have a lot of money, but I told her that
she could bid up to $10.00. She was doing her own bidding, standing on a
chair at the side to be seen. A lady who was obviously a dealer was
bidding against her, and the grumbles in the crowd were getting louder, "let
the little girl have it!"
Holly was almost in tears, and when she was outbid, I told her she could bid
$5 more. The lady outbid her again, and a little bottom lip was beginning to
quiver. A gentleman, in all sense of the word, bid a great deal more than the
little items were worth, told the woman that she should be ashamed of
herself, and presented the box of treasures to my daughter, amid applause
from the other bidders. She is now 40, still has every single piece that she
got that day, and is an avid collector, because of the kindness of a stranger.
Carla M. Stevensville, MT
I was just reading about collections, and read about a woman who is collecting
fish. I have been collecting fish things for about 30 years. Don't really
remember how it started, but I am a Pisces and have always loved fish images
with their colour and fluidity. Living on the West Coast of British Columbia, I
have worked on fish boats and have enjoyed exploring Native, Japanese, and
Chinese culture who all have many fish images, I have an endless amount of
knick knacks. I have boxes of them put away as I have no room for them all--
Prob. over 500. On my 50th birthday a friend gave me a mirror with 50
different little fish glued to the frame. Most have been gifts over the years, and
I don't know what will become of them when I koop off as my only child is
not interested in all my junque. Maybe TIAS could have a bulletin board of
people who list what they collect, and people who list what they have that they
would part with- for money or not. ie. I have a bunch of heart things, but I
don't collect hearts and would like to pass them on. I also have business
cards,cowboy boot ornaments, rose things,etc. Love the stories. Keep up
the good work. Joan
SEND US YOUR VINTAGE STORIES! send them to email@example.com
Comments, thoughts? Write to us: firstname.lastname@example.org
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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Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
Holiday Arrivals-Department 56 Cottages-Buildings & Accessory pieces
Estate of Dr. Frances C. Roberts to be sold Nov. 11
The World’s Largest and Finest Collection of Korean Antiques is Now
Being Offered for Sale Online. Click here--
The Arts and Crafts Home now offers the World's largest collection of Globe
Wernicke stacking bookcases. Click here--
Rinkya celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Star Trek
1958 Plymouth concept car to be sold by Red Baron's
LESLIE HINDMAN AUCTIONEER’S ANNOUNCES OUTSTANDING
RESULTS FOR ITS OCTOBER 15-16, 2006 FURNITURE, DEC
ANTIQUE SPECTACULAR 2007 SCHEDULE
LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Babe Ruth’s All-Star Home Run Baseball
in its Weekly Free Article. Click here--
The Sale of the Collectors' Collections
The Forgotten Goebels
Arthur James Galleries of Delray Beach, Florida
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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 210,000
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.
Several weeks ago I asked if anyone knew of a book called 365 Bedtime
Stories. Wow! Did I get answers! Over 50 e mails from many States and
Canada. Everyone was so helpful and many said they remembered the
book from their childhood. Many recommended that I try ebay. But since
I am timid about using ebay I opped for taking a book from a kind lady in
Tennessee. It arrived Saturday and it really brought back memories of
reading nightly to my children. I want to thank alll the many people who
wrote to me. It was such an interesting experience for this timid computer
lady. Sally Hille ,Williamstown, W.Va.
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
A tip from Ralph and Terry Kovel in KOVELS ON ANTIQUES AND
COLLECTIBLES newsletter: If your rugs, magazines, clothing, or other
paper or cloth collectibles have been in a flood or even a damp basement,
watch out for mold and musty smells. Damp mold, especially on books,
should not be wiped off with a dry cloth. The mold should be dried, then
brushed off outdoors to remove the spores. Indoors, a vacuum with a HEPA
(High Efficiency Particulate Air) filter will work.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
We live in an area where both sets of parents, all deceased now, also lived,
Those who experience the same situation know that Holidays are always a
problem because both families always want the kids around, but we had the
deal at Christmastime. My family always celebrated Christmas morning and
my wife’s family celebrated Christmas Eve. For us with three daughters this
worked very well, though things were a bit hectic with late hours, planting
Santa surprises, etc. One Christmas Eve we got home later than usual and
our 4 year old ran into her room and brought out a Christmas stocking for
her doll, Kelly – oops, a big surprise on us but nothing on hand for Kelly.
Predictably, to avoid disappointment, we sat up into the early morning
creating unique doll sized jewelry from an accumulation in our odd parts box
– one of the few advantages we have ever realized from being ‘savers of
nearly everything broken or worn out’. The jewelry was a hit and Christmas
Day was great!
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
Get your wanted ad in this spot so that 200,000 subscribers can read it.
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Cathy requested a recipe for " Depression pie" here
are some of the responses that came in.
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.
OATMEAL DEPRESSION PIE
1 unbaked pie shell
2/3 cup oats, uncooked
2/3 cup light corn syrup
2/3 cup sugar, white or brown
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs beaten
2/3 cup melted butter
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.
Pour mixture into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
This is a recipe leftover from the depression some of you may remember it.
one and one half cups sifted flour
one-half cup granulated sugar
one-half cup brown sugar
one-half cup shortening
one-fourth teaspoon salt
one-half teaspoon nutmeg
one-half teaspoon cinnamon
one-half teaspoon ginger
one-half teaspoon soda
three-fourth cup hot water
three-fourth cup molasses or sorghum
PASTRY FOR ONE CRUST
Make crumbs by combining flour, sugar,nutmeg,ginger,cinnamon,shortening
Dissolve soda in hot water and combine with molasses OR sorghum --mix
all ingredients together. Pour into crust. Bake at 450 degrees for 10 minutes
Lower heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 to 40 minutes longer OR until
filling is firm. You can use all brown sugar IF you use sorghum
3 eggs, beaten 1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup white sugar 2/3 cup oatmeal
2/3 cup coconut 1/2 cup milk
2 Tblsp. melted margarine 1 tsp. vanilla
Mix together & put in unbaked pie shell. Bake 45-50 minutes at 375°.
I received this recipe from a lady when I was cooking at a church camp 25
years ago. We also had a recipe for baked oatmeal which is delicious for
breakfast! Eleanor J. Stump
Oatmeal Pie (Mock Pecan)
1 stick melted butter or margarine
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup white Karo syrup
2/3 cup uncooked oatmeal
Stir together the ingredients and pour into unbaked pie shell.
Bake at 350° oven until brown and firm, about 45 minutes. Pauline
Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage
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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 not too sure that my request qualifies as a vintage recipe, because
it came into my possession approximately 10 years ago; however, I'm
hoping you'll see fit to publish it anyway. I regretfully lost this
most-favored recipe in a move cross-country 5 years ago and have
unsuccessfully scoured the Internet looking for it ever since.
I originally found the recipe in a Family Circle magazine article detailing
hearty Autumn restaurant favorites of the chefs who created them;
although, I don't recall what the exact name for it was, I'm pretty sure
the word "stew" was in it's name. What I do remember is how savory
and delicious it was, as well as the rave reviews from each of those
lucky enough to have a bowl of it set in front of them. Knowing that the
information I've given so far doesn't narrow down the possibilities for
your readers, I would be remiss if I forgot to list the major ingredients
of the dish. They are: sweet Italian sausage, great northern or some
other white bean, fresh spinach, carrots, Parmesan, and a red wine -
possibly a merlot. There are a few other ingredients, but I've forgotten
them. I'm guessing that there is probably some canned tomatoes
involved and I'm pretty sure that the white beans it called for were
I hope I've provided enough clues to your readers to help them identify
this recipe. I just know there is someone out there who loves this dish
as much as I do & who will know exactly what I'm describing.
Thanking you for your consideration, Karen Vittorio - Vacaville, Ca
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:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
The range of our merchandise includes Vintage Apparel & Jewelry, Art
& Art Objects, Furniture, Sculptures & Figurines and many other
special items we come across in our travels.
Susie Homemakers antiques and collectibles
Welcome to Susie's! We have all types of vintage items, such as
pottery, vintage sewing items, kitchen collectibles and we add new
items constantly. Customer satisfaction guaranteed. Hope you enjoy
browsing our shop. We accept Visa and Mastercard thru Paypal.
Designing Woman Jewelry
Designing Woman features vintage signed and unsigned costume
jewelry from designers Miriam Haskell, DeMario, Hobe, Trifari, Coro,
Monet, Weiss, Juliana and Eisenberg. You will find brooches,
necklaces, demis, parures, earrings and bracelets. Most pieces
come from sales of country estates.
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