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The Collectors Newsletter #473 November 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #473 November 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
5 Holiday Sales at TIAS.com
Over the next 5 weeks, we've scheduled a series of sales for our
special customers and newsletter readers.
Here are the categories and the starting dates....
Collectibles (smalls less than 100yrs old) - Starts Sunday Nov 12
Glass, Porcelain and Pottery - Starts Sunday Nov 19
Fine Antiques (quality items over 100yrs old) - Starts Sunday Nov 26
Vintage Jewelry - Starts Sunday Dec 3
$25 or less sale - Starts Sunday Dec 10
How do you find these bargains? It's easy. look at the
"New Offerings" listed by each dealer at:
Enjoy the Sales !
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.
Chris's doll story...
in the last paragraph is that very dangerous sentence:
"Give me textiles any day of the week!"
Dare we even start a 'thread' on that one? I've got scraps given to my
hubby's grandmother for quilts, (from 30's forward). ( I made creepers and
shirts for my children for years from that stash.) Samples from a suit
salesman's book from 1940 from my grandmother. Yardage from my
sister in law's yard sale 40 years ago (now retro!). If it's a closeout at a
penny an inch, it's got to be a bargain ....and then there's the cool old
madras from teen years. The felt for poodle skirts in the 50's. The
crinolines....The now bogus 'new' polyester from the 70's. Silk sent by
hubby from Viet Nam. I"ve been threatened that I'd better start doing
something with all that stuff...but Sis and I have a bet...the one who
dies with the most unique collection of textiles wins. Only problem is
the one left has to take it! Heaven help the person who needs to go buy
thread or patterns at the fabric store...it takes several hours and ohs and
oh cool....look at this; wouldn't it be great as.......The one redeeming
advantage is that when Halloween outfits have to be made or old quilts
mended, etc. I've got the stuff! Grits10
Hi, Here is my collecting story, hope to share it with others. It all started
in London when I was in a college exchange program and I went
adventuring around town. London is famous for its many flea markets
and antique shops and is a wonderful place! One day I was trolling
through Portobello Market and went all the way to the end (it's like miles
long). Dealers were packing up for the day and I was picking through
some boxes and a lady said, there's a few more in the boot (the trunk in
English words). So I poked inside and came across a pair of old brass
cobra candlesticks. I had never seen anything like them, there were
very ornate, red enameled over brass and sorta scary looking but I
bought them because they were sooooo unusual. They have an Indian
appearance and the woman said that British servicemen would bring
them back from India as a gift for their sweeties or others. Since then,
I've been hooked. Everywhere I go, I look for these cobra candlesticks
and now have a collection of about 28 pairs, of all shapes and sizes.
No two are alike and all are handmade by villagers or forged metal. I
don't know much else about them but if anyone has any cobra shaped
candlesticks and wants to tell me more about them or has any they don't
want anymore, they can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will
share what info I have. Would be fun to communicate with someone else
who likes these sorts of things as well. My family thinks they are ugly.
But, I think they are priceless! --Warm Regards, Robert
My collection started one day while sitting in a dentist's office reading a
travel magazine. The self pity was at high tide. Then I saw an ad for a
glass paperweight made in Ireland with all the greens of Ireland in it for
$25.00. I wanted that paperweight so bad, but the first thought was that
I couldn't afford it, I had to use that money to get something for the kids.
But self pity won out. I carefully tore the ad from the magazine (that's what
happens to those magazines you try to read in the doctor's office) and
ordered it. It was lovely. A year later a friend found one in a store and
bought it for me for Christmas. This one had a large pink flower in it and
was made in China.
As these things happen, those two paperweights found a warm dark corner
and started multiplying. There are now hundreds of them and I love them all.
Inexpensive, new and sometimes gaudy, I know the person who made
them had the same vision of beauty in a bubble that the first French glass
blowers had and I now share that "beauty in a bubble." Laureen
When my wife and I bought our first house in 1970 my parents gave me a
Seth Thomas mantel clock that had been in our family since it was new.
They gave it to us since we were the only ones that actually had a mantel
to put it on. It sat there for years not working of course, but looking good.
Then one day a person came into my auto repair shop and when he said
he owned a antique clock repair business I suggested we trade my clock
repair for his auto repair and since then having this old clock now not only
looking good but running and striking good it has started a VERY
expensive hobby. I now have about 40 or so and am buying them when
ever I find them. I sell most of them and keep only the better ones. People
say how do you stand all the ticking and striking noise but after this many
years you don't even notice them. Sometimes when I bring home another
one my wife will say OH NO not another one and I tell her there is always
room for just one more............
They are all wonderful but I suggest to someone starting to collect, start on
something that doesn't cost so darn much. Some of these old clocks are in
the hundreds of dollars when you go to buy them, that is why I sell most so
I can afford to keep the one that are special to me. I still have the original
Seth Thomas and our son is anxious for it to be passed down to him, but
he is going to have to wait as we plan on being around for many more
years.....Lynn Centennial Colorado
In 1980 My business partner and I opened our newly formed Reel Estate
Office. My private office has a very long unadorned white wall. I went
shopping for art work for this wall. In a art gallery, I found a lovely Harp
Seal by "Frace'. The seal is coming up out of the ice and is beautifully
framed. It was just what that wall needed. When clients came in they
always admired that picture, and pretty soon I had a wonderful collection
of seals from everyone I knew. One lady walking on the sidewalk in from
of my office saw the picture and came into the office and gave my
secretary a darling seal for me. She said anyone who had that picture
had to be nice and she wanted me to have it. The collection has really
grown. Next picture I buy for that wall is going to be a diamond. But I
still love all my seals. I have wood, porcelain,crystal,marble, As well as
pictures. Keep up the collecting. Its good therapy. Thanks to all,
Sincerely, Valerie in Windsor, California
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
Get the latest news about antiques and collectibles delivered once a week
to your email inbox. Sign up at:
Today's Antiques & Collectibles Headlines from
AuctionQuests.com Offers Christmas Cash Countdown
Some "Very Early" Americana at A-1 Auction of Orlando, FL
CELEBRATE A FANCY FEAST THIS THANKSGIVING
CHRISTIE’S TO WITHDRAW BLUE PERIOD PICASSO FROM FALL
IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART SALE.
Smythe Realizes Strong Prices for Obsoletes
SMYTHE TO HOLD IMPORTANT CURRENCY AUCTION
IMPORTANT AUTOGRAPHS, AMERICANA AT SMYTHE AUCTION
THE LANGUAGE OF FLOWERS
$1 Million Bay Area Exhibit of Colonial U.S. Coins
Mama’s Bargain Shack Puts Personal Back Into Gift Selection
Collecting Vintage Graniteware and Enamelware
Friends Reward for Buyers at Goodfaith Antiques to run indefinitely
ARTISTS RULE! RINKYA ANNOUNCES DOUJINSHI SALE!
Black Friday De-Stressor! Have An American Antique Adventure!
Young Wildlife Artist Earns International Award for Miniature Art
There are MANY more fresh news stories online at:
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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
to help you out. Place your ad today at:
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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 trying to find a Pet Milk Candy book. This came out in the 1930's. It
has alot of good candy recipes in it for the holidays, my mother used to
have one and some how got lost during the years. I remember her making
candy over the years out of this book. Louise firstname.lastname@example.org
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
BRAND NEW! JUST PUBLISHED! KOVELS' PRICE LIST - 2007 EDITION
Ralph and Terry Kovels' best-selling KOVELS' ANTIQUES &
COLLECTIBLES PRICE LIST is bigger and better than ever. The book that
has become a staple in every collector's library now features hundreds of
color photographs and 900-plus pages packed with prices for more than
45,000 items. This new edition of the Kovels' annual price list includes
everything from ABC plates to Zsolnay pottery-more than 500 categories-all
in full color for the very first time.
KOVELS' ANTIQUES & COLLECTIBLES PRICE LIST 2007 - 39th edition
· 45,000 items and prices-what collectors paid at shows, sales,
auctions, and on the Internet
· More than 400 color photographs, plus factory histories and
hundreds of marks and identifying logos
· The Kovels' annual report on the antiques and collectibles market,
including their list of record-setting prices from the past year
· Easy-to-use index with alphabetical cross-references
And it's just the right size to take with you to sales.
SPECIAL OFFER-Order online and the Kovels will send you this year's
new 16-page leaflet, "Fakes, Fantasies & Reproductions No. 8," FREE!
for more information and to order- click here:
6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday
Nov. 10, 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.
When my son Keith, now 42, was 6 years old, we went to visit a friend and her
new baby. Keith stood beside me as I quietly looked at the sleeping baby in
his crib. Curious to see how long and chubby the baby was, I pulled the
blanket back to get a good look at him. When Keith saw the baby's cord and
clamp, he said, "What is THAT"? In my most motherly voice, I explained
that was the baby's cord. Before I could say anything else, Keith got a very
puzzled look on his face and said, "You mean they had to plug him in to
get him running"? This still brings a good laugh at family gatherings.
Brenda - Greensboro, NC
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
WANTED: OLD GUITARS and AMPLIFIERS
Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over
200,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to:
9) A Vintage Recipe
Elaine requested a recipe for " dark brown bread that's served with a meal".
Here are some responses.
If you have a variation of this recipes 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.
This is a bread machine recipe for a dark pumpernickel.
My family thinks it tastes just like Steak & Ale's brown bread. We also think
it works great for tuna salad sandwiches. Hope you enjoy. Lori
* 1 1/3 cups strong coffee
* 1/4 cup vegetable oil
* 1/4 cup molasses
* 1 cup whole wheat flour
* 1 cup rye flour
* 2 cup bread flour
* 2 1/2 teaspoons caraway seeds
* 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
* 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1 1/3 teaspoons salt
* 2 1/2 teaspoons yeast
Fill bread machine and bake according to bread machine manufacturer's
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 hope someone can help me find a recipe for Salt Rising Bread. When I
was 16 years old , there was a little store on the corner from me that sold
loaves of the bread. I liked it so much, but the store closed and I haven't
been able to find any. I look everywhere I go. Thank you! Annetta, Mo.
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:
11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
Satin Pebbles Vintage Collectibles
Stop in and browse our wonderful world of affordable, quality collectibles.
At Satin Pebbles, you'll find a large assortment of vintage jewelry, clothing
and accessories. Along with other fine collectibles: linens, books, stamps,
salt and pepper shakers, and much more.
J & V Collectibles
We have many items including glassware, porcelain, toys, holiday items,
dinnerware, jewelry, and various other items.
Sugar Bucket antiques & collectibles
The Sugar Bucket is filled to the "brim" with items I have collected over
many years traveling this great country. You won't be disappointed visiting
our store if you are looking for the unique and unusual. The Sugar Bucket.
My Cluttered Cottage
We sell what we love - vintage glass, pottery, collectibles and cute salt &
Scarlet Road Collectibles
We have a tendency to group like items in our Store/auctions -so check
back often to see what we've pulled together! Our motto: You can't take it
with you so find it a home!!! Thanks Scarlet Road Collectibles
This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop.
If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at
If you have more than a few items to sell,
open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 190,000 customers
visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a
12) Helpful Resources:
1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000
antiques and collectibles. It can be found online at
2. Looking for an expert to help you with repairs, or an appraisal?
Or just some help finding an auction house or a collectors club? Try this
free service at
3. Looking for prices for antiques and collectibles?
PriceMiner.com has millions of them. Most items listed include color photos
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