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The Collectors Newsletter #483 December 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #483 December 2006
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1. Holiday 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
Great last minute gift ideas.....
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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 am writing to tell you about the worst gift I ever received. The truth of
the matter is I have had a few that fall into this category. 1. When my
husband and I were married 20 years ago we had our first Christmas in
a small duplex rental home. It was 1987 and I got him a wonderful
designer shirt and a nice pair of jeans to go with it. He goes out to the
store, doesn't wrap anything and brings me: A plastic pail, a Frying
pan, A broom, A dustpan and other assorted cleaning items. I was so
mad! I threatened to throw him out on his ear and divorce him right then
and there! Shortly after this happened, I learned the reason for his style
of "Inappropriate Gift Giving." We went to his mother and fathers home
for Christmas Eve. His mother gives me a huge box and bag full of
presents -- most were wrapped up. I had never seen so many presents
in all my life! As I opened each one, I became more and more amused.
Each gift was from a Garage sale or Flea market and looked like it! I
am taking dirt encrusted old nick nacks, crude jewelry -- obviously worn
out! etc. The only items I. Liked were the old pieces of Depression
glass -- which I have collected ever since. Immediately after the holidays
- To this very day, I take all of my Mother in laws "gifts" to myself, my
husband and my kids and drop them all off at the Salvation army! -
Other than the glass of course. Happy Holidays Everyone! Vicki - in
Freezing cold Michigan!
In my family, it's become a holiday tradition to see who gets the most
bizarre gift from my mother. She likes to shop from catalogs, and only
God knows what's going through her head when shops! Among the
many strange and disturbing gifts received by my family from her
1. A "decorative" tree made entirely from dried seaweed
2. A giant paperweight in the shape of a diamond ring
3. A candy dish in the shape of a motorcycle gang member
4. Tickets to "Sesame Street on Ice" (before we had children...)
5. Expired gift cards
There are too many others to list. (And we've never said anything to
her, because she means well and we love her!) We used to dread the
opening of the gifts, but after many years we have started to look
forward to it. My family now has a NEW holiday tradition - the weird
gift competition! Unfortunately, I always seem to win....Bryan
The best/worst gift I ever received (or thought was mine). I was about 5
years old. I loved mayonnaise. My mother had been shopping for our
Christmas groceries and when she returned I was there with "Mommy,
did you get me anything?" She replied that she had. While I was
helping her to put away the groceries, she handed me a jar of
mayonnaise. I took the mayonnaise and crawled under the breakfast
nook table and proceeded to eat as much of it as I could. I didn't feel
too well. Mother worried so much about my being ill that I was allowed
to open one of my presents from under the tree the night before
Christmas. The next day my mother was preparing potato salad and
searching everywhere for the mayonnaise. She asked me where I put
it and I told her I had eaten it because it was my Christmas gift. She,
my dad, brother and sisters had a wonderful laugh and still my sister
and I enjoy the remembrance of worst gift ever! Lizwri
I think this would classify as a worst gift... I was about 6 years old and
we lived in a very small house... so small that we had a couple of toddler
beds set up in the living room... one was next to the Christmas tree that
year... my littlest brother , who was probably three at the time , woke
up Christmas morning and slid out of bed and right into one of my gifts.
It happened to be a very beautiful doll. Needless to say she didn't have
a pretty face anymore because she didn't have one. His foot went right
through her face . My mother use to say that was the end of my doll
playing. I never played with them after that because I told her they
weren't real babies anymore.
I remember just sitting and looking at that doll . I didn't cry or anything.
I had also gotten some kind of tinker toys and was very happy with
them . And to this day , I am the only one that remembers that incident.
Mother is gone now and none of my brothers or sisters remember it
happening. Here it is 40 some years later and I am still talking about it .
I want to take the opportunity to wish everyone at TIAS and their readers
a Very Merry Christmas and A Very Happy New Year . Nancy in
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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 any information on my grandfather, from Liverpool, England.
He owned Harris Jam Works. He had three children..John, William and
Also looking for information on Thomas McHardy of Liverpool. His wife's
name was Gladys. They had 3 children, Peter, Marjorie and Barbara.
Peter was an artist of some renown and I would be interested in any
information on him also. I have lost touch with my family after William
& Marjorie died and this time of year is very sad for me. Thank you
Stephanie Harris Keaton email@example.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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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 have 5 nephews who we have had the pleasure of watching as they have
grown up. We like to tell them things they said when they were little (the
oldest 3 are now in their early 20s). At this time of year we remind the 2nd
oldest, now 24, of the time he came home from Sunday School at around 5
years old asking why John Virgin, one of the boys in his class, got to be in
the song they sang. We puzzled over this and asked him what song they
were singing. He said, 'you know...the one about 'round John Virgin ('round
yon virgin, mother and child - Silent Night). John Virgin was a little 'round',
it was true:-) We were amazed at the coincidence, explained it to Phil and
still chuckle when we sing Silent Night and remember how it sounded to a
5 year old boy.
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 right here :-)
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
Beverly requested a recipe for "Chocolate Drop Cookie".
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 received the recipe for chocolate drop cookies
in 1962 from a neighbor. She had taken the recipe from the 1961 Betty Crocker
Cookbook but had substituted 1/2 cup baking cocoa for the 2 sq. unsweetened
chocolate. I've made them many times over the years.
Chocolate Drop Cookies
1/2 cup shortening ( part butter or margarine)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup sour milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 3/4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon soda
1/2 cup baking cocoa
1 cup chopped nuts, if desired.
Mix shortening, sugar, and egg thoroughly. Stir in sour milk and vanilla.
Blend flour, salt, soda, and cocoa and stir in. Stir in nuts, if desired.
Chill at least one hour. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls
about 2" apart on lightly greased baking sheet. Bake 8 to 10 minutes or until no
imprint remains when touched lightly with finger. Frost cooled cookies, if
desired. Makes about 3 1/2 dozen . Eleanor J Stump ..Sheldon, IA
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
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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.
I used to make a cookie around Christmas time when I was a young wife and
mother, in the 60's. It was the best cookie I've ever eaten, but lost the recipe
years ago. I think of the cookies often, however, and am hoping someone
out there knows the recipe or the name of the cookies. My memory tells me
they were a scandinavian cookie. The batter was similar to the frosting you
put on german chocolate cake. It had coconut, walnuts or pecans, butter,
sugar (brown or white?), and a little flour so they would set up a little. They
did spread out on the cookie sheet when baked. The longer you baked them,
the crispier they would become, but I liked them soft and chewy, caramel
like, so I didn't cook them as long. They are so rich and delicious. I hope
someone can provide the recipe, so instead of thinking about them, I can eat
them!! Carol, Kennewick, Washington
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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Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new
merchants at TIAS.
Edmonds Mercantile/TraderMick's Petticoat Lane Gallery
We have a full selection of antiques, collectibles, furniture and estate
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Bookmark us and stop by often as we are always adding new items.
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The doors always open.. Come in and browse, you're always welcome.
Perhaps find a thing or two out of my unique unusual items. A lot of
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1. What's it worth? Try Kovels' free online price guide to over 600,000
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