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The Collectors Newsletter #485 -- December 2006
The Collectors Newsletter #485 -- 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
Happy New Year!
This year how about turning your collecting hobby into an online
For over 11 years TIAS.com has been helping merchants sell their
antiques and collectibles online. It's easy to get started and there
are no setup fees or upfront costs.
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We look forward to serving you!
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.
It was the mid-Sixties and I was a teenager who loved taking photos, and
hated waiting for them to be developed. Just before Christmastime,
Polaroid started advertising their "Swinger" Camera which produced
instant photos at an affordable price. The TV jingle was a catchy one:
"Meet the Swinger, the Polaroid Swinger,
It's more than a camera, It's almost alive,
It's only nineteen dollars and ninety-five."
Anyway...the Swinger immediately became THE gift that everyone
wanted and stories circulated about stores not having the camera in stock.
On Christmas morning, I woke up, rubbed my eyes, and remembered a
weird dream. When I came downstairs to see what "Santa" had brought,
I told my parents and brother about my dream. In the dream, I
remembered someone taking my picture. With that, everyone started
laughing, and my brother handed me the gift he had bought for me.
Can you guess what it was?
Yes, my brother had traveled to some other town to get me a Swinger!
But the funniest part was that inside the box, on top of the camera, was
a picture of me, sleeping. Sooooo, it wasn't a dream after all! I still
have the photo and, believe it or not, I still have the Swinger too!
Kim R. JustSoWrite@aol.com
With my Coast Guard husband and family I spent two years in Kodiak
Alaska 1967 & 1968. This was a big shock for a lady who had lived most
of her life in southern Calif. No stores to shop in, the two downtown we
couldn't afford so if was the Sears catalog and the PX. Shortly after
Thanksgiving a fur store from Anchorage brought over a large selection of
fur coats and parkas to sell. They were in the PX and to some one who
hadn't seen much of anything like this it was amazing. They were quite
expensive and we didn't have much money, however the one that
appealed to me most was also the least expensive. It was a fur seal
parka trimmed in fox. Everyday I exclaimed how much I wanted it. A few
weeks before Christmas my husband came home and said I've decided I
won't buy you anything for Christmas. That only made me sure I would
get the coat. Christmas came and our Folks had sent wonderful gift to
all of us, but nothing under the tree from my hubby. I decided it was a
game and I would receive it at breakfast. Nothing! Well we had guests
coming for dinner maybe he wanted to show off and it would be then.
Nope! At bed time I asked "Where is my coat" he said what do you
mean? I explained and he said "well I told you I wasn't buying you
anything". Of course by next Christmas when the fur people came
again I had seen to many wonderful animals running around I would
never have worn one. But I sure did get a bunch of nice gifts from him,
including a cloth coat that I wore for 20 years.
Hello fellow readers. Happy Holidays!!! When I was about 4 years old
the Betsy Wetsy doll was introduced and my family thought that it
would be funny to see me feed my new baby with a bottle of warm water.
As I fed the doll and the liquid passed thru to the cloth diaper I got a
horrified look on my face according to my family. I shouted "this baby is
peeing on me" and I flung the doll and never picked up or showed an
interest in dolls til the original Barbie came out. I have two original
Barbie dolls and many of the original outfits. Wish I knew where the
Betsy Wetsy doll is today? Diane
When I was a little girl in elementary school, during the 50's and 60's,
we each bought a grab bag gift to put in our holiday box. My mother
would always be so particular in helping us pick out a gift. At that time
we only spent 25 or 50 cents. I was always so excited when it was
my turn to choose a gift. Well, was I disappointed when I drew out a
brown paper sandwich bag twisted around an ink pen . One of my
classmates must have forgotten to bring a present and wrapped his
pen up. I was so disappointed I almost cried. Thank goodness my
parents always gave us a good Christmas. The terrible grab bag gift
was soon forgotten. Carol P, Connecticut
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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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Pair of Gold Coins Fetch $85,000+ at Philip Weiss Sale
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3) Your Classifieds...
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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 inquired about a game involving dates my daughter remembered, and
could not think of the name. I received over 200 answers and now know
it was Mystery Date. The answers were wonderful in that everyone
recalled playing the game, and that the man they married resembled one
of the dates. I found several on e:bay but the bidding was up to $160 or
more. I will watch now that we are out of season and get one for a
birthday. Thanks again. - Becky Owens
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 caution readers to be careful when putting any information
online. There are sites for collectors to chat, show pictures, and meet
other collectors. But not everyone is honest, and a valuable collection
could be vulnerable if you give hints about your name, where you live, or
the value of your items. You should use the same security precautions
online that you use "on land." Never open your door to a stranger. Never
brag about the value of your collection in a public place.
For more information on the Kovels' newsletter,
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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.
Round John Virgin made me laugh - I always wondered what the nativity had
to do with smoking when I was little. I equated "tender and mild" with the
cigarette ads of the fifties. I think I even pictured smoke wafting "'round" the
mother and child, although I never thought Mary actually smoked. Sue in NJ
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 so that over 200,000 readers can see it. :-)
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Vicki requested a recipe for " taffy candy with peanut butter".
We did not get any recipes, but we did get the attached response.
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.
The Taffy & Peanut Butter candy the reader is looking for is called an
AbbaZabba Bar and is sold in our local convenience stores. It is also sold
in small size by the large bag at Halloween time. I loved these walking
home from school each day via the drug store across the street. Eventually
I graduated to Ice Cube chocolate squares. Hope this helps!
A very happy holiday to all. Jaye, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA
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 am hoping you can help me. A good friend of the family used to make
these appetizers back in the late 60's early 70's and they were fantastic.
She has since passed away, and I have never been able to find a recipe
for them. It involved rolling out white bread until it was flat and sautéing
mushrooms and I believe maybe sherry and possibly cream cheese and
rolling it all up in the white bread. I would really love to get this recipe if
you could help.Thanks a lot, Janet from Massachusetts.
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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you tomorrow's antiques at today's prices.
Welcome to Yesteryearjewelry. I have been collecting Vintage and
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Sandra the Sailor's Treasures
My treasures include vintage and collectible glassware, kitchenware,
porcelain, toys, costume jewelry, linen, clothing mostly from the
1920's-1940's. My inventory even includes newer home decor with a
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