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The Collectors Newsletter #512 -- April 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #512 -- April 2007
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1. Stories from our readers
2. Antique News
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 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.
Reading Dorothy's lines about the old time apron has brought back many
memories. I remember all those uses and more - including holding the
carded wool for spinning, carrying the seed potatoes up the rows for
planting, rubbing down a newborn - be it foal or lamb and many more.
The thing being of course that all these aprons had something in
common - their size. As time has past and needs have changed the
apron has shrunk along with it's uses. If you find aprons now they tend
to be tiny fancy things - more decoration then use, because the old
aprons where usually made by the wearer. Sacking for garden/field work.
Calico for rough work/housework/cooking. maybe cotton for cooking
when companies due and of course the fancy worked ones for best
(when companies arrived). Some made lovingly with Patchwork or
stitching, some with pockets or bibs, some without. Each morning when
she would get up a fresh apron to start the day. No fancy washing
machines - but boiled up in the copper and hung on the line to bleach in
the sun. Just as it was a sign of growing up that a girl was given her
"first grown-up" apron to mark the fact that she to be treated as an equal
in the kitchen/house. Along with the apron came responsibilities. But the
home is not the only place where the apron is no longer important - do
not forget that once a part of every nurses uniform was the freshly
starched white apron - a badge of honor which commanded respect for
the training and dedication of so many tireless women. To some it was
a mark of servitude, to others a mark of pride. Either way you look at it
- times sure have changed. Trish - New Zealand
I have a story to tell. I remember my Grandparents who lived in the Country,
and were very country type people. My grandfather was a Junk Man, just
like the TV Comedy Sanford and Son. Honestly, I remember having to go
there and visit with my mother. My grandparents lived in a house that my
grandfather built. The house was surrounded by many acres of land, and it
did have a paved road going by the house.
The good times I remember were, when I could go out and play with all that
Stuff. By today's standards it was good stuff, but back then to a small girl,
it was just Junk. I remember my mother having these secret talks with my
grandmother, then she would grab a shovel and we would head to the barn.
These were the days when my mother told me she was going to take me
shopping. She would appear with these glass jars filled my paper money.
My mother was not to tell, even her brothers, my mother was the only girl
in the family. Eventually I realized the money was buried in different places
on the property and especially in the barns. Even today, when I see a Barn
I think of going shopping.
My grandfather had his home brewed spirits and he would make deals on
his Junk and decide that since he did not like Banks he would just safely
bury the money.
The house did not have indoor plumbing and they used these old pots inside.
I also remember that one day we went to visit and found out that there had
been a fire in the Chimney, and my Grandfather put it out by throwing the
contents of one of the pots up the Chimney. At least the house did not burn
down. Just left these huge stains on the walls.
I also realized that I wanted to be like other kids and go to department stores
and buy furniture, no way, we went to the Barn. Packed from floor to ceiling
with some of the biggest bedding, posts ,dressers, you name it. But you see
I wanted new stuff. Boy what I would give to see some of that stuff today.
Of course the Grandparents have been gone for a long time. Would you
believe that I fell in love with old stuff, and Antiques and Collectable's, and for
awhile I had my own business. I guess it was in my blood.
Through the years the property was held by a cousin who was of the farming
type. I do not know what happened to him, but the county township now owns
the property. Just last week my older sister who lives near this country town,
emailed me a funny story. She said she saw a news article in the local paper
, about a piece of property which had been now owned by the county.
Evidently the previous owner had allowed the collection of Stuff, junk debris
whatever, and it now became an eyesore. My sister gasped with almost
disbelief and said, oh my goodness that is my Grand pop's property. She
immediately showed her husband and told him to hush and to not dare tell
anyone that this was her Grand pop's property. She did not want anyone to
think that her family could have ever left such a heap of junk or clutter on the
property. I laughed so hard because I could just picture my sister feeling so
embarrassed, and denying that property was ever part of our family history.
Some day I will go back and visit my sister and I will drive out to that site and
if by then it is all cleaned up, I will close my eyes and remember what it looked
like when I was 8. Judi C. from Florida.
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We collect interesting stories about collecting. Things like your best find,
unusual collections, bizarre collectibles. Anything and everything that is
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2) Antique News
The March 2007 "Hot list" of antiques and collectibles from TIAS.com
These top ten lists are based on hundreds of thousands of searches by
people using the online search engines at the indicated Web sites in the
month of March 2007.
Keep in mind that these searches are what people were looking for, not
necessarily what they were buying. In many cases, people will search
for items when they are just trying to determine a value of a specific
item that they have in their possession.
Here are the top ten search words used at
site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar (No Movement) 2. Avon (No movement) 3. Roseville (Not
listed last month) 4. Carnival Glass (Not listed last month) 5. Nippon
(Up from #6) 6. Perfume Bottles (Not listed last month) 7. Stamps
(Down from #3) 8. McCoy (Not listed last month) 9. Milk Glass (No
movement) 10. Majolica (Not listed last month)
"No Movement" means the item has not changed position since the
previous months list. "Down from #.." indicates that the item has
dropped on our list since the previous list was published. "Up from #.."
indicates that the item has risen on our list since the previous list was
published. "Not listed last month" means that this item was not in the
previous top 10 list.
Here are the top ten search words used at
This site specialized in "high end" Antiques and Art:
1. White Ironstone (No movement) 2. Paintings (No movement) 3. Civil War
(Up from #6) 4. Limoges (Not listed last month) 5. Staffordshire
(Not listed last month) 6. Clocks (Not listed last month) 7. Meissen
(Down from #5) 8. Belter (Down from #4) 9. Chairs (Not listed last month)
10. Plates (Not listed last month)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives,
just search for "Hot List" at
In other News.....
1. SOTHEBY’S AFRICAN, OCEANIC AND PRE-COLUMBIAN ART,
MAY 17, 2007. Click here:
2. Gary Hendershott Joins Heritage Auctions.
3. What`s in the April 2007 Issue of Kovels on Antiques and Collectibles
Newsletter. Click here:
4. Minnesota’s Attic, searching northern Minnesota for fine antiques
and collectible. Click here:
5. Kaminski Auctions Announces it's Annual April Auction Featuring
Selected Estate Collections. Click here:
6. Sports, Other Tobacco Advertisements
7. Heritage Vintage Movie Poster Auction Posts Record Results!
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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.
When I was in the third grade in 1972, there was this book in the school
library that I absolutely adored... it was about a boy that had everything done
for him by machines. Waking up was done by a machine, eating, shower,
dressing etc. Then one day, the machine went berzerk... the whole
sequence was out of wack. That's the day that the boy had to do
I would love to read this story to my children, it was so fun.
Thanks for your help.contact: 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
5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
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that Union Products Inc., the Massachusetts firm that made the originals,
closed last November. The kitschy bird was designed in 1957 by Donald
Featherstone. Originals are marked with his molded signature under the tail
and have legs that stick straight out of the body. Competitors' copies are
still to be found.
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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.
I love reading your newsletter. So many of the stories bring back wonderful
memories. As spring arrives every year I think back to 1978 after purchasing
our first home and how proud I was to be a "homeowner". My neighbor had a
beautiful yard, and I wanted to have beautiful flower beds just like hers. Money
was really tight but I spent $20.00 on ranunculus bulbs. I followed the
instructions which said to soak them before planting. I grabbed my youngest
son's beach pail and in went the bulbs. Right after dinner that night my
youngest son (age 3 at the time) came running through the back door
screaming " Mommy, Mommy, I saved you!" I couldn't figure out what he was
talking about, so once he calmed down he said he saved me from a whole
bunch of crabs. It turned out that the "crabs" were my precious bulbs and he
had smashed every single one with a hammer. I wanted to cry, but I couldn't
help but laugh and tell him he was my hero. Valarie - Murrieta, CA
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......
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Warner Robins from Georgia, requested a recipe for "Onion Cookies"
We received several responses...
Makes 2 1/2 to 3 dozen cookies
1 pounds onions, ground or finely minced, drained
1/4 cup reserved onion juice or water
1/4 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
1/2 cup poppy seeds (optional)
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water (for egg wash)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a cookie sheet.
Mix together the onions, onion juice, sugar, oil, and eggs.
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt and poppy seeds. Stir well to mix
Add dry ingredient to wet ingredients and mix, but only long enough to
blend thoroughly. Over mixing will make the cookies tough.
Tip the dough out onto a floured worktop, preferably a floured cloth. Divide
the dough in half.
With your hands, form one half an oblong. Roll out into a rectangle about
1/4 to 1/2-inch thick. With a wheel knife or a sharp blade dipped in flour,
trim the edges to make them even, then cut into 2 by 2-inch squares (or
cut into diamonds or use a round cookie cutter)
Brush a light coating of egg wash over the top.
Slide a metal spatula under 6 to 8 pieces at a time and transfer them to a
prepared lightly greased baking sheet. Slide them off, about a finger width
apart for even baking.
Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until barely brown on the edges. Cool on a
wire rack while still on the pan. Best when used the same day but keeps
well when kept in a tightly closed container.
PLETZL (POLISH ONION COOKIES/CRACKERS)
Yield: 4-5 dozen depending on size
a.. 1 3/4 sticks butter/margarine
b.. 1 egg
c.. 3/4 cup yogurt or buttermilk
d.. 3 cups self-raising flour
e.. 1 teaspoon salt
f.. 1 egg, lightly beaten
g.. 3 big onions, minced
h.. poppy seeds (optional)
i.. cooking salt
Make dough of all ingredients and chill for a few hours. Roll out and punch
out disks with a cup. Lightly knead leftover dough and repeat until all used
up. Place disks on cookie sheets. Brush with lightly beaten egg and put
1/2 teaspoon or so of minced onion on each disk. Sprinkle with poppy
seeds and salt. Bake in medium heat (350 degrees Fahrenheit) until
golden-brown. Note: The onion may be sauted a little if you don't like it raw.
4 c. flour
2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 tsp. pepper
Scant 1/4 lb. shortening
2 med. onions, diced
1/3 c. poppy seeds
1/2 c. oil
1/4 c. warm water
Mix the flour with baking powder, salt and pepper. Cut in the shortening
and mix to a cornmeal consistency. Fine-dice the onions, and work them
and the poppy seeds into the dough. Combine the eggs with oil and warm
water and work them into the dough by hand. Roll the dough, about 1/8
inch thick, on waxed paper. Cut into cracker-sized pieces. Bake in a hot
oven (425 degrees) for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cookies are browned.
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 need chocolate meringue cookies with butterscotch morsels inside.
I had them once at a bake sale and they were incredible. Does anyone
know how to make these? Donna
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.
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Fun vintage site consisting of designer high end boutique apparel to
daywear with accessories including purses, shoes, hankies, ties,
aprons, lingerie, jewelry and girly girl foo foo and some guy retro stuff.
From roaring 1920s to 1980s time periods.
Ruby Valley Glass & Goodies
Here you will find a great variety of glassware: Fenton, Depression,
Carnival, Milk Glass, and Crystal. We do carry figurines, ceramics
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