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The Collectors Newsletter #536 -- June 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #536 -- June 2007
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
American Historical Print Collectors Society
The American Historical Print Collectors Society (AHPCS) is a non-profit group that encourages the collection, preservation, study, and exhibition of original historical American prints produced from 1600 to 1900.
In our third decade, AHPCS has over 500 members including individual collectors, print dealers, educational and other institutions. Founded in 1975, AHPCS. For more information, go to:
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2) 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.
HI... I love reading all the stories about the decline in the antique market. Not because I am happy it is declining, but because I am glad it is not happening only here.
I have never owned an antique store, but I have frequented them enough that I feel I could run one. I know what I like, and what I don't, when I visit, and I know a fair price when I see one.
I don't blame Ebay for the decline, because I know many shop owners are using ebay, themselves, to clear stock that won't move. When they put the item on ebay, they find what the price SHOULD have been in the store to sell. Like any auction, the buyer is the appraiser, and sets the fair price. If it won't sell in your shop, it probably won't sell for what you thought it should on ebay either. I don't consider this getting a deal, I consider it bringing the price to what the public will pay. I don't like having to pay shipping on ebay, and worry that the item will come to me broken. I would much rather buy in a store, where I can look the item over, and see for myself what I think it is worth. Ebay buyers have to trust the description given by the seller. I once bought a butter top, and the description said it was 'perfect and no cracks or crazing'...only to find it was not only crazed, it was cracked too! I paid way too much for a cracked top, but of course the pictures don't show hairlines on ebay. I think the biggest problem with stores is they are listening to the PBS shows telling the value of things on shows like Antique Roadshow. I think those shows are inflating the values so the show is interesting and people will think they also can find a $15,000 painting for 25 cents at some garage sale. I am sure their expenses are high, with utilities and rent, but usually those costs are covered by the rent the consigners pay to have space in the store. I love your newsletter, and love the stories and the recipes too. It really is a fun read!! thanks for letting me vent... Linda Sheridan, IL
I have a different perspective on the antiques market!
I am 33 yrs old with three small children and am an avid collector of "smalls" (Depression and Elegant glass, antique silverplate, Victorian picture frames, etc.). I live in an affluent community just north of Chicago; gas prices do not effect me at all and the subtle price fluctuations mean nothing to me. So here's my humble take on the situation, and it's two-fold:
Time: I have no time to go browsing around in an antique mall, and there is no concentration or antique stores close to me. Ebay is perfect for me after all the kids have gone to bed and I have some time for "me". When I do have a babysitter during the day, it's so I can get all of my errands done...I can't get lost antiquing. If we go on a family get-away, I can't bring my small children into an antiques store. I've been stared down enough times by the shopkeeper as if my kids were going to break something. The shopkeeper isn't being snotty, they're probably right. By the way, for those who have been writing that dusty shops and rude salespeople are the reason for the demise of the business - don't you think there have always been those types of stores?
Trend: Unlike myself most people my age (in my area) are not interested in "old things"...if they like an old style, then they buy new with a vintage or traditional look. I was so excited when a local high-end tabletop store started carrying a selection of true vintage glassware. Obviously, it didn't sell because it's no longer there. And I remind you...this is a successful store.
I hope I've offered some insight.... S.J.
I was brought up in an era when dumpster diving and flea marketing were for the underprivileged only. And we certainly were. Now it is the chic thing do thanks to shows like Design on a Dime,etc., which brings me to my point.
I have been an official dealer for 10 years. For the last 7+ years I have been the sole proprietor of a single dealer 1600 square foot shop. Business is better than ever and is continuing to grow on a monthly basis.
I put a tremendous amount of thought into growing my business. I listen to my customers and interact in some way with everyone who comes through my door. I pay attention to their body language to try to determine what type of shopper they are, if it's their first or second time in. Some people like more personal service than others and pretty much everyone hates a hoverer.
I welcome children of all ages into my establishment. I keep small prizes for them such as Pez dispensers or other $1.00 or under things. Never sticky candy or stickers. They are told that"soft" touch is fine, after all, they have to learn antique store etiquette sometime and today is just as good as any. My one rule is that they do as their grown up says. Welcoming children taps into a huge niche of stay at home parents who stay at home in order to do whats right by their children. What can be more right than teaching them how to behave in public? In 10 years I have never lost a penny to breakage by a child and some of my best customers are parents who know the things they cherish most in this world are welcome here.
I pay very close attention to what is shown in monthly magazines. I subscribe to more than a dozen. I often tear out pages and tape them to similar items or am able to suggest ways to display or to use items in unusual ways. We must always remember that no matter what we sell, be it 200 year old furniture or reproduction door stops, WE ARE IN THE RETAIL BUSINESS!!!!!!! and to succeed we must carry what the customer wants and customers often want to duplicate a look they have seen elsewhere. I feel that for the first time in the history of this business, it is a media driven market. Younger and younger people are coming in asking for things they saw on TV and in magazines.
Let's face it, there are over 250 million Americans and per capita, there are less "antiques" than ever and that isn't going to change. It's only going to get worse. So...make up your minds....are you going where the market is, which seems to be vintage, nostalgic usable items that will eventually be true antiques or throw in the towel. Before you give up , think about this... If styles and taste and trends didn't change, none of us would have anything to sell. After all, what would be the incentive to get rid of things.
And by the way, many, many of my customers say that they no longer go in multi dealer shops because you're seldom actually dealing with the owner of what they want. I find that the people who prefer old things also prefer the personal touch of dealing with the shop proprietor with the added plus that they often can feel they are getting a better deal. After all, I know exactly how long each item has been in inventory and when it is time to cut my loses and let it go for cost. After all, to stay in business you have to turn the space. Stagnant inventory costs money. It is sometimes more cost effective to sell something at a loss than to hang on to it forever. I like to make my customers feel like they need to come in often or miss a good deal or at least something interesting.
Customer service is everything. I can let people take things home to try before paying. Very seldom do they not buy it and they say it is refreshing to be trusted. I let people return items. I remember names and conversations. I ask about family members, pets, jobs, moves. I make people fell cared about and welcome. I put my energy into being positive and assuming the best. No one cares if my counter is cluttered or my floor freshly vacuumed, they do care about the ambiance of my shop and that I am honest to a fault.
If someone comes in to sell me something truly wonderful, I ALWAYS ask them if they know exactly what it is. If not, I tell them and ask if they would like to rethink selling it. That is exactly what I would want someone to do for me. I have to turn down more house calls than I go on and I haven't advertised that I am looking to buy in almost 5 years. Instead of going to local nonprofit rummage sells to look for their mistakes to make money for myself, I volunteer my services to help make the most money for them. In return, I have the respect of community members who don't mind spreading my name. A good reputation for honesty is worth more advertising dollars than an of us has.
I'm sorry. I certainly didn't mean to be condescending or long winded but I have been hearing these same complaints forever. Some of the worst complainers around here are the very people with the highest prices, the most stale inventory and the worst customer service. If you are going to sell old fashioned items, give old fashioned service. If you want to be in business, then be in business. Take it seriously. Don't depend on someone else, ie whoever happens to be on duty at the mall you are in, to promote your merchandise the same way you would. Enthusiasm is infectious and is often your best tool. Use it. Loving my job in CNY, JoAnne
Well it seems that the "hell in a hand basket" scenario has been fully realized according to the letters being printed. Its like the 6 o'clock news on TV. They will show you every negative story available before ever showing a positive one. Just because someone has a bunch of old stuff and decides to go into business does not mean you are going to be successful. I have been in all aspects of the antique industry over the last 17 years and seen dealers come and go but what business is not like that. We are in a small town mall at this point and have increased sales every month for the last year and a half since we moved in. I have found that If you present what you have in a clean organized way at a reasonable price you will do well. The most successful dealers in this mall don't just dump stuff and put big prices, they actually put in the time to make it look nice, "put in the time" being the key there. The people who run the mall keep it looking nice and clean, have knowledgeable people working there and they put it in a good area to start with. There is another mall a half block from us and they have a waiting list for dealers as does ours. As you think, so it is> Things are peachy in GA. TJ, Dahlonega, GA
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5) 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 newsletter.
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 or family.
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.
My mother-in-law recently passed away and we have been cleaning out her home. Last night we took apart a framed picture and behind the picture was a Certificate of Marriage for Howard R Pace of Decatur GA and Sebie Turner of Atlanta GA. Married in Atlanta in May 1924. I researched these names on Ancestry.com and found that Mr Pace died in the early 60 and Mrs. Pace lived to be 93. I would love for this to find its rightful place with relatives. If you are related and can provide more info please contact me and I will gladly mail it to you. firstname.lastname@example.org
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8) 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 I was little my grandfather loved telling the story about him and one of his older sisters. When he was very small they lived close to a little store and when his grandfather would come over he would always give him a little change to let him walk to the store and get a whole paper bag full of candy. He loved the little candies that looked like bird eggs (blue eggs with little speckles all over them). When his older sister knew he had walked to the store to get candy she would be waiting for him and take it from him before he was able to enjoy it. One day he had walked to the store for candy and found a birds nest so he filled his pockets up with the candy and placed the bird eggs inside of the paper bag and went home. Soon as he got home his sister was waiting and took the bag, poured out the candy (or so she thought) into her hand and popped them into her mouth and chewed. He said you should have seen the look on her face and also the egg running down her face. Needless to say he never had to worry about her taking his candy ever again. My grandfather passed away when my children were just babies but I now get the honor of telling the stories that I loved to hear. Dawn, Lincolnton 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.
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
Ann requested some recipes for "anise cookies" We received these responses....
In reference to the woman requesting a recipe for "Pincell" cookies, I
believe she is referring to a thin, Italian cookie called PIZZELLE
Here is the recipe for ANISE PIZZELLES
2 1/2 c. flour (all purpose flour)
2 sticks butter, melted and cooled
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. anise
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
Blend ingredients one at a time. Use a pizzelle machine. Bake for 1 minute.
Cool on a rack until dry or let dry in oven on low heat until crisp. Store
in a cool dry place.
Sprinkle with powdered sugar before serving , if desired.
You will need a Pizzelle maker machine which can be found in a department
store or kitchen appliance / gadget store. It is similar to a waffle maker.
From: Rose Miller, Allentown PA
Traditional Pizzelles (Italian) - Cindy Arnold, Cedar Rapids, IA
You must have a pizzelle iron to make these wafer thin cookies. My pizzelle iron is the single cookie iron that you break into 4 triangles. They can be found at specialty kitchen stores.
• 6 eggs
• 1 1/2 cups white sugar
• 1 cup margarine, melted and cooled
• 2 tablespoons anise extract
• 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
1. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the melted margarine and anise extract. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir in gradually. Dough will be sticky.
2. Preheat your pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto the iron. Close and cook for about 90 seconds, or until steam stops coming out of the iron. Carefully remove and cool. Store in an airtight tin at room temperature.
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup butter, melted and
2 tablespoons anise extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
4 teaspoons baking powder
1. Beat eggs and sugar with an electric mixer until fluffy. Stir in the melted butter and anise extract. Combine the flour and baking powder; stir in gradually. Dough will be sticky.
2. Preheat your pizzelle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions. Drop batter by rounded spoonfuls onto the iron. Close and cook for about 90 seconds, or until steam stops coming out of the iron. Carefully remove and cool. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
I believe the recipe Ann is looking for is actually the Italian cookie Pizelle (sometimes spelled Pizzelle). These cookies are made with a Pizelle iron (think waffle iron with a lace-y or rosette design!) which can be found in most any kitchen supply store and some department stores. There are probably antique Pizelle irons out there too, so you might have another collection to start! Anyway, the very Italian wife of an Italian-American co-worker used to send stacks of these lovely cookies to work with her husband on occasion and he was generous enough to share. Hope Ann and her neighbor enjoy this recipe. Sandra in Midway, Kentucky.
For about 5 dozen Pizelle Cookies,
1 1/2 cup sugar
1 cup (1/2 lb.) butter or margarine, melted
2 Tbls. Anise (vanilla can be substituted)
3 1/2 cups flour (approx.)
4 tsp.baking powder
Beat eggs, adding sugar gradually. Beat until smooth. Add cooled melted butter or margarine and the anise (or vanilla). Sift flour and baking powder and add to egg mixture. Dough will be sticky enough to be dropped by spoon. Preheat (seasoned) iron on medium high heat, and brush a thin coat of shortening on all surfaces. When both sides are hot, place a Tablespoon of dough just to the back of the center of the iron (towards the hinge) in a single cookie iron, or center in each design for a triple cookie iron. DO NOT press the top half down, but let it come down gently while the cookie is starting to bake. (If some dough runs out on one side, it can be trimmed off with a knife after baking). Bake for 30 to 40 seconds on each side.
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11) 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.
Hello, I love looking at the recipes on your website. I hope someone has this cookie recipe. Many years ago we had a lovely Italian family living next door. At Christmas the Mom, Laura, would give us a plate of her delicious cookies. My sister and I had one favorite. It was a small round cookie in a paper cup covered in white frosting with a clove stuck in the top. I've looked at every cookie book I've seen and I have never seen the recipe for this cookie. Can anyone help? Barb McNamara, Toronto Canada
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