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The Collectors Newsletter #540 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #540 -- July 2007
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5. Lost and Found
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10. A Vintage Recipe
11. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
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2) 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 love the newsletter, my favorites are the stories! Thank you!
The last collectibles/antiques bargain I found was a miniature Nina Ricci perfume set, complete with the box. It was circa 1940's. There were 5 bottles, some still with perfume, all original multi colored ribbons still attached. I bought it at an antiques fair in my town of Fremont, CA for $8.00. Why did I buy it? It is highly sought after in the mini perfume collectors market. I am a mini perfume bottle collector as well as a seller of mini perfumes on ebay. I mulled over keeping it for myself, but I have a hard time passing up a big sale when I know one. It sold for over $500.00.
On another bargain find, I was at the local thrift store, spotted two sealed bottles of Secret De Venus by Weil bath oil. I paid $15.00 for both and sold them on ebay for $299.00 each. These are not so much under the collectibles/antique category, but this is a highly sought after scent long ago discontinued that is loved by many. Not too bad, huh?
This is my reaction to the garage sale buyer who returned to tell the owner the items just sold for $60 were worth $3500.
At an auction of an acquaintance I bought a box of hollow shaft keys, skeleton keys, and a pocket knife,all in a box. The bidding was "fast and furious" up to $14 and I won the bid. I was interested in the knife since I collect the current issues, but this was an old one, from the 1930's.
I sold the hollow-body keys on E-bay for $41, the skeleton keys were stolen at a subsequent garage sale (priced at $10 for a ring of 12 keys). I cleaned up the knife, did some research, started the e-bay price at $250 and sold it for $460. No way would I go back to the former owner and tell him about this. Dan
Regarding the guy who buys at Ebay because shops are too expensive......
This fellow better take into consideration that dealers in shops pay rent, % to the owner for credit card users, % to the owner to have staff working behind the desk so the dealers don't have to - plus we sometimes sit on items for awhile before they're sold......
I dare say by the time this gentleman bids on the items on Ebay - pays shipping - and gets his merchandise sight unseen hoping it looks as good in person as it did on the computer screen - he probably pays about the same and had to wait days for his purchase!
I am not saying there's not a place for Ebay - I have bought items there too - but hands on is the ticket for my husband and me - the thrill of the hunt with all the perks that implies (the cute town or village - interesting restaurants - historic areas and shops that are all so different) We buy quantities of furniture and I couldn't afford to pay shipping and make a profit on items if I only shopped at Ebay! Linda in Prescott, WI
Reading the stories about garage sale bargains reminded me of a sale I attended in New Orleans some time ago. A couple were selling unused wedding gifts and among them was a lovely set of six mint glass seafood cocktail dishes with ice liners. They were priced at 50 cents each, way too low, in my opinion. The lady of the house saw me eyeing them and came over and said, "Those are individual ashtrays. We received them as a wedding gift in the 1950's and have never used them." I knew I was going to buy them, but I felt guilty at the asking price so I said, "Well, you know you could also use them as seafood cocktail dishes and put crushed ice in the bottom of the bowl with the seafood in the dish on top." She smiled and said, "Isn't that funny! You're the second person today who's said that!" I thought, "Oh, well, I tried," and bought them for 50 cents each.
My Husband and I like to go auctioning. I feel one reason why people think antiques are worth more than what they really are is family fighting over objects in an estate sale. We've seen old children's rockers, that were basically worthless, go for hundreds of dollars because a split family is bidding against each other for family heirlooms. One gentlemen said to me people see or hear of items selling high like that, then they think what they own or find is worth that much. Sentiment in a family can make items invaluable. Thanks and I love your newsletter, Linda, Ia.
While riding my bicycle on a back street in the town where I live I saw a large pile of trash, furniture and a beautiful carved, gilded, 30"x50"beveled mirror at the curb to be picked up by the city trash truck. I went to the door of the house but found it empty; checked with the neighbor next door and was told the renters had been evicted. I quickly rode back home, got my van, returned to the "goodies" and loaded many pieces, brought them home and researched them. Furniture had little value but the lovely mirror was a real find. A few days later a friend saw the mirror, wanted to buy it so I sold it to her for $575.! This was my best "find"! Marian in
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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.
I recently attended an auction in Joliet, Illinois. It was an estate auction of an antique collector. In one of the box lots I purchased, I found two significant pieces of family history. The Certificate of Membership, National Honor Society of Secondary Schools. Margaret Twaddle was elected a member of the Keystone and Torch Chapter. Dated May 13, 1935. The Diploma from Joliet Township High School for Margaret B. Twaddle dated May 28, 1936. Would like to get these back to the family. If anyone knows the family of Margaret B. Twaddle (she may well still be alive), please contact Claudia at email@example.com. Thanks!
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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 firstname.lastname@example.org and we may run it in the next issue.
LOL...it's great to know that I'm not the only one who has ever made a faux pas in the kitchen. During my young childhood, Mom let me help in the kitchen - away from the stove. She often made refreshing cool entrees and/or salads that contained Knox Gelatin and she allowed me to help with those.
When I was a new bride, I really goofed! As you know, when you mix Knox Gelatin, you add the gelatin to cold water, let it stand a short time, and then add hot water (or juice). Well...I decided to make Jell-o for one of the first meals in my new household. Mom served it often, but I guess I'd never helped with that - LOL. You can probably guess...Jell-o is made using the hot water first - I had no idea why I couldn't get the lime Jell-o to dissolve. To this day, I always read directions on a package of Jell-o...every time I make it...over 40 years of reading Jell-o directions! Mary - in Ohio
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Jan requested a recipe for "Lime Ice Cream" several were mailed in....
A Thank You!
Hello everyone! Thank you very much for the recipes of pecan pie, I will try each one of them! Keep you posted on the results. How little is the world, Cristina? Blessings!
María Sánchez, Carolina, Puerto Rico
I found this recipe for Jan who requested Lime Ice Cream, I hope she will enjoy this one.
Karen S. Clearwater, FL
Key Lime Ice Cream
1-1/2 cups heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
1 (15-ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup key lime juice (fresh from 8 to 10 medium limes or use bottled)
Bring the cream to a simmer in a heavy medium saucepan. Slowly beat the hot cream into the egg yolks in a medium mixing bowl. Pour the entire mixture back into the pan and place over low heat.
Stir constantly with a whisk or wooden spoon until the custard thickens slightly. Be careful not to let the mixture boil or the eggs will scramble.
Remove from the heat and pour the hot custard through a strainer into a large, clean bowl. Allow the custard to cool slightly, then stir in the sweetened condensed milk and key lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until cold or overnight.
Stir the cold custard well, then freeze in one or two batches in your ice cream machine according to the manufacturer¹s instructions.
When finished, the ice cream will be soft but ready to eat. For firmer ice cream, transfer to a freezer-safe container and freeze at least 2 hours.
Yield: about 1 quart; 8 servings.
* 2 cups milk
* 1 1/4 cups sugar
* 1/3 cup lime juice
* 1 1/2 teaspoons grated lime peel
* 1 cup heavy whipping cream
1. In a saucepan, combine milk and sugar. Cook over medium heat until sugar is dissolved and mixture reaches 175 degrees F. Cool to room temperature. Stir in the lime juice and peel. Freeze in an ice cream freezer according to manufacturer's directions.
2. Transfer frozen lime mixture to a bowl; allow to soften slightly. In a small mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold into softened lime mixture. Allow ice cream to firm up in your refrigerator freezer for 4 hours before serving.
Here is another recipe from the food network website. hope it helps Jan.... Freda
Frozen Key Lime Mousse
Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, 2007
Show: Emeril Live
Episode: Taste of Key West
3/4 cup Key lime juice
1 1/2 cups sugar
6 egg yolks, plus 2 whole eggs
3/4 cup unsalted butter, cubed
2 1/2 cups plus 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream, divided
2 tablespoons confectioners' sugar
6 ounces creme fraiche, for serving
In a saucepan combine the lime juice, 1 1/2 cups of sugar, egg yolks, whole eggs, and butter and whisk to combine. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil, about 10 minutes. Remove mixture from the heat and strain through a fine mesh sieve into a clean bowl. Put bowl in an ice bath and place plastic wrap directly on top of the lime curd. Refrigerate until thoroughly chilled, stirring occasionally, at least 1 hour and up to 2 days.
Place 2 1/2 cups of the heavy cream and confectioner's sugar in a large mixing bowl and whip to soft peaks. Add all but 3/4 cup of the lime curd to the heavy cream and fold gently but thoroughly to combine.
Place 8 ring molds onto a parchment-lined baking sheet and divide the mousse among the molds. Freeze until firm, at least 4 hours.
When ready to serve, place the frozen mousse on dessert plates and allow to warm for 4 to 5 minutes before attempting to remove the ring molds. In a small bowl combine the creme fraiche with the remaining 1 1/2 tablespoons heavy cream and stir to combine. Drizzle some of the reserved lime curd around the mousse (if you have a squirt bottle, place the lime curd in a squirt bottle and drizzle decoratively around the plate) and garnish the mousse with a dollop of the creme fraiche mixture.
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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.
I am looking for the recipe to make a Bible cake. My mother used to make them, but she has lost the recipe. It had scriptures from the bible listed with the ingredients., but do not know if the scriptures were about that certain ingredient. I remember it used nuts, raisins and maybe figs and several spices like cinnamon and nutmeg, and I believe honey, but I am at a lost on remembering each ingredient. Any help would be wonderful. Thanks, Maggie--
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