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The Collectors Newsletter #543 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #543 -- July 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. Lost and Found
6. News from the Kovels
7. Newly listed items
8. Funny Old Stuff
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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.
American Society of Military Insignia Collectors
The American Society of Military Insignia Collectors (ASMIC) is the oldest and largest organization of collectors of military insignia in the world. Founded in 1937 by a small group of enthusiasts and chartered as a non-profit organization, today the Society is 'home' to nearly 3,000 dedicated collectors in the United States and two dozen foreign countries. Whether you are a collector of military insignia or a student of heraldry or military history, whether an expert or a novice, you will find that membership in ASMIC has many advantages. For more information click here:
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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.
Thanks for posting the stories about antique and collectable finds. I always look forward to reading them. My greatest find was at my church’s rummage sale a few years ago. I had made my purchases and was on my way out when I decided to stop and look at the jewelry table. There was just the usual costume jewelry, which I had expected to find. One little pin caught my eye, just because of the color of the glass gem it contained. I thought I could incorporate it into a piece of bead-work I was working on. I purchased it for 25 cents. The “gem” hung from a metal banner that was marked P.P.I.E. 1915. I was curious about what the letters meant and went on line to investigate. I found a web page of somebody’s personal collection of pins like mine and other ephemera from the Pan Pacific International Exposition held in San Francisco in 1915. One of the most popular attractions there was the Tower of Gems which was covered with “gems” like the one in my pin. I sent an inquiry to the owner of the web page, who wrote back wanting to purchase my pin for his collection. His passion for the thing was much greater than mine so I agreed to sell it to him. He paid me $250.00 for the pin and sent me a photo of the Tower of Gems. Debora in CA
I’ve just started to get your newsletter and wanted to relate a story concerning estate auctions and my mother. My mother used to love to go to auctions and when I was a little girl I was brought along and told, very sternly, to NEVER RAISE MY HAND, because my mother didn’t want an auctioneer thinking he had a bid! Anyway, my mother delighted in getting nice furniture and lamps, etc. at these auctions and passed along her love of antiques and collectibles to me. In 1992 my mother died and my family decided to have an auction of the household items. The auction was a success and many people left very satisfied and they did get some serious bargains. On the day of the auction, looking around, watching people bid on objects and their delight in getting something they really wanted, I thought “Mom would have loved this auction!” For me, it wasn’t just about my family getting the best price for things, it was also about seeing people feeling exactly the way my mother did when she won the bidding on an item—it just felt very much like a circle had been completed. Diane C.
Regarding the response from Linda, about the guy who shops on eBay because shops are too expensive and lists the reasons why items at shops are so expensive......she should remember that most eBay sellers also accept payment through credit cards and have to pay a percentage fee (90+% of my eBay sales are paid by PayPal). Plus, we pay fees to eBay for selling our wares. We have to pay for packing/shipping supplies (which they don't), plus our time and effort to safely package items. And, as she mentioned, we too often have to sit on items for a while before they are sold. Many people think that selling on eBay is as easy as the click of a mouse--I have been selling on eBay for over 7 years, and it's a lot of work, and we also have a lot of expenses. I'm not complaining--it has allowed me to work for myself at home, which I had wanted to do for a long time. But, bottom line, people are looking for a "deal"--if they can get it somewhere else for a lot less, they will! Penny/Libertytown, MD
I just read the story of the man at the garage sale who sold the pictures for $60 and the guy who bought them and told the man how they were worth so much more. My grandmother had a saying that people get paid back two by two for the things they do one by one. When people do mean things to me, I always think of that saying. The Buddhists call it karma. We may never see how they pay but I believe that they do pay....
HI. I too love the newsletter and love hearing from other collectors from all over the united states! In response to Linda's, from Ia, letter, about bidding against family members at estate auctions.... yes, that is true! When you are bidding against family, you know it is a memory they are bidding on, and not the item's worth. We were at an auction where the family couldn't divide up their grandmother's estate amiably, so they decided to put the whole estate at auction. All the family were there, and you knew when there was something that they wanted!! The price kept going up and up! You have to remember, when there is an inheritance, money is not a consideration, because the item has more worth to them than the money. Besides, they probably have inherited money to bid with!
I am always glad when a family member wins the item, because I always feel the item belongs in their family. I hope my kids will be able to divide my things without having an auction, but if they do, I hope, also, that the outsiders will step back and let them keep the item in the family. Geez...how did I get on such a morbid subject? sorry about that!! Linda, IL.
Regarding online auctions vs. “live” shopping, I have found that in our town, many of the thrift stores now sell the “good stuff” online before the public ever has a chance to view it. I realize they are trying to make the most for their particular organization or charity but it’s discouraging to know that most of the items in the stores are “picked over”. It makes it harder to find a treasure anymore. I saw a great old book on Prince Valiant and wanted to look at it but was told bluntly I couldn’t because it was going back to their ebay person to list. I wasn’t even given a chance to make an offer. Browsing around in antique stores and thrift stores has always had that element of serendipity. Kinda’ takes the fun out of it when you know the best is now online and you don’t even know what you missed because it’s gone before you have a chance to know what’s out there. I guess it boils down to specializing; if you know exactly what you want, you can find it online, but if you're just out there browsing the little shops, treasure hunting, good luck. Bonnie in Bend
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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 great aunt used to be the family historian. She and her family lived in Marion, Indiana. After she passed away her husband remarried. A family member went to visit them one day and noticed barrells of old family photos in the backyard. The photos were never seen again. It was assumed they went in the trash. Then a few years ago I received a call from my mother's cousin. She was so excited. She said they were getting ready for a moving sale and her daughter brought some things to add to the items. Among them were two old framed photos. One of a man and the other a woman. They had been purchased at an auction in a nearby town years before. And were purchased only for the frames. It turns out that they are my great grandparents. I now have them in my home. Now we have hope that some of the other photos still exist but where might they be? The family names I'm looking for are TEANEY, DAILEY, SLAUGHTER AND BREEDLOVE. My e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Kathy
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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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.
Reading about faux pas in the kitchen reminds me of the time my mother went someplace (very rare!) and left my sisters and I in charge of preparing a meal for the family (never!) I was probably around 11 years old and my sister was 12ish. I don't even remember how I prepared the chicken for frying (?) but, I do recall the response from my siblings (6 of them -still hear about it!) to the burned-on-the outside-running red-on-the-inside fried chicken. My older sister made a cake and frosted it with whipping cream that was mint greenish. The whipping cream was sour, so you can guess the response when we all tasted it! EWWW! Someone took a lump of the frosting on their fingers (don't remember who??:-) and flung it! It hit the wall, which was about the same color as the frosting. From there a free-for-all broke out and we had a 'frosting fight'. We knew well enough the trouble we would be in when Mom got home, so we did our best to wash the walls. Thankfully, (or not?) the walls 'hid' some of the frosting. From time-to-time we caught 'glimpses' of what we missed. I don't know what else we had on the menu that day, but the chicken and sour frosting are remembered (mostly with fondness) today:-) gmp
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
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at:
Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Scott requested a recipe for "Turkish Delight" one recipe was mailed in by several readers...
2 c Sugar
2 tb Cornstarch
1 c Water
1/2 ts Cream of tartar
1 tb Flavoring *
Food coloring **
1/2 c Toasted nuts, chopped ***
* Flavorings: rose, mastic, strawberry, orange or
** Food coloring: red, yellow, green or orange
(depending on flavoring used)
*** Nuts: almonds or
Dissolve sugar and cornstarch in water. Add cream of
tartar. Boil to 220 degrees F. Cover pot the last 5
minutes. Add flavor and food color. Add nuts.
Pour into oiled shallow pan. When cool, cut into
squares and roll each piece in sifted powdered sugar.
Store in plastic bag.
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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.
Lost a dear recipe in a house fire. Was presented by a southern lady on her cooking show, Betty Feezor, Charlotte NC. Ingredients were 6 Hershey candy bars, sour cream & the normal other cake ingredients. Would love if someone has it & can share.Thanks Patti
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.
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