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The Collectors Newsletter #544 -- July 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #544 -- July 2007
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1. Featured Collectors Club
2. Stories From our Readers
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5. Lost and Found
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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 Spoon Collectors
American Spoon Collectors (ASC) is an organization which is devoted to the promotion and support of the collecting of Souvenir Spoons. Founded in 1974 by Bill Boyd (Editor Emeritus of Spooners Forum), American Spoon Collectors is a national and international organization through which Spoon Collectors are able to communicate with one another and share stories about mutual collecting passions.
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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 went late one afternoon to a little flea market being held in my daughter's junior high school just down the street in Oakland. In one booth I saw a tall elegant vase which I bought for a dollar because I liked its shape. The lady in the booth told me she had already sold the best vases. They sounded like they were Roseville and I was sick that I had missed them.
The vase had a place of honor on my mantel over a couple of moves. I finally looked it up and found that it was a large Grueby, was valuable, and I watched it increase in value over the years. Came the time I desperately needed money to pay my mortgage, and I sold my one dollar Grueby vase to a private collector for $10,000! If I had gotten to the flea market early, I probably would have ignored the Grueby and instead bought the Roseville. Good thing I didn't! Terri
In antiquing, as in other areas of my life, honesty is the best policy. But, there are always gray areas. When I am bargaining with a "dealer" - I get the best price I can - even if I know it's worth way more. However, if I am buying from a garage sale or an individual on ebay who is not a dealer -I always let them know if an item is worth more than they are asking. I don't always suggest a value, but I do let them know they aren't asking enough.
I found some darling little German, composition 1940's-50's dollhouse sized dolls being sold on ebay by a girl who's father had brought them back to her from WWII. There were 3 of them and she had started the auction price at $1.00 - I had won them at $13.00 for the three. I knew, however, that they were worth between $125 - $175 EACH! While I did not tell her how much they were worth, I did tell her that they were worth considerably more than she was asking and gave her the option of reconsidering the auction. She said "no, you won the auction at this price - so they're yours". Now, when I walk past my doll case and see them - I have a sense of enjoyment - not guilt!!
Personally, I could never feel good about knowingly deceiving someone whose only crime is ignorance! I want to look with pleasure on my purchases - not think about the little old man I cheated out of something valuable. J.S.
In my neighborhood it is a standing practice for people to put unwanted/unneeded items at the curb & tape a paper saying "FREE" to the item. This saves hauling the item to the dump, & some one else can use the item for parts, wood for shelving, etc. Some persons in my neighborhood have been able to postpone expensive kitchen remodeling by using old built- ovens & stoves to repair their old built-in appliance.
On Sunday, on my way home from church I noticed a tri--- cane on the lawn near the curb down the street from me. There was no paper with "FREE" on this tri---cane. I stopped the car & went to the nearest house to find out if an infirmed senior might have fallen in the area, or just wandered off without the tri---cane they should be using for stability. The tri-- cane had belonged to the owner of the home. This was an extra unneeded cane, so it was out at the curb for any one who wanted it. Please remind your readers to securely tape a paper with the words "FREE" when leaving unwanted/unneeded items at the curb.
Why didn't the person whose former tenant's possessions had been left at the curb at the time of the eviction put notes on the items with the former tenant's name & the memo that the items were "NOT FREE"? Here in California, disposition of personal possessions left in a rental by previous tenant must follow the law. Persons who manage rental property are required to know the when & how these possessions may be disposed. Catherine
Hello. I absolutely love the newsletter. When I read the story about the man who purchased the paintings at a garage sale, knowing they were valuable, and then coming back to the gentleman he purchased it from and rubbing it in...I literally cried. I have been in the antiques business for about 12 years. I attend thrift stores, garage sales, and estate sales. I sometimes find "finds" at these places and it is exciting. I oftentimes stumble upon items I don't even know they are valuable until I bring them home. My best find is a pair of Roycroft bookends I purchased about 5 years from a thrift store. I saw them on a shelf and thought they were some recent Restoration Hardware arts and crafts style pieces. I saw the $1.00 price tag and decided even if they were new pieces $1.00 was a good deal. It wasn't until I got home I realized through research I had a valuable item on my hands. I started the bidding at $99.00 and they ended at $500.00. I was thrilled. I also do estate liquidations when someone needs to move, downsize, relocate to a nursing home or a death in the family. What I usually do is the give client a choice. I will either purchase all the items at a reasonable price usually about 50% of their value or what I feel the value is, or I will offer to sell the items on ebay and I will take 40% for my time, postings, taking pictures, etc. I think this is more than fair. Right now I am helping an elderly lady sell her lifelong collection of items to pay for nursing home bills, etc. I sort through the items, list them, pack them and ship them. I take 40% of the profits and the rest goes to her. I hate to hear when dealers take advantage knowingly. I have been a dealer like I said for over 12 years and I really like it when my clients or those I work with say "You are so honest, I love working with you." That is how it should be. I just want everyone to know that not all dealers are dishonest. There are many dealers who are friendly, helpful and honest. It is just the bad ones that give us a bad name. Happy Collecting. Ryan in California.
I read with interest all of the stories in the newsletter, but some of them really upset me. I am an antique dealer who specializes in furniture. I can assure you that I do not, nor do any of the other dealers I know, have time to drive around and ask elderly people if they have something to sell. What really happens is that these people approach me on a daily basis asking if I will buy their items. They know if they have a garage sale they will sell their items for pennies on the dollar and if they have an auction the auctioneer will make 25-30% off the top and may not realize anywhere near retail. So having someone come to their home, offer them a fair price and haul away the unwanted items is actually the best deal they can make. Because of the "Roadshow effect" and just simple ignorance of the business, most people think that any piece of furniture over 80 years old is worth a small fortune. Unfortunately, this is far from reality. I can tell you that I have sold just a bit more than 50 dressers in the last two years and the average price was just a little over $300. When most pieces require a lot more than a simple cleaning and some have to be completely restored, I think $150 for a dresser is usually a better deal for the seller than the dealer. I think the real shame is that children, and their spouses, often look at their elderly parents and the items they have accumulated over a lifetime, as a potential windfall. These are the real predators, and it makes me laugh when Mom or Dad frustrate their plans by selling and using the money themselves rather than leaving it for their ungrateful brood. Rick in Indiana
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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.
A few weeks ago I bought a box lot at an auction in Oscoda, Michigan and included was a small paper sack with 30 Girl Scout Badges, 3 pins and a membership card. I would like to get all back to the girl/woman as it might hold some nice memories for her or even her relatives. Here is what is on the card: Kimberly A. McClaig, 461 Mitten Bay, Junior #00369, ID #20067522843 with the membership expiring in February, 1976. If this rings a bell for anyone please contact me at Jackiemat7@aol.com. and I will be happy to send it on with proof of relationship. Thank you. Jackie
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.
When I was first married back in 1964 I repeatedly washed my kitchen floor but could not get it to shine. My parents home was built in 1954 and the tile in the kitchen was some left over from work done at N.E. Babtist Hospital where my grandfather worked. It always shined when washed.
Well one day while grocery shopping I saw "Mop and Glow" and thought well maybe that will work... WOW was I ever surprised that the kitchen floor stayed shiny..... I was so delighted I went downstairs and had the land-lady come up and look and also called my mother-in-law to come over and look.
When I told 'my mother' about it she laughed..... come to find out the tile floor in her kitchen was 'no wax'..... To think some people feel this is a fairly new kind of tile.... Well everyone had a good laugh at me... but live and learn..
I kind of did the same thing with a carpet cleaner. I put the soap in, washed the carpets and always wondered why they were getting dirty so quick and were sticky at times.... Ohhh, did I mention I am also blonde.....
Obviously I did not rinse the rugs after shampooing them.... I've since washed them about 10 times using water only... I do believe I finally rinsed out all of the soap...
As they say wisdom comes with age... and the best way to learn is by experience. I must say that over the years I have learned a lot due to both.
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, Patti requested a recipe for "A cake made with Hershey bars" one recipe was mailed in by several readers...
1 HERSHEY'S Milk Chocolate Bar (7 oz.), broken into pieces
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
1-2/3 cups boiling water
2-1/3 cups all-purpose flour
2 cups packed light brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup dairy sour cream
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. Heat oven to 350įF. Grease and flour 13x9x2" baking pan.
2. In bowl, combine chocolate bar pieces, butter and boiling water; stir until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
3. In large mixer bowl, stir together flour, brown sugar, baking soda and salt; gradually add chocolate mixture, beating until thoroughly blended. Blend in eggs, sour cream and vanilla; beat 1 minute on medium speed. Pour batter into prepared pan.
4. Bake 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on wire rack; frost as desired.
12 to 15 servings.
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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 a Maraschino cherry cake receipe. Aunt Ruth used to make it out at the farm (in Ohio) for company. I know the receipe included soft as silk cake flour, cherry juice, there were also 5 egg whites stiffly beaten. I am not sure if they were for a frosting on the cake? I hope someone out there has this receipe. Thanks, Heather
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.
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Aunt Arties Antique Mall
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