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The Collectors Newsletter #545 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #545 -- August 2007
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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.
The situations described in recently letters concerning how unscrupulous dealers attempt to virtually steal valuable antiques from the unsuspecting elderly was the theme of a very famous raold dahl short story (later dramatized on "tales of the unexpected" starring sir john gielgud) entitled "Parson's Pleasure." Sir John is cast as a pretend parson who scours the english countryside for antique furniture gems-he feigns illness to gain entry to an elderly person's home and if he finds something valuable attempts thru some ruse to buy it cheap. In this story the object of his desire is a Chippendale commode-he needs the legs for a table he has he tells the owner. So he buys the piece and while he is retrieving his car, some of the sellers friends think they will do him a favor and saw off the legs so the piece will fit in his car! Emily F. IHU/OCS
I'm glad to hear from fellow readers that they are shocked at how some buyers take advantage of sellers, particularly elderly ones. I love a bargain--and you should go for it when you're shopping at Goodwill or other thrift stores without telling the folks there what you're really getting!! But taking advantage at a yard sale is just bad.
Years ago, we bought the home we live in now, and when we first saw it, knew it was priced well under what it was worth. The seller was an elderly woman. My husband still doesn't know it, but I called her and visited her later to tell her she had it had priced too low; I just could not live with myself if I didn't do that, I would feel like I cheated her. Turns out she knew exactly what she was doing, she had been advised by her sons and her realtor. She just wanted to house to go to a young family, and felt it wouldn't if she listed it at its full appraisal price.
That's not an antiques story, but along the same lines as the newsletter discussed.
I also related to the white gravy story. My husband made "Elmer's Glue Gravy" early in our marriage, too. It was a beautiful color and consistency, but YUCK. We still kid him. Geraldine
I read so often in the newsletter about how dealers victimize innocents such as the 90 year old man. It is usually written in vague terms about the value of the pieces the dealer has stolen. My experience is that many people think a piece is much more valuable than it really is. I think I would be interested to know how much these people think the unappraised items were worth, also where this took place, as prices vary a great deal from one part of the county to another. There was no mention of the condition of the pieces either and that is very important. Here in California, you would be lucky to get $150 for a dresser from the 1920's. Dealers usually work on a 1/3 purchase price. 1/3 for the purchase price, 1/3 for the overhead and 1/3 for the profit. That means that the buyer would have to sell the dresser for $450. to make any profit. In the end, if it does not sell, he is holding a $150 bag!
I am no longer a dealer, but I have never victimized a person when dealing for an antique. I have even told people holding garage sales that the price on a piece is too low and why. DJ Inks - Ventura CA
I just read the letter about an Antique Dealer who drives around offering to buy from the elderly, cheating them, and later bragging about. Or buying something and then hurting the seller by bragging about it's value. That was done to my Mother, who was selling her recently deceased Mother's things. She cried after some nasty lady said a $.10 figurine was worth $100, as she was walking away.
It makes me so sad, as it leaves a bad public opinion of all Antique Dealers. My husband and I have been in the business since 1994, mostly buying at auction, or places where the item has been fairly priced.
We seldom buy straight from owners, as it makes us uncomfortable. We would rather not be considered cheats. On the very few instances when people did offer to sell, we paid what we would be willing to pay if the item was at auction.
Some dealers have actually said to us "You could get it for much less, why did you offer that price?" My response: "We pay a price that allows us to look ourselves in the eye when standing at a mirror." If all dealers would just remember to "Do unto others, as they would have others do unto them", I believe all our sales would improve. Sally Hesseltine Midwest Emporium
All discussions about finding bargains, or getting a great deal, or picking 'treasures' out of the trash implies that someone is taking advantage of someone else ... and it doesn't matter if it is taking advantage of ignorance, incompetence, or someone else's sorrow, desperation or misfortune - we are all hoping for a 'big score.' That's the truth, no matter how callous it sounds. At best we call our successes 'good-luck' or providence. The more abstract, benign and sanitized we can keep this the better it is for our psyches. We are reading this newsletter because we either enjoy collecting or find the business of collectibles enjoyable and are looking to become more knowledgeable, proficient and profitable at it. All of us have had some 'good luck' along the way or we wouldn't be involved, and I have never met anyone who hasn't whined about something they used-to have or about the prizes that got-away. There is considerable give-and-take in this. And, we are always trading in someone else's, if not our own, memories. I am recently retired. My family has been whittled away and with each transition or ending there has been the inevitable yard sales, estate sales and auctions. Things almost always seem undervalued when we surrender them under these conditions. Yet it is a reality of life that we don't really own anything, that we merely take care of it for someone else. I have acquired things from the trash, from yard, house and flea-markets ... I've never had the money to be more than a modest buyer. I have inherited some things, I have sold some things and I have given-away some things. At times I have profited and other times I have let things slip away ... usually to someone I sensed would love the item as I have. It was great fun when I was a kid, it's a little more painful now as I trade my own memories for dollars. To the end an idealistic dilettante who has enjoyed collecting because I paid a little more when it was the 'right' thing to do and charged a little less when my intuition said so. A conscience is a wonderful thing. Fearless
Hi, had to reply to Linda L.’s comment about families bidding against each other at an estate sale, in our case, it wasn’t a pretty site. My grandmother, who passed away this past February, was in a nursing home during the time of the sale of her house and belongings. My mother, who was the only daughter, wasn’t able to attend but had my sister, her husband and myself to buy things for our families. My first “problem” was that many of the items that were being auctioned off, actually were my mothers, but since my one aunt, who was power of attorney for my grandmother, had final say on what was for sale. She didn’t ask my mother about anything! We (my sister and I) weren’t happy with the outcome of many of the items, we felt that it should have been up to the children (my mother and her 3 brothers) to divide up what they wanted and then have the grand children, great grandchildren, etc, to get something to remember her by. I was able to get a few items, sewing basket, some salt and pepper shakers, a braided rug, my sister was holding out for my mom’s wooden chair, unfortunately, my cousin was “desperate” to buy it and ended up winning it. My sister went home empty handed. I shared some of my “wealth” with my brothers and sisters. I told my husband that we will decide who gets what and the rest goes to the Good Will Store when it is our time to plan our items. Kim, in PA.
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3) Antique News
The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for July 2007
the Webs largest online antique and collectible mall released their monthly "Hot List" of Antiques & Collectibles. The TIAS "Hot List" has been published monthly since 2002. 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 July 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
This site specializes in offering a broad range of antiques and collectibles:
1. Cookie Jar (No movement) 2. Stamps (Up from #5) 3. Crocks (Not listed last month) 4. Pyrex (Not listed last month) 5. Roseville (Up from #8) 6. Avon (Down from #2) 7. McCoy (Dwn from #4) 8. Carnival Glass (Down from #7) 9. Dolls (Up from #10) 10. Fire King (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. Nippon (No movement) 3. Tables (Not listed last month) 4. Chairs (Not listed last month) 5. Tea Set (Not listed last month) 6. Limoges (Up from #7) 7. Teapot (Down from #4) 8. Platter (Not listed last month) 9. Transferware (Up from #10 ) 10. Mirrors (Not listed last month)
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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 had placed several boxes in a storage building in Gulf Shores, AL several years ago when we were building our house. The entire storage complex was broken in to and we lost many family treasures. There are two items I am looking for in particular. My son and daughter's baby books. The family name is Killough. Douglas R. (born: 1993) and Katherine Ann born: (1989) I would give anything to get these books back. Hopefully they were found by someone at a junk store, flea market, or estate sale. If you need more information from me, please let me know. Thank you, Sharon Mozingo firstname.lastname@example.org Gulf Shores, AL
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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.
I grew up in a tiny town in north Louisiana and attended public school there. The “lunchroom lady” was a neighbor and friend of my mother’s. Unlike my own children, I always liked the cafeteria food – of course, that was a different time and place…I think we had home-cooked type meals and the cafeteria workers just made larger quantities! When my own children were small, I was able to get a few recipes from the now retired “food service director”….among them my very favorite peanut butter dessert—mmmmm, yum….chewy peanut butter bars. I had told my two sons enough stories about my childhood that they were eagerly awaiting this wonderful concoction I had raved about. It took me and my mom a little bit of effort to reduce the recipe down to a manageable yield but finally the day came when I tried to duplicate my childhood favorite. … oh my!! I made particle board!!! I could have built a table with the result!!! It was a really easy recipe but I cooked it waaaay too long….so if you try this, make sure you don’t overcook it! My family now has fond memories of the day Mom made particle board in the oven!
Peanut Butter Dessert – thank you Mrs. Dean Dring, Simsboro, Louisiana.
3½ cups sugar
3½ cups peanut butter
1¾ cup Karo syrup
3½ T water
One 16 oz box cornflakes
Mix sugar, karo and water & bring to hard boil. Remove from heat. Beat in peanut butter. Pour over corn flakes and stir til well mixed. Pour in greased pan and press down firmly. Cut in squares. Add 2 cups peanuts if desired. Keri Grafton
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10) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Heather requested a recipe for "Maraschino cherry cake" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
Soft as Silk flour is usually just listed as cake flour because the recipes on the Soft As Silk Box have not been printed and archived. I hope this recipe comes close. Barbara, Hickory, NC
MARASCHINO CHERRY CAKE
2 1/4 c. flour
1 1/2 c. sugar
1/2 c. shortening
1/4 c. maraschino juice
3 tsp. baking powder
1/2 c. milk
4 egg whites
Mix sugar and shortening well; add flour and baking powder. Then add milk, cherry juice and cut cherries in small pieces. Mix well. Add beaten egg whites and nuts, if desired. Bake at 375 degrees until cake browns. Sea Foam or white frosting is delicious on this cake.
Cherry Nut Cake
1- 1/2 cups sugar 1 bottle of cherries
1/2 cup shortening, cream well 3 beaten egg whites (last )
2- 1/2 cups cake flour 1/2 cup chopped nuts
3 tsp. baking powder
Cream sugar and shortening well.
Measure flour, add baking powder (sift 3 times )
Drain your cherry juice into measuring cup and fill the cup with sweet milk as to make ONE CUP of liquid.
Chop 1/2 cup nuts and cut the cherries into small pieces and add to flour, alternating with liquid.
Fold in beaten egg whites ( last of all )
Bake in greased 2-- 9 inch pans 350 degrees 20 to 30 minuets.
Frost with 7 minute frosting and put chopped nuts on top.
Taken from old 1900-1930's cook book
Here is my Grandmothers Cherry Cake Recipe.
Maraschino Cherry Cake
1/3 cup shortening (part Butter)
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 cups sifted cake flour
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cherry juice (from jar)
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
16 maraschino Cherries,cut into small pieces.
5 egg whites,stiffly beaten but not dry.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cream shortening and sugar together until fluffy.
sift flour,baking powder and salt together; sift again.
Alternately add the flour mixture,milk and cherry juice to the creamed
mixture. Stir until smooth.
Stir in nuts and cherries.Fold in beaten egg whits.
Grease and flour two 9-inch cake pans or a 9 x 13 inch pan
(we used two 9-inch pans). Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick tested done.
Cool cakes on rack for about 5 minutes before removing from pans.
Ice as desired. > From Chris in NE
I think this might be the recipe she is looking for. It is from a 1955 Better Homes and Gardens Cook book under One Bowl Cakes.
1/2 cup of shortening
2 1/2 cups of sifted Cake Flour
1 1/3 cups of sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup of maraschino cherry juice
16 maraschino cherries cut in 8's
1/ cup of milk
4 unbeaten egg whites
1/2 cup of English Walnuts, chopped
Oven 350. Stir shortening to soften. Sift in dry ing. Add cherry juice, cherries, milk. Mix until flour is dampened. Then beat vigorously 2 minutes. Add egg whites and beat 2 minutes more. Fold in Nuts..Bake in 2 8" paper lined pans for 30 min. Frost with Fluffy frosting. dec. with cherries. It has been years since I have made that but got me interested again as I remember a relative saying it had a "morish" taste meaning they were ready for a 2nd piece. Joyce in Texas but Iowa recipe.
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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.
Green apple pie was made when the first frost hit early and hard, leaving many good size unripened tomatoes on the vine. Also, I think, it was popular in Depression times as the pie tasted like apple pie. I have looked everywhere for a recipe. Can any of your readers help with this?
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