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The Collectors Newsletter #547 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #547 -- August 2007
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10. A Vintage Recipe
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Amphora Collectors International
Amphora Collectors International is an organization for those interested in furthering their knowledge and appreciation of the "Amphora School" of art pottery. Our focus is on the ceramics produced by firms directed by Alfred Stellmacher; Riessner, Stellmacher & Kessel (RSt&K); Paul Dachsel; Ernst Wahliss; and Ed Stellmacher. These firms operated in Turn-Teplitz (Trnovany) Bohemia, now the Czech Republic. For more information, Click Here:
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If you are a member of a collectors club or you are looking for collectors with similar collecting interests, check out our new Collectors Club Directory at:
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.
I too have to agree with the writer "Bonnie in Bend" about the pickings or gleanings from the so called thrift stores. Lately, all I have seen in most of the local Charity /thrift stores are leftovers from garage sales, lot sales, and junk. The better items are being sold online in the back room before the public even sees anything. My philosophy has always been to donate to these shops so that someone has an opportunity to work, and purchase items at a good price. I believe I may have to do a rethink, since I am donating items to be sold at a discount, not at a LARGE profit online. I have furnished an entire house after 5 years of searching, checking, comparing, and just downright luck. If I had to do it again, there is no way I would be able to accomplish this with the dealers being allowed into the showroom area to make their purchases PRIOR to the general public.I will not donate any more items to these so called charities that I know allow this to be done. If you have some of the smaller Mom and Pop stores in your areas, donate your used items to them, and give them a chance to help someone truly needy with a job, and a decent chance to buy items at a good price. Irked in Irving
Love the Newsletter! The stories from other readers are great. I was treelawn shopping one Sunday night, when I saw a chest of drawers that would match my daughters set. I stopped and knocked on the door to ask if the owner would mind if I took it. (Note: a friend of mine taught me, when treelawn shopping, if the item has drawers, take the drawers first. No one wants something with no drawers - then come back for the big piece.) Much to my surprise, I knew the homeowner. He told me take what I wanted as he was getting divorced and moving. He then ask, "do you want this table, I think it's an antique, but it needs the leg fixed". Not a problem since my neighbor was a chair builder at Taylor Chair Company (Bedford, Ohio). I offered to pay him for it, but he declined saying it was going in the garbage if I didnt' want it. I carefully load the table into my car and go home. Well I get my table home and it's a vintage Mersman - I was so excited as it even had the original drawer pull handle. Unfortunately, when I was loading it into my car, the handle being loose, I lost a piece. I tore the car apart looking for the missing piece, but turned up nothing. Well, it was raining really hard now, and I knew if the piece was in the street or on the driveway it was going to get washed away and it was too late to go back a third time. Someone might call the police at this point! The next night I waited till almost dark, and drove down the street again, shining my bright lights into the driveway apron and street. My lights caught something shiny. I get out expecting to find a piece glass or popcan pull and there as perfect as the rest of the handle, was my missing piece. You'd thought I'd found gold, I was so excited! My table now sits in my living room and I love it! Cindy, Ohio
I too love the news letter,it's one of the high lights of my week the others being my children and grandchildren.In response to Linda's,IL letter about family members bidding against one another at a family estate auction.She said that she hoped that her children would be able to divide her things with-out an auction.I may have a solution for her and others. Their are eight of us I have a sister and six brothers.Our parents ask
each of us what we wanted from their estate up-on their deaths.We each selected the items we wanted and told them.The items we chose were listed in their will for each of us.I also have eight children two
daughters and six sons.We have done the same with them.Thanks to all of you and your readers.Have a blessed day.Norma,Tn
Hi- Regarding Linda's letter about family heirlooms being bid up at auction by family members and how she hopes her kids are able to decide amiably without an auction when her time comes; well, my mother had a very good idea about solving that problem.
Mom always listened to all of her kids as to what they liked the best out of the mementos that she had accumulated down through her life, both bought and inherited from both sides of the family. After figuring out who liked what, she would surreptitiously affix a label to the bottom of that item with the name of the child who wanted it. It was a great idea except for one thing. I was the only girl and as a result, more 'into' collecting. My brothers had inherited my dads gun collection and other hunting items when he passed away, so mom, wanting to be 'fair', put my name on the bottom of most all of the glassware, pottery, pictures, etc. Well, that caused a problem, since I had sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, and children of my own. So it fell to me to play Solomon. I figured that as long as these things stayed in the family, that it didn't matter who got them. It all worked out in the end, we all got things that held special memories for us. I think that I will use mom's system for some of my things, but I have already begun giving a lot of the family heirlooms to my children and grandchildren so that I can watch them enjoy them now; (and I really need the room too).
On a funny note, before my mom passed away, she asked me what I especially wanted to have. I told her "anything but the silver", since it had always been my job to polish it when I was growing up. So, she didn't leave it to me---she gave me the darn stuff right then and their. I found out though, that after a while, it wasn't such a big 'job' polishing it, not with all the memories attached that would never polish off. Karen, MO
I happen to love hand me down stuff and things left out for the trash.
When I move out on my own my first apartment was just a hole in the wall efficiency. Lived there for 5 years then moved on to a basement apartment and between hand me down dressers and a bed I furnished my new place. I still have the butt ugly orange dresser now 25 years later my son loves it.
When I married my husband had the "bachelor" skillet that was passed around his single friends that married and the "bachelor" fake leather sofa. We kept both since he was the last of the single guys and he had no one to pass it on to.
The fake leather sofa had cracks and in deplorable to look at and we covered it. After a move we found someone tossed out a rather nice looking couch in the dumpster area and after dark we snagged it and put ours out in place of it. Several years later hubby's sister gave us her couch and love seat so we sat ours out and it didn't even make it to 10 at night for the next days trash day.
A few years and kids and a crazy dog later hubby's navy chief got orders over seas and gave us his stuff so he didn't have to sell it or store it or transfer it.
My dining room table was the same way we went from a tiny two seat er table to a bigger one when my friend wanted to get rid of hers for a smaller one so we traded.
I learned in shop class in 7th grade to make a lamp and over the years when I came across lamps in the trash I learned a simple re wiring fixed them up nice as can be.
My daughter's bed is my sister in laws because hers wanted a canopy bed and she didn't want to toss it. My son's bed is another navy transfer bed.
The only thing I have actually bought new is my husbands recliner.
I love to trade and barter and find things. Even my curio cabinet was a trade at the thrift store. We were getting rid of a hand me down dog cage and a bunch of toys and my old bike and some guy pulled up next to my hubby to unload a curio cabinet (again a navy transfer) and the guy told my husband he was looking for a dog cage to transfer his dog to his next duty station and my husband saw the curio cabinet and knew I wanted one so they traded. Fair probably not but we both got something we wanted. Diane
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3. PRATT INSTITUTE OFFERS NEW CERTIFICATE PROGRAM IN FINE AND DECORATIVE ART APPRAISAL
4. THE GOLDEN CALIFORNIA ANTIQUES SHOW
5. Asselmeier & May Antique Estate Auction
6. VINTAGE FASHIONISTAS TAKE NOTE: FAMED CHICAGO COUTURE CLUB ON THE AUCTION BLOCK IN OAKLAND, CA
7. Jeannette’s Floral Patterned Depression Glass at Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass Part 2
8. LiveAuctioneers.com's Top Lots for July 2007
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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.
Have you found something like an old photo album or an old bible that needs to be returned to it's family? Tell us about it and we'll help you find them. Send your description to LostAndFound@tias.com
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
6) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
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Don't ever throw anything away! A Burger King cardboard milkshake lid from the fast-food chain's early years costs $12 today, and a 1960s plastic Mr. Peanuts charm bracelet sells for $30. Would you believe a Clipper beer can from the 1940s can sell for more than $19,000? Gosh-you might find one of those in your Grandpa's garage!
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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.
We need some stories for our humor section. Something funny must have happened to your family at some time in your life. Tell us about it. Send your stories to email@example.com
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, Steve requested a recipe for "Tempura" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
This is a former chef's recipe from the Four Seasons Restaurant in N.Y.C.
1 can (12 oz) of regular beer, 1 cup sifted flour, 1 Tblsp each of salt and paprika
Pour beer in bowl. Sift remaining ingredients into the beer, stirring with
a wire whisk until the batter is light and frothy...stir occasionally when using too.
To fry shrimp, fish fillets, onions rings or vegetables:
First dip food into seasoned flour, then in batter, letting excess drip back in bowl.
Fry in 2" of oil, heated to 375 degrees until brown and crisp.
Don't crowd the pan but fry a few pieces at a time so oil remains hot and
food is cooked through by the time the outside is done.
Chicken pieces can be done using the same method but brown on both
sides in 1" of oil, heated to 360 degrees. As pieces brown, transfer to a
shallow baking pan. Bake in preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until
tender. Diana in Colorado
Ah, yes. The good old Tempura cooking lesson. I vividly remember that and
the Popover lesson from High School Home-ec in the 70's. Here's a recipe
for the tempura. The key is the ice cold water (make it VERY cold).
1 cup ice water
1 cup flour
In a mixing bowl, beat the egg. Add the ice water and, using a hand whisk, stir together. Sift the flour into the egg/water mixture and stir slightly. Do not over stir and over mix the batter.
I use canola oil and heat it to 340 or 350 °. Jamie in Dallas
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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.
In the spring of 1973 I came across a recipe for Dinah Shore baked eggs. Dinah had a TV show and cooked them one day. We cooked them at our midnight meal in our dining facility in Mainz Germany. The troops loved them! I want to cook them at a church function, but can't remember how. Thanks, Paul M, SunnySide, GA.
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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