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The Collectors Newsletter #549 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #549 -- August 2007
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2. Stories From our Readers
3. Antique News
4. Your Classifieds
5. News from the Kovels
6. Newly listed items
7. Funny Old Stuff
8. Wanted ads. Can you help?
9. A Vintage Recipe
10. A Vintage Recipe Request from a Reader
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Antique & Art Glass Salt Shaker Collectors Society
A society formed for collectors of antique and art glass salt shakers. The society's goals are to promote fellowship among members, share collecting experiences, and promote the education and collecting of antique and art glass salt shakers.. 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.
After reading so many letters of people picking up "trash" on the curb, I had to write and share mine. Years ago my husband and I had hit some really hard times and were evicted from our rental house, we had found another place to move to and were in the process of doing so, when the landlord and the sheriff showed up to put us out. Well to make a long story short, we were made to put the rest of our belongings out on the carport so the landlord could have the keys. We complied, they left and we loaded up our truck with as much as we could get in the truck (we probably had 3 loads left), and took a load to the new place. When we returned for another load we found that someone had gone thru our belongings and taken several things out of boxes and some furniture. A neighbor said that a man in a truck had pulled up and put the things into his truck and drove off. A couple of weeks later I was in a resale shop and came across my things, well most of them anyway. The owner of the shop said that he had picked them up on a curb and I could buy them back if I wanted too. I was so mad, because I knew that the stuff was under my carport 4 car lengths off the curb, and he stole them. I purchased what I could just to get back some of my treasures, and reported him. Only to be told that I had no proof and I should just let it go. Some people just have no sense of decency or compassion! But you just have to believe that they will get theirs someday! Susie
About 15 years ago I was at a garage sale and bought a partial set of cobalt blue depression dishes and other matching items. The woman selling the things told me she had just moved back to her family home and that her mother had recently passed away. These items had been in her family, but she needed to make room for her own family's things. We talked for a while and discovered we had some things in common, so I gave her my card and said to call me.
That evening I got a call from her husband. He told me that his wife had been crying about those dishes since she had sold them. I graciously offered to give them back, for which he thanked me over and over.
About ten years later, our paths crossed again. This time we started playing mahjongg together. It was her turn to have it in her home, which was now a new home, not her family's home. I looked around to see if I saw that set of cobalt dishes, but saw none. I asked her about them. Ironically, the shelf that was above the dishes had fallen and broke ever one of them!
Now, every time we are in a new setting with new people, she tells the story of how we met.
I had a friend ( not any longer!) who has a couple of booths at Antique Malls. She goes out of her way to cheat her buyers. She sews together odds and ends to make "antique" clothing, she makes new, repro porcelain doll heads, puts them on old bodies and tries to pass them off as antique. Her response to me when I was shocked at her antics was " well, if they're dumb enough to be fooled, they deserve to be fooled!" I no longer have anything to do with her. Susie
I recently had the misfortune of reading one of your articles from a dealer who "only" charged 40% for selling antiques and things for their customers.... And they had never had anyone say anything "bad" about them... Well I am saying it....... You are a crook... How can you look at yourself in the mirror knowing you took some poor ladies money that was needed for her nursing home expenses... My husband and I buy and sell.. we have purchased a few things from people who just wanted to get rid of the item... I always tell them I will try to get a good price out of it for them... I dont make deals with them.. I put the item in our small antique booth or on ebay and then I take the expenses out of the sale price, on ebay only, and then 10%..... I am truly appalled at that seller charging 40%... I don't know if anyone else feels this way, but I had to voice my opinion..... Sharon S.
Editors Note: Although the 40% mentioned here may seem high, it's not uncommon for dealers to take a 30 to 45% commission on items they are selling for someone else. Many eBay consignment businesses charge in this range and even then, many of them have a difficult time making enough profit after expenses to stay in business. Here is a list of consignment stores that includes the commissions they charge..
and a recent story on the state of consignment businesses
I agree with one of your collectors that we are keepers of collectibles, furnitures and art. Those of us that truly love the items we have collected want our possessions to go to good homes when we pass on. Sometimes we give our things aways to friends and family members in hopes they will love our treasures as much as we do. I have most of my art work cataloged for my son and have made it a point to tell him the value of my art and collectibles so he can sell my things with knowledge and appreciation of their worth or keep them. When my son bought his new house I told him to come over and choose whatever prints he wanted for his house. He did just that and now I know that some of the wonderful art I have loved for so long has a good home for many years to come. As a collector and dealer, I am also saddened to hear the horror stories of the elderly being taken advantage of by dealers. This has happened to my own mother and several friends. An acquaintance of mine last week told me about calling a reputable dealer in town to look at some collectibles her mother had left her. When I heard the story of the dealer walking out with a painting and a large glass vase for twenty five dollars, I almost cried. The painting was a signed oil and the vase judging from her description was a large old glass piece that had belonged to her grandmother. The painting had also been passed down from her grandmother. I have a feeling the dealer new the value and walked out with several high dollar items. Marsha Skinner
Wow! Geraldine's letter about the under-priced house really hit home.
In 1957 we found a 4-bedroom home in Seattle, built in 1902. Loved it for our family of active little boys. The dear lady who owned it had an offer higher than ours, but took ours because the woman who made the higher offer thought the dining room would make a "great place for my kid to ride his trike". The room that had been fitted by her late husband with handmade wainscoting and stained glass cabinet front on the sideboard. The owner treasured her home as did we, though our offer was lower, she knew we would cherish the house itself, and we surely did. joanne
Hi, After reading all these stories about people getting ripped off, I thought I would throw in a good one. When my mother passed two years ago, my sister and I had to have an estate sale to help pay some pretty high medical bills. This is a heartbreaking thing to have to do. You feel like you are betraying the one you lost by selling her possessions. Anyway, my mom had an old snow plow behind her shack that used to be on one of the trucks. It was a little rusty and didn't have all the attachment parts. The day before the sale, a man came and asked what we wanted for it. Not knowing its worth, and just wanting to get the whole event behind us, we told him $10.00, but he would have to come back the next day to get it. Well, he came back, loaded the plow and left. About three hours later he came back with his wife to shop some more and handed my sister $70.00. He stated that he took the plow uptown and sold it for $100.00. He only wanted the $20.00 for his trouble. We couldn't believe it and could hardly thank him with all the tears and all. So if he is reading this, thank you and you have secured a place in Heaven, I'm sure. The world would be a much better place if there were more people like him. Thanks for your newsletter, Dianna
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3) Antique News
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Here is the news for today.....
1. Numismatic News Editor Honored for Writing Excellence
2. Rare Gold Coins Return 39.4 Percent on Investment, But Timing Is Everything, Reports GPA for Coins
3. Rummagemonkey A Cost Effective Solution For Antique Dealers
4. Good Better Best Appraiser Workshop
5. 'New Krause' on Display at World's Fair of Money
6. The Atlantique City Antiques & Collectibles Show to feature vintage fashions
7. Daryle S. Lambert’s New Blog: A Refreshing New Voice in Antiques & Collectibles
8. Letter from Grant to Lee sells for $63,250 at Gallery 63
9. 1948 Hot-Rod Lincoln hits $11,550 at Four Seasons sale
10. PROFESSIONAL PERSONAL PROPERTY APPRAISAL COURSES OFFERED
11. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights T-Rex Skull in its Weekly Free Article
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7) 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.
When our two boys were in kindergarten and second grade they got valentines ready to give out in school. Their sister was still at home so while they were in school we did valentines for her. When the boys came home the younger one saw his sister had valentines and I guess he felt he wanted more. Now you need to know this boy. He was very sly but in a quiet gentle way. His father and I were observing to see how it would turn out and he offered her a nickel for the valentines. So she gave him the valentines and he in turn gave her a big button! Being very protective of his little girl the father took what her brother gave her and when he saw it he said to Tim, Look at this, now you know that is not a nickel. With his big blue eyes and a very innocent look he stared into his fathers eyes and said, "Yes I know because you just took it and turned it into a button". We have had a wonderful life with those three and wouldn't trade it for anything.
Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to email@example.com and we may publish it here.
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9) 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, Yvonne G. requested a recipe for "Lemon Sponge Pie" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
Grandma baked pies every Sunday family dinner gathering in Atlanta. Chris
Lemon Sponge Pie
Makes one 9-inch Pie
1/2 cup sugar
3 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 lemons,juiced and rind grated
2 large egg yolks,lightly beaten
1 Tablespoon butter,melted
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
2 large egg whites
1 8 or 9-inch unbaked pie crusts
preheat oven to 400 F. Mix together the sugar and flour. Add the lemon juice and rind, egg yolks,butter and salt. Mix well. Mix in the milk. Beat egg whites until firm: fold into batter.
Pour into prepared pie crust.Bake for 10 minutes,then reduce oven temperature to 350 and bake for another 30 minutes or until pie springs back to light touch. Cool on rack.
Lemon Sponge Pie
1 (9 inch) unbaked pie crust
3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 1/4 cups white sugar
4 egg yolks, beaten
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 pinch salt
1 1/4 cups milk
1/3 cup lemon juice
4 egg whites
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F
In a large bowl cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
Beat the egg yolks, flour, salt, milk, grated zest, and lemon juice into the creamed mixture.
In a clean bowl and with clean beaters, beat the egg whites until stiff but not dry. Fold the egg whites into the filling. Pour into the unbaked pie shell.
Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 300 degrees F and bake for an additional 45 minutes or until the top is golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Enjoy the recipe, Carol from Cullman, AL
Lemon Sponge Pie
* 2 eggs, separated
* 3/4 C sugar
* 1/4 C melted butter
* 1/4 C all-purpose flour
* 2 t grated lemon zest
* 1/4 C fresh lemon juice
* 1 C milk
* 1/8 t salt
* 1 9-inch pie crust, unbaked
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; set aside. In a mixing bowl, combine flour, lemon zest, lemon juice, milk, and egg yolks. Gently fold egg whites into mixture. Pour mixture into pastry-lined pie pan.
Bake at 350° for 40 minutes, or until done. Karen P.,Waukegan,IL
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10) 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.
When I was a child about 35+ years ago, my dearest grandma made something like peanut butter balls. I remember her telling me then that it was peanut butter and powdered sugar but that is about all I remember...Could someone out there help me and maybe remember the recipe? I don't know where she got it but those things were wonderful! Thank you...Michele
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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