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The Collectors Newsletter #551 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #551 -- August 2007

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1. Featured Collectors Club
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
11. New On line Merchants
12. Helpful Resources For Collectors
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.

Antique Comb Collectors Club International (ACCI)
The ACCI holds a bi-annual convention with informative lectures, displays, social activities and buy-sell-trade-opportunities. For more information,
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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: http://cache.tias.com/cgi-bin/clubs.cgi
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2) After you read these stories, tell us your interesting story. Send your story to newsletter@tias.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.
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I too have been at auctions where there were helpers bidding for the auctioneer, family members driving up the price but not really wanting the item and even "air bids". It always bothered me when a sold item came back up for bids because a shill bidder won it. It took me a while to figure it out but if I suspected a shill bidder was involved, I QUIT BIDDING. I have been ordered to leave an auction for insisting the bidder I seemed to be competing with show his or her face. That was my first but not last experience with an "air" bidder.
Auctioneers are licensed and are required to uphold the laws of auction conduct or risk having their entire business shut down. Proving bidding games can be tricky but no auction attendee should fear speaking up and also calling the state to complain. The auction bill of sale will state the auctioneers name and license number. I have found most auctioneers to be honest professionals that many times have a delightful sense of humor to boot. Those are the ones who draw large, happy crowds and legitimate bids. They are the reason auctions are a very enjoyable way to spend the day.
One more thing to keep in mind: When choosing an auctioneer to conduct a family auction, do your homework. Attend a few auctions run by different auctioneers. Ask attendees who they respect for his or her honesty and conduct. If all play fair, everyone can win at least a few things and feel good about spending the day and their money enjoying an auction.

--Another Story--

I too have been at auctions where there were helpers bidding for the auctioneer, family members driving up the price but not really wanting the item and even "air bids". It always bothered me when a sold item came back up for bids because a shill bidder won it. It took me a while to figure it out but if I suspected a shill bidder was involved, I QUIT BIDDING. I have been ordered to leave an auction for insisting the bidder I seemed to be competing with show his or her face. That was my first but not last experience with an "air" bidder.
Auctioneers are licensed and are required to uphold the laws of auction conduct or risk having their entire business shut down. Proving bidding games can be tricky but no auction attendee should fear speaking up and also calling the state to complain. The auction bill of sale will state the auctioneers name and license number. I have found most auctioneers to be honest professionals that many times have a delightful sense of humor to boot. Those are the ones who draw large, happy crowds and legitimate bids. They are the reason auctions are a very enjoyable way to spend the day.
One more thing to keep in mind: When choosing an auctioneer to conduct a family auction, do your homework. Attend a few auctions run by different auctioneers. Ask attendees who they respect for his or her honesty and conduct. If all play fair, everyone can win at least a few things and feel good about spending the day and their money enjoying an auction. Mary

--Another Story--

Back in the late 30's to 1945 my father owned a John Deere implement business in Plymouth Indiana. During fair time he would take a tractor to the LaPorte County fair in Indiana, which at that time was the largest fair around. I don't know what model it was but it was either right before the war or when you could still buy tractors. I was probably maybe 5 years old then. They would place a plank under the back wheels and a board under the front wheels, jack it up and lower it down on top of 3 coke bottles to show the balance of a John Deere tractor. They then would rope off the area to keep people from touching it. I wonder if anybody out there has heard of this, seen this or has access to pictures of this. If so please contact me, Jim Roush 269-445-2348 or email jroush@comcast

--Another Story--

In response to Ryan of California, I don't feel that 40% is a fair price to ask for something you sell for someone else. I do all that he does and ask 20% plus eBay and PayPal expenses. I feel that I earn and deserve the 20% but 40% is way over the top, that is more than some of the eBay Sell It Stores take for commission and even more than most auction houses.
I have been selling antiques and collectibles for over 35 years. Now I also sell for friends and friends of friends who are mostly referrals. Most of my sales for others are modest priced but every once in a while I sell a real winner and then by word of mouth I get more people wanting me to sell for them.
I enjoy selling for others on eBay, most are elderly who need the extra income and are parting with beloved items many of which bring far more than they ever dreamed. I have also sold for friends who don't have a computer and want to down size. Also for those who do have a computer and just don't have the time, or want to learn how to sell for themselves.
We sit down and I explain what I do and what I charge. They all feel that my price is fair and they feel comfortable dealing with me.
Many times I clean up the item and get it presentable, I take photo's until everything is shown as it is, warts and all. Then write up a detailed description, put it on eBay and wait for the end results.
When the auction goes on eBay I send them a print out of the auction. At the end they get a print out of my expenses and a final printed copy of the auction along with a postal money order for their sale, minus my 20% and the fees. I've never had a complaint, I just get more items to sell.
I ask only the 20% because that is what I feel is a fair price for what I do and what I would like to pay someone if the position was reversed. Being a retired senior myself, I understand living on a small income and can relate to other persons in the same predicament. Nancy on Long Island

--Another Story--

Dear readers, After reading some of the horror stories about Auctions and Estate sales that go badly, I felt the need to add my two cents worth...!
As a lifetime picker, I have worked for, and sold to, more than a few "Estate Liquidators" and "Antique Wholesalers" in my 30 years in the business of "junk". I must say that the majority of the folks I first dealt with,( I was 15 then ) would sooner cut off their own hand, than deal honestly with me. It's a lesson I learned early on...and never forgot. I started to do research and learned everything I could about my areas of interest, as well as how the business works. The more I learned, the more of an honest return I was able to ask for, and get for my efforts.
That was years ago. I have given up on the "Business".... the market in my area belongs to a small incestuous group of "Dealers" who employ all the tricks and cons to make a buck. I want no part of them or their money.
It's true that the market has changed. What I don't understand,is why all the local shops have closed. Oh, wait, I do understand! They did not change with the times. There was a day, when a dust and web filled old store was the normal environment for antiques. You may or may not have said "Hello" to the person behind the counter that was close to the entrance...they are watching "All My Children", and barely acknowledge your existence. You would poke around on your own, and then, due to poor lighting, your eyes and mind would tire, and you would exit the old dusty place, and heave a sigh of relief! Then you would go back the next day and buy that vase the you saw in the corner window...
Now, thanks to web availability, you can shop to your hearts content at home in your underwear...! I miss the dust and webs.

--Another Story--

My mother has been using two methods for ear-marking things for her four children. First, anything we ever gave our parents comes back to us (oh, rats!). Second, she made up a list of what she considered her "treasures" and mail it to each of us. There were three columns after each item: really want, would like to have, and don't care. I told her there should be a fourth column - "will kill siblings to get", but she hasn't added that. However, there are several items I REALLY want, and she doesn't have them on the list. They aren't "treasures" - except to me. So those items I have written down and given her the list. She's only 86, so it'll be a while before we find out how the system works. Jean - Grants Pass, OR
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3) Antique News
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The latest news about antiques and collectibles can be read online at http://www.news-antique.com
Here is the news for today.....

1. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Bronze Beauties in its Weekly Free Article
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2. Grey Flannel to auction historic basketball memorabilia Sept. 8 at Basketball Hall of Fame
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3. Numismatic News Plans 55th Anniversary Issue
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4. Old Cars Weekly Ultimate Garage Giveaway Winner Announced
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5. Missouri Woman Wins Atlantique City Tickets
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6. Marine Dollar Captures Coin of the Year Award
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7. Unknown Vintage Artists Website Creation Announced
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8. Coins2.com - the Numismatic Search Engine opens a new section called Images & Prices
Click here: http://www.news-antique.com/?id=782792&keys=Coins-images-search

MANY more stories are added several times a day. You can read the latest news now at http://www.news-antique.com
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5) NEWS FROM THE KOVELS
KOVELS’ DEPRESSION GLASS & DINNERWARE PRICE LIST, 8th edition, is a MUST for beginners and experienced collectors of Depression glass, ceramics, and plastic tableware of the 1920s – 1970s. It’s filled with more information than ever:

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* Plastic dinnerware prices—including patterns by Russel Wright
* Lists of clubs and publications for collectors

SPECIAL OFFER! Order your copy online and the Kovels will also send you “Kovels' Vintage Recipes,” a collector-inspired, 32-page cookbook.
For more information and to order— click here: http://www.kovels.com/e?glassbook
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6) Newly listed items for your online shopping pleasure for Friday, August 24, 2007 Stop by and check out today's fresh inventory at:
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Earthling - http://cgi.tias.com/showcase/?groupKey=6
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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 newsletter@tias.com and we may run it in the next issue.
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One of the funniest memories I have of my 7 grandchildren is when Amy was 2 years old. She talked fluently very early. We were at a busy restaurant and patiently waiting to get waited on. Finally Amy was too impatient and climbed on the restaurant table and loudly yelled "Hey lady, we need some food over here"! All the patrons at the restaurant broke out in laughter!
Anita - Indianapolis, IN
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Do you have a funny family story you would like to share? Make someone feel good by sharing it with us. Send it to newsletter@tias.com and we may publish it here.
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8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
Here are the latest wanted ads from the TIAS Exchange. Can you help someone out?

WANTED: OLD GUITARS
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If you are looking for something, let us help you find it! Our wanted ads are affordable and they work! go to: http://www.tias.com/cgi-bin/submitClassified.cgi
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Looking for something? Place a "Wanted" ad in this newsletter. Over 272,000 subscribers will see it. It's easy, go to: http://www.tias.com/classifieds
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9) A Vintage Recipe
Be sure to check out our NEW! vintage recipe archive online at: http://www.tias.com/newsletter/topics/A%20Vintage%20Recipe.html Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.

In the last issue, Jane G. requested a recipe for "Shrimp Boil" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
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I grew up in Mississippi and there are many variations of this recipe but most all are simply called Seafood Boil. I found this particular recipe on Cooks.com, I hope it is what you remember.

FROGMORE STEW

1 bag crab boil
New potatoes
Sm. ears of corn on the cob
Sausage
Fresh shrimp

Bring water to a boil and add package of crab boil. Add new potatoes. When water begins to boil again, add corn and boil for 7 minutes. Add sausage and boil for 5 minutes. Add 1 can of beer (optional). Add shrimp and boil for 3 minutes. Drain and serve.

--Another Version--

My husband is a shrimper and his family has been in the seafood business since the late 1800's on Hilton Head Island, SC. Our motto is Friends don't let Friends Eat Imported Shrimp. This is the family recipe for Lowcounty Boil, but please make sure you use Wild American Shrimp. The ingredients are approximate.

5 lbs Wild American Shrimp
3 lbs Red potatoes
4 large Sweet Onions with the skins on
3 packs Hillshire farms Smoked Sausage
12 ears Birdseye frozen corn - (half ears) or 6 ears fresh corn broken in half
Lawry's season salt - A little more than half of a 16 oz. jar (yes is seems like a lot but it get drained off)
Very large pot with a basket Half full of water

Put Lawry's Season Salt in water and bring to boil. While water is getting hot cut potatoes in half, rinse the onions well and quarter them leaving the skins intact. The skins have a lot of flavor also. Cut sausage into 2 inch pieces. When water comes to boil add potatoes, onions and sausage. Boil for about 15 minutes. Add Corn. When potatoes are almost soft all the way through add Shrimp. Carefully fold shrimp through the water until they are completely pink and meat is almost white being careful not to break up the potatoes too much. DO NOT WAIT FOR WATER TO BOIL AFTER ADDING THE SHRIMP. They will be overcooked if you wait for it to boil. Just make sure to carefully stir or lift the basket up and down in the water gently to make sure all the shrimp are pink. Usually about 3 to 5 minutes. When done drain thoroughly and pour out onto large serving platter or table or cookie sheet. This is a great meal to eat with you hands. Cover the table in a plastic tablecloth and newspaper and several rolls of paper towels and eat to your hearts content. Marianne Hudson, HHI, SC

--Another Version--

Sounds like a good ole fashioned shrimp boil to me...

This recipe can be increased depending on the amount of shrimp being cooked.

5 lbs of shell on shrimp
5 ears of corn (break ears in half)
15 small red potatoes
andouille sausages (optional, but really good!)
3 TBL cayenne pepper
1/2 ounce Tabasco sauce
5 cloves garlic, halved
1/4 cup olive oil
5 bay leaves (preferably fresh)
1 TBL Louisiana hot sauce
10 lemons halved
1/2 c salt
1 bag of Zatarain's crab boil

Put all the ingredients (except the shrimp and corn) into a large pot bringing everything to a boil for about 5 minutes, then add the corn for another 5 minutes. Check the potatoes for tenderness and once soft, add the shrimp but cook for only an additional 3 minutes at a full boil. Be very careful not to overcook the shrimp!

If you're doing crawfish, that's a whole nuther subject as the crawfish is cooked with the potatoes and corn.

--Another Version--

This is an old fashioned shrimp, crab, or crawfish boil. If you have a large outdoor cookpot and burner, it's the best way! For inside, try this recipe:

Water
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 box crab boil mix, or 1 bottle liquid crab boil
Salt & Pepper to taste
2-4 lbs. shrimp
New red potatoes
3-4 whole onions, peeled
4-6 ears fresh corn
Cocktail sauce (catsup and horseradish mixed if you make it yourself)

Simply take a soup stockpot, fill halfway with water. Add lemon juice, crab boil, salt and pepper to water. Set on high burner until water begins gentle boiling. Add potatoes, onions, & corn, cook at high boil for about 20-30 minutes. Add shrimp to rolling boiling water and cover with lid. Lower heat to low and simmer for about 10-15 minutes, depending on how much shrimp you have. if you have collander large enough, pour water and food into that in sink, or simply clean sink well, put in drain plug to catch solid food and drain out water. Pour hot food out onto table covered with newspaper. Everyone dig in! Enjoy! Carla

--Another Version--

We always just call this "Shrimp Boil." Low Country Boil is another name.
Here is one recipe from my favorite book of Southern cooking. (Added notes are mine.)

SHRIMP BOIL
little red potatoes, 1 per person, quartered
med. white onions, 1/3 per person, peeled & cut in thirds
Sweet corn on the cob, 1 cob per person, cut in 1/2
4-5 lbs. raw shrimp in shell
2 lbs. Polish sausage, cut up into sm. chunks (optional)

3 pkgs. crab & shrimp boil mix
Salt to taste

Fill large stockpot 1/2 full of water, add salt, crab & shrimp boil mix.
Bring to boil, add little red potatoes, boil 6 minutes,
Add onions. Bring to boil for 2 minutes.
Add corn and Polish sausage (if used). Boil 12 minutes.
Add shrimp, boil 2 minutes, remove and drain.
Cover table with news papers; pour pot contents into center of table.
Serve yourself on plates if you like or just use forks and fingers.
Serve with corn bread.
I have also seen this done with crawdads (crayfish) instead of or in addition to the shrimp. If using crawdads, put them in at the 5 minutes after the corn as they need to cook longer than the shrimp.
Some people also add Tabasco sauce (a small bottle, 5 oz.), a half cup or so of lemon juice or half dozen lemons to the water before boiling. These add a little zip to the taste of the boil.

--Another Version--

This recipe is called “Lowland Beach Boil” as it was cooked along the seashores of the Carolina states.

Bring to boil 16 Cups of water in a 10 quart pot
Add ˝ Cup of Old Bay or Crab Boil Seasoning
Add 2 or 3 tsp. Ground Red Pepper
Add 2 lb or so of washed, small red potatoes (if potatoes are large cut in half)
Return to a boil and cook for 10 minutes or so until potatoes are partially done
Add 2 lb. precooked smoked or polish sausage cut into chunks
Add 10 to 12 small peeled onions
Add 5 ears of fresh, shucked corn broken into 1/3rds (We use the small frozen ears)
Return to boiling for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are fork tender
Add 2 lb. fresh or frozen large shrimp
Cover and return to boiling for 5 minutes or so until shrimp turn opaque
Remove from heat and let stand for 5 minutes
Drain liquid and pile meats and veggies in a large platter in the center of table
Have melted butter with thyme, oregano or basil and drizzle over veggies
Have cocktail sauce for shrimp
Veggie and meat amounts can be adjusted to your number of servings needed. I usually boil crab legs, make cole slaw and corn muffins, and add a fruit cobbler for dessert. This is a great meal for a holiday outdoor gathering. We add a fountain, some sea shells, etc. and pretend we’re at the beach. ENJOY! Becky Owens

--Another Version--

10 person recipe..................................................................................Used at ISA event

· Appr.3 gallons of water (1/2 of container)............................10 gal. in 20 gal. container
· 2 - 1 lb. 10 oz. boxes of salt ................................................4 boxes of salt
· 1 - 2.62 oz. box of red pepper.............................................2-3 boxes of pepper
· 1 - box of shrimp/crab spice pack per 5 lb shrimp................3 packs
· 4-6 medium sized lemons....................................................10-15 lemons
· 4-6 medium sized onions.....................................................10-15 onoins
· 2-3 lbs hot dogs..................................................................5-8 lbs. hot dogs
· 3-4 cloves of garlic (in pieces)...............................................8-12 cloves
· 1+ red potatoes per person ( 3- 5lbs ?)...............................75 potatoes
· 1+ ears of corn per person..................................................25 ears
· 5-10 lbs. shrimp .................................................................20 lbs.
Cooking directions
· Heat water to a boil in a large cauldron, kettle, or pot.
· Add salt to water and taste.
· When the brine gags you,(60,000 micromhos/cm), that is is enough salt.(You think its been ruined, but you haven't ....yet).
· Add the crab boil spice pack (leave spice in sack).
· Add red pepper to taste.
· Add cloves of garlic.
· Roll lemons to soften, cut in half, squeeze juice into pot and then drop halves in.
· With water now boiling vigorously, cut onions in half (peeling not necessary), and drop into pot.
· Add potatoes (whole or half depending on size). Don't wash or peel, takes away from the flavor.
· Simmer for 10-12 minutes.
· Split hot dogs slightly, to allow the juices in and add to the mixture.
· Drop in the corn and bring water back to strong boil.
· Stir occasionally.
· Add shrimp and boil til done....Usually the shrimp will be done in 5 minutes of boiling depending on size. Watch shrimp closely because overcooked shrimp is hard to peel and is tuff. The shrimp is done when the shell starts separating from the meat along the curve of the back (the sides will be red-orange and you will see a clear area between the meat and the shell).
· Drain water (Careful, Its HOT and brine water will kill grass), and pour mixture on a table lined with several layers of newspaper.
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Did you know TIAS merchants have over 1000 vintage cookbooks for sale online? They make great gifts. Take a look at: http://www.tias.com/cookbooks

Vintage Kitchen items are practical and collectible. We've got lots of them here: http://www.tias.com/kitchen
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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.
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My Great Aunt used to make homemade peanut butter fudge. I don't remember anything different as far as ingredients go from other recipes. But the taste and texture was definately different. It was very rich and smooth, and the cubes she cut from the pan were tall and thick. I've tried many, many recipes over the years and cannot duplicate this delicacy. Can anyone help me?
Thanks, Lesia in Michigan
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If you can help this reader with this recipe, please forward it to recipes@tias.com . If you have a vintage recipe request send it to recipes@tias.com and we might just publish it here.
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Be sure to check out our vintage kitchen collectibles section online at: http://www.tias.com/kitchen
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11) New Online Merchants
Be sure to check out all of the fresh inventory offered by these new merchants at TIAS.
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Bee's Buys
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Collectors for years; just parting with treasures. We have numerous booths in antique stores, many satisfied customers, and love to share our finds. We look for the best quality at a reasonable price so we can "pay it forward". Enjoy

Ready Auction House
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We are a leading on-line collectable and antique dealer in Southern California.
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This year, open your own online Antique & Collectible Shop. If you have one or a few items to sell, try our classifieds at http://www.tiasexchange.com. If you have more than a few items to sell, open your own store at TIAS. It's easy and fun. Over 225,000 customers visit us on an average day. It costs you nothing to get started. Take a look at: http://www.makeashop.com
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12) Helpful Resources:
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