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The Collectors Newsletter #553 -- August 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #553 -- August 2007
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Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Antique Doorknob Collectors of America
We are a group of people dedicated to collecting and saving antique door hardware. Not only do we collect it, we gather information, catalogs, and the history so that others will know about its origins and understand its significance and beauty for years to come. We have annual Conventions around the country which provide a great opportunity to learn about antique doorknobs and the rarity of different patterns. It is a great fellowship and highly educational. 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.
This first question is one that we receive all the time and sooner or later, everyone faces it. What we would like to hear from our readers is how they handle selling their collections, liquidating an estate or just selling one or two items. We'll post the best suggestions in upcoming newsletters and maybe even compile them into a document of some sort so that it will be available for future referance for everyone online. Send your suggestions to email@example.com . Thanks for your help..... Phil
I love reading the Newsletter and the interesting articles from people concerning collections and collecting. I have collected for years and have a houseful of things as well as two storage sheds...and, really, none of my four children interested in the wonderful "stuff"..and, I need a suggestion as to the best way to clear it out. Someone has surely gone through this problem and I would welcome their ideas. I have been very diversified in what I collect. Thanks for any help. Jeri
I found a Northeastern State University class ring several years ago in a mini storage auction in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have contacted the school with no results, so maybe one of your readers can help me locate
the owner of this ring. It appears to be a small man's ring from 1983 and with the initials of "LHL" inside. I would really like to get this back to it's owner. I can be contacted at Jackiemat7@aol.com
I have been reading about people picking things up at the curb and decided to write what happened to us. My husband's cousin passed away at 49 and about two weeks later his wife's mother passed away. My husband and I went to help his widow. It was about 30 minutes away and we would go on the weekends to help sort through all the stuff that was in the garage and up in the rafters of the garage. We found cow hides, old comics, coca cola cooler, and lots of wood and metal. We started dragging a lot of the metal, wood, magazines, etc. to the curb in boxes and some bags and within a half hour someone stopped and asked if they could take some of this stuff. We said yes, that it would be less for the garbage people to take. The next week someone stopped but did not ask and started rooting through boxes. My husband's cousin wife was upset because they did not ask and made a mess. The next week people waited till we left and did the same thing. Now here comes the funny part. The next week my husband was out of town so some other friends came to help her. She decided to bring a couple of bags of leaves from her house to put out for the garbage people. They also had discovered potatoes in a refrigerator that had become mush and dumped them in a bag and put them at the curb along with other bags of junk from the garage. When they got all done and came out the neighbor said someone had pulled up and picked up all the garbage bags , threw them in his truck and left. Every time I think of this I laugh. Imagine their surprise to find bags of leaves and rotten smelly potatoes. Paulette Springfield,Ohio
After reading several newsletters about “dealers”, I am not at all surprised. Just like anything else in this world, there are “bad apples….” I am also in the BIZ. I manage estate sales for a living. My worst customers are the “DEALERS”. They want me to open my sale early, they push people and then they want everything for less than it’s marked. C’mon dealers! There’s plenty for everyone. J
Although I do agree that 40% might be a little high, I do not know that particular dealers circumstances. I have invested more than a thousand dollars in books, countless hours researching items, 100s of gallons of gas and hours going to look at estates that were nothing more than garbage. I pay rent, utilities, taxes, and other overhead. Still I get hundreds of phone calls and inquiries from people who want free appraisals or for me to sell their items at my store or online for them and charge them little if anything, but I have to pay for services they provide. I am betting that the person who thought that 40% was high does not buy and sell antiques for a living. My expenses from rent to purchases total more than 40% of my sales, why should it be any different for the person wanting to sell just one or two items. Dealers just renting booths usually pay a rental fee, plus 10% or more to the mall owner. This usually correlates to paying 25% or more depending on s ales, and this does not include the purchase price of the items sold. This a business just like any other business and the owner/operator has to make money in order to stay in business. I believe that we just had several articles in this newsletter lamenting about how so many stores have gone out of business.
Its funny that we always hear about how a dealer ripped off some old lady, or charged too much commission for selling something for someone, when are we going to hear from people about how they ripped off a dealer by knowingly selling them a fake or damaged item, or how a dealer paid too much for an item and had to sell it for much less than cost. I personally bought a damaged table from a lady for $150.00 and after fixing the broken legs, sold it at auction for $10.00. We don't always make money. Claude
In defense of antique buyers, I find that most children who inherit their grandmothers and mother's JUNK have absolutely no sentimental feelings. They price it low just to get rid of it then when they found what it was really worth they are quick to blame the buyer. They sell picture frames with relatives photographs in them. No, we don't want them is their answer.
I have tried to talk young customers out of selling their parents things, but a little bit of money is better for them and they do not want it cluttering up their lives. A young woman walked in with a porcelain doll her Dad had brought home from Germany while in service. I plead with her to keep it, her remark was, "I will break it if I keep it, and if you don't want it someone else will." I gave her what she asked for it and did not feel one bit guilty.
Though I have enjoyed reading your column other times I didn't really see the benefit of reading all the negative stories about how people treat each other. I didn't learn anything valuable or helpful in the area of collecting. There are always going to be dishonest and uncaring people in all walks of life and it is sad that this is so but I don't need to read stories of griping and complaining. How does that benefit the reader? I hope the column can turn to the actual collecting aspect and the joy of finding that special piece. There is the fun. The negative will always exist. Why give it space in the column to be acknowledged and expounded?
A reader who moved your column from bulk mail to inbox.
Comment to Sharon S who was appalled at the seller charging 40%. My Mother and I are estate liquidators. We usually sell the estate items on premises and charge a lesser commission than 40%. From time to time we get items that we know will sell for much much more than we can get at our local estate sales. For example, I recently sold an antique western belt for $1500.00 on ebay for an estate. At our estate sale we might have been able to get $200 for it. The executor of the estate was more than happy to pay our commission plus the ebay fees. The estate made a lot more money doing that than selling it out of the home estate sale. What you must remember is I had to take my time to photograph the item in a manner that would make it most desirable to buyers(requires the purchase of a digital camera). The pictures then had to be uploaded onto a web site to store pictures (that has a monthly fee). Then, you have time involved in the actual listing of the item, checking on a daily basis for questions from buyers and answering them. You have to make sure the item is packed in the appropriate box with adequate packing to make sure it arrives safely to the buyer (packing material is not cheap). There's a trip to the post office (gas isn't cheap). Then as a Seller I always leave good feed back for the buyer (that takes time). So when you figure in your time, materials, and gas you have earned your commission. If I could do that for 10% commission and make a little I certainly would but it just doesn't make good business since to do that. As an estate liquidator I feel I am helping the families who or either to emotionally involved to handle the sell of the estate or in many cases the families live out-of-town and are unable to do it themselves. Professional estate liquidators usually have a huge following of regular clients which families don't have....thus, more sells, more money for the estate. We earn our commission. When we leave the estate sale, the house is cleaned and vacuumed by us and is ready to be sold or moved in to. So Sharon, to answer your question, 40% does seem a tad bit high but 10% isn't even enough to cover your packing materials. Perhaps there should be a happy medium.
I was told one time that if you ask a price and someone pays it they are buying the item, as in buying items at yard sales. BUT if someone offers you a price for a very expensive painting and it is much too low it is considered stealing if they are an art dealer or whatever the case might be. N
I read all the letters you print in your stories section. I was upset with the negative attitude of Rick in Indiana. We, too, are dealers and have cut down on our activities due to age. Now we are 'antique'! However, During all these years we have adhered to one basic rule. When anyone comes to us and asks us to buy some of their items due to downsizing, etc., we always ask if they have asked their children if they would want them. It is so sad when something is sold, given away, etc. and it turns out that one of the children had "loved" that piece for years and was hoping to have it 'one day'. We have asked our four children to make out a list of things they would like to have. It turns out that they are hesitant to do that because they are afraid one of their siblings would want the same thing! Anyway, this advice has been gratefully received by both parents and children and resulted in many happy surprises and gratitude. It's surprising that many of the items wanted aren't the big, expensive ones, but smaller things that are more emotional than valuable--like Mom's favorite rocker, Dad's pocket knife, etc. I think Rick does a real disservice to children of elderly parents. I hope parents will talk to their children about their feelings about items. At this point, most of the children are grown, have their own families and don't have room for more large pieces of furniture. I hope Rick gets a more positive outlook on life. Nancy in New York
While reading the letters from people who are frustrated with thrift stores selling the “good stuff” on line and keeping the junk for the store shoppers, I remembered my frustrations at an auction in Colorado several years ago. We had browsed the store before the auction began and had several things picked out to bid on. Nothing in the auction was a real valuable antique, just things most people wanted for their own homes. Almost anything and everything, but especially framed pictures, were won by a woman who outbid everyone present no matter how high the other bidders were willing to go. I asked if she was a plant just to get a higher price for the auction house. I was told no, she was just a very rich eccentric local lady who went to the auctions just for the fun of it. Apparently the items she bought were hauled to her home and stored in her attic, garage and outbuildings and never saw the light of day again. She had no intention of using anything or displaying it in her home - just enjoyed the thrill of winning - much like a gambler. While this brought in a lot money for the auction house, I’m sure they eventually lost a lot of disappointed customers who refused to go to the auctions, only to be outbid by this woman with unlimited funds. As she was a good customer, the proprietors couldn’t ban her from their place of business but their other customers were getting very angry and threatening not to return. Talk about being between a rock and a hard place. I’d like to hear how other businesses handle a situation like this...Mary
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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.
Years ago my mother-in-law asked if I could donate something to a rummage sale her vollunteer group was having to support her youngest son's hockey team. I took a set of childrens plastic golf clubs, a quilted wall hanging, and a cookbook. After the sale I asked her how it went and she said she only bought a few things. They included a set of plastic golf cubs for her grandson, a quilted wall hanging for her youngest daughter and a cookbook that looked interesting. When I told her they were the things I had donated she laughed and said "I guess what we both have good taste!"
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Karen. requested a recipe for " barbeque sauce made with Granma's Molasses" several recipes were mailed in by readers...
In the #552 newsletter, Karen requested a barbeque sauce that used Grandma's Molasses. This is one I found in my Grandma's recipe box that sounds like what she's looking for:
Grandma's Molasses Bar-B-Que Sauce:
1 cup of Heinz Ketchup
1/2 cup of Grandma's Molasses
1/4 cup of French's Yellow Mustard
Optional Additions to spice up the recipe:
2 tablespoons of vinegar
1 tablespoon of brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon of pepper or hot sauce
1 teaspoon of Worchestershire Sauce
Here is the Grandma's Molasses Barbecue sauce recipe...
1 cup ketchup
1/2 cup molasses
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco
Combine all ingredients in a bowl. Use as you would with any recipes calling for BBQ sauce.
* 1/2 cup Grandmas Original or Robust Molasses
* 1/2 cup ketchup
* 1/4 cup mustard
* 2 tbls. vinegar
* pinch chili powder
* 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Thoroughly mix Grandma's Molasses with other ingredients. Use on chicken or ribs. Brush food during the last 10-15 minutes of cooking.Amy
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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
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I have never been able to find a recipe which comes close to the old Hungarian buttermilk biscuits my father's grandmother used to make when we were children. I know they were very rich and were delicious hot out of the oven -- no need to add butter -- but I have tried seven recipes from all different cookbooks, and nothing comes close. Any help would be appreciated. My Dad is 85 and will be coming for a visit next month. I would love to surprise him with a biscuit like his grandma used to make. Thanks.
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