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The Collectors Newsletter #554 -- September 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #554 -- September 2007
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This newsletter has grown a great deal. We now have 276,153 active subscribers. I'm fairly sure this makes us the largest antiques & collectibles publication on the planet. With so many people getting us in their inbox, we are also getting many more stories from our readers. To accommodate the growing number of submissions, we've increased the amount of space we've allocated for stories. On occasion, I get emails from readers telling me that they don't like some of the stories we are running. My response is, this is your newsletter. We don't have staff writers or freelance writers or for that matter any writers. ALL of the stories we publish come from our readers. If they all want to talk about a specific topic, that's what we are going to run until they move on to something else. If a reader has interests that are different from the stories we are running, then they should not hesitate to send us a story about those interests. In a way, each story we receive counts as a vote for us to cover that topic. Each reader of this newsletter has the power to move the group to another topic. So if you don't like what you see on this page, you can actually do something about it by submitting a story. So place your vote by sending us a story today.
On another note, if you have a business or organization related to antiques & collectibles and you have news about your business/organization that you would like to share with our 276,153 readers, we would be happy to include your news in our "Antique News" section of this newsletter. It will cost you nothing, but the time it takes for you to write and post a press release. To submit your press release, go to
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The press releases you submit may also appear on Google news. We look forward to hearing from you.... Phil
i am so glad to see that i am not the only one that feels sad when i see items being sold off without the family wanting them. i always feel so sad when i go to an estate sale and i see all the family photos being sold or a wedding dress from the early 1900's. i just can't understand how nobody in the family cares enough to keep those things that were so special to a loved one, then i think of how sad it is that the person died without being special enough to someone.....its soooo sad. it makes me want to leave without buying anything because i don't want to go any further and see other things that nobody cared enough to keep. --- doreen in ohio
Amazing. People whining because they can't have every item in every thrift store in America. Their greed is unbelievable. Please be thankful for the items you do obtain and move on. There is plenty of goodies for everybody. If not, remember Santa will be here soon and you can grovel for sellable items.... Your Conscience
It's difficult to believe so many people feel so strongly about how the thrift stores sell items or make money. I absolutely agree with the letter from someone who wrote " I think that once you have given it away, it's no longer yours and really not your concern as to how it is used." Here in BC, as in parts of Washington State and Oregon, we have huge thrift stores that buy their stuff from registered charities and sell it in their stores. I regularly donate things to these charities. I also have been selling on eBay for 9 years - obtaining almost all of my product from the big thrift stores. The charities make money, the thrift stores make money and I make money - everybody's happy!
If you have a problem with overpricing at thrift stores, don't buy their stuff - nobody will if it's that overpriced. The answer, I have found is to keep upgrading your knowledge; if the rest of the world is looking for rare Hawaiian shirts to sell for $3,000 on eBay, then research other items that you can buy for $5 and sell for $100. It's that simple - always know more than the seller and other buyers. I must admit I'm not happy with 'senior's days' as most of them are dealers anyway and I resent them getting more of a deal just because of their age - but that's another story.
I have learned amazing things from eBay, Kovel's newsletters, my own mistakes and just reading in general so always seek to upgrade yourself and don't be be so quick to resent charities who are not handing you sales without you having to work for it. That's like saying you are more deserving of making money than the charities are. Love the newsletters and The Komments. Sue from BC
How naive I am! I donate to thrift stores thinking that in addition to raising money for charity, the store is selling gently used goods to people who might not otherwise afford to purchase nice things for their home or family. I see no problem with charities selling things on Ebay to raise money, but I think it might be better to allow the donor determine how they want their goods to be used. I know I might be less inclined to donate some things if I thought they were going to be sold for a high price to a collector rather than a small amount to someone actually needing what I'm donating. Of course, I'm also naive enough to believe it is only the occasional greedy person who shops a thrift store for resale rather than the shopper who is there to clothe a family or decorate a home on a very low budget because that's all they can afford. Frankly, I'm as disappointed in the dealers who shop greedily in the thrift stores as I am in the charity that withholds the "good" things from the needy buyer. I can't see how this is much different than a food bank sorting out food and only donating the dented cans, the cheap boxes of macaroni and cheese, the staple peanut butter, etc. while setting out the costlier items and refusing to allow the hungry access to the decent food. Toni from Murfreesboro, TN
I really can't believe all the negative stories regarding charities getting the best prices for items donated to them. Charities are set up to help the less fortunate by often providing shelter, food and bedding. It is very costly and the difference of getting $30 for an item on-line or $5 for it in their shop, could provide extra food for a day. Animal charities may be able to feed numerous badly treated or stray animals with the extra funds they get. I am and have been for many years an 'op-shopper' and if I see something I like that may be a little overpriced, I consider it my donation to a worthy cause and hope that money does someone some good.
If I donated an item I considered should get a good price for the charity, I would not be very happy to see a dealer walk out with it for a couple of dollars. I do agree that some of the very new and cheaply made items are often overpriced and left on the shelves for long lengths of time at some of the large charity shops. My local 'Save The Children' shop prices those items between 20 and 50 cents, hence their shop has very little clutter and a quick turnover of stock (you feel more inclined to let your child take home an ugly mouse figure if it only costs you 20 cents and gains some peace!!!).They still ask reasonable prices for their good items which is fair. It's a charity and funds are desperately needed in these times. Happily Donating Roz - Adelaide, South Australia
I'm confused by all the people upset by the practice of thrift stores selling their better items on Ebay or at higher prices. If it is a charity not-for-profit shop, then aren't all of the profits from their donated items going back to the church or charity they are working for? Why wouldn't they want to get the best price for their items just like any for-profit business? I also used to shop more at thrift shops to find the hidden treasures but I can also afford to shop retail so should I be banned from buying items at charity shops because I am not "in need"? I miss getting the bargains too. The people most upset by this are probably the dealers who used to find tons of under priced antiques and turn them around for a profit. If someone is willing to pay more and the profits benefit the charity, that is a good thing for the charity. If you don't like it, start donating your time or cash to the charity and then you won't have to wonder what happened to your items. Sherri in NJ
I'm writing as a rebuttal to all of the people who are upset about thrift stores selling on ebay and other online markets. First off, our store has about 20 paid employees and close to 70 volunteers and NONE of them are allowed to get "first dibs" on any items in our store. An item must be on the sales floor for 24 hours before any employee or volunteer is allowed to purchase it. This way, we avoid people saying that "all the good stuff is picked over", etc. Secondly, we do some online selling, but only for very high end antiques. We do this because this is the only market we have that allows us to get top dollar for a high end item. If there's a piece that is worth $300 and we end up getting $250 for it online, well then that's great for us. If we were to try and sell the same item in our store for $250 we'd get more people saying "everything is overpriced". It helps us to reach a broader market where we can find that special collector who is willing to pay that amount. And lastly, we are still a business. We have bills to pay, employees to pay, and services to support. Our particular store has built a center in the community that houses our local food pantry, a free clinic, and a pre-school program for underprivileged children. Along with that, that building allows agencies such as Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), and about a dozen other agencies to use our conference rooms free of charge for their meetings. So I say to all of you people who have bad things to say about thrift stores, that we're merely trying our best to better our community the only way we know how: by getting the most out of every donation we get to continue to help those in our community who are truly in need.
I'm responding to the reader who didn't understand the concerns about items given to charity. It is the same concern you might feel when writing a check to a non-profit organization only to learn of funds embezzlement by a board member. My definition of "charity" are the people who visit thrift shops from necessity. And yes, sometimes those are the workers in the shops. However, I can promise you that the "poor" workers in that thrift shop who get first choice of the best of all the donations very soon have their needs met and then some. My last donation was a washer/dryer that was still in very good condition. The manager's son came to my house to pick it up in his personal vehicle and took it straight to his newly built brick home. I should've sold it myself and handed the money to the store. For some reason they are held legally accountable for the dollars but not the inventory they control. Patsy in LA
Just a little story abound my grandmothers wood table. Back in 2001 when my mother had died my sisters and I were cleaning out her home. Under the stairs in the basement was a beautiful 80 inch oak table top. I said to my sisters "where did this come from" and was answered that it was my grandmothers but no one knew why or where the pedestal was to the table. We had a rummage sale and included that item in the sale with a price of $200.00. As rummage sales go we had lots of offers for the table top but felt we did not want a whole lot less for the table top, hence it did not sell. Riding up to my sisters in nearby Wisconsin I noticed a wood worker selling his wares and had my sister talk to him about creating a pedestal for the table. He agreed and in about 3 weeks I had the most beautiful table you have ever seen. So sometimes it pays not to sell items for below your asking price. C. Taylor Gurnee, IL
A thrift store sells donated items to earn money for the charity. The items should be sold for as much as possible to best benefit the charity. I do not understand complaints about the items being sold for too much money. It sounds like the complainer wants to personally benefit at the expense of the charity or is confused about the underlying reason for donations. Walking away with bargains just means the charity got less than they would have gotten if the item was properly priced. The well being of thrift store customers or volunteers is not the purpose of most charities. Selling for prices that are purposely set low cheats the charity. Carl
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3) Antique News
Garden City - New York - August 3, 2007 — TIAS.com (
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 August 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. Fenton (Not listed last month) 3. Avon (Up from #6) 4. Roseville (Up from #5) 5. Milk Glass (Not listed last month) 6. Stamps (Down from #2) 7. Lamps (Not listed last month) 8. McCoy (Down from #7) 9. Fire king (Up from #10) 10. Carnival Glass (Down from #8)
"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. Brown Transferware (Not listed last month) 3. Desks (Not listed last month) 4. Limoges (Up from #6) 5. Nippon (Down from #2) 6. Teapots (Up from #7) 7. Staffordshire (Not listed last month) 8. Frames (Not listed last month) 9. Plates (Not listed last month) 10. Soup Tureens (Not listed last month)
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1. Air & Space Exploration Memorabilia from Aldrin, Garino, Lindbergh, Earhart and Others to be Offered
2. Group of antiquers go to Europe "off season" for better deals & cheap rates
3. Fascination of Gadgets at Mama’s Treasures
4. September issue of Toy Collector Magazine now available to view or download
5. Gothic Symbolic Jewels for Autumn
6. Tradewinds Antiques 9/29/07 all-cane auction
7. Knapstein Joins Collect.com Staff
8. Johann Strauss II's piano to be auctioned Sept. 9 in San Francisco Bay Area
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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 email@example.com and we may run it in the next issue.
A few years ago I was working in a thrift store. I was putting out some new merchandise that contained pictures and crafted items. I noticed an older woman standing beside me admiring a framed craft picture. She picked it up and said to me “I made my grandson that same picture when he was born many years ago. Just then she turned it over and started chuckling. On the back it said to “Johnny on your birth, love grandma”. I asked her what was so funny and she said this IS the picture I made him. He must have donated it because he’s moving off to college. She then told me she was buying it to give back to him for Christmas…..and wouldn’t he be so, so pleased to have his “lost” treasure back once again…….Doreen, WI
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, a reader . requested a recipe for "Hungarian buttermilk biscuits " one recipe was mailed in by a reader...
5 cups sifted White Lily flour, measured after sifting
1 tbsp. plus 1⁄2 tsp. Homemade Baking Powder
1 tbsp. kosher salt
1⁄2 cup (1⁄2 lb.) packed lard, chilled
1 1⁄4 cups buttermilk
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
1. Preheat oven to 500°. Put the flour, baking powder, and salt into a mixing bowl and whisk well to blend thoroughly. Add the lard and, working quickly, coat it in flour and rub between your fingertips until approximately half the lard is finely blended and the other half remains in large pieces, about 1⁄2" in size. Pour in the buttermilk and stir quickly just until the dough is blended and begins to mass.
2. Turn the dough immediately out onto a floured surface and with floured hands knead briskly 8–10 times, until it becomes cohesive. Gently flatten the dough with your hands into a disk of even thinness; then, using a floured rolling pin, roll it out to a uniform thickness of 1⁄2".
3. With a dinner fork dipped in flour, pierce the dough completely through at 1⁄2" intervals. Lightly flour a 2 1⁄2" or 3" biscuit cutter and stamp out rounds, without twisting the cutter in the dough. Cut the biscuits from the dough as close together as you can, for maximum yield. Transfer them to a parchment–lined baking sheet, placing them so that they just barely kiss. Don't reroll the scraps. Just arrange them around the edge of the sheet and bake them—cook's treat.
4. Put the baking sheet immediately on the center rack of the preheated oven. Bake 10–12 minutes, checking after 6 minutes or so and turning the pan if needed for even baking. When the biscuits are golden brown, remove them from the oven and brush the tops with the melted butter.
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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.
My dad, who is now 85, loved cookies that everyone in the family called "dead man's bones". I remember them as being very hard and could break your tooth in an instant. I think there was some kind of an icing on them too. I would love to try and make these for him, but I don't know the correct name of the cookie. I guess they are Italian. If anyone out there remembers them and has an old recipe, I would appreciate it. Thank you. Cheryl C.- Rochester, NY
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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