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The Collectors Newsletter #556 -- September 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #556 -- September 2007
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Antique Purse Collectors Society
Primarily on-line organization with around 250 members who collect antique purses. Focus is on beaded, mesh, petit point, celluloid, dance purses, chatelaines, sterling, vanity bags, etc. For more information, Click Here:
Are you interested in vintage purses? Take a look at:
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 email@example.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.
We had a huge response to the John Deere tractor running on Coca Cola see:
In response to that story, a reader sent us a link to a site with a photo of a restored John Deere
tractor running on "antique" Pepsi. Take a look at:
If you have any other antique oddities you would like to share, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org
and we may publish them here.
My wife and I recently returned from trips to Maine, western North Carolina and southwest Virginia. While traveling, we visited several antique malls and bought a few items including a very nice Singer “featherweight” sewing machine from a mall (Foothills) in Jonesville, NC. I also found and bought a Little Lulu bank that a friend had been looking for.
I’m sure over the years we’ve probably visited hundreds of malls. Many have been very good, some were okay and some were pretty poor. For what it’s worth, I’d like to share what I believe to be the characteristics of a very good mall:
Friendly and helpful staff
Clean rest rooms
Booths well organized and not over-filled
Items well displayed, reasonable clean and with prices clearly marked
Good variety of merchandise of interest to men as well as women
When items are in locked display cabinets, the prices should be visible without having to ask someone to open the case.
As a man, I particularly like malls that have at least some items that men can relate to such as tools, models (cars, trains, planes, etc.), appliances, housewares, books, advertising signs, old toys, tools, old car and truck parts, clocks, radios, record players and gum ball machines.
Next month, we’re going up to Pennsylvania east and north of Lancaster. This area has some especially nice malls particularly in the Adamstown area. We live in Maryland fairly close to Frederick which has several good malls which we enjoy. We both enjoy your newsletter. Jerry W. Kensington, MD
This is regard to the letters on deciding who gets what. I purchased a Perez painting more than a few years back and it seemed only my Daughter-in-law really liked it. One day we were discussing the passing on of family items and my daughter-in-law stated all she wanted was the Perez painting. My daughter-in-law is such a special person that for her next birthday I gave her the painting. Shocked she asked if I was trying to tell her something my response was very simple. No I would rather watch her enjoy the painting now than miss it when I passed on. It gives me great joy every time I walk into her home and see it prominently displayed. And there was no fighting over it. Ann
I always read all the letters in your newsletter, but have a serious concern about some of the negativism in recent stories. Couldn't we find more pleasant things to talk about? Like..
What's your most treasured collectible and WHY?
What's your advice on caring for your treasures or record keeping about them for future family info?
Tell us about the most unique, weird collection you've seen~~
Ideas for tiny collectibles and how to display them in tiny apartments~~
The largest thing you have seen someone collect~
Unusual places to look for treasures~~
If you lost everything, what would you try to replace first?
Funny collectors and buyers ADS.
Stuff like that.
We run what people send us. What usually happens is one article gets people quite fired up about the topic and we get a flood of responses. Eventually the topic changes to something else as the interest of the group shifts. We try to edit the content to fit what we feel the interest of the group is. This is a great list of ideas for stories and many people have sent in articles about these topics in the past, but we've always got room for more. Send your stories about anything antique & collectible related to email@example.com and we may publish them here.
My first experience at an auction was at the Yankee Peddler auction in northeast OHIO......being an inexperienced bidder ...there was some embarrassment when the auctioneer stopped the bidding and directed his words to me that i was bidding against myself....i was so embarrassed, that i didn't bid again and lost the item, but i did appreciate his honesty......it still brings back a smile. sas
I used to own an antique store in Mesa, but health problems forced me to close. I would often buy things at auction to place in the store, and things I could not use were relegated to my garage. I am now going through this poor garage and found some pictures I had forgotten I even had. Then I recalled there is an area in your newsletter for lost and found items, so I thought I would try and find the rightful owners this way:
I have a box full of scrapbook sheets of somewhere between 400 and 500 photos. Most are black and white, date from the 1930's to the 1950's, and there are several pages of colored snaps from the 1960's from camping and vacations. There must be at least 25 pages with these pictures hard glued to both sides. Unfortunately, this has made it hard to identify the family. However, the last name I found on two pictures is somewhat unusual and perhaps they or someone they know might see this here. One school picture(late 1950's) has the name LINDA CESSNA (yes, like the airplane) written on the front. Another that I managed to peel off is of a young boy in a suit, it also looks to be a class type photo and on the back it is handwritten: MARTY CESSNA DECEMBER 1960 12 YEARS. I know all my old family photos were lost in a move in 1981 and I would give my right arm to get them back. Perhaps I'll work up some good mojo to finding my old pix by reuniting the rightful owners with these long-lost memories. A. Koomen
(Write me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you know who these photos belong to)
Kudos to Lenna in TN!! I had never really thought of my "collections" as recycling! I LOVE it!!! My hubby has never understood my attachment to things that are worn and older than the hills! I have cookie sheets and pie plates that were my granny's, I have a small stoneware pitcher that my granny used to make Dream Whip in and that is the only thing it gets used for now. Many things my husband is always telling me to throw out and go buy a new one, and I refuse to part with, because of sentimental attachment, now I can just tell him that I am just doing my part for the environment!! He surely can not argue with that!! Thanks! Susie
Dear readers, I have been a weekly reader of the TIAS news letter for about 4 years now, Time and time again, I am astonished reading letters that lament the "Valuable Items" that were given away or were sold to dis-interested, or sold to "for profit" dealers. Things are sold, or given to relatives, who crawl out the slimy woodwork, once the dead are dead... !
Who was there, in these folks final days? Who looked after them in their final hours! Surly not the ones who show up after the funeral, and only to care about and claim the "Value" of the estate!!
My feeling is, that if you couldn't care less about "Great Aunt Gracie" when she was alive and kicking, why are you the first vultures to descend upon her front door when she is dead??
I have read many letters here that lament the value of the objects, but never lament the memory dead person who left to this world a great collection of history.
It is so sad, I am never going to leave anything to "Relatives"! ricbiff
I feel compelled to comment on the letters from readers criticizing nonprofits for allowing donated items to be sold to dealers or placed for sale on auction sites. I’ve been a collector for decades and I love finding treasures as much as the next person, but I’ve also served as a volunteer and board member of nonprofits and can understand the reasons for not placing everything for sale on the floor. Most organizations that accept donations of merchandise receive a substantial amount of goods that are not appropriate for or needed by their clients, such as fur coats, evening gowns, valuable antique furniture, etc. Although volunteers are needed and appreciated, it also takes money to run a successful organization. In the past few years it has become popular for nonprofits to establish resale stores to take advantage of merchandise donations and to maximize cash flow to the organization. While I don’t approve of allowing volunteers to “raid” the donations as they come in, I fully support selling valuable items at the highest possible price to support the mission of the organization. I have a great appreciation for those volunteers and staff members who must forage through mountains of donated items trying to determine which are appropriate for clients, which would generate needed revenue for the organization, and which should go in the trash. You’d be surprised by the percentage of donated material that’s not fit for use by anyone, but is dumped on the front porch of nonprofits following weekend garage sales simply as a way to get rid of things which should actually go in the garbage. Linda N. - Colleyville, Texas
I own a small flea market in Michigan's Upper Peninsula called Honest Injun's Tourist Trap. (I really am an Native American so don't send out the ACLU, the SCPA, or anything else like that.) A family friend got me into the business. So, I spend a lot of time buying and selling flea market kind of stuff.
One story I always like to share is about the type of garage sales I find my stuff at. Most people think that to find nice pieces you have to go to garage sales in the best parts of town and at the nicest houses. I've found that to be almost the complete opposite.
I've found many of my best buys in the poorer neighborhoods. For example, one day when I was out garage sailing, I almost "sailed on by" one sale. It was at a trailer house. The place was pretty run down. But, I was like, "Ah, I'm in no big hurry, so I guess I can stop." As expected, the lady running it was in about the same shape as the trailer. And, I found table after table of junk. Then, I spotted my first find, a beer stein with the logo of the local college. About 50 years old. In mint condition with gold lettering. Way under priced. Extremely happy, I almost quit at that. But, luckily I didn't. A table or two down, I spotted an exquisite humidor. As I touched it, the lady said, "If you want that old jewelry box, I'll give it to you for half price." Now, it was priced way under value. So, I surprised the heck out of her with a moment of generosity and gave her more than she was asking originally. (Between the stein and the humidor I did make a tidy profit, so don't put me up for Sainthood just yet.) The moral to this is don't judge a garage sale by the condition of the garage. Sometimes in amongst all the trash you may find some real treasures.
Yes, it really is my name. No I am not him. Yes, I wish I had his money. And, in a quirk of fate, I make my living as a writer. Strange world it is.
My mother lived in the same house for more than five decades before she passed away. I think she kept every receipt, every bill and every scrap of paper . To my great delight, I have found the original receipts AND the manufacturer’s brochures for her furniture that was passed down to me!
Some of the funniest things she kept were handwritten notes from all of the many children in the neighborhood when we were about in third grade. She asked us each to write what we thought about the opposite sex – “boys are stinky” “girls are squeally pests” etc. I did not find any of these descriptive essays, however – because my clever mother had been INCLUDING THEM IN THE WEDDING CARD she sent to each “writer” and their new spouse decades later! Talk about long-term planning…..
With love and smiles remembering my wonderful Mother….Valerie in San Antonio
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1. The Shops at Fabian House - Bowie Maryland
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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.
My younger Sister, who thought herself to be Very clever, broke one of our youngest brother's toys. She then sat the toy in the middle of his bedroom floor and put HIS shoe on top of it! We still laugh about our oh so clever Sister thinking he'd believe he had stepped on and broken his own toy, removed his foot from that one shoe and walked off forgetting about it! Oh, to be young and clever again...
Thank you to all the wonderful folks a Tias for such a Great Newsletter! Cynthia in So.Oregon
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.
8) Wanted ads. Can you help?
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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, Mildred. requested a recipe for "peach peeling filling for fried pies" one recipe was mailed in by a reader...
PEACH PEELINGS FOR FRIED PIES Ingredients : Enough peach peelings to fill a large boiler the size of a Dutch oven 1/2 c. water Dash of salt 2 c. sugar 2 tbsp. lemon juice 3 tbsp. vinegar Preparation : Peel peaches and wash peelings. Put in large boiler, add water. Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook peelings until they are tender, add a dash of salt, sugar, lemon juice, vinegar. Cook peelings until they are thick enough for pies. Freeze or seal in pint jars. Carol--Cullman,Al
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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 came home from the hospital with my first child 27 years ago, a woman from church brought over a dessert that I have always wanted to make, but could never find a recipe for. What I remember is that it was made from frozen buttermilk - it was like a sorbet or sherbet. She was from Utah, so maybe some of the readers from the Beehive State will know what dessert I am referring to. Thanks! Paula M. from NC.
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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