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The Collectors Newsletter #559 -- September 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #559 -- September 2007
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Just a few comments to hopefully move the topic to a more positive spin. I buy family Bibles that I find in thrift stores and on line at Ebay. I use to get these Bibles for a song. I had the same feeling that a family member must be missing something not to want to hold on to a family Bible. I shifted my thinking to... Maybe it was an oversight or from a storage unit that someone didn't pay for etc... Rather than concentrating on the negative I decided to concentrate on the positive. Now.... I had this tap on my shoulder to do this (I believe from the great beyond, but you decide), now what am I to do with these Bibles... I look for something in them that may help me get them back to the family they came from. If all else fells.. When I'm gone my children will have to let them go... And who knows where they will travel from there. I love to buy old things... So instead of thinking some family is throwing out all their memories... Let those items they don't want to fall into the hands of someone who will appreciate them. It's nothing to do with a price tag... It's all about Joy.
Joan - Virginia Beach, VA
I never write but love to read these news letters. But the posts about the "Thrift Shops/Charity Shops" really prompted me to respond. I am a dealer, but NEVER shop in the thrift shops or charity shops. That is not what they were created for and certainly not what they are intended for. I must tell a story, several years ago my hubby and I took our first vacation in 15 years to Florida. We needed beach chairs which would not travel home with us, so we stopped at a local thrift store to pick some up cheaply, and would redonate them at the end of the trip. While there, we noticed a young and obviously poor couple with 3 small children. they were looking at beds, the prices on those beds were no better than at the local kmart and clearly used and in beat up condition. The couple had the most devastated look in their eyes when they realized they couldn't even afford used furniture for their children. It broke my heart to no end. I quickly said the the sales clerk are you kidding me on this price and their haughty response was, we could get this easily on ebay, this is a vintage (1970 if that) bed. I responded you joking right? It's china bought crap, and you want more than new. She said they don't have to buy it. I handed the woman 50.00 told her to mark it down to half price and sell to the couple which she did. But come on, thrift stores were meant for people who can not afford new. It's a "CHARITY" so where is the charity? These good wills etc, don't go out looking for people to give to, they wait to be asked. The CEO's and administrators make huge salaries because of the large sales they are making. Do you know Good Will AND Salvation Army have their own web auctions, they don't even need ebay anymore. Let's face it, there is no good will or salvation with these "charities" . I think they should be investigated by the government. They are supposed to be non-profit but clearly they are making HUGE profits. Poor People like nice things too. They don't want the crap that is left over. I will NEVER NEVER NEVER give to these places. Local small churches will get mine, they are still honest and don't act like corporations. Just my take, thanks Maryann in Pa.
In response to several writers that are saddened by the disposal of personal items, perhaps they can take some relief in the fact that sometimes there is no family left to take possession of these items. There are some that have no children and any siblings may be as old, older or deceased as the one whose belongings are being disposed of. HMS, Florida
Dear Friends, I thought I'd share my little story with you. I have always been a collector. My favorite thing to do was "trash gigging". I have found so much stuff this way it's not funny, theirs only one draw back that I had. My husband did'nt know it! So one day while I was changing clothes in the bedroom, he asked me where I got that bruise around my tummy! I was busted! You know how hard it is to explain to your husband that you got the bruise from hanging into a dumpster. I thought he was going to yell at me but he just could'nt stop laughing!!! Judy
When I give something away I give it with no strings attached. If I no longer need or want it I'm happy someone else can use it. Once it's gone what's the issue. If you feel strongly about how much it should be sold for, sell it yourself at your own tag sale and donate the money directly to charity. I personally feel the recipient is doing me a favor taking things off my hands. Carol from Connecticut
Hi. My mother also did not want my siblings and I to fight over she and Dad's things when they died. She made all five of us make a list of the top 5 things that we wanted from their home. Surprisingly, none of us had the same top choice and their were very few duplicates on the rest of the list. She threatened us, out loud, to arise from the grave and haunt us if we fought. The list's are kept in her bible. Mom and Dad died 22 days apart in May. When going through her bible to chose verses for her funeral, we found the "list's". In a time of great sorrow, we had a good laugh about not fighting and we have not.
Thanks, Becky H. - Campbell, Texas
I would like to respond to Linda's "purse control" theory. How would you feel if you couldn't carry your purse into your local grocery store, dress shop, gift shop, jewelry store, etc.? Wouldn't you feel you were being branded as a potential thief before you even entered the establishment? You pay for theft and breakage every time you visit the grocery store. It is a business expense factored into their prices the same as payroll, electric, rent, etc. Isn't it time antique dealers do the same?
It happens to males too. I once walked into a large antique co-op in Florida wearing a small "fanny bag" around my waist, only to be chased down the aisle by an aggressive clerk yelling at me that I would have to leave or put my fanny bag in a locker. I proceeded with her to the main desk and in front of her and two other clerks opened my fanny bag to show them the contents, a pack of cigarettes, a lighter, copies of my sales tax exemption, and $5,000.00 in cash. And then in a soft, polite way I indicated they obviously didn't need any of my money and then left the building never to return.
I don't like theft or breakage either, but I realize it is a fact of life in today's business world. I am more concerned that I might offend a potential customer by branding them as a potential thief before they even entered my shop. I enjoy the newsletter.....keep up the good work! Clyde
I laughed out loud when I read about the "will kill sibling to get" column - and it reminded me of my dear Sis (two years younger) and me, on the day we divided our mom's treasures. We've always had a good relationship, so I found myself nervously anticipating what might happen if we hit a snag in the dividing process. As it turned out, she was nervous too - in fact, she marched into the house concentrating on her pre-planned speech so much that she didn't even say "Hello" - just "There's only one thing I want, but I REALLY, REALLY, REALLY want it!" Of course, "IT" was something I also treasured, a lovely piece of pink Jeanette glass that held many happy Thanksgiving and Christmas memories of both our mother and our grandmother. For some unknown reason, I was inspired to immediately say, without hesitation, "Well then, you shall have it." Big smile, and big sigh of relief, from Sis. That got us off to a good start and the rest of the process was wonderful and easy.
A couple of years later, I was inspired again - this time to look for the same Jeanette glass piece on eBay. Lo and behold, there was the identical piece. Before I bid on it, I emailed Sis to ask whether she would be annoyed if I bought a piece just like the "real" family piece. She, in turn, was gracious enough to say "Of course not, go ahead." We doubled our fun and now can each hand down a charming heirloom to our daughters.....Love the newsletter! Keep 'em coming! Linda
My mother passed away three years ago and this summer we finally started going thru a lot of her belongings. She was in an assisted living home before passing away so a lot of her stuff was in a storage unit. Most of the items were taken by the grandchildren as remembrances of Grandma. Most of her clothing we took to the local thrift store. We had one very nice older coat in like new condition to take, my wife said I sure do love those buttons on that coat, do you think it would be all right to take them off. I told her no as the coat wouldn't stay closed and someone might not have buttons to put on it. We took the coat and several boxes of other items in. A couple of days later we had more to take in, as we were taking boxes in my wife said I want to see if Grandma's coat is on the rack and what they were asking for it. She came back out with a tear in her eye and said the coat was on the rack but someone had removed all of the buttons. I went in and asked the lady behind the counter about the buttons being removed, she kinda smiled and said I can't imagine who would do a thing like that, We took no more in and have never been back to the store. Now we call the Salvation Army to come get anything we are donating. I guess it's best not to know what has happened to items you gave away.. Norb in Illinois
I belong to a local Teddy Bear club that gives bears to hospitals and shelters, etc. While we will purchase new bears for the hospitals and nursing homes, we often accept donations of gently used bears or purchase used bears from thrift stores, garage sales and antiques stores, for shelters and schools in very poor neighborhoods. I would like to praise the owners and sales people at the different thrift and antique stores that I have purchased bears from. Very often, when they see how many bears I am buying, they will ask, "Why so many?" After I tell them about my Teddy Bear Club's gifting of bears, they very often give me a discount on the bears I am buying, even collectibles like Ty beanie bears. This way the kids who can't even afford to buy from a thrift store can get a newly washed, but gently used bears for their own. I was willing to pay the price set and do not ask for a discount, but these people's willingness to cut their profits,&n bsp;shows these people have hearts of gold when it comes to helping out kids. If any of you are interested in donating or joining a bear club, contact the Good Bears of the World online to find the club nearest you.--Donna from Fresno, CA
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7) Funny Old Stuff
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For those of you whose spouse doesn't share your passion for collecting, a funny thing happened to us last night...
We suffered a major power outage as a result of the storms that ripped through the midwest over the last couple of days. Anyways, it was starting to get dark and my husband said we should start lighting candles. Now I have three children under the age of 3, so I really haven't bought those big decorative pillar candles in years. He ran out to buy candles, and ended up coming home with the small candles that require candle holders. My first instinct was to say..."Now what the h*** am I supposed to do with these!?!?!"
Then I remembered that since we just moved into our new house 6 weeks ago, my large collection of Depression glass candlesticks and holders were all boxed up together and sitting on the dining room floor. Now this is the same collection that my darling husband has been calling my "silly little glass collection" for years. He was never bit by the same bug that bit me, and probably never will be.
Imagine the look on my husband's face when I started pulling out my 1, 2, and 3-lite candle holders of all colors and shapes, subsequently illuminating the whole house. The only thing he could say was..."Wow, they really are very pretty".
Yes, dear, very "pretty" and in this case...very useful! I don't think he'll ever make fun of my collection again. -Samantha
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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In the last issue, Jeane requested recipes for soft Sour Cream Drop Cookies. Several recipes were mailed in by a readers...
Soft Sour Cream Drop Cookies
1 1/2 Cups sugar
1 cup butter
1 cup sour cream
3 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. Baking soda
2 tsp. Baking powder
1 tsp vanilla .
1-8oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter,
2 lbs powdered sugar (boxes)
Makes about 4 doz.
Cream sugar, butter, add eggs, sour cream
Add dry ingred. mixing well , add vanilla
Chill dough well, will be a little sticky, I let mine chill overnight. wouldn't have too though
Drop by Tbls. (I use 1" cookie scoop) on to ungreased cookie sheet- (I like parchment paper). 2" inches apart. Bake 375' 10-12 mins. Bottoms will be light golden brown, soft cookie. Carol-- Cullman,AL
This recipe came from my mother-in-law. We call them Sour Cream Softies.
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 stick butter or margarine (1/2 cup)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup sour cream (8 ounces)
Cinnamon sugar for topping
Mix dry ingredients together thoroughly and set aside. Combine butter and sugar until well blended; beat in eggs and vanilla. Add dry ingredients alternately with sour cream. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls on greased cookie sheet. Spread into 2-inch rounds and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes or until JUST lightly golden around edges. Do not overbake or they will be hard.
Judy in Arizona
This heirloom cookie was originally made with homemade sour cream stored in a crock in the basement. The dough for drop cookies is soft enough to drop from a spoon. Use an ordinary teaspoon rather than a measuring spoon. Use slightly rounded spoonfuls rather than level ones. Push the dough off the spoon with a rubber spatula or another spoon. Make the drops all the same size so they will bake evenly. Bake them just until done. Remove immediately from baking sheet. If cookies are left for only a few minutes on a hot sheet, they will continue to bake and will be overdone and dry. Joan Hughes
2 3/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1 cup butter or regular margarine
1 1/2 cups sugar
1/2 cup sour cream
1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
Jeanne was looking for a recipe for Sour Cream Drop Cookies - Here is one that I found for her and hope this is the one she is looking for. Enjoy!!
Karen S. Clearwater, FL
SOUR CREAM COOKIES
The cookies are soft, fragrant, and irresistible - cut them big, or drop by spoonfuls.
1 C. White Sugar
1 C. Brown Sugar
1 Tsp. Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
1 C. Sour Cream
1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract, Lemon Extract or Nutmeg
5 C. Flour
2 Tsp. Baking Powder
1. Cream butter and sugar. Beat eggs; add to butter and sugar; beat well. Add baking soda, salt, sour cream and flavoring; mix well.
2. Sift flour with baking powder and add to mixture 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition.
3. Roll out dough on floured board, 1/2 inch thick. Cut with cookie cutter and place on greased cookie sheet 1 1/2 inches apart. Bake at 350 degrees in preheated oven for 20 minutes or until done, depending on size of cookies. Note: If you prefer to make drop cookies, use only 4 cups of flour.
--A Bonus Recipe --
Just a few weeks ago was the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death. Our newspaper ran lots of articles about him and stated that they had many requests for the Elvis Presley Poundcake recipe. I found this recipe to be wonderful and thought some other folks might like to try it too.
makes 2 loaf cakes, 20 servings,preparation time 25 minute, cooking time 1 hour.
3 cups sugar
2 sticks (1 cup( butter softened
7 eggs, at room temperature
3 cups cake flour, sifted TWICE, divided
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350`. Combine sugar and butter in a bowl, beat on medium speed with your electric mixer until creamy,about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition. Stir in 1&1/2 cups of flour, add whipping cream Beat in remaining flour and Vanilla.
Pour into two buttered and floured 8&1/2 by 4&1/2 loaf pans. Bake until golden ans a tester inserted in the center of cakes comes clean, about 1 hour. Cool in pan for 5 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely on wire racks.
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I'm looking foe a recipe for making small hand held fruit pies. I remember my grandmother making these when I was a small. They looked almost like the Hostess Fruit Pies you can buy in the store, but her were much better. I think the trick was making the right kind of crust for these hand held pies. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. Maggie in Solvang CA
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