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The Collectors Newsletter #561 -- September 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #561 -- September 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.
Association for Gravestone Studies
Mission is to foster appreciation for gravestones and cemeteries through study and preservation; offers information and restoration referrals for gravestones; NOTE: Respect gravestones; they are sacred and not collectible! 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.
Hi, I want to compliment Tias on a wonderful newsletter. One of the letters was interesting in the fact that when she went into a shop and found NO sticker on an item , it irked her. As a dealer for over 20 years, It irritates me for people whom come into the shop that scrape off and /or tear the tags off hoping I wont remember the price and quote them a cheaper price. I have also encountered people who bring their own tags and stick them on top of mine. with their price HA this doesnt work either. usually when this happens I double my price for this person. I may have a little age on this body but my mind is still sharp. So you see it can go both ways. Also I keep a record book of all my items and if there is a missing tag or sticker I can bring out the book and show the person what price I had on it. Keep up the wonderful letter section. I enjoy them all. John
In response to Vicki B's letter about auctioneers, I must defend them, as my husband and I were in the auction business for over 30 years. We worked hard to ensure the satisfaction of our customers, however we couldn't make everyone happy all the time. The thing about auctions, is, no matter how much effort is put into the advertising and production of an auction, an item will only be worth as much as a bidder is willing to pay. If there is only one person interested in an item, then that person may walk away with a bargain, that's the way an auction works. We often boxed several items together in order to facilitate a speedy, efficient auction, trying to call special attention to valuable marked items. It is impossible to sell all small items individually. Be sure to check references of an auctioneer before you hire him/her, they should be willing to provide names of recent customers so you can check credentials. Value is in the eye of the beholder, sometimes the things we hold most dear, might not have much value on the auction block. Mary T. Neligh, NE
Boy, everyone's experience on how property was divided up after the loss of a loved brought back some memories for me. My mom passed away unexpectedly when I was in my early 20's. My mom had a collection of Hummel's, thimbles and fine crystal pieces. While growing up my mom always wanted me to "take care" of her fine collectibles after she had passed away. I never really thought much about her comment until after her passing. I had an older brother that never really expressed much interest in her collectibles until a friend had told him to make sure he "gets his fair share". I did not mind that he suddenly expressed interest in some of my mom's collectibles because he too was equally entitled to them. What I did mind was that he seemed to express interest in the items that were the most valuable, not the most memorable. For example my mother had a rather large and heavy cut crystal salad bowl that he wanted. I let him have the bowl not questioning his desire for the specific piece, even though I thought it odd because he never took notice of it before. Later on I visited him and found out that the crystal bowl he so cherished was sitting on his dresser being used to store his change and other misc items. I was disappointed to see that he only valued the item as a storage bin. At that moment, I replayed in my head my mom's statement about how she wanted me to "take care" of her collectibles. That day I understood why she had said that. I have never said anything to my brother about this, nor will I. The bowl is his to do as he wishes and I received several items from my mom's collection that I treasure to this day.
I decided I will pass on my estate in the same manner that my cousin's grandmother had done. Long before she passed away, she asked all her children and grandchildren what items of hers they treasured and why they enjoyed them. Afterwards, instead of buying new gifts for birthdays and holidays, she would give someone one of her possessions. Now she was tough lady, and if anyone gave her any complaints, she told them "These are my belongings and my choice as to who should receive them. If you are not happy with what I am doing, then maybe you are not worthy of receiving something from me." She was a fair person and everyone did get at least one or two items they were truly fond of. I had asked her why she decided to give away her items while she was alive. She told me she was giving away a piece of herself to her family before she left the earth and her greatest joy was seeing how elated her child or grandchild was upon receiving the item. I decided I would do the same when I got older. Barb in Ohio
Hi, This is in response to the lady who is miffed about missing price tags. I have been a dealer for many years; my coharts & I are also miffed about missing tags. Sometimes we do forget to mark items, but most often we do not. She would be amazed at how often we have to replace price tags. We find them littered throughout our shop, usually in inconspicuous places. People remove them and throw them away. We think they do so in hopes that if the tag is missing we will not remember what we had priced the item for and will quote a lower price. As for the prices inevitably being too high, if we furnished our booths with only the things we can buy & sell at bargain prices , we would have very uninteresting booths. The good & interesting things do not come to us cheaply often. In short, if the tag is missing, you can count on the item costing. People don't remove the tags from bargains. Anytime you find a mall or a booth that has lots of the things you think are neat, it's because someone has spent lots of time, effort, and money finding those things. While we love what we do, don't mistake it for just fun and games. It's work,:& like you, we are trying to make an honest living
My mother loved to go to garage sales. She had a pretty good eye for cut glass, depression glass, that kind of thing. When she passed away, she was living with my sister and most of what she thought was valuable was moved with her, along with much of the older furniture.
My siblings, four of them, decided to "clean up" what was left at our mother's house. The cut glass was supposed to be researched to see what was valuable (it ended up with my sister's daughter). The depression glass had just disappeared. The wedding china sets that had been my mother's and grandmother's ended up in my sister's china cabinet.
Many of the things that she had "collected" were given to the Salvation Army. I did manage to grab a Shirley Temple mug that my mother had used as a child that had been put in a Salvation Army box as "junk". She was 83 when she passed and had told me how excited she was to get that mug when she was 4. She used it when she ate breakfast every morning as a little girl.
My parents loved books. So do I. So I took all of the books that family wasn't interested in and have donated them to schools and teachers.
I didn't end up with much from my parents because of the way the situation was handled. So, in an effort to create a collection to remember them and to give a legacy to my adult children, I started a collection of Bing and Grondahl Christmas plates, starting with my Mom and Dad's birth years. We've added the year they married, the dates for my in-laws, mine and my husband's dates, our children's births, and our grandkids dates too. It's a full china cabinet and may still be added to! And it's a nice display. A friend has asked if I minded if she copied my idea? I bought her the first plate.
Sometimes it's not about what you get, but what you decide to do with it. Anne, Texas
When we moved into a condo and sold our large home, I had to decide what to do with my enormous doll collection . I had already started the Children's Toy and Doll Museum in Marietta, Ohio...with some of my dolls and most all of my doll houses. But I still had many more. It was a heartbreaking decision. So after sitting on the Stairs and crying for 2 days, I decided to get busy and get it over...The present museum director came and took the huge case full of celebrity dolls; she also took the cupie collection, the black doll collection, all tollhouse furniture,etc...My duplicate collection of round the world dolls went to the Marietta Public Library Children's department; the rest to the United Methodist Church for their display cupboard; the Library also received my Betsy Ross Collection, which is now traveling throughout the libraries of Ohio; The Castle received my lovely bisque dolls (in a unique setting of wicker furniture and a tea party) The dolls are dressed in lovely white starched dresses and look their best in the master bedroom. I had cocktails dresses and evening dresses from the 60's, these went to the Mid Ohio Valley Players, ; and the silver tea set and lovely china cups to the Betsy Mills Club. I did a radio talk show for 11 years, and had many tapes, scripts, and equipment...well, I am happy to say Marietta College asked for those...and they will be placed in the new Library they are now building. It is wonderful to know that my collection is enjoyed by so many people...and I can always go back and visit...After all, I know where they are! Sally Hille, Williamstown, West Virginia...
Many years ago my mother was given a beautiful crocheted hat as a Christmas gift from her future daughter-in-law. She was totally delighted since she was able to wear it over her upswept French curled hairdo and looked quite lovely.
It was made of granny squares and just the right size and color and perfect in every way. When my future sister-in-law saw Mom wearing her new hat she laughed herself silly since her granny square hat was none other than a toaster cover. Mom has been gone many years but we still get a warmhearted chuckle when we remember her new hat.
I have been looking for sore throat lozengers that were a flat round ecru colored disk the size of a penny and had a nippy peppery flavor and were in a flat box. They worked very well. The folks at the Vermont Country Store have no idea what the name of the disks are. One gentleman at VCS remembers them and how well they worked to comfort a sore throat, but not the name. If someone can come up with the name of them VCS may be able to find them and list them in their catalog. Many thanks,
Susie Kylertown, PA
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4. Standard Catalog of World Coins Available on DVD
5. Vintage Advertising Art: Famous European Collection up for auction!
6. Star Wars® Exhibit held over through Oct. 7 at Geppi's Entertainment Museum
7. Fantastic Start to the Fall Auction Season as Toy Sales Set Online Records at LiveAuctioneers.com
8. Mister C’s Legendary Omaha Steakhouse Liquidation Auction
9. SOLLO RAGO MODERN AUCTION OCTOBER 27/28
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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.
As a farm family, we spent many days at the local stock sale where they not only sold animals, but fruit, vegetables, and eggs. When a new neighbor from the city moved in on the next farm, I invited her to attend her very first sale. She was very excited and when the bidding started on the eggs, she was quickly carried away. Before I could stop her, she had raised her hand and won the bid several times. When it came time to pay, she was in shock. She had won the bid for eighty six dozen eggs! We laughed all the way home. Lucky for her. she had nine children and several brothers and sisters who enjoyed many meals and used up all those farm fresh eggs in no time. Dianne
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Anne requested a recipe for the most wonderful, flaky pie crust. Several recipes were mailed in by readers...
2 C all purpose Flour
dash of salt
1/2 C oil
1/4 C milk
This comes from the "pie queen" of our church, I tell her she should go into business but she says then it wouldn't be fun! Kim Indiana
Hi! My mother always used the Betty Crocker Stir & Roll Pie Crust Recipe. It was great! Always flaky, never tough. You could reroll it numerous times. It was never fail. For a two crust pie, use as follows:
2 Cups All purpose flour
1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
1/4 Cup Milk
Mix thoroughly. Divide dough in half and roll.
My mother worked for General Mills in Minneapolis in the early 1950s before I was born. This is where she got the recipe. Enjoy! Claudia in Lockport.
OIL PIE CRUST
· 2 3/4 C sifted all-purpose flour
· 1 t salt
· 1/2 C vegetable oil
· 1/2 C milk
1. Mix flour and salt together. Pour milk and oil into one measuring cup, do not stir, and add all at once to flour. Stir until mixed, and shape into 2 flat balls. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 15 minutes or more.
2. Roll out on lightly floured surface.
Oil crust is a little harder to roll out than lard crusts, roll it out in between wax paper. Karen W., IL
1 - 1/2 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 or 2 TBLs sugar (as you wish )
1/2 cup cooking oil with
2 TBLS Milk
Blend together the flour, salt and sugar, in the pie pan with a fork.
Add liquids. Blend and press out with fingers.
Mary, from North Dakota
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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 would love to have a recipe for Pork Pie. These are made in England & are wonderful. They are eaten cold,& made with a special pastry. Also when made a jelly is poured into them. If anyone from England has a recipe I would appreciate it. I have tried from a cook book but it was not the real thing.Thanks. Jean
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