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The Collectors Newsletter #565 -- November 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #565 -- November 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.
Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors Association AMICA
AMICA, (pronounced "Am-ih-cah") Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association is an educational non-profit organization with worldwide appreciation of historic automatic musical instruments.
MICA was founded in San Francisco in 1963. Its goal has always been to introduce people from all walks of life to the beauty and value of automatic musical instruments.
AMICA has prevented the destruction of many fine rare instruments that have been restored to their former glory. Not only that, but AMICA has placed many instruments in places where the general public can see, hear and enjoy these glorious instruments from the past. For more information, Click Here:
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Hi. I never thought about writing until I read the response from Maryann in Pa regarding Thrift Stores. I worked for 28 years at the IRS in Washington DC first auditing exempt organizations and later granting exemption to organizations applying for tax exempt status. There is a wrong concept of charity here. The Goodwill Industries started out as an organization giving work training and work experience to the disabled and poor. Their charter says nothing of giving furniture to people who cannot afford to buy it from a furniture store. There purpose is to provide training and work experience. In order to do this, they operate Thrift Stores. I think their web site is a wonderful thing – it fulfills their charitable mission without seeking funds from the public. And believe me monetary charitable giving is at an all time low! People should investigate the charitable organizations they wish to donate to to insure that the organization is doing something they support. The Salvation Army does provide clothing, furniture, food and funds to distressed funds. There are multiple local groups that also do this – and also run semi-thrift stores. They should be supported if this is how you want your goods distributed.
But to discredit the Goodwill for not giving the furniture away is wrong. That is not their purpose. If an organization is audited and they were doing something they should not be doing, their tax exempt status could be in jeopardy. And at some point in time every tax exempt organization gets audited – not every year but eventually. Granted the furniture may have been priced too high (I’m not an expert on that) but they are fulfilling their CHARITABLE purpose – raising money to provide training to disadvantaged youth.
Sorry for the long tirade but people should know the purpose of the organization they are giving too and support. Thanks, Mary in MD
I have been watching your comments about shops and dealers not playing fair when purchasing from the public. Our family has had an antique and jewelery shop in the middle of Sydney, Australia for over 50 years. We hold a license to buy secondhand goods. When people come into our shop to sell goods, we always ask them to state how much they want for them. If they don’t know we tell them to go away and research or talk it over with family and friends. I understand that people do not have the knowledge that we usually have but they own the goods they are selling and it is up to them to work out how much they would like. We tell them that it is for their own protection because a dealer could say it was worth so much and it could be worth a lot more. If they name a price and it is more than we are prepared to pay, we make them an offer and if they are not sure, we suggest they go and think about it. There is no pressure and that way, everyone is happy with the deal. We also find this stops people who only want a free valuation for their goods that they later sell on ebay or to friends. Yes, dealers too are often used by the public as sources of free information...Janis
In response to Joan in Virginia Beach:
She is a saint for rescuing these Bibles. Descendants or other branches of the family might well be looking for these family treasures. The Internet can really be a help in finding homes for these “orphans.” First of all, rev up your search engines and try genealogical sites that specialize in that family’s name. The researcher that hosts a site that names these actual family members would probably be thrilled to receive a family Bible. The originator of a one-name study site (they record all the references they can about a particular surname) might have received information from the family to whom the Bible belongs and could possibly connect you to them. Large genealogical sites like Rootsweb or GenForum have surname forums in which you can post your Bible find. There are also sites that do what you are doing—trying to connect found Bibles with their families—and they might be willing to post orphan Bibles that you still can’t find owners for. Many ship the Bibles to their families for cost of postage only. Thanks to Joan and other genealogical angels who preserve family heirlooms! Cathy in Williamsburg
In response to Judy helping out a friend and taking 50%, I don't think you're wrong. You could have offered to buy everything at a low amount to save them the time and aggravation of a garage sale as a worker, and then listed and kept all the money to yourself.
Many may be shocked and surprised that a friend would charge that much, but what many don't understand is the personal time to research any history, write the description and take a decent photo of the item. On one item, it can take 1 to 2 hours. I have a close friend who asked me to list some items for him, and I willingly agreed to do it for nothing. However, he insisted that I had to take 50% or it was a "no go." And he insisted that was after we split the cost of fees. He understood the work involved and appreciated the help of clearing some his collection, but not losing out. Plus he had a trusted friend helping him out. I've done for others with a simple thank you, but I don't think they understood the work involved and the personal time it took from me. I very much appreciated my friend offering to split, and he appreciated my listing. And we still continue this practice whenever he wants to part with something. Alma
Just a note to Cindy from Jersey - I've found that if I walk in with a smile, I'm much more apt to walk out with a bigger smile! I can't tell you how many times I've seen a grumpy seller waiting on a grumpy customer, only to find that when I got there with a smile, the seller suddenly became infected and smiled, too. This, of course, applies in any situation and any store. Shucks, it even works at home! Jean in Oregon
A few months back I was taking some donations to my local thrift store run by the Catholic diocese. I know the manager quite well and she told me that a young, poor couple had come to her earlier in the day asking if she had any clothing they could have since they had no money - seems as though the husband had lost his job, they had two children and another on the way. The young lady told her they had just come from the nationally known thrift store where they were told "we only sell clothing, not give it away. Try down the street at the other store - they always give hand-outs!" What a sad commentary for all the people who think that their donations are being used in the most "good Samaritan" way! Grand Rapids, Michigan
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3) Antique News
The "Hot List" of antiques and collectibles for October 2007
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 October 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. Avon (No Movement) 3. Fenton (Not listed last month) 4. Teapot (Not listed last month) 5. Stamps (up from #7) 6. Halloween (Not listed last month) 7. Records (Not listed last month) 8. Milk Glass (Down from #6) 9. Bakelite (Not listed last month) 10. Roseville (Not listed last month)
"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. Mirrors (Up from #2) 2. Limoges (Not listed last month) 3. White Ironstone (No movement) 4. Nippon (Down from #1) 5. Chair (Not listed last month) 6. Brown Transferware (Down from #4) 7. Staffordshire (Not listed last month) 8. Desk (Down from #5) 9. Steuben (Not listed last month) 10. Punch Bowls (Not listed last month)
Past hot lists can now be viewed online in the TIAS Newsletter archives, just search for "Hot List" at
Here is the latest news about antiques and collectibles from
1. Cap Guns, Western TV Games & Collectible Toys at Auction Sat. Dec. 1st
2. BATH CITY ESTATE SALE - NOV. 9 AND 10 2007
3. LiveAuctionTalk.com Highlights Babe Ruth Scoring At Auction in its Weekly Free Article
4. FLORIDA SHOW PROMOTER ANNOUNCES NEW WEST COAST LOCATION
5. Antiques and Vintage Collectibles: A nostalgic and ‘green’ choice.
6. THE ADRIENNE SHELLY FOUNDATION TO LAUNCH ALL STAR EBAY AUCTION
7. NICOLAI FECHIN MASTERWORK RESURFACES AFTER OVER 60 YEARS
8. Antique Shopping For The Holidays = An American Antique Adventure
9. Antique Trader hires new Editor
10. LANDMARK SALE WILL OFFER THE TOPHAM FAMILY OF AINTREE MEMORABILIA
11. GetItNext - Searching eBay made easier! Releases A Major New Release
12. DODGER JERSEY FOR THE AGES: JACKIE ROBINSON'S
13. Records tumble at Morphy's $7.7 million auction of Steckbeck mechanical banks
14. HeART of Rock n Roll Auction features Boston Tea Party Concert Posters
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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.
The Sicilian Mother and the "Andyboy" story reminder me of a small pink plastic object we had stored in a kitchen drawer that my German-speaking grandmother called a gottzend .After she washed the living room lace curtains I used to help her stretch them over those adjustable frames with all the tiny nails sticking out. (Does anybody remember those?) When the curtains were dried, I was instructed to go and get the gottzend. It was tapered and smooth and slipped over the end of the curtain rod to keep the lace curtains from getting snagged. It was only YEARS later in my teens when I heard something referred to as a God-send, that I suddenly realized it was an English word, not a German one, an adjective, not a noun and had nothing to do with our little household gadget!!! It turns out that years before, my newly-arrived immigrant Grandmother had heard some fast-talking salesman's patter, from a push-cart on the sidwalks of New York City; "Ladies, this is a Godsend! No household should be without one!"
Of course, the item has no real name, so a gottzend it became ... . Betty Mc
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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, Karen in MA requested a recipe for Beef Stew. We had 1 response mailed in by a reader.
Beef Stew w/veggies
2 pounds lean stew beef
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
2 to 3 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 can (approx. 10 1/2 ounces) condensed beef broth
1 stalk celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
3 cups diced potatoes
2 cups diced carrots
2 tablespoons flour
1/3 cup cold water
black pepper and seasoned salt to taste
Rinse the beef under cold running water. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or kettle; add beef, seasoned salt. and chopped onions. Cook over medium heat for about 10 to 15 minutes, until the meat is browned on all sides and chopped onions are tender. Drain off excess fat, if necessary. Add beef broth and hot water to the pot until liquid level about 1 inch above the beef. Cover and reduce heat to low; simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 to 2 hours or until the meat is tender. Add the potatoes, carrots, and celery. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, for 20 to 30 minutes longer, until vegetables are tender. To thicken the stew, combine the flour with 1/3 cup cold water; stir until smooth. Gently stir flour mixture into the pot a little at a time, using as much as needed to make the stew as thick as you like it. Add pepper and taste for seasonings, adding more seasoned salt if necessary. Serves 8.
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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.
This is the season for Pumpkin Pie. I'm sure your readers have their favorite version of this recipe....Please share :-) ...Betty
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