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The Collectors Newsletter #566 -- November 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #566 -- November 2007
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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1) Featured Collectors Club
Highlighting clubs of interest to collectors.
Automobile License Plate Collectors Assn, Inc.
ALPCA, the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, was founded in 1954. We are an organization dedicated to the promotion of license plate collecting and research, the exchange of information and plates, as well as all of the benefits of sharing a common hobby interest with others throughout the world.
ALPCA is far and away the largest license plate collectors organization in the world. ALPCA has about 3000 current members from 50 states and 19 countries. Our annual international conventions are typically attended by nearly 500 collectors. In addition we have dozens of smaller regional meets all over the country. For more information, Click Here:
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Dear Friends, I was garage saleing a couple of weeks ago, I bought a very large oriental rug that was laying open in the driveway. It was huge to me. Well when I tried to find anything about it, all I keep getting is do you want to sell it. Now I'm not a dealer or an educated antique person, but i just feel like I should see what I have first. I don't own a computer I get on line at the library. So I was wondering if anyone can tell me how to go about finding what this rug is worth or what to sell it for. It's huge. Any comments will be appreciated. Thank you Judy. firstname.lastname@example.org
Hi - I enjoy your newsletter so much that I always read it first. My husband and I have rented a 10'x10' space at a local (about 30 miles from home) flea market in Comfort, Texas for a little over 2 years. There used
to be three barns which had been old, long chicken barns. On August 16 of this year our barn completely burned down. Everything went up in flames. Thankfully, it was on a Thursday evening and no one was there. We have some older vendors who are not as mobile as we and would have had difficulty getting out not to mention that if it was on a weekend when there would be customers. We went to the site a couple of days after it happened. At first I thought the barn superintendent was playing a joke on me when he called on the phone to tell me it burned but of course that would have been in very poor taste. I cried and cried. We had only a little bit compared to what others lost and nobody had insurance. The vendors in the second barn offered up space to some of the vendors who wanted to stay in the business. Many just gave it up as they were older or had other interests. By August 25 we were back in again. I would rotate our inventory in and out so still had, and have, a lot of smalls at home but of course I thought my very best "treasures" were in the first barn. The spirit and determination of the vendors who lost everything is almost unbelievable. We are kind of like a second family--even though we may not know each other's last names! Everyone tries to help each other out. I have not heard one person complain about the loss--it's gone, it's behind us and the best we all can do is to move on. The building superintendent's 16 year old grandson had been in an ATV accident just 10 days before the fire and had to undergo extensive plastic surgery and we're so thankful he's alive and back in school! What is a fire and material things compared to a precious human life? My husband and I both work full-time at our regular jobs so this started out to be a hobby. Of course it's work too! I price each item and a tiny description with our identifying number and also list in my notebook almost everything we take in. Yes it's time-consuming but I like to see what I paid for something (if I can remember--which most times I do) and then see what it sells for. The beauty of it all--not to mention the wonderful people we see--is that all we have to do is stock our booth and leave! We pay a VERY, VERY reasonable monthly rent which I doubt you would find anywhere else and the building superintendent serves as cashier. The flea is only open on
Saturdays and Sundays but we have made enough to keep at it. To the best of my knowledge I have only had about 5 things stolen. Of course, there may have been other little things. I, too, have found tags removed--and they had to be removed because they were tied on and the policy is not to sell without a tag so if they really wanted the item then too bad! The few times we have been in to re-stock we made some sales and it's fun to meet the buyers and, of course, negotiate! I've always loved garage sales and estate auctions but in our area estate auctions are almost out of our price range as there are so many collectible and antique dealers in our area. Again, I enjoy your newsletter and keep up the fabulous work! Bonnie in Stonewall, Texas
I don't see anything wrong with buying things at a garage sale for a bargain basement price and either keeping them or re-selling them. I love some of the "pearls" I've found. They decorate my house and regardless of the price I paid or could get for them, they are now mine. I wouldn't have the bad manners to bring up a selling price for anything I had received, as I just don't think that talking prices with others is correct or in good taste; a little like talking about politics and religion. My theory is that every once in a while a person finds a "pearl" and that's not a bad thing. It's just a lucky day. For the thousands of garage sales I've been too and the many miles I've put on my car, I'm always pleased. Gloating is never a good idea nor is bragging. But a find is a find and I have no moral problem with that. I enjoy my eclectic collections and have really little idea of their value monetarily. And to all the antique dealers who try to make a living doing this business I can only wish them luck. I honestly believe that their are no fortunes to be made in the business and I'm so happy to still have a place where I can meander through the pages of my past and get an appreciation for the work that our true craftsmen accomplished. I love your newsletter and consider it a wonderful resource as well as an enjoyable read. Janice F
I was sorry Clyde seemed to see only the negative in Linda's comment about having lockers for large bags available to customers in antique stores. Personally, I would be thrilled! My (medium sized) purse usually weighs about 5 pounds and is a nuisance while actively shopping, yet it holds things I really must take with me. Putting it in a convenient locker while carrying just the key (and a tissue! ;) ) would be heavenly. If that had been the standard for all stores I might not have ended up with several shoulder problems, including a 'frozen" shoulder that took a year of therapy to correct. Most of us who use shoulder bags always wear our purses on the same shoulder, leading to posture problems and even nerve damage. Clyde had an unfortunate experience, and I would not want to patronize stores where such lockers are mandatory, but, just like at Disneyland, the airport and the gym, having them available can be terrific for both shop owner and patron.
Being fond of antique and unusual buttons (a full button box is a traditional gift from mother to daughter at the latter's engagement in my family, and I have mine plus the one my grandmother gave mom in 1947), I felt badly for Norb's wife. As she found, good buttons do seem to disappear at thrift shops, as well as dry cleaners (if they don't just damage them). My recommendation is that you remove unique buttons before taking a garment to the cleaners or donating it. If donating, be a sweetheart and replace the buttons with inexpensive ones. They'll stay on in the shop, I bet, and at least the buyer won't be forced to find replacements for ones cut off by staff or other shoppers.
Last, a note on non-profit thrift stores. LA has a wide variety, even in Beverly Hills (where you can pick up beautiful brand-new suits with tags still on them), and their pricing structures vary depending on how much space they have to hold the stock, but all share as a goal raising monies for their stated charity. There are resale and for-profit thrift stores as well, which operate as normal stores do. It is sad to see readers confusing the "profit" of a non-profit store for the true profit of a regular store. Charitable organizations use the money they raise to feed, clothe, house, medically treat and comfort those most in need, as well as, yes, pay for their staff, rent and utilities. But funds over and above expenses go into the charitable work, not stock-holder pockets or executive perks. As previously noted, many, including the Salvation Army, give chits to people with a verified need, for clothes and household goods at no cost. Occasionally the pricing makes me smile, as when I bought a replacement salad plate for $1 there when the original had cost me only $.69 at Pic'N'Save, but I was thrilled to find it. And they need those who can afford to buy items at their very reasonable prices to pay for their drug counseling/rehab, shelter program and outright donations to the many indigent who avail themselves of the donations which reach those stores. The local Captain and regional manager of several stores is a friend of mine, and I don't believe he or his people have ever turned away anyone in need. In fact, he has helped our Rotary club help 3 desperate charities in Tijuana, Mexico with donations of wheelchairs and other needed items -- all at no charge. His stores get in more of some items than they can ever sell, and luckily for the group in Mexico trying to help the elderly poor who are literally dumped at their door, wheelchairs are one such group.
Sorry to be so long. I love the newsletter and hope you keep it going for many years to come. Beth in Los Angeles
I have enjoyed all the news letters that have been sent in and I think I have learned a lot from all of them. I love to go antiquing, but don't often get a chance but when I do I love to just browse and reminisce and often see things that I have in my home that I have inherited from my mother, grandmother and aunt. They never tossed out much over the past 150 years. I often buy too.
I have a question maybe some of the readers can give me some suggestions. I have an old hanky that my great grandmother made that has delicate Battenberg lace and I'd like to display it in my home. How do I do it in an interesting way? Should it be under glass or no? Thank you for your suggestions. Kathy (send your suggestions to email@example.com)
In regards to people removing tags, we've seen people remove hardware, glass knobs and the like. My solution for lost tags is to put tape over the items that I can without damaging the item. I had some tintypes in my booth and I am sure that the tags didn't stay on and I ended up putting them in plastic baggies. It did the trick no more missing tags.
First of all I really enjoy reading your newsletter. I come home from work and see if it is posted every week. Our family also had to decide how to fairly divide our mothers things when she passed away a few years ago. As there are 11 of us all living it was quite a chore. as we live in different states. So the old number in a hat was done and everyone seems quite happy.
Now I am looking for a copy of a family printed book called '' A FAMILY STORY LITTLE BIG EARS REMEMBERS'' It was published in 1988 by E. K. Productions & C.E. Manns the author was Evelyn P. Smith Manns and the story is about my great-great-grandfather Henry Wilson. If any of your readers has any information on where I can obtain a copy of this book would you please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org I would greatly appreciate as we are trying to put together a family tree and believe this would be helpful. Thank you Charlotte in Florida
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3) Antique News
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1. Sotheby's sale of Important French Furniture & Decoratio ns, Ceramics and Carpets
2. Heritage To Offer Rare Daguerreotype Image Of Noted Jewish-American Statesman Judah P.Benjamin
3. Nancy Strauss Halbreich Named Senior Associate of Fine and Decorative Arts for Heritage
4. Best-Ever Heritage Marketplace Auction Realizes $262K
5. Strong Prices Realized in Heritage Rare Books & Manuscripts Auction
6. SOTHEBY’S NOVEMBER 2007 EVENING SALE OF IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN
ART TOTALS $269,741,600
7. Inaugural Houston Money Show of the Southwest Heritage Signature Auction Posted at HA.com
8. Da Vinci Chalice Group discovers Henri Matisse painting
9. Christie's November Auctions of Impressionist and Modern Art Total $472,972,100
10. Important Civil War Photo Album to be Auctioned by Heritage
11. $10 Million Madison Collection To Anchor Heritage's FUN 2008 Platinum Night Auction
12. CHRISTIE’S IMPRESSIONIST AND MODERN ART EVENING SALE
13. Sotheby's - Finest and Rarest Wines - November 30- December 1, 2007
14. EXCEPTIONAL HISTORIC PROVENANCE HIGHLIGHTS SOTHEBY’S MAGNIFICENT
JEWELS SALE IN NEW YORK
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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.
When our profoundly deaf son, Christopher, was about 12 years of age, we moved from Wisconsin to Illinois. Our family promptly started attending a local church and met another couple who invited us to dinner.
The wife, Maria, was born and raised in Germany and we had trouble understanding her. Maria and her husband had met and married while he was in the Military in Germany. Her English was pretty much what she picked up from her husband, but when she got to the United States, she took American Sign Language lessons.
Anxious to try out her sign language skills, Maria took our son into the corner and tried to communicate with him. All I could see was our son’s face…total confusion.
A few seconds later their "conversation" ended, and Christopher pulled me aside and said out loud, “ Mom, she say’s she’s a butterfly and can’t speak English.”
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9) A Vintage Recipe
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Over 1200 wonderful vintage recipes are listed.
In the last issue, Betty requested a recipe for Pumpkin Pie. We had 1 response mailed in by a reader.
Pumpkin Pie with walnut, streusel topping
* 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
* 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
* 2 egg yolks
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 egg whites
* 1 (9 inch) unbaked pie shell
* 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
* 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 2 tablespoons butter, chilled
* 1 cup chopped walnuts
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
2. In a large bowl, mix together the pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks. Stir in 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt. In a large glass or metal bowl, whip egg whites until soft peaks form. Gently fold into pumpkin mixture. Pour filling into pie shell.
3. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. While the pie is baking, prepare the streusel topping: In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon cinnamon. Blend in the cold butter with a fork or pastry blender until the mixture is crumbly. Mix in the chopped nuts. Sprinkle the topping over the pie.
4. Reduce the heat to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake an additional 40 minutes, or until set.
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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
submit a request, please include the geographical region where you had this recipe.
Frittatas, I'm looking for a good recipe. I had this once many years ago, but have not been able to duplicate the same wonderful texture. Rose
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