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The Collectors Newsletter #567 -- November 2007
The Collectors Newsletter #567 -- November 2007
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9. A Vintage Recipe
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I have an idea for the dealers with booths in malls for pricing their items. If you price each item and also place a description on the tag you are already investing a substantial amount of time to do so. In the case of linens and vintage clothing you chance damaging them.
Why not compile a small notebook for the cashier? No need to affix a sticker to your items. Take pictures of the items in your booth, assign item numbers and place the photo and a list of the item numbers, including a description, and the price in your notebook. This may necessitate taking a few close ups or taking multiple views of your booth, front, sides etc. You may even want to include a "negotiated" lower price that you will take. There are a lot of different impossibilities here. Adapt it and make it your own. Bobbie, Oregon
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
A local charity thrift shop has a showcase of collectibles, small antiques, etc. All items are numbered and a locked box is provided for customers to enter a bid on each item. Larger pieces, also numbered, are on the floor nearby. This has always seemed to me an excellent way for the charity to obtain the highest price. Christina, Lethbridge, Ab. Canada.
I will try to make this story short: Slidell, Louisiana a local Goodwill Store received a phone call from a distraught family member of a husband/wife couple who died in a murder-suicide incident. The family wanted to dispose of all household contents in an effort to soften the horrible memories of the events that occurred in the house. The recently hired Goodwill Clerk who took the call said she would send a truck to the house to pick up all of the furniture. The men who picked up the furniture did not deliver it to the Goodwill Store; instead, it was diverted to the clerk's own empty house. When the family members learned that the furniture was not at the Store they contacted the local Police. After a brief investigation the Store Clerk, along with another clerk were arrested and charged with felony theft. The furniture was recovered and has been donated to charity. (This recently ha ppened and can be verified by the Times Picayune Newspaper.) Pittypat
Near my house is a new thrift store set up to make money for a shelter for abused people & children. Frequently I donate and then go in and shop.
One trip I made recently was to buy books for a friend starting a school in Russia to teach English to children.
I found lots of childrens' books - priced at $1 - 1.25 each. Knowing I had to also pay shipping to Russia I decided I could only afford 18 books.
When I was at the check out counter the clerk asked why I was buying so many books. I explained that a friend was teaching English to Russian children in Russia. She said well "well, that sounds like a wonderful thing to do!. Let's just charge you 18 cents a book!" What a blessing as it turned out shipping was over $35.00.
I love shopping thrift stores.One reader wrote in about the overpriced crib, I suggest that when the price is too high, ask for the manager and negotiate, or go to another store.
Also, I do donate and shop at the other name brand thrift store, and enjoy their websites auctions. Plus I have worked for a youth non-profit for over 20 years. Non profits are allowed to make a "profit". If they didn't make money they couldn't pay salaries, building upkeep, insurance, utilities and everything any other business does and plus serve the mission they are committed to. They do not pay dividends or anything to investors. All recognized charities are audited and are under a tremendous amount of scrutiny. Usually, all monies are spent in a responsible manner. When you deal with people you will always have the chance for good & bad to exist! Thanks for your newsletter! I enjoy every issue! Nancy
In response to Susie's request for the name of a throat lozenger in the TIAS Newsletter #561, I am almost sure I have a box of what she needs information for. However, as I remember them, they have somewhat of a liquorish favor like black jelly beans instead of a peppery flavor. They are a little "nippy to the tongue" until you get used to them, but they are the only thing that helps a constant dry cough for me. I looked for months before somebody at a local drug store knew what I was looking for and called me back in a few days when they'd found where to order them from. I ordered a few boxes as they were not going to carry them as regular stock. I still have an unopened box and following is the information on it. They are in a white and blue box.
ORIGINAL FORMULA THROAT DISCS 60 lozenges THROAT LOZENGES -- Use Throat Discs to bathe your throat to soothe minor discomforts from hoarseness, dryness, tickles, overuse and smoking.
1.4 oz (39g) Distributed by: Monticello Drug Company. Subsidiary of The Monticello Companies, Inc., 1604 Stockton Street, Jacksonville FL 32204, Made in the U.S.A. -- 1-800-735-0666 Weekdays. Kay in West Virginia
Just curious….what antique items do readers have in their homes, that are still in regular use? Not furniture so much, but things like kitchen gadgets or appliances, general household items, tools, etc. My belief is that the older items were really "built to last"…in our house, we're still making muffins using my mom's circa WWII muffin tins, still use her McCoy pitchers, some spatulas from the 1940s & 50s with original Bakelite handles, my grandmother's Depression-era nut chopper, and some of my dad's tools that were "used" when he bought them in the 1930's! Not only are these items sturdy & functional, but they are a real, physical link to earlier generations that also used them every day. (And all were "Made in America"!) Kathleen
A Lost & Found Item -- I have an old cream/ milk tag. I thought it might be fun to try to get it back to a family member. I got it in a box lot auction of an antique shop.It is from Trinidad Creamery Company, Trinidad, Colorado. The tag is J. W. Haynes, Norton New Mexico. I love the newsletter, keep up the good work. email@example.com
I have the same feeling about "theft prevention" as Clyde (who was asked to place his fanny bag and his $5,000 in cash in a locker. He did exactly what I did when asked to leave my handbag in a locker - I left the shop and never went back. They didn't know that I had quite a bit to spend and was in the "mood" to shop. Now, I didn't have $5,000 like Clyde, but I was on vacation and wanted to buy some nice antique accessories. I realize that the shop was just trying to prevent theft, but they made me "feel" like a thief and I've never stolen anything in my life. I found it demeaning being asked to leave my handbag in a locker. I keep certain medications (which cannot be easily replaced ) in my purse, along with everything in my wallet - ID, cash, etc. I felt it was not worth risking the loss of MY items just for the privilege of shopping at this one store. I had no guarantees that my things wouldn't be stolen - what recourse would I have had then. I know they would not have assumed responsibility.
But, I don't know which is worse - being asked to leave your handbag or being followed by sales staff like you are a thief. There is a very well known antique shop here in Jacksonville where the customers are always followed by the sales staff and watched like they are undercover detectives or something. I had heard about this shop but thought the tales were exaggerated. However, I found out first hand that it was every bit as bad as I had heard - if not worse. I entered the shop and greeted one saleslady with a short "hello" and a smile and then began my "shopping". Immediately, I noticed a clerk very obviously "pretending" to DUST. The thing is - she found it necessary to "dust" very near every area I went to.
It became sort of a game with me - just to see how far she would go with her "dusting". So, I went from one side of the shop to the far side - then to the back - in or real order at all. Most of us scan a shop in a pattern so we don't miss anything - but I was just seeing what this lady would do.
Sure enough, she followed me from place to place and every time I looked up, she was "dusting". Finally, it ceased to be fun anymore and I left - never to return there again either.
Is theft prevention really worth making your customers feel like criminals?? I wouldn't think so. When I visit antique shops, it's rarely just to "look" - I love to buy. But, I'm not giving these kinds of shops any of my money!!! If this is how they wish to treat basically honest customers - then I will find some place else to spend my money!!. ps. one final comment about Goodwill - while they have become a large "retail" type business, they do employ handicapped people in the refurbishing of items to sell in the store. I agree that the pricing has really gotten out of hand - putting most items out of the reach of the truly "needy".. Partly because there is no longer a stigma attached to buying at Goodwill. Years ago, no one would ever admit to shopping there, it was strictly for the "needy". Judy Jacksonville, Fla.
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The story about the Andy Boy Broccoli reminded me of an incident with my husband several years ago.
He typically takes a piece of fruit in his lunch, and recently I'd just started buying different apples. When he saw I was preparing my grocery list for the week he said, "Can you get more of those responsible apples?" Puzzled, I said, "what?" He replied "Those new responsible apples" At this point, I'm wondering if he really did have milk in his lunch thermos, or perhaps something stronger.
So again I asked, "What are you talking about????" He said, quiet innocently I might add, "You know, the new apples you got, they say responsible on them" Still confounded, I retrieved an apple from the refrigerator. Indeed, below the name "Fuji" was a picture of a ladybug with the phrase "responsible choice", We still have responsible apples - and they're darn good too!
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In the last issue, Rose requested a recipe for Frittatas. We had 1 response mailed in by a reader.
* 4 potatoes, peeled and cubed
* 1/2 onions, sliced
* 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
* 8 eggs, beaten
* 3/4 cup cubed ham
* salt and pepper to taste
* 3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
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1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender but still firm, about 5 minutes. Drain and set aside to cool. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. In a cast iron skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onions and cook slowly, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft.
3. Stir in eggs, drained potatoes, ham, salt and pepper. Cook until eggs are firm on the bottom, about 5 minutes. Top frittata with shredded cheese and place in preheated oven until cheese is melted and eggs are completely firm, about 10 minutes.
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This is a simple request, but it is not as easy as it sounds. I'm looking for a recipe for pancakes that are thin, but still fluffy. I'm not looking for the big fat ones. I want something that is almost like a crepe. My mom made them like this many years ago. Kim
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